V. Harikrishna

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V. Harikrishna
Born Bangalore, Karnataka
Genres Film score, Soundtrack, Theatre, World music
Occupation(s) Film composer, instrumentalist, music producer, playback singer
Instruments Harmonium, Keyboard, Guitar, vocals (playback singing)
Years active 2006 – present

V. Harikrishna is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer, Playback singer and film producer.[1] He has mainly scored music for Kannada films. After his stint as a programmer and assistant musician, Harikrishna made his debut as an independent composer in actor Darshan's first production venture Jothe Jotheyali in 2006. Since then, he has been scoring for majority of Darshan's films besides working for many other leading production houses. He owns an audio company called "D-Beats" (established: 2013) and produces music under his own company starting from the film Bulbul (2013).[2]

Harikrishna has won three consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Music for Gaalipata in 2008, Raaj The Showman in 2009 and Jackie in 2010.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Harikrishna was born in Bangalore, Karnataka state of India. He is married to singer - composer Vani Harikrishna, grand daughter of veteran composer G. K. Venkatesh in 1997.[4] They have a son, Aditya, who started as a playback singer in one of Harikrishna's composed films.

Career[edit]

Music programming and arranging[edit]

Harikrishna started out working as an assistant to many leading music directors in 1990's including Hamsalekha, V. Ravichandran, Sadhu Kokila, Gurukiran among others.[5] 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, ad jingles and private musical albums.

Music direction[edit]

In 2006, Harikrishna was first signed up to compose music for actor Darshan's first home production Jothe Jotheyali.[6] Until this time, Harikrishna was a struggling musician under the protege of actor - director V. Ravichandran. Despite the industry's negative feedback for his move, Darshan went on to sign him as the music director. The film, starring Prem and Ramya in the lead and Darshan in a guest role, was directed by Dinakar Thoogudeepa and had a successful run for about 25 weeks. The film's soundtrack was hugely popular upon release and this immediately silenced the critics.[7] This was immediately followed by the actor's second home production Navagraha. Since then, Harikrishna has been the official composer for most of the Darshan starrer films and productions. Some of the successful collaborations with Darshan include Bhoopathi (2007), Gaja (2008), Porki (2010) , Prince (2011), Saarathi (2011) and Chingari (2012) to name a few.

His first collaboration with director - lyricist Yogaraj Bhat for the film Gaalipata (2008) starring Ganesh fetched him his maiden Filmfare award for his successful soundtrack. Another film Payana in the same year saw him belting out soft romantic melodies which was appreciated.[8] The year 2009 proved to be more successful for him with back to back successful soundtracks for the films such as Ambari, Junglee, Raam, Maleyali Jotheyali and Raj, The Showman. While in the former film, he debuted as a playback singer, the latter film fetched him his second Filmfare award for best music direction.

In 2010, Harikrishna composed for 8 feature films and most of them were received very well upon release. Most noteworthy being Jackie which fetched him his third and hatrick Filmfare award and Super directed and enacted by Upendra. The year 2011 saw him composing for over 14 films with many of them turning to be blockbusters and musically well appreciated. Prince, Hudugaru, Vishnuvardhana, Saarathi, Paramathma and Jogayya turned out to be biggest musical blockbusters cementing the top status for him. The success was followed in 2012 with Chingari, Anna Bond, Katariveera Surasundarangi, Addhuri, Jaanu, Drama Yaare Koogadali and Prem Adda receiving enormous positive response both musically and at the box-office. He was also awarded for his singing in Anna Bond by the SIIMA. His fourth Filmfare award was for his second collaboration with Yogaraj Bhat, Drama. Addhuri won him Udaya awards for his music direction.

The successful journey continued further in 2013 with many chartbuster soundtracks for the films such as Topiwala, Bachchan, Bulbul, Kaddipudi, Sakkare and Shravani Subramanya. In 2014, his first musical release Gajakesari evoked mixed response while his scores for upcoming films such as Fair & Lovely and Ambareesha is highly expected to be successful.

Film production[edit]

In 2012, Harikrishna announced his intention in producing films and he started it with the upcoming film Jai Bhajarang Bali starring Ajay Rao and Sindhu Lokanath in the lead roles.[1] He was also reported to be directing the Yogesh starrer Raate. His audio company D-Beats acquired the audio rights of the film Adyaksha in 2014 which had music composed by Arjun Janya.[9]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Notes Director
2006 Jothe Jotheyali Dinakar Thoogudeep
2007 Bhoopathi S. Govinda
2007 Snehana Preethina Shahuraj Shindhe
2007 Krishna M. D. Sridhar
2007 Navagraha Dinakar Thoogudeep
2007 Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide Background score only Prem
2008 Gaja Madesha k
2008 Gaalipata Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Yogaraj Bhat
2008 Indra Vasu
2008 Arjun Shahuraj Shinde
2008 Payana Kiran Govi
2008 Paramesha Panwala Mahesh Babu
2009 Ambari A. P. Arjun
2009 Meghave Meghave Nagendra Prasad
2009 Junglee Duniya Soori
2009 Rajakumari Govindraju.S
2009 Raj, The Showman Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Winner Suwarna Film Award for Best Music Director
Prem
2009 Vayuputra Kishore Sarja
2009 Abhay Mahesh Babu
2009 Maleyali Jotheyali Preetham Gubbi
2009 Raam Madesha
2010 Porki M. D. Sridhar
2010 Hoo V. Ravichandran
2010 Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu RaghuRam
2010 Jackie Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Suri
2010 Kiccha Huccha Chi. Guru Dutt
2010 Eno Onthara Mussanje Mahesh
2010 Super Upendra
2010 Modala Sala Purushottham
2010 Chalaki Telugu film K. Madesh
2011 Boss Raghu Raj
2011 Veerabahu S.Mahendar
2011 Rama Rama Raghu Rama Raghu Raj
2011 Prince Om Prakash Rao
2011 Prema Chandrama Shahuraj Shinde
2011 Dandam Dashagunam K. Madesh
2011 Dhool Dharani
2011 Hudugaru K. Madesh
2011 Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga Ganesh
2011 Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam Preetham Gubbi
2011 Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga Nagendra Prasad
2011 Jogayya Box office Dud Prem
2011 Saarathi Suvarna Film Award for Best Music Director Dinakar Thoogudeep
2011 Paramathma Yogaraj Bhat
2011 Vishnuvardhana Pon Kumaran
2012 Chingari Harsha
2012 Shikari Abhaya Simha
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 Snehitaru Ram Narayanan
2012 Jaanu Preetham Gubbi
2012 Manjina Hani V. Ravichandran
2012 Prem Adda Mahesh Babu
2012 Drama Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Yogaraj Bhat
2012 Yaare Koogadali Samuthirakani
2012 Kalpana Ramnarayan
2013 Topiwala Sri
2013 Bachchan Shashank
2013 Bulbul Winner SIIMA Award for Best Music Director M. D. Sridhar
2013 Kaddi Pudi Suri
2013 Brindavana Madesha K
2013 Sakkare Abhaya Simha
2013 Shravani Subramanya Manju Swaroop
2014 Gajakesari Krishna
2014 Endendu Ninagagi Mahesh Rao
2014 Bahaddur Chethan Kumar
2014 Jai Bhajarangabali Ravivarma Gubbi
2014 Fair & Lovely Raghuram
2014 Ambareesha
2014 Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Santhosh Ananddram
2015 Siddhartha Prakash
2015 Raate Also producer A. P. Arjun
2015 Vaastu Prakaara Yogaraj Bhat

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Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Harikrishna turns producer!". Indiaglitz. 28 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Bul Bul' Audio from D Beats". Indiaglitz. 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Kannada
  4. ^ "Turning music director gave me a purpose: Vani Harikrishna". Times of India. 6 Jan 2014. 
  5. ^ "'Snehana Preethina' leaves to 3 countries – Kannada Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Jothe...'". Whereincity.com. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "'My music conveys everything - V. Harikrishna'". South Scope. 6 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Payana review". Indiaglitz. 18 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Music for Sharan's Adyaksha acquired by V Harikrishna's company". Times of India. 21 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Super Admin (3 August 2009). "Moggina Manasu | 56th Filmfare Awards | Shashank | Radhika Pandit | Yash Shubha Poonja". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "RNJ awards presented – Kannada Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 

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