Devi Sri Prasad

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Devi Sri Prasad
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Background information
Native name దేవి శ్రీ ప్రసాద్
Also known as D.S.P
Born Vedurupaka, Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres Film score, electronic, dance
Occupation(s) Music director, playback singer, lyricist
Instruments Vocals, Synth, Keyboard, Piano, Mandolin, Harmonium, Drums
Years active 1999–present

Devi Sri Prasad is an Indian music composer, playback singer and lyricist in Telugu and Tamil films, currently residing in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Early life[edit]

Devi Sri Prasad was born in Vedurupaka, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India. His family later moved to Chennai where he completed his schooling and BBA graduation. At school, he studied Kabir dohas and composef tunes for them.[1] His father G. Satya Murthy is a script writer and his grandmother Devi Meenakshi is a classical musician.[2]

He is a disciple of mandolinist U. Srinivas and he learnt Carnatic music from him. He was heavily inspired by the works of Ilaiyaraaja and Michael Jackson.[3]


He started off by composing tunes for college functions. He gave music to '50–50', a serial on Gemini TV and lent his voice to its title song. He got the big break when Magnasound featured his song 'Ey Unnoda' in the their collection of Tamil pop songs called 'Dance Party'. This song, along with the video, catapulted his music career into a new dimension. Later on, the company asked him to do his own album, and it was eventually released as 'Mr.Devi'.[4]

Producer M.S. Raju was impressed with his talent and asked him to compose for his mythological movie 'Devi'. DSP, the 17-year-old debutant surprised everyone with his songs and meticulous re-recording involving vedic chants and choral hymns. Both soundtrack and background score were highly appreciated with the song "Nee Navve" still being very popular. He then composed a single song "Konte Baapu" for popular Telugu director Srinu Vaitla's directorial debut venture Nee Kosam. His next venture was 'Navvuthu Bratakalira' and the songs "Dhinana Thom Thakita" and "Konaseema Kurradanni Ro" became popular and earned him more opportunities.

His big breakthrough came with Anandam in 2001 and the album went on to become a colossal hit and changed his life as a composer. Songs like "Kanulu Therichina" and "Evaraina Epudaina" had a huge impact and DSP's career took an upswing from here. The peppy "Udayinchina" from Kalusukovalani is still popular and is performed in many dance shows. Krishna Vamsi's patriotic film Khadgam followed and became a big hit musically due to "Nuvvu Nuvvu", "Govinda" and "Aha Allari".

His first major venture was the romantic comedy Manmadhudu, starring Tollywood biggie Nagarjuna. The songs were appreciated for their freshness and melody. Even his background score for the film was highly appreciated.

Varsham earned him stardom as a composer with all songs becoming huge hits. The songs "Nuvvostanante" and "Mellaga" are still popular among the youth. The album is another landmark in DSP's career after 'Anandam' and he was soon flooded with offers. It fetched him his first Filmfare Best Telugu Music Director Award. Venky was extremely popular, thanks to dance numbers like "Silakemo" and "Gongura Thotakada".

He composed music for Sukumar's directorial debut Arya. The whole album became hugely popular, especially among the youth. He then composed music for Megastar Chiranjeevi starrer Shankar Dada MBBS and Nagarjuna starrer Mass. They became huge hits and catapulted DSP to the top league of music directors. These albums also cemented his place in the industry and he proved his versatility in composing mass as well as melodious songs Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Sachien and Bunny fared really well among his next few albums. "Kanmoodi" and "Vaadi Vaadi" from 'Sachien' were instant hits and DSP's success streak extended to Tamil Industry too.In 2005 Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana film he fetched second Filmfare Best Telugu Music Director Award.

He started off 2006 by composing Prabhu Deva's periodic drama Pournami. The album was well received, but it was overshadowed by the tremendous musical success of Bommarillu .Consequently Devi Sri Prasad won his third Filmfare Best Telugu Music Director Award for his highly acclaimed work in 'Bommarillu'. After Jagadam and Shankar Dada Zindabad, he got special recognition for composing item numbers.

The music of Pawan Kalyan starrer Jalsa became a stupendous success best music album of the year. Kamal Haasan chose Devi Sri Prasad for the background score of his magnum opus Dasavathaaram and his dream of working with the legendary actor came true.[5] His ability to compose, sing, write and set the stage afire during live shows made Kamal Haasan call him 'The Showman'.[6] "Daddy Mummy" from Villu and "Excuse Me" from Kanthaswamy became very popular and enhanced his reputation.

"Ringa Ringa" from Arya 2 was a chartbuster and received nation wide recognition. Popular Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan once danced to this song while another star Salman Khan used it in his movie Ready.

He then composed for the Jr. NTR starter Adhurs, which became another landmark in his career with all the songs topping the charts. The album featured popular Bollywood singer Mika Singh debuting in Telugu, along with Jr. NTR rendering another chartbuster.

Notable albums like Namo Venkatesa, Singam, Manmadhan Ambu, Mr.Perfect, 100% Love, Dhada, Oosaravelli and Venghai followed, with most of them becoming commercially and critically successful. 100% Love earned rave reviews for its novelty and appealing mix of numbers.

Among them the albums of 2012, Gabbar Singh, Julayi and Sarocharu were highly successful. The music of 'Gabbar Singh' became a massive hit. For his acclaimed and hugely popular work for the film, he received his fourth Filmfare Best Telugu Music Director Award. The background score of Damarukam was highly appreciated.

In 2013 Mirchi, Iddarammayilatho, Singam II, Yevadu, Attharintiki Daaredhi and Mahesh Babu starrer 1-Nenokkadine albums achieved phenomenal success and went on to become the biggest musical hits of 2013. The background score of '1-Nenokkadine' got special mention and is regarded as his best work till date. His work for Ajith's Veeram was a big plus for the movie success with "Nallavannu" and the title track becoming superhits.Attharintiki Daaredhi film he won his fifth Filmfare Best Telugu Music Director Award.

His collaborations with directors such as Srinu Vaitla, Sukumar and Trivikram produced some of his career best works.

Other works[edit]

Apart from composing, he sang some of his tracks too. He also sang for A.R Rahman, M.M. Keeravani, Mani Sharma, Yuvan Shankar Raja and others. He occasionally writes lyrics for some of his songs. He is passionate about photography too and his recording studio in Vadapalani has facilities for photo shoots.[7]


As composer[edit]

Year Telugu Tamil Other languages
1999 Devi Devi Devi (Telugu)
Nee Kosam (1 Song – Konte bapu)
2000 Navvuthu bratakalira
2001 Anandam Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu • # (2003)
Badri(Tamil) • (Background score)
2002 Priyanesthama • (1 Song- Arere arere)
Kalusukovalani Ice # (2003)
Khadgam Marte Dam Tak (Hindi)
Thotti Gang
2003 Varsham Mazhai # (2005) Barish: The Season Of Love (Hindi)
2004 Venky Police Police (Hindi)
Yours Abhi Humse Hai Zamana (Hindi)
Arya Kutty # (2010) Arya – Proud of Youth (2006) (Malayalam), Arya Ki Prem Pratigya (Hindi)
Shankar Dada MBBS
Mass Veeran Meri Jung (2006) (Hindi)
Naa Alludu Madurai Mappilai Main Hoon Gambler (Hindi)
Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana Something Something ... Unakkum Enakkum # (2006)
2005 Thirupaachi (1 Song – Kattu Kattu)
Kidnap (2006) Maayavi
Bunny Bunny (2007) (Malayalam), Bunny – The Super Hero (Hindi)
Sachin (2009) Sachien Ghamandee (Hindi)
Bhadra Brahmam (Malayalam) , Badla (Hindi)
Oka Oorilo
Andarivaadu Ek Aur Himmatwala (Hindi)
Aaru Aaru The Return of Ghajini (Hindi)
2006 Pournami Pournami Tridev -Pyaar Ki Jung (Hindi)
Bommarillu Santosh Subramaniam # (2008)
Rakhi Rakhi (2010)
2007 Jagadam
Aata Ghillida (2009)
Shankar Dada Zindabad
Tulasi Tulasi (Malayalam), Real Hero (Hindi)
2008 Jalsa Yeh Hai Jalsa
Sangama • (Kannada)
King Pudhukottai Azhagan (2009) King (Malayalam) (2009) , King No. 1 (Hindi)
Dasavathaaram (Background score) Dasavathaaram (Background score) Dashavatar (Hindi: Background score)
2009 Yamakantri (2011) Villu Ek Aur Jaanbaaz Khiladi (Hindi)
Mallanna Kanthaswamy Shiva – The Super Hero (Hindi)
Arya 2 Arya 2 (2010) (Malayalam)
Arya – Ek Deewana (2011) (Hindi)
Adurs Judwaa No.1 (Hindi)
2010 Namo Venkatesa Rakhwala Pyar Ka (Hindi)
Sye Aata
Yamudu Singam The figtherman singham (Hindi)
Manmadha Baanam Manmadhan Ambu
2011 Mr.Perfect No.1 Mr. Perfect (Hindi)
100% Love 100% Love (Malayalam), 100% Kaadhal (Tamil)
Dhada Tiger Viswa Dhada (Hindi)
Simhaputrudu Venghai Meri Taqat Mera Faisla (Hindi)
Oosaravelli Mar Mitenge (Hindi)
Ready (Hindi) (Dhinka Chika Song only)
2012 Gabbar Singh Policewala Gunda (Hindi)
Julayi Gajapokkiri (Malayalam)

Dangerous Khiladi (Hindi)

Maximum (Hindi) (1 Song – Aa ante)
Damarukam Shiva The Super Hero 2 (Hindi)
Bad Boy Alex Pandian Alex Pandian (Hindi)
2013 Mirchi
Iddarammayilatho Romeo and Juliets (Malayalam)
Dangerous Khiladi 2 (Hindi)
Yamudu II Singam II Main Hoon Surya Singham II (Hindi)
Yevadu Yaar Ivan Bhaiyya My Brother (Malayalam)
Attharintiki Daaredhi
1: Nenokkadine
Veerudokkade Veeram
2014 Jai Ho • (Hindi) (1 Song – Naacho Re)
Alludu Seenu

As Playback Singer[edit]

For other composers –


  • Sri Ramadasu – Holessa
  • Manmadha – Thathai Thathai
  • Prema Chadarangam – Muddula Chilaka
  • Villain – Kullu Pudithe (backing vocals)
  • Neekemanasichanu – Andhi Andhaka
  • Annayya – Aata kavala paata kavala (Rap)
  • Okkadunadu – Asalakkarledu
  • Yuvakudu – Chitikesthe, Jagada jagada
  • Chapter 6 – Lakkapidathala
  • Mayajalam – Hot Summer
  • Vamsi – Vecha Vechaga
  • Sye – Pantham
  • Kasko – Whistle Kottu
  • Uncle – Enjoy Chesey
  • Anaganaga Oo Ammayi – Too Much Too Much
  • Akasa Veedhilo – Vennello Aadapilla Nuvvaite
  • Allari Bullodu- Daaskunte Dhana Dhan
  • Sri Krishna 2006 – Soniye
  • Okkadu Chalu – Hungama re Hungama re
  • Jodi no.1 2003 – Iddaru Kalisi
  • U and I – Mudugantalu
  • Natho Vasthava – Kingura Thammudu
  • June July – Just Love Me Baby
  • Andamaina manasulo – Ammai Navvindi


  • Badri – King of Chennai, Angel, Adi Jivunnu Jivunnu
  • Naanayam – Ka Ka Ka
  • Jay Jay – Jee Boomba


  • Rocky – 20 20 Balle Balle

As lyricist[edit]

Film Song
Anandam Premante emitante
Kalusukovalani Akasam, Udayinchina
Varsham Neeti Mullai
Oka Oorilo Chandamama Okati
Shankardada MBBS Thellarindoi, Chaila Chaila
Shankardada Zindabad Good Morning Hyderabad
Gabbar Singh Pilla
Julai O Madhu
Iddarammayilatho Shankarabaranamtho
Attarintiki Daredi Ninnu Chudagane


Year Film Language Notes
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Telugu Cameo appearance in a song
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Telugu Cameo appearance in a song
2010 Manmadhan Ambu Tamil Cameo appearance in a song
2011 Vedi Tamil Cameo appearance in Kadhalikka Pennoruthi
2012 Julayi Telugu Pakado promo song
2013 Attarintiki Daredi Telugu Cameo appearance in Ninnu Chudagane


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