First Lankan to sing in mainstream Tamil cinema


Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam

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LANKAREPORTER.COM — Canada’s Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam is a child prodigy.


As a three-year-old she began her journey as a Carnatic vocal student performing and participating in vocal competitions and, at seven took part in a song competition subsequently making her debut as a playback singer at a tender age in Tamil film Appa, made in Canada.


She also took up lessons in Bhrathantayam, learnt to play veena and piano and western classical vocals and held her Bhratnatyam Arangetram in 2013.


In the summer of 2016 she reached a new high in her burgeoning career being the first Sri Lankan to sing a song in a mainstream Tamil film the title of which is  Bogan.


This is an upcoming Tamil fantasy action comedy produced by popular actor/dancer Prabhu Deva, two-time Indian National Film Awards winner for Best Choreography and starring  Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy, Hansika Motwani and Akshara Gowda.


The music is composed by whizkid D. Imman who had composed music for more than 70 films. The prolific composer met Luksimi during one of his visits to Toronto and invited her to sing a melody titled Senthoora for Bogan.


“Working with Imman Sir was a rewarding experience” she recalls and adds that despite his monumental contribution to Tamil cinema he remains a very down-to-earth person who is very humble, guiding her through the entire process of recording her debut in the mainstream Tamil film.


She is thrilled to know that Senthoora has been well received by music fans. The haunting melody which can be viewed on Youtube is testimony to her prolific talent. The video also adds a Toronto flavour to the melody. Parts of the song have been shot against the backdrop of the popular Greek Theatre at the Scarborough Guildwood Park.

Luksimi who is a graduate as Voice Performance Specialist from the University of Toronto and is in the process of completing her post-graduate music education in Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

She says she is planning to continue her playback singing  adding that she has a deep passion for teaching music and curriculum-based subjects to ’shape our future by balancing both my music career and teaching aspirations’.


The multi-talented vocalist  also sings in English, Hindi, German, Italian, French and Latin.


Apart from winning at awards at various singing competitions Luksimi had been featured on albums and had performed on stage with many accomplished international artists like Steve Cliff Valentine, Maalavika Sundar, Saivignesh Ramakrishnan, M.L. R Karthikeyan, Pravin Saivi, Devan Ekambaram, Rahul Nambiar, Sweta Mohan, Haricharan, and Unni Menon.