Vinayagam was born on 10 December 1943 in mayiladuthurai. He entered into Tamil industry in the year 2003. He is the son of famous dancer, Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai. He learnt Hindustani music from his uncle, C. S. Jayaraman who was a noted actor, music director and a successful playback singer of Tamil cinema during the period, 1940s to 1960’s. He started hear songs and attend music concerts at the age of 7. He was fascinated with nadaswaram at a young age. Manikka made a late entry to film industry in the 2000’s though he has been associated with music since younger days. He debuted as a playback singer in the Tamil film Dhill, with the song "Kannukkulla Gelathi" composed by Vidyasagar. His debut in acting was for Thiruda Thirudi playing the father character to Dhanush. Since then, he has sung close to 800 songs in various languages. Apart from these, he has sung close to 15,000 devotional and folk songs.
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