Composer S.S. Kumaran, who recently launched an online voice bank, says he would like to bring aspiring singers with good command of the Tamil language, to gain limelight through this initiative.
Known for composing music for films like "Poo" and "Kalavani", Kumaran is not in favour of encouraging actors-turned-singers, who can't understand or speak the language.
"The latest trend in industry is that an increasing number of actresses are turning singers. Firstly, most of them don't even dub in their own voice for their films. In that case, how can they even sing for films? I feel singers should know and understand the language they're singing in," Kumaran told IANS.
Tamil film actresses such as Shruti Haasan, Andrea Jeremiah and Lakshmi Menon recently turned singers.
"We have a lot of untapped potential. The reason I've set up this online voice bank is to bring fresh talent to limelight. Aspiring singers can post their songs in the voice bank and if I'm impressed, I'll make them sing in my films," he added.
He also wants other music composers to make use of his voice bank.
"I would be happy if other composers also make use of talent from my voice bank. It will be encouraging for aspiring singers to look at singing as a profession and not just a hobby. I also plan to extend this invitation to lyricists," he said.
Kumaran is currently busy composing tunes for Tamil film "Inippu Kaaram".