In a magical coincidence, I was born on the 10th of March
1980, just at the moment my father was penning his first lyric.
My father Mr. Vairamuthu, is one of the best lyric
writers in India. My mother Mrs. Ponmani is a retired Tamil
Professor, much admired for her command over the language.
My mother and grandmother tell that I used to recite
Thirukurals when I was 9 months old. This is the only positive
thing I know about my childhood.
Creating quirky stories with toys used to be my favourite
activity with Kabilan. He now works for Puthiya Thalaimurai as
an Exec Producer.
I did 14 years of schooling in Loyola Matriculation. They
remember me for many things. Especially for biting a
classmate's eye for stealing my candy in UKG. Had heaps fun
with Raam, my best friend in school.
Story writing, Classical music, Stage plays, Silambam,
Computers, Programming, Video Games
Joined BE Computer Science in CEG, Anna University in
1997. Dr. TV Gopal and Dr. Ranjani were my favourite teachers.
Sudarsan's friendship helped me unearth the good student in me.
Computer Society of Anna University introduced Nandini to
me. Found her beautiful, smart and unique. Fell madly in love
with her. But kept it hidden for the next 5 years.
2002.Got my admit for a Master's programme in University
of Queensland - St Lucia Campus in Brisbane, Australia. Flew to
the Kangaroo land.
Full time student. Part time baby sitter, dishwasher,
chef, table waiter. My new iPod got me addicted to Tamil songs.
Started my world music collection.
Completed my Masters in Information Technology along with
Sudarsan. Impressed with our performance, the university
invited us to do a PhD with full scholarship.
Started my research in Sensor Networks. Published papers
in reputed International conferences. Wrote my first song in
Copenhagen, Denmark, during a DEXA Conference.
Maria Orlowska, my PhD Advisor from Poland, changed the
way I see the world. She was the super star in Database
Research then. I dedicate the three 'Best Tutor' awards, I
received from my University, to her.
I was selected as the vice-president of Tamil Association
of Queensland. With my team, organized various events, among
which was Australia's first Diwali event with fireworks.
To communicate with the many Chinese students in my
research group, I joined Mandarin Chinese classes in The
University of Queensland. Completed 3 levels with High
Cofounded Tamil Brisbane Inc, a communication and
activity platform for Tamils in Brisbane, along with Mr.
Palani. I was elected as the secretary of the organization.
Now, the group has around 1000 members.
Trekking and camping were my favourite weekend
activities. My friends Sudarsan, Diwakar, Keerthana and Muthu
made those trips unforgettable, especially an overnight camp in
I've always feared water and heights. My first attempt to
conquer one of my fears was to do a scuba diving in
Whitsundays. The underwater colours of the coral reef with
zillion fish was breath-taking, literally.
Got my first DSLR as a gift and learned photography via
YouTube. Thereby, found a new passion. Candid capture of random
emotions is my specialty and children are my favourite
Returned back to India with a mindmap of things I wanted
to do. Research, Teaching, Lyrics, Stories, Photography,
Cookery, School were some on the top of my options-in-life
list. I started with Research.
Thanks to Dr. TV Geetha and Dr. Ranjani, I was part of a
focussed research group. I was appointed as a Senior Research
Fellow, managing projects in the Tamil Computing Lab (TaCoLa).
Conceptual Search Engine, Agaraadhi, Text to Video, Lyric
Engineering were few of the projects I was co-coordinating. We
inspired students to get involved with Tamil Computing via
Connected with Nandini after a 5 year break. We decided
to get married. She wrapped up her ongoing project in USA and
flew back to India.
We had a simple Tamil wedding, surrounded by family,
friends, celebrities and presided by the then Honourable Chief
Minister of the State Dr. Kalaingar.
Attended my PhD graduation ceremony in Australia with my
wife, mother and brother. Felt good to share it with my mother
especially, as she was always worried about my pathetic
performance in school.
Nandini and I spent one of the best times of our life in
Tasmania. Driving around the island, we were trying to catch up
all that we had missed in the break while also breathing the
cleanest air in the world.
Director Shankar gave me a break into movies with his
Magnum Opus, Endhiran. 'Dot' was my first dialogue. 'Irumbile',
my first song. I signed up as the Technical Advisor for the
project. A life changing moment.
This photo of my son's cry and Nandini's smile, minutes
after she delivered him is the best photo, I've ever taken. We
named him Haiku.
All those baby sitting moments and photography lessons in
Australia finally found its purpose. Haiku showed me how to see
this world with his eyes.
Haiku's first international trip was to Cape Town, South
Africa. Walking the village streets there with African kids was
a beautiful experience. Haiku called them Akka and Anna, his
version of ubuntu.
While Irumbile gave me the start that I wanted, Ennamo
Edho introduced me to Tamils all over the world. The song was
leading the charts for 6 months and won me many awards.
Loved handling Databases, Programming and Environmental
Sci. Working with passionate students, introducing activity
based learning, managing final year projects were the best
parts of my teaching life.
I continue my passion for trekking with Nandini and
friends Lalith and Mouna. Our vists to Nagalapuram provide the
much needed break for our minds and connects us directly to
Nee Korinaal, AskLaska, Azhaipaya, Vaayamoodi and
GoogleGoogle have become huge hits. The songs gave me the
confidence to experiment with lyrics. Lyric Engineering is now
my pet research area.
Friends in Twitter and Facebook have contributed
immensely to my research and lyric writing. They support me
with their feedback and thus help me create better lyrics.
This is where I've come following my dreams. I feel that
a beautiful journey has just begun. Glad you are with me. Let
us see where life takes us.