Kamahl

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Name
Kamahl Gender: M
Kandiah Kamaleswaran
born on 13 November 1934 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM )
Place Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3n10, 101e42
Timezone LST m110e (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 20°06' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 07°50 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 02°23'



Biography

Malaysian-born Sri Lankan-Australian singer and entertainer known for his sex appeal, kaftans and deep voice. Despite his regal onstage presence and

nickname "Prince of Suave," the charismatic and exotic Kamahl was not born -- as popular myth would have it -- a Malayan prince (the supposed "Son of the Lotus King,") but the son of humble parents in Kuala Lumpur, capital of the then British colony of Malaya. Kamahl's father, a chief clerk in the engineering dept. of Malaya Railways had migrated from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to Malaya in 1919. From 1936-38 the young Kamahl lived with his mother in her hometown of Jaffna in Ceylon, then returning to KL where he grew up until attending school at King's College in Adelaide, South Australia, 1953-55.

At King's, Kamahl excelled as a cricket-player, his friends calling him "Camel." He began singing in the city's coffee bars while attending the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, upgrading to the Lido club and then his first TV spot as a guest act on the opening night of "Adelaide Tonight," 10/17/1959, soon becoming a regular on the show. On 2/11/1961 he debuted on national TV on Melbourne's "BP Super Show" and despite an initially lacklustre performance, was declared "A New Song Star" by TV Times. A month later he appeared more dashingly confident during a Sydney telecast.

From 1962-64 Kamahl lived in a Sydney hotel then with the family of Rupert Murdoch who had given him his first big break. While performing on the nightclub circuit he met Sahodra Tikaram (b. 6/26/1940 in Fiji), an Indian woman training as a nurse. Although both Hindu, the fair-complexioned Sahodra and mahogany-dark Kamahl came from different cultural backgrounds with different native languages and castes. They married on 6/29/1966 at the Sydney registry office and Kamahl took Australian citizenship on 3/09/1967. Their son Rajan (now a music producer) was born 5/25/1969 and daughter Rani (now a pop singer) on 9/17/1971, both in Sydney.

Kamahl's first album was "A Voice to Remember," released October 1967and his first single, "The Impossible Dream" followed in April 1968. He played an Aboriginal Australian killer and captive in the film, "Journey Out of Darkness," 1967, and appeared in an episode of television's "The Rovers" in 1969, but declared his forte to be singing, not acting. Kamahl's 2nd album, "Dreams of Gold," 1969, went Gold along with 21 of his other recordings through the 1970s, by which time he was visiting London annually and appearing on TV shows such as "The Harry Secombe Show," "The Golden Slot" and "Stars on Sunday." On 4/27/1975 Kamahl appeared solo at the London Palladium, dressed in a gold lamé caftan with crimson velvet trimmings.

Later that night after his stellar Palladium performance Kamahl learned that he was a million dollars in debt to an Australian bank, so he took to touring endlessly in Australia and overseas until he paid off the costs of

his earlier lavish lifestyle. While his album, "Kamahl Live at Carnegie Hall," 1976, went gold in Australia he achieved less stardom in the USA, although Bob Hope once asked him in a private quip if it was true that he had "three balls" -- an allusion to the depth of Kamahl's voice. Always outspoken about racism, Kamahl was publicly outraged when his requests to join the line-up for Australia's royal Bicentennial Concert in 1988 were rejected. Kamahl later that year served as an honorary ambassador for Brisbane Expo. In 1994 he received his A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) for services to the community and entertainment industry. He was appointed N.S.W. Father of the Year in 1998.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Family : Change residence 1936 (Moved with mom to Jaffna, Ceylon)
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1953 (King's College, two years)
  • Work : New Career 17 October 1959 (First appearance on "Adelaide Tonight")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 11 February 1961 (Appeared on "BP Super Show")
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  • Family : Change residence 1962 (Lived with Rupert Murdoch's family, two years)
  • Relationship : Marriage 29 June 1966 (Sahodra Tikaram)
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  • Work : New Career 1967 (Appeared in movie)
  • Social : Joined group 9 March 1967 (Became Australian citizen)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released October 1967 (First album released)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 25 May 1969 (Son Rajan born)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 17 September 1971 (Daughter Rani born)
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  • Work : Gain social status 27 April 1975 (Solo appearance at the London Palladium)
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  • Financial : Worst Period 27 April 1975 (Learned he was a million in debt)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (Honorary ambassador for Brisbane Expo)
  • Work : Prize 1994 (Member of the Order of Australia)
  • Work : Prize 1998 (N.S.W. Father of the Year Award)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Christopher Day, "Kamahl: An Impossible Dream," Sydney, Random House 1995, p.2, "He was born Kandiah Kamaleswaran -- that is, Kamaleswaran-son-of-Kandiah -- at 11:30 on the morning of Tuesday, 13 November 1934 ... in the family quarters at Tang Lin Hospital" in KL." (The time standard is -7:20 = 4:10 AM GMT)

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Extremely deep voice)
  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic (Exotic sex appeal)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (From 1966)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two, one son and one daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (International appearances)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extreme ups and downs
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Financial crisis (A million in debt)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Malaysia to Australia)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Night club circuit initially)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Gold albums)

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