Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam, also known by his initials A. D. K. or simply Dinesh Kanagaratnam, is a Sri Lankan R&B and hip hop artist and music producer who has composed tracks in Tamil language. He also often collaborates with music directors in Tamil cinema as a playback singer.
Dinesh was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He studied information technology (IT) in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India and started teaching IT courses in Sri Lanka. He began working with local musicians part time to pursue his interest in music. In year 2004, he was given a chance by Bathiyan, an artist in Sri Lanka. He started recording rap songs, until he was discovered by Vijay Antony, whom he collaborated with for the song "Aathichudi" for the soundtrack of the film TN 07 AL 4777 (2008) in 2008 which is a remake of ADK’s Surangani. Back in Sri Lanka, he did a cross-culture album in 2005 which is a song that consists of Tamil, Sinhala and English.