Playback singer who was one of the artists responsible for the Oscar and Grammy-winning song "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). He is also widely known for being one of the judges on the Kannada reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.
He was trained carnatic classical music by Bellary.M.Raghavendra.
He received the Karnataka Government's Best Playback Singer award for the song "Nammooralli Chaligaladalli" in 2016.
He married singer Mahathi Vijay Prakash in 2001.
He sang with Chinmayi on the song "Ninthe Ninthe," written for the romantic comedy Ninnindale (2014).