|Genres||Film score, Soundtrack, Theatre, World music|
|Occupations||Film composer, instrumentalist|
|Years active||1987 – present|
V. Harikrishna is an Indian music director and singer in the Kannada film industry and has won three consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Music for Gaalipata in 2008, Raaj The Showman in 2009 and Jackie in 2010. He is the son-in-law of famous music director G. K. Venkatesh.
As a Programmer, Arranger and a Keyboard Player
Since 1990, he has worked as an assistant to many famous music directors, including Hamsalekha, V Ravichandran, Gurukiran and others. He has worked as a programmer, an arranger and as a keyboard player for many music directors. He has worked for feature films, short films, daily soaps, albums etc.
He has composed music for nearly 50 feature films out of which at least 3 songs in each films are considered big hits in the industry. he has also sung many successful songs. He entered the Kannada music industry as a composer from the run away hit movie Jothe Jotheyali. in the year 2006. The film starring Lovely Star Prem[disambiguation needed] and Sandalwood's Lucky Star Ramya in the lead and the top star of Kannada Industry, the 'Challenging Star' as he is usually called - Darshan Thoogudeepa in a guest role was directed by Dinakar Thoogudeepa that was produced by Meena Thoogudeepa Srinivas (Home production of Darshan) ran for 25 whole weeks and became a blockbuster hit in the Kannada film Industry. All the songs in the movie became big hits. Especially the songs 'O Gunavantha' sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal; 'Surya Kannu Hodeda' sung by Rajesh Krishnan, 'Sikthare Sikthare' sung by Karthik and 'Koline Koogodilla' were all chart busters and V.Harikrishna shot to fame from then. But his actual break was in the year 2008 from the movie Gaalipata directed by today's top most film maker and lyricist Yograj Bhat who was then riding high on the success of Kannada film industry's biggest blockbuster movie Mungaru Male. And when V.Harikrishna was selected as the music director for the film by Yograj Bhat, the whole industry looked very curiously as to how the songs would be. Luckily the wonderful melodies and fast tracks composed by Harikrishna for the film became big hit in South India and created several records of highest downloads in Karnataka and also became the chart busters on radio channels. Gaalipata also won Harikrishna, his first film fare award. The songs 'Minchaagi Neenu Baralu' and 'Jeeva Kaleva' both sung by Sonu Nigam and written by Dr.Jayanth Kaikini (who also won the film fare for Minchaagi); 'Aakasha Ishte' sung by Tippu and Kunal Ghanjawala; 'Nadhim Deem Thana' sung By K.S.Chithra; 'Kavithe Kavithe' sung by Vijay Prakash and Aaha Ee Bedaru Bombege sung by Udit Narayan and Anuradha Sriram were all big chart buster hit songs. V.Harikrishna did not look back from then. He went on to become the top most music director and has all the top star’s films to his credit. His music has been considered a guarantee hit and he is considered as the most bankable music composers of the industry. He has a track record of 95% hit songs of whatever he has done till date. Though a few of his films failed to be successful at the box office, his songs have all been big hits and have filled the producer’s pockets.
After that, Harikrishna has had great musical hits like Krishna, Payana, Gaja, Ambari, Junglee, Ram, Raj, Maleyali Jotheyali, Jackie, Eno Onthara, Super, Porki, Kichcha Huchcha, Hudugaru, Johny Mera Naam, Vishnuvardhana, Paramathma, Sarathy, Jogiah, Chingari, Anna Bond, Katariveera Surasundarangi, Adhuri and many more. Harikrishna is now producing a movie along with Ravivarma with Ajay Rao in the lead, the movie is titled 'Jaadoo'. He has been a successful singer. His first song was Shake Your Body in the film Ambari.
The Hit Combinations
With Darshan: Not very surprising that Harikrishna became a permanent music director for all Darshan films, from whose home banner he started his career from. He composed music for the Challenging Star’s Bhupathi, Snehana Preethina, Gaja, Indra, Arjun, Navagraha, Yodha, Abhay, Porki, Boss, Prince, Saarathy, Chingaari among the released ones. The Music Composing for all other Darshan’s upcoming films that are still under production Virat, Bul Bul, Bhairava, Bheema and Lovely King that are announced will be done by Harikrishna. One thing to be noted is that Harikrishna started his singing career also through Darshan’s film Porki and the song was Sakhathaagoule that became a big hit.
With Yograj Bhat: Ever since Gaalipata was released, this combination of Yograj Bhat and Harikrishna became a big hit. Paramathma was the second movie that the duo got together and the music was extremely successful. Yograj Bhat is one of the top lyricist of the Kannada film industry today. Their combination started from the song Nadheem Dheem Thana from Gaalipata sung By K.S.Chithra. There have been hundreds of songs in their combination today. The recently released film Drama directed by Bhat too became very popular and the songs topped the chart list.
As Music Director
|2007||Krishna||M D Sridhar|
|2007||Snehana Preethina||Shahuraj Shindhe|
|2008||Paramesha Panwala||Mahesh Babu|
|2008||Gaalipata||Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director||Yogaraj Bhat|
|2009||Meghave Meghave||Nagendra Prasad|
|2009||Ambari||A. P. Arjun|
|2009||Raj, The Showman||Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Winner Suvarna Film Award for Best Music Director
|2009||Maleyali Jotheyali||Preetham Gubbi|
|2010||Jackie||Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director||Suri|
|2010||Eno Onthara||Mussanje Mahesh|
|2010||Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu||RaghuRam|
|2010||Porki||M D Sridhar|
|2010||Kiccha Huccha||Chi.Guru Dutt|
|2011||Dhool||M S Rajshekar|
|2011||Indhra||( Malayalam )|
|2011||Prince||Om Prakash Rao|
|2011||Prema Chandrama||Shahuraj Shinde|
|2011||Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga||Ganesh|
|2011||Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga||Nagendra Prasad|
|2011||Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam||Preetham Gubbi|
|2011||Saarathi||Suvarna Film Award for Best Music Director||Dinakar Thoogudeep|
|2011||Jogayya||Box office Dud||Prem|
|2012||Anna Bond||Winner SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer||Soori|
|2012||Katariveera Surasundarangi||Suresh Krishna|
|2012||Addhuri||Winner Udaya Award for Best Music Director||Arjun|
|2012||Ready For Dhee||Telugu film|
|2012||Kaveri Loves Kariya||Sai Ramesh|
|2012||Manjina Hani||V Ravichandra|
|2012||Prem Adda||Mahesh Babu|
|2013||Akka Pakka||U K Das|
|2013||Bulbul||M D Sridhar|
|2013||Shravani Subramanya||Manju Swaroop|
- Won 3 consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Music (Gaalipata, Raaj The Showman and Jackie)
- RNJ awards in 2009
- Suvarna Film Awards for Best Music Director (Raaj the Showman, Drama)
- 2012 - Filmfare Award for Drama
- Karnataka State Award for the film Raaj The Showman
- 2012 - Nominated - Best Music Director for Anna Bond
- Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Kannada
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