G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer. He has mainly scored music for Tamil films. His first film was S Pictures' Veyil (2006) and he became popular in Tamil cinema by the early 2010s. He has ventured into film production and acting too.
Prakash Kumar is the son of G. Venkatesh and playback singer, A. R. Reihana, who is the elder sister to music director A. R. Rahman. Prakash is married to singer, Saindhavi. They studied together in Chettinad Vidyashram. They got married on June 27, 2013 at the Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall in Chennai.
He first appeared as a vocalist on the soundtrack of director S. Shankar's Tamil film Gentleman, composed by his maternal uncle, A. R. Rahman. He has also contributed to some of Rahman's other projects. He had also worked with Harris Jayaraj and sang two songs in Anniyan and Unnale Unnale.
In 2004, G. V. Prakash was first signed up to compose the music for a film titled Pakka Thirudan starring Prashanth, which was to be directed by Thyagarajan. The film's failure to take off meant that the director chose to make Prakash the composer of another project Arun Weds Harini, which also subsequently failed to pass pre-production. Prakash was also then signed up to be a part of a third consecutive film starring Prashanth which failed to commence, Taxi Driver by debutant Morgan. However, the film eventually failed to take off and Prakash returned to his vocalist and technician roles. Prakash's introduction as a film composer was in the critically acclaimed Tamil film Veyil, directed by Vasantha Balan and produced by the director S. Shankar. His music in the film Madrasapattinam directed by A. L. Vijay was appreciated mainly for his song "Pookal Pookum Tharunam".
He went on to win critical acclaim for his music in Selvaraghavan's drama film Mayakkam Enna, which became his third collaboration that featured Dhanush in the lead role. The album's five songs were written by Selvaraghavan and Dhanush, with the pair also coming together to sing the song, "Kadhal En Kadhal". The album also included the song "Pirai Thedum", which Prakash sang himself along with his fiancée, Saindhavi whilst another song, "Voda Voda Voda", written and sung by Dhanush, was composed in just 15 minutes and recorded within an hour.Rediff.com reviewed the soundtrack claiming that Prakash had "tried very hard to walk away from his comfort zone and provide the kind of edgy numbers Selvaraghavan demands, and has risen to the challenge". Critics from entertainment portal, Behindwoods.com, cited that Prakash "reiterates his talent once again" and gave a verdict that the album is "intoxicating enough". In late September 2011, a single track, "Oru Murai", written by Thamarai and composed and sung by Prakash in R. S. Infotainment's Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal was released. His subsequent releases include the political satire Saguni and the background score of the Hindi crime film Gangs of Wasseypur.
In 2013, Prakash Kumar launched his own production house under the name "GV Prakash Kumar Productions". His first film, Madha Yaanai Koottam was directed by Vikram Sugumaran a former assistant of Balu Mahendra.
Prakash will be making his acting debut in a film titled Pencil opposite Sri Divya, where he will be playing a school student.