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Multi-talented ‘Vismaya’ Vinayak: A Radio-Jock who truly rocks!

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It is often said “all good things come in small packages,” so also is this diminutive bundle of talent, popularly known as ‘Vismaya’ Vinayak. A gifted multi-dimensional artist, 31-year-old Vinayak is a mimic, mime artiste, stand-up comedian, singer, scriptwriter, song-writer and Radio Jockey. However, behind all the outward bonhomie Vinayak projects, he is very down to earth. A true son of the soil, with all anecdotes narrated by him in Tulu going back to his roots, of which he is extremely proud of.

The youngest in a brood of 10, Vinayak had a normal childhood in Mangalore. His father was a sought after tile-maker and so would get offers from different states. Due to which the family often traveled to far-flung places. Vinayak’s mother was deep into ‘Bhajans’ and young Vinayak would be singing along from childhood. Unfortunately, his mother passed away when he was in the 9th standard. About his childhood Vinayak says “I would listen to the songs of Kishore Kumar and sing exactly like him. Also being a good mimic I would copy everyone around.”

Throughout his schooling at Kottara Primary School due to his teacher Narayana Master’s encouragement he got involved in stage plays, mimicry and singing. During his PUC at Canara High Schoolhe would accompany his elder brother, who used to do miming with Kudroli Ganesh Gopadkar’s team of magicians, mimicry and mime artistes. “I would observe Gopadkar doing his acts from far and thought I could do it too,” says Vinayak.

Gopadkar then took him under his wing to do magic and mime in his troupe. He learnt a lot under Gopadkar’s tutelage, with whom he worked for a year. “On his stage shows I tried many new concepts like mimicking a film trailer, which was hugely appreciated by the audience,” informs Vinayak.

In 2001, he joined ETV in the entertainment section. He was sent by them to Hyderabad and did programs in Hindi. After a year and half since he didn’t quite like it, came back to Mangalore and started freelancing. He used to be called by orchestra teams and was in great demand as MC and for mimicry.

Vinayak even went to Mumbai and did voice-overs and stage shows as a comedian and mimicry artist. However, he went through some real tough times there, as he was not given his due share monetarily and was compelled to return home.

Soon he came in touch with the famous comedian ‘Mimicry’ Dayanand and did numerous stage shows with him. It was Dayanand who saw Vianyak’s potential and gave him confidence that he had a good voice to be on radio. Radio Mirchi was being launched and Usha Singh, who was with Vinayak in ETV, suggested his name for Radio Mirchi’s Mangalore branch. This was in 2007, Vinayak was selected and the rest is history.

Vinayak started as RJ in the morning devotional slot, as a morning “mood freshener” In 2008, his ‘Sad’ a joking caricature was a super-hit with the listeners. He even did “Mirchi Talkies” consisting of old Kannada songs wherein he spoke on life and times of old Mangalore.

Then he did “Rewind Raga,” comprising of old retro songs with questions asked in between to listeners in Tulu. It was a hit as people used to feel as if “I was talking one-to-one with them directly.” His latest on air program is called “Tamashe factory” – a Tulu Jock talk packed with comedy content from 4 pm to 9 pm interspersed with Bollywood songs.

In this segment Vinayak carries out a hilarious impersonation of Kamala. It is already a super hit, with phone lines jammed with listeners jostling to talk. Says Vinayak “Laughter costs nothing, there is no tax. It’s totally free. So make the most of it.”





Like [1]Dislike [0] #17 , hubli2012-03-13
sir we are from karnataka institute of medical science hubli.we wanted your program..8904329262 its my contact no...i didnt get your no so..
Like [0]Dislike [0] #16 , hubli2012-03-13
sir we are from karnataka institute of medical science hubli.we wanted your program..8904329262 its my contact no...i didnt get your no so..
Like [2]Dislike [0] #15 , Allvoice2011-07-31
Thanks NINA for such priceless work truly you are the most enthusiastic scribbler of your age.
Like [3]Dislike [0] #14 , mangalore2011-07-28
Nina good work, keep writing
All the best.
Like [2]Dislike [0] #13 , Mangalore2011-07-28
vinayak one day we will all see u not in mangalore ull be a star recognised by the whole nation. kep it up all the best
Like [3]Dislike [0] #12 , Bangalore2011-07-27
First of all 'Vismaya' Vinayak hats off to you for the wonderful show you pull off with so much ease on Radio Mirchi...the Kamala impersonation segment is my're hilarious.
Kudos to the writer Nina Rai for a well written piece....Keep up the good work..Cheers!!
Like [2]Dislike [0] #11 , MANGALORE2011-07-27
gift of coastal belt. May Almighty Allah bless you to achieve great success in the filed of cultural extravaganza.
Like [1]Dislike [0] #10 , RE: RE: Multi-talented ‘Vismaya’ Vinayak – A Radio-Jock who truly rocks2011-07-27
Your story is an example of several success stories of people who persisted in discovering themselves by unleashing their tremendous potentials to become the best in their own rights in their chosen fields.

This is a testimony of the dictum, "You are the architect and achiever of your own destiny. Success is within oneself but it needs to be released. Release the success within you".
Like [2]Dislike [0] #9 , RE: Multi-talented ‘Vismaya’ Vinayak – A Radio-Jock who truly rocks2011-07-26
I wish you good luck in all your endeavors and that you make a name for it laden with greatness.
Like [2]Dislike [0] #8 , mangalore2011-07-26
thanks lott every one, thanks for the support.......
Like [1]Dislike [1] #7 , mangalore2011-07-26
thanks lott everyone, thanks for ur support....
Like [2]Dislike [0] #6 , Krishnpura2011-07-26
Hi VInayak...Yan think malthondhule undhu god korna gift....undhen eer Yedde time use maldhinet eer sucsees athar...Undhek erna parents masth support maldh uppyer...Anda purerlag enchina talent thikuji....U r great...Nanala edde apar...
Like [2]Dislike [0] #5 , Bengaluru2011-07-26
Vinayak is a bundle of energy.. meet maadidaga ankondirlilla... ee putaani... sikkapatte kalavida antha.. tumba khushi aaguthey... neenu tulu nalli maataadaaga
Like [2]Dislike [0] #4 , saudi arabia2011-07-25
keep it up my friend im really proud that you are my best friend for ever
Like [3]Dislike [0] #3 , saudi arabia2011-07-25
im very proud, that mr vinayak is my best friend, since from chilhood we are close friends,he was my classmate from 1st standard we enjoyed a lot in our school days
really he had a multi talented personality. i wish all the best for everything
Like [4]Dislike [1] #2 , mangalore2011-07-25
thanks a lott, minal
Like [7]Dislike [1] #1 , Mangalore2011-07-24
I am surprised by the amount of hard work you have put its amazing!!!!!!!!!!.Keep up the good work as it will let you reach the great heights you have set for yourself. You have worked in such a way that it will make you a role model for a lot of people. Wish you good luck and hope you keep up the hard and good work going. You have been an example of the most hardworking person ever. Hope you continue working with so much of dedication and bring about this same honesty for the rest of the years in your work. Well done!!!!!

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