Hiphop Tamizha is an Indian musical duo consisting of Adhithya "Adhi" Ramachandran Venkatapathy and Jeeva R. based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Initially underground, the duo achieved wide recognition through the track "Club le Mabbu le"; a radio performance of the song received over two million views within a week of its release on YouTube in 2011.
Adhi's full name is Adhithya Ramachandran Venkatapathy and he was born on 20 February 1990, while Jeeva R. was born on 29 June 1991. Adhi was born into a middle-class family with no knowledge in music or cinema; his father works at Bharathiar University while his mother comes from an agricultural background.
Adhi named his account on the video-sharing site YouTube as "Hiphop Tamizha" with an image of the Tamil poet Subramania Bharati, to avoid being caught by his parents. Adhi's father had initially opposed his idea of choosing music as his career; Adhi himself had no formal education in music. He studied at Chavara Vidya Bhavan, and electrical engineering at Bannari Amman Institute of Technology.
He holds a state-level rank in Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test and is a graduate in Master of Business Administration from University of Madras. As of October 2014, he was studying a Ph.D course at Bharathiar University, which he completed in June 2015. Jeeva studied Visual communication at Loyola College, Chennai from 2010 to 2013.
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