Tippu (born L. N. Ekambaresh) is an Indian playback singer who has performed over 4000 songs in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu languages.
Tippu was born as Ekambaresh in Ponmalai, Trichy to Tamil couple S. Lakshmi Narayanan and M. K. Meenakshi.He has two siblings, an elder sister Gayathri and a younger sister Nithya. Tipu did his schooling at the Kamaraj Matric School, St. John's Matriculation Higher Secondary School Tamil Nadu.
Tippu is married to playback singer Harini. They have two children, a girl named Sai Smruti and a boy, Sai Abhyankar. He has sung 150 songs for Illayaraja and many songs for V. Harikrishna, Arjun Janya, A.R. Rahman, Vidhyasagar, DSP and Harris Jayaraj. He is very famous for voice modulation and articulated rendition in all languages.
Tippu has sung over 4000 songs in various languages such as Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. He has sung many hit songs in his career. He has lent his voice for the films starring South Indian super stars like Dr. Vishnuvardhan and Rajinikanth. He has sung for many stars in South India, but it is his combination with Kannada super star Puneeth Rajkumar that has struck a chord with the audience. This combination has given many hit songs to the industry. The songs 'Shiva antha hoguthidde' from Jackie, 'Yaavanig gothu' from Paramaathma, 'Hey hey Paaru' from Raaj, 'Hejjegondu hejje' from Prithvi, and 'Ley Ley' from Raam have all been major hits. His combination with the music director V. Harikrishna is very popular. They have delivered hit songs like 'Aakasha ishta aagideyo' from Gaalipata, 'Shiva antha hoguthidde' from Jackie, 'Yaavanig gothu' from Paramaathma, 'Hey hey Paaru' from Raaj, 'Ley Ley' from Raam, 'Junglee Shivalingu' from Junglee, and 'Edeyolage guitar' from Only Vishnuvardhana, most of them written by top lyricist and filmmaker Yogaraj Bhat.
Tippu has sung hit songs in Tamil also. His songs like 'Enai konjam' from Kakha Kakha, 'Raa raa' from Chandramukhi, 'O nanbane' from Dil, and 'Girlfriend' from Boys have all topped the charts. He has sung for many super stars of the industry like Vikram, Surya, and Arya.