Hamsalekha

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ಡಾ.ಹಂಸಲೇಖ/Dr.Hamsalekha
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Background information
Birth name Govindaraju Gangaraju
Origin Mysore, Karnataka
Genres Film score
Soundtrack
Theatre
World music
Occupation(s) Film composer, instrumentalist
Instruments Keyboards, vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, percussion, other
Years active 1981–present

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.

Early career[edit]

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.

Family life[edit]

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.

Later career[edit]

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.[citation needed] He also composed for the National Award winning movie Puttakkana Highway in 2011.[1]

Non-film music[edit]

Hamsalekha has written music for stage plays and private albums.[2]

As a writer[edit]

Hamsalekha has written stories, screenplays and dialogues for several movies.

Story[edit]

  • Avane Nanna Ganda (1989)
  • Gandharva (1993)
  • Nanna Tangi (1994)
  • Shaapa (2001)

Screenplay[edit]

  • nimmajji (1989)
  • Gandharva (1993)

Dialogues[edit]

  • Premaloka (1987)
  • Ranadheera (1988)
  • Avane Nanna Ganda (1989)
  • Yugapurusha (1989)
  • Halli Meshtru (1992)
  • Gandharva (1993)

Music+ Trust[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 INR 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.[3]

Awards[edit]

Hamsalekha has received many awards over the past three decades.

National Film Awards:

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.[4] [5] [6]

Filmfare Awards South:

Karnataka State Film Awards:

For music direction
For lyrics
  • 2001 - Best Lyricist - Sri Manjunatha
  • 2000 - Best Lyricist - Tutta Mutta?
  • 1996 - Best Lyricist - Thayi Illada Tavaru

Other awards:

Selected Discography[edit]

Kannada films[edit]

Year Album
1987 Premaloka
1988 Anjada Gandu
Anthima Thirpu
Avale Nanna Hendthi
Ranaranga
Kindari Jogi
Ranadheera
Sangliyana
1989 Amanusha
Anantana Avantara
C.B.I. Shankar
Yuga Purusha
Yuddha Kaanda
Parashuram
Indrajith
Poli Huduga
1990 Bannada Gejje
Nammoora Hammera
Muthina Haara
Abhimanyu
Anantha Prema
Aata Bombata
Aavesha
1991 Neenu Nakkare Haalu Sakkare
Ajagajanthara
SP Bhargavi
Belli Kalungura
Ramachaari
Shanti Kranti
1992 Chaitrada Premanjali
Anaatha Rakshaka
Mallige Hoove
Purushotthama
Gopi Krishna
Mannina Doni
Ksheera Sagara
Sriramachandra
Marana Mrudanga
Halli Meshtru
Chikkejamanru
Solillada Saradara
1993 Gadibidi Ganda
Baa Nalle Madhuchandrake
Anuragada Alegalu
Hoovu Hannu
Apoorva Jodi
Aathanka
Annayya
Aakasmika
Chirabandhavya
Kempaiah IPS
Karimaleya Kaggathalu
Midida Hrudayagalu
Munjaneya Manju
Shrungara Kavya
Mane Devru
1994 Halunda Thavaru
Karulina Koogu
Mutthanna
Mahakshathriya
Saamraat
Rasika
Jaana
Chinna
Lockup Death
Megha Maale
Odahuttidavaru (lyrics)
Time Bomb
1995 Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi
Himapatha
Putnanja
Thayi Illada Tavaru
Simhada Mari
Dore
Om
1996 Mojugara Sogasugara
Sipayi
Karpoorada Gombe
1997 Cheluva
Mommaga
Balondu Bhavageethe
Ati Madhura Anuraga
Kalavida
1998 Andaman
Thutta Mutta
Yaare Neenu Cheluve
"Gadi Bidi Krishna"
"Rambhe Urvashi Menake"
Preethsod Thappa
1999 Snehaloka
Sambrama
AK-47
Arunodaya
Aryabhata
Hrudaya Hrudaya
Yare Ni Abhimani
Habba
Chandrodaya
Vishwa
2000 Sparsha
Devara Maga
Hagalu Vesha
Preethse
Shabdavedi
Shaapa
Asthra
Soorappa
Yaarige Saluthe Sambala
2001 Gattimela
Sri Manjunatha
Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu
Diggajaru
Baava Baamaida
2002 Parva
Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu
Thavarige Baa Thangi
Dakota Express
Nagarahavu
2003 Nanjundi
Hrudayavantha
Superstar
Ondagona Baa
Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu
2004 Sarwabouma
Gowdru
Kiccha
2005 Nenapirali
Anna Thangi
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi
Thutturi
Thavarina Siri
Mohini 9886788888
2007 Soundarya
Sixer
Gunavanta
Sri Dhanamma Devi
Shri Kshetra Kaivara Thathaiah
Janapada
Meera Madhava Raghava
Nanu Neenu Jodi
2008 Honganasu
Bandhu Balaga
Navashakti Vaibava
Thaayi
Darode
Sangaathi
Yuga Yugagale Sagali
2009 Kabaddi
Yodha
Rajani
Nam Yajamanru
Devaru Kotta Thangi
Kannada da Kiran Bedi
Mukhaputa
2010 Premism
Naanu Nanna Kanasu
2011 Puttakkana Highway
2012 Narasimha
Dakota Picture
Nandeesha
2013 Veera
Election
Raja Huli

Telugu films[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

Trivia[edit]

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