|Birth name||Govindaraju Gangaraju|
|Occupation(s)||Film composer, instrumentalist|
|Instruments||Keyboards, vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, percussion, other|
Born as Govindaraju Gangaraju, Dr.Hamsalekha (Kannada: ಡಾ.ಹಂಸಲೇಖ) is a music director and lyricist, screen play and dialogue writer in the South Indian Film Industry, prominently the Kannada film industry. He has composed music for more than 300 feature films and has written lyrics for about the same number. He has also composed for Tamil and Telugu films. His popularity in the Kannada music industry rose with his tunes and lyrics in the film Premaloka (1987). His mother tongue is Kannada and his hometown is Mysore, India. He has won 6 Filmfare Awards for Best Music Director Category.
Hamsalekha was born Govindaraju Gangaraju. He is married to Latha, an established playback singer. He was introduced into feature films by director M. N. Prasad, who provided an opportunity to write for the film Triveni. His debut film as a musician was the 1981 film Rahuchandra, but his popularity soared only after his association with actor-director Ravichandran. Premaloka, released in 1987, brought them together for a collaboration that would endure for over 12 years.
Hamsalekha's style includes elements of western and Hindustani music. He plays keyboards, guitar, piano, harmonium, and percussion and sings. His wife Latha is also a singer. Some of her popular songs include "Aakaaradalli sharabu thubide" from Anjada Gandu and "aa arunodaya chenda" from the movie Arunodaya. She is still popular among lovers of film music.
Hamsalekha and his wife Latha have a son Alankar. On lines of talent in family, Alankar too is connected with Arts, Music and Films. He attempted a stint in movies. Few of his released and unreleased movies are Sugghi, Tapori, Roja. Kannada Film Star of Mungarumale fame, Golden Star Ganesh played a role in Tapori during his struggling phase with Alankar in lead role.
After working on Premaloka, Hamsalekha became one of the most prolific music directors in Kannada film, with many hits. He made occasional use of many genres of music, including Western, pop, rock, hip hop, Indian classical, folk, ghazals, Sufi, and item songs. "Chandakinta Chanda", a ghazal he composed for the film Sparsha, was a major hit. He has created songs ranging from the philosophical ("Le Le Marula" in Shaapa, a film whose story he wrote himself) to the naughty ("Kaayi Kaayi Nuggekaayi Mahimege" in Halli Maestru), the patriotic ("Huttidhare Kannada Nadalli Hutta Bekku" in Rajkumar's Aakasmika, a song which has become an unofficial anthem of Karnataka) and love songs ("Ele Hombisile..." in Halunda Tavaru). He composed the background score for one movie using a single instrument and made the music for Kona Eedaita with no instruments at all. His music in the film Hagalu Vesha had a rustic and folk feel without the use of synthetic sounds. His music in the 2010 movie Naanu Nanna Kanasu was appreciated by critics as well as audiences. He also composed for the National Award winning movie Puttakkana Highway in 2011.
Hamsalekha has written music for stage plays and private albums.
As a writer
Hamsalekha has written stories, screenplays and dialogues for several movies.
- Avane Nanna Ganda (1989)
- Gandharva (1993)
- Nanna Tangi (1994)
- Shaapa (2001)
- nimmajji (1989)
- Gandharva (1993)
- Premaloka (1987)
- Ranadheera (1988)
- Avane Nanna Ganda (1989)
- Yugapurusha (1989)
- Halli Meshtru (1992)
- Gandharva (1993)
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- Established in 2001.
- Interaction with folklore experts of state.
- Seminars on music and Literature.
- Educative camps of folklore culture.
- Fine tuning of folklore music collection.
- Presentation of "LAHIRI", a Desi Sing-n-Dance
- Format of original Folk tripadi.
- Celebrating "Ruthugala Habba", every month with innovative folk formats.
- Invention of "DESI NOTATION", a unique music script for folk music.
- Establishment of Desi Music School.
- Establishment of Desi High School and College.
Desi Vidhya Samsthe
Hamsalekha Desi Vidya Samsthe was established in 2004–2005 as a free educational institution for SC/ST and underprivileged children for 8th, 9th and 10th standard in English medium.[clarification needed] Teaching was given using Dance, Drama and Singing. Started[clarification needed (who did?)] an Arts College in 2007–2008 to provide Desi degree courses. Land has been allocated near Channapatna for a Desi Degree Residential College. Hamsalekha also runs a music class, where he encourages and mentors talented young singers.
Desi Music Trust
Hamsalekha laid the foundation stone for Desi Music University on the day of Kannada Rajyotsava on 1 November 2010. The university will be built with 1.20 billion on 50 acres (200,000 m2) of land in Mudhigere village near Channapatna in Karnataka. The Dravidian University of Andhra Pradesh has given recognition to this Hamsalekha College of Performing Arts.
Hamsalekha has received many awards over the past three decades.
Honorary doctorate: The legendary music director and lyricist has been conferred the honorary doctorate award by the Bengaluru University in the year 2014 for his meritorious service to the Indian Music Industry.  
- 2005 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Nenapirali
- 2000 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Preethse
- 1998 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Yaare Neenu Cheluve
- 1994 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Halunda Tavaru
- 1993 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - film: Aakasmika
- 1991 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Ramachaari
- For music direction
- 2005 - Best Music Director - Nenapirali
- 1999 - Best Music Director - Hrudaya Hrudaya
- 1996 - Best Music Director - Taayi Illada Tavaru
- 1994 - Best Music Director - Halunda Tavaru
- For lyrics
- 2001 - Best Lyricist - Sri Manjunatha
- 2000 - Best Lyricist - Tutta Mutta?
- 1996 - Best Lyricist - Thayi Illada Tavaru
- 2012 - Dr. Rajkumar Award from Karnataka State Government
- 2005 - Rajyostava Award (Suvarna Rajyostava)
- 2001 - Nandi Award - Sri Manjunatha
- 2004 - Hello Gandhinagara Award Best Music Director 
- 2005 - Kempegowda Prashasti
- 2005 - Sunfeast Udaya film award for the best lyrics - Nenapirali
- 2001: Sri Manjunatha
- 2000: Nannu Preminchave
- 2000: Sparsha The Touch
- 1991: Shanthi Kranthi
- 1997: Omkaram
- 1993: Ankuram
- 1990: Prema Yuddham
- 1989: Muthyamantha Muddu
- 1988: Avalu
- 1991: Captain Magal
- 1991: Nattukku Oru Nallavan
- 1990: Velai Kidaichuduchu
- 1988: Kodi Parakuthu
- 1988: Puthiya Vaanam
- 1987: Paruva Ragam
- Shanthi, a film by Baraguru Ramachandrappa with music by Hamsalekha, was mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the film with only one character.
- Mukhaputa, a movie directed by Roopa Iyer, featured music and an onscreen appearance by Hamsalekha.
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