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Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam
Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam also known as ADK.jpg
Background information
Born 30 August 1981 (1981-08-30) (age 40)
Badulla, Sri Lanka
Origin Sri Lanka
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupation(s) Music producer, rapper, playback singer
Years active 2004–present

Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam (born 30 August 1981), also known by his initials A. D. K. or simply Dinesh Kanagaratnam, is a Sri Lankan R&B and hip hop artist and music producer who has composed tracks in Tamil language. He also often collaborates with music directors in Tamil cinema as a playback singer.

Early life and career

Dinesh was born and raised in Badulla, Sri Lanka. He studied information technology (IT) in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India and started teaching IT courses in Sri Lanka. He began working with local musicians part-time to pursue his growing interest in music. In 2004, he was given a chance by Bathiya, an artist in Sri Lanka and started recording rap songs until he was discovered by Vijay Antony. He collaborated with him for the song "Aathichudi" for the soundtrack of the film TN 07 AL 4777 (2008) in 2009 which is a remake of Surangani, a song from his first independent album, Tamizha Back in Sri Lanka, he did a cross-culture album in 2005 which includes songs in Tamil, Sinhala and English.

His next throughout in cinema industry was "Magudi", which was his first collaboration with A. R. Rahman for the Mani Ratnam-directed film Kadal (2013). He was featured along with Anirudh Ravichander for the song "Mun Sellada" in the film Manithan (2016), composed by Santhosh Narayanan. Kanagaratnam and rapper Sri Rascol formed a record label called Rap Machines and have done other rap musics.

He continued to work in Tamil and Telugu cinema, writing and performing English language rap for soundtracks, including the title track "Maayon" in Mersal (2017) composed by A. R. Rahman, the song "Gala Gala" featured with Megha from Race Gurram composed by S. Thaman and also a background score (which had been deleted later) in Nerkonda Paarvai. He also worked in 2.0 (2018). Kanagaratnam has joined concert tours in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, India, Malaysia and Singapore. He is well known for his rap battles at every A. R. Rahman concert tours alongside Lady Kash and Blaaze. In January 2019, Kanagaratnam performed with Bathiya and Santhush at Oba Nisa in Sri Lanka.


Independent tracks & album

  • 2005 - Cross Culture
  • 2009 - Nagara Vaytai, Kuruvi
  • 2011 - Dhoomi Dhaala
  • 2012 - Aaryan - Goka Pearu, Kuruvi, Hollaback Muniamma, You Ate My Money
  • 2015 - Uyir Poo
  • 2016 – present; RAP MACHINES - AYM Tribute, Vellai Poove, Maayavi, Pudhiya Era, Hollaback Muaniamma 2 and others.
  • 2017 - Yeanadi Penne - IRAJ Ft. Krish Manoj & ADK - Melody By Chamath Sangeeth , ADK 155 Documentary Film,
  • 2018 - Kannaley Kollathey
  • 2019 - RAP MACHINES: Poraali Elvi ft ADK, 2.0 X Petta Mashup by Allan Preetham ft ADK

Playback singing

Year Title Song Composer Co-Singer(s)
2009 TN-07 AL 4777 "Aathichudi"[1] Vijay Antony Vijay Antony
Vettaikaran "Oru Chinna Thamarai"[2] Krish, Suchitra, Bonekilla
Odipolama "Odipalama"[3] D. Imman Arati Anklikar
2012 Kadal "Magudi Magudi"[4] A. R. Rahman Chinmayi, Tanvi Shah
2014 Lingaa "Oh Nanba"[5] S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Burma "Vaddi"[6] Sudharshan M Kumar Tupakeys (MC Rude, MC Akram)
Race Gurram "Gala Gala"[7] S. Thaman Megha
2015 Rajinimurugan "Yennama Ipadi Panreengalaema (Imman Mix)"[8] D. Imman D. Imman
O Kadhal Kanmani "Kaara Attakkaaraa"[9] A. R. Rahman Darshana KT, Shashaa Tirupati
2016 Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada "Showkali"[10] Aditya Rao, Sri Rascol
"Thalli Pogadhey"[11] Sid Sriram, Aparna Narayanan
Sahasam Swasaga Sagipo "Showkalli" Aditya Rao, Sri Rascol
"Vellipomaakey" Sid Sriram, Aparna Narayanan
Manithan "Mun Sellada"[12] Santhosh Narayanan Anirudh Ravichander
S3 "Universal Cop"[13] Harris Jayaraj Christopher Stanley, Krish
2017 Mersal "Maayon" (Title Track & BGM) A. R. Rahman
2018 7UP Madras Gig "Veera Thamizhan"[14] D. Imman D. Imman, Nithyasree Mahadevan
Vedigundu Pasangge "Vedingu Pasangge"[15] Vivek-Mervin Teejay
2019 Sindhubaadh "Rockstar Robber"[16] Yuvan Shankar Raja Pav Bundy
0TBA Dhruva Natchathiram "Ranagala Veeran Ragamane Villain"[17] Darbuka Siva
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