Gana Bala (Bigg Boss) Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Chennai
Marital Status: Married
Age: 52 Years

Gana Bala

Real nameM. Bala Murugan [1]
Nickname(s)• Anathai Bala
• 'Gana Kuyil King' Bala
Profession(s)• Playback singer
• Lyricist
• Actor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutFilm (singing): 'Pathinoru Peru Aattam' from the Tamil film 'Piragu' (2007)
Poster of the 2007 Tamil film 'Piragu'
TV (singing): Gana Kuyil Pattu (2008) on Kalaignar TV as a 'contestant'
Gana Bala in a still from the 2008 Tamil reality TV show 'Gaana Kuyil Paatu'
Film (lyricist): 'Nadukadalula Kappala' from the Tamil film 'Attakathi' (2012)
Film (acting): 'Piragu' (2007) as a 'mechanic'
TV (acting): 'Bigg Boss' Tamil (2023) on Star Vijay as a 'wildcard contestant'
Gana Bala as a wildcard contestant of 'Bigg Boss' Tamil season 7
Awards2013: Best Playback Singer (Male) Award for the songs 'Aadi Pona Aavani' and 'Nadukadalula Kappala' from the Tamil film 'Attakathi' at the Vikatan Awards 2012
Personal Life
Date of Birth20 June 1971 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023)52 Years
BirthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac signGemini
College/UniversityPresidency College, Chennai
Educational Qualification(s)• Studied Botany at the Presidency College
• Master of Botany
• Studied law [2]The Hindu
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpouseName Not Known
Gana Bala with his wife and children
ChildrenHe has a daughter and a son named Abimanyu.
Gana Bala with his children
ParentsFather- V. S. Mani
Mother- M. Punniyam

Gana Bala

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gana Bala

  • Gana Bala is an Indian playback singer, lyricist, and actor. He is well-known for singing in the Gaana genre of Tamil music. In 2023, he appeared as a wildcard contestant in the Tamil reality TV show ‘Bigg Boss’ season 7, which aired on Star Vijay and Disney+ Hotstar.
  • Before entering the Tamil music industry, he began to work as a lawyer at Madras High Court. [3]Deccan Chronicle
  • In 2012, he hit the spotlight after he lent his voice to the songs the songs ‘Aadi Pona Aavani’ and ‘Nadukadalula Kappal’ from the Tamil film’Attakathi.’

    Poster of the 2012 Tamil film 'Attakathi'

    Poster of the 2012 Tamil film ‘Attakathi’

  • He has sung songs composed by many popular Tamil music composers including Yuvan Shankar Raja, G. V. Prakash Kumar, and Srikanth Deva.
  • Some of the popular Tamil songs sung by Gana Bala include ‘Lovely Ladies’ from the Tamil film ‘Naan Sigappu Manithan’ (2014), ‘Ulagam Oruvanukka’ from the Rajinikanth starrer film ‘Kabali’ (2016), and ‘Kadamaiyai Sei’ from the 2022 Tamil film ‘Kadamaiyai Sei.’
  • He released a music album ‘Vaanavil’ in 2011.
  • In 2013, he sang the song ‘Uruvaakum Karuvil’ from Sun TV’s Tamil family show ‘Vamsam.’

  • In 2016, he lent his voice to the title track ‘Darling Da Da’ from Zee Tamil’s comedy TV show ‘Darling Darling.’
  • Apart from singing, he has also appeared in special roles in music videos of many Tamil songs including ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ (2014), ‘Ambaani Ponnu’ (2015), ‘Atta Kathi Mokka Peesu’ (2015), and ‘Manasu Sari Illai’ (2016).
  • In an interview, he mentioned that if he hadn’t pursued a career in singing, he would have chosen politics. He contested the local municipal elections twice; however, he lost both times by slender margins. [4]The Hindu
  • He has also written lyrics to many Tamil songs including ‘Edhathaan Kanduttey Nee Pudhusa’ (2013), ‘Scenu Scenu’ (2014), ‘Santhayila Bajarula’ (2014), and ‘Partha Oru Lookla’ (2015).

    Gana Bala in a still from the music video of the song 'Don't Worry'

    Gana Bala in a still from the music video of the song ‘Don’t Worry’

  • In 2017, he made an announcement that he would quit singing in films. In an interview, he talked about why he decided to stop singing in films. He said,

    I turned 48 this month, and I made a birthday resolution to stop singing in films by the end of this year. I was lucky enough to get noticed by a composer. It gave me a big break and there has been no looking back since. But now, it’s time to pass the chance on to others who deserve it. If I don’t sing in 100 songs, that means the opportunity will go to 100 others, right? I used to write most of my songs. But I don’t do it anymore because many expect me to write songs in gibberish, just because it is catchy, and it doesn’t make sense to me. That’s why I gave it some time. I will complete all my recordings within this year. I will also continue singing for charitable and welfare causes.” [5]Deccan Chronicle