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, Sargunaraj in his iconic Indian welcoming pose
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Wilbur Sargunaraj (born July 7, 1977) (Tamil: வில்பர் சற்குணராஜ்) is a performing artist from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He is widely known as India's first YouTube sensation, with nearly 3.1 million views for his music and instructional videos.
His videos feature him singing to "Mummy, Daddy" that he wants "the Love Marriage", expounding the virtues of "Chicken 65", and donning a Chennai Super Kings jersey to explain the rules of cricket, in rhyme, no less. Sargunaraj has also been touring the world with an aim of "making the common man extra-ordinary." He is known for a series of 'How To' videos,'music' and he has released two albums:
Sargunaraj performs a music genre known as Indo World Fusion - a blend of Indian Music and Electronica. He has been influenced by such artists as Boney M and Michael Jackson. His songs are his way to promote cultural intelligence with various languages being heard in his track listing. Sargunaraj has a large following with fans from India, US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. He has performed in Canada, Indonesia, Singapore and will be touring of India, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Singapore and South East Asia in support of his second CD (Simple Superstar) released in 2011.
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Sargunaraj is from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. His father is from Tirunelveli district and his mother is from Madurai district. During his childhood days he spent time in Darjeeling, Calcutta, Benares and Ootacamund before his family moved to Madurai city. He studied privately with drummers in US such as Long Island drummer Dom Famularo and Los Angeles Based percussionist Alex Acuna. He also studied in Havana, Cuba with drumming pioneer Giraldo Piloto. His love for Cricket made him compose songs such as CRICKET (from the debut Album) and the CSK Rap. He is a strong supporter of the Chennai Super Kings and considers cricketer M.S Dhoni as a wonderful example in humility and leadership. He is also a huge fan of Pune Warriors Robin Uthappa as the two met at Wilbur's Bangalore concert in March 2011. He is very well known as simple super star. Performing a large variety of stage shows around the world with cine actors especially in Tamilnadu. Sargunaraj speaks Tamil, English and Japanese fluently.
Sargunaraj is a strong supporter of human rights and humanitarian issues. He has performed and organized numerous benefit concerts including workshops at the Children's Shelter in Jakarta, Indonesia and orphanages in Kigali, Rwanda and Mumbai. He is heavily influenced by L'arche founder Jean Vanier and promotes the concept of climbing down the ladder and being with common and ordinary people to develop community. The two met in Trosly, France in May 2012. Wilbur just released a video series for Steps International and their campaign "Why Poverty" about engaging with the other and entering into the world of the poor. Wilbur will be visiting South Africa in early 2013 to do a series of concerts for children affected by HIV in Southern Africa.
"Simple Superstar Movie", Produced by Wilbur Sargunaraj and Robert D Stephens, Mumbai, India. To be released 2013.