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S. P. Venkatesh is a music director and composer popular for his works in the Malayalam film industry. His father Pazhani was an accomplished Mandolin player.During his early days S.P.Venkatesh used to be adept at playing Guitar,Banjo and Mandolin.He was an assistant music director to Shyam and Raveendran Master during his early days. S. P. Venkatesh was introduced into the Malayalam film industry by Dennis Joseph. The major break for S. P. Venkatesh came in the form of the film Rajavinte Makan, directed by Thampi Kannanthanam. The film's songs turned out to be big hits. From then on he became an integral part of Thampi's ventures. It was Thampi kannanthanam who exploited the musical talents of S.P.Venaktesh which resulted in a series of musical hit albums during the nineties. He soon became one of the top music directors of the early and mid-nineties. Indrajaalam, Kilukkam, Minnaram, Sphadikam, Dhruvam, Kauravar, No.20 Madras Mail, Manthrikam were among the influential film scores he created. He made extensive use of acouttic guitar, bass guitar and violin orchestra in his song compositions and synth-based orchestra fused with traditional strings in his background scores. He was able to create an identity of his own through his compositions. He has also handled the orchestration for many other music directors.
His ability to emotionally enhance scenes through background music was widely appreciated. He was known for composing extremely scintillating background scores at lighting speeds. He also composed background scores for films for which songs were composed by other composers. These include cult-classics like Devasuram, Thenmavin Kombath etc.
In spite of all these he is one of the most under rated music director of his time.For some reason the name S.P.Ventakesh never became a household name like Raveendran Master,Mohan Sithara, Master Johnson. He has also scored for some Bollywood and Bengali films