D. Imman

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D. Imman
Background information
Birth name Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran[1]
Born (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 32)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Filmi
Occupation(s) Composer, record producer, music director, arranger, singer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Harpejji, Continuum Fingerboard, Keyboard, Piano, Accordion, Goblet, Drum, Concert Harp
Years active 2002–present

Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran, better known as D. Imman (டீ. இமான்), is an Indian film composer and singer, predominantly working in the Tamil film industry. His first film as music director was Thamizhan in 2001. Since then he has composed music for more than 25 films.[2][3][4][5]

Early and personal life[edit]

Imman was born in Chennai, India. He is the son of J. David Kirubakkara Dass, who was a teacher. Imman started playing music at a very early age. His early years were spent in Chennai and he subsequently attended Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai and later Pachaiyappa's College. He received his Masters' degree from the University of Madras.

Married to Monica Richard on 24 April 2008,[6] D. Imman has got two daughters, Veronica Dorothy Imman and Blessica Kathy Imman.


Imman began work on music for films aged 15, apprenticing under music composers Mahesh Mahadevan and Adithyan by playing the keyboard. During the period, he also worked on private albums and his work was noticed by television serial producers Kutty Padmini and Prabhu Nepal, who gave him the opportunity to work on the theme song and background music for their drama Krishnadasi, which began running in 2000.[7] He subsequently began to get further work in the television circuit, garnering opportunities to score music for over 5000 episodes in shows including Kolangal, Police Diary and Mandhira Vaasal. Kutty Padmini then gave him the chance to score music and compose songs for his first feature film, Kaadhale Swasam, a romantic film featuring Karthik and Meena. However despite a grand audio launch in November 2001, the film failed to have a theatrical release. Producer Venkateswaran, was impressed with Imman's work in the album, and gave him the opportunity to compose the music for Thamizhan (2002).[7] The album won positive reviews, with the composer also featuring the voices of the lead actors Vijay and Priyanka Chopra for a particular song. However, Imman subsequently went through another difficult period, with several of his films becoming dropped or shelved after production began and he revealed he considered a return to just being a keyboard player.[7]

Despite the success of individual songs such as "Azhagiya Asura" from Whistle (2003), he failed to garner offers for big films.[8] His next successful album was for Sundar C's masala film starring Arjun, Giri (2004), with the song Dai Kaiyaa Vechukittu being well received with the town and rural audiences. The success of the project, prompted several subsequent collaborations where Sundar C was director or where Arjun played the lead actor. Despite receiving relatively high-profile work, Imman remarked that he felt pigeonholed by the work he was getting in the period and was not approached by directors to be a part of realistic cinema ventures.[7]

The positive reviews that his work in Prabhu Solomon's Mynaa (2010) received, coupled with the film's box office success prompted bigger offers for Imman.[7] He has subsequently collaborated with Prabhu Solomon for the rest of his trilogy of romantic films, earning acclaim for his work in Kumki (2012) and Kayal (2014). Similarly he has struck a similar successful combination with director Suseenthiran, winning positive reviews for his work on Pandianadu (2013) and Jeeva (2014).[8] For the first time, he is conducting his own concert in Malaysia.[9]


Upcoming projects[edit]

Released projects[edit]

Year Film Other Languages Notes
2015 Valiyavan
2014 Vellaikaara Durai
2014 Kayal
2014 Jeeva
2014 Oru Oorla Rendu Raja
2014 Sigaram Thodu
2014 Ennathan Pesuvatho Soundtrack released, film unreleased[11]
2014 Tenaliraman
2014 Yennamo Yedho
2014 Jilla
2014 Rummy
2013 Pandianadu Palnadu (Telugu) [12]
2013 Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam Vijay Award for Favourite Song ("Oodha Coloru Ribbon")
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Music Director
2013 Desingu Raja
2013 Therodum Veedhiyile Soundtrack released, film unreleased[13]
2012 Kumki Gajaraju (Telugu) Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Music Director
Edison Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil ("Onnum Puriyala")
Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Vijay Award for Favourite Song ("Sollitaley Ava Kaadhala")
2012 Saattai
2012 Amara
2012 Manam Kothi Paravai Anjada Gandu (Kannada remake)
2012 Vetkathai Kettal Enna Tharuvaai
2011 Maharaja
2011 Uchithanai Muharnthaal
2011 Thambikottai
2011 Mudhal Idam
2010 Mynaa Prema Khaidi (Telugu) Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Music Director
2010 Vandae Maatharam Vandae Maatharam (Malayalam) Malayalam-Tamil bilingual
2010 Vaadaa
2010 Vilai
2010 Ninaivil Nindraval
2010 Kacheri Arambam
2009 Maasilamani
2009 Naan Avanillai 2
2009 Ainthaam Padai
2009 Odipolama Lechipodama (Telugu)
2008 Vambu Sandai Lakshmi Putrudu (Telugu)
2008 Durai
2007 Veerappu
2007 Marudhamalai
2007 Lee
2007 Thavam
2006 Kalinga
2006 Rendu Rendu (Telugu)
2006 Thiruvilayadal Arambam
2006 Kusthi
2006 Madrasi Sivakasi (Telugu)
2006 Vathiyar Ayyaa (Telugu)
2006 Nenjil Jil Jil
2006 Thalai Nagaram
2006 Kovai Brothers
2005 6'2
2005 Garam Masala (Hindi) Only film score
2005 Thaka Thimi Tha
2005 Anbe Vaa
2005 Chinna
2005 ABCD
2004 Aanai
2004 Isra (Malayalam)
2004 Giri
2004 Kis Kis Ki Kismat (Hindi)
2003 Whistle
2003 Khwaish (Hindi) Only film score
2003 Sena
2002 Thamizhan
2002 Kadhale Swasam Soundtrack released, film unreleased



  1. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/tamil/%E2%80%98Maybe-I-Needn%E2%80%99t-have-Shortened-my-Name%E2%80%99/2014/12/25/article2586963.ece
  2. ^ "I prefer melody to pacy songs: Imman". The New Indian Express. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "- Imman, the Tamil music director to watch". andhracafe.com. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Profile of Music Director D Imman". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 2005. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Udhav Naig (3 October 2013). "Winning streak". The Hindu. 
  6. ^ "Imman to tie the knot". Indiaglitz. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e http://silverscreen.in/features/factory-made-the-d-imman-interview/
  8. ^ a b http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/interview-with-imman/article6711006.ece
  9. ^ http://www.paatuvarigal.com/p/imman-live-concert-in-malaysia.html
  10. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/Samuthirakani-is-Sivakarthikeyans-villain/articleshow/39239602.cms
  11. ^ TNN Dec 6, 2012, 11.12AM IST (2012-12-06). "Vimal next in 'Desingu Raja' - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Vishal, now a producer too". The Times of India. TNN. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  13. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (2012-09-29). "Therodum Veediyile: Promising tunes". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 

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