Dinesh Kanagaratnam (Tamil: தினேஷ் கனகரத்தினம்; born August 1981) is a Sri Lankan R&B and hip hop artist and music producer. Founder and owner of Antostage Records, he is a proficient rapper in English, Tamil, and Sinhala. His album Aaryan (2012) was well received internationally and gave him the nickname Aaryan Dinesh.He has also worked in Indian Tamil cinema as a playback singer with Vijay Antony and A. R. Rahman.
Kanagaratnam Dinesh Prasanna, tour de force artist, entrepreneur famously known as ADK, born on 30th August in Welimada, Sri Lanka. Known to his fans as eccentric rap artist, he is the one and only Sri Lankan artist to feature with Oscar-award winning composer, A.R. Rahman. ADK kick started his career in music industry back in 2005 when he crafted his debut singles, Naan Sonnal with Bathiya and Santhush.
Having introduced by Bathiya and Santhush through his debut singles Naan Sonnal, ADK went on releasing his debut album, Cross Culture with Gajan Maheson in 2007.The lead single in his album, “Cross Culture” track went viral in Sri Lanka. It went all the way to #1 in Tamil and Sinhala charts back in his homeland. He went on further in his venture in music industry by producing his first solo album, Thamila. Thamila album was the 2nd album to be distributed by Universal Music in Sri Lanka. Surangani, critically acclaimed track from the album was turning point in ADK’s career. Produced with Pasan Liyanage, the track gain rave reputation among listeners in South East Asia. ADK re-introduced his masterstroke singles as Athichudi with Vijay Anthony.
The song paved illustrious entry cum success in South Indian Entertainment Industry alias Kollywood. It was also full-blown chart topper in many continents such as Europe, South East Asia and Canada. ADK graced his first live performance with Athichudi song in MediaCorp, Singapore back in 2009. Two years later, the song brought back “Most Crazy Song of the Year” Sun TV awards. While nesting his success, ADK went on producing another elevator music called “Kuruvi” with Charles Bosco featuring Arjun, Suvi and Benny Dayal. Kuruvi made new milestone by hitting more than 1.04 million hits in Youtube. He also featured with Singapore artist Shabir, to produce Nagaravettei. ADK went on producing much elevator music with leading Malaysian and Singapore artistes. At that time, ADK was the only Sri Lankan artiste who worked most number of songs in South Indian Entertainment Industry.
Year 2010 marked another milestone in his musical career as he joined forces with Charles Bosco to produce his 3rd album SL2SG, which was released by Tantra Inc. ADK also debuted the Telugu Entertainment Industry with a song called Mila Mila, produced by Bobo Shashi. ADK won the “Best Tamil Rap Video” award from Derana TV in 2010. Start of 2011 saw ADK engaging his winning mantra under his second solo album, Aaryan. This album carried most number of hit singles such as “Hollaback Muniamma”, “You Ate My Money”, “Goka Pearu”, “Mattakuliya Killa” and “Kathal Ratchasan” that went viral among his fans. ADK then released his magnum opus album under his own record label in 2012 in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Europe. 2012 and 2013 marked biggest change in his career.
ADK also lend his magnificent vocals for India’s most prominent composer, A.R Rahman who carried 2 Grammy, 2 Oscar and Golden Globe Awards with him. He featured in a track called “Magudi” from the movie Kadal, directed by legendary film director, Mani Ratnam. ADK also performed alongside A.R Rahman in-front of 100 000 packed crowd in Chennai in 2013 for “Thai Maney Vanakkam” show. This made ADK as the only Sri Lankan artiste to perform live with A.R Rahman in a live show. ADK also lend his vocals for Telugu version of Magudi. Besides that, ADK also performed for Yuvan’s Live at KLIMF show in late 2012. ADK made his stronghold fan base in Malaysia and Singapore where he is currently running his record label. Recently, leading telecommunication company in Sri Lanka published his singles, “You Ate My Money” in a promotion for northern Sri Lanka.
In 2014, Dinesh openly criticized G. V. Prakash Kumar for using his lyrics without permission for one of his songs in the soundtrack of Naan Sigappu Manithan.
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