Vidyasagar (music director)
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|Born||2 March 1963|
|Origin||Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Genres||Film score, world music, dance music, classical music|
|Occupation(s)||Film composer, music director, record producer, singer, instrumentalist|
|Instruments||Keyboard, piano, guitar, vocal.|
Vidyasagar is an Indian film composer, musician and singer in the Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi film industries. After working with several composers as assistant and conductor, Vidyasagar made his debut as a film composer in the 1989 Tamil film Poomanam. Working for over 250 feature films, he is the recipient of the prestigious National Award and five Filmfare Awards.
Vidyasagar was exposed to music at a very early age of 3 by his father who was a self-led musician. He underwent carnatic vocals training first and then joined classical guitar classes from Dhanraj along with A. R. Rahman and then later followed by piano.
Vidyasagar became an independent music director with the song En Anbe in the 1989 Tamil movie Poomanam. Though Vidyasagar started his music career with a Tamil film, he gained recognition in the Tamil music industry at a later stage. He shifted base to Tollywood in 1993.
In 1994–95, Vidyasagar was selected by Tamil actor-director Arjun, with whom he worked for many acclaimed musical films like Jai Hind, Karna and Subash. Vidyasagar composed some of the music for Arjun Sarja's films with some melodic numbers like Malare and Padu Padu.Vidyasagar is appreciated by other musicians for having a definite identity in his songs and not getting involved in many plagiarism or copying activities.
From 1996 to 2001 Vidyasagar mainly concentrated on Malayalam films like Pranayavarnangal,Summer in Bethlehem,Niram,Devadoothan and so on and got the name-A R Rahman of Kerala.During this period, Vidyasagar also composed songs for Tamil movies like 1998 Vijay's Nilaave Vaa and Uyirodu Uyiraga, starring Ajith. He won four Kerala State Film Awards.During the weak phase of Sujatha Mohan in Malayalam,Vidyasagar chose her for rendering 'pranayamani thooval' in Vidyasagar's Malayalam debut 'azhagiya raavanan' for which the former received the prestigious Kerala State Award for the best female singer.After that she continued to be his choice for many hit songs like Varamanjalaadiya,Ethrayo janmamaayi,Marannittumenthino,Karimizhi kuruviye,katrin mozhi,kaadhal pisasey and so on.'Malare Mounama' composed by Vidyasagar and sung by S P Balasubrahmaniyam is considered as one of the most sought out Tamil song.After singing this song for the movie Karna,spb was so impressed that he requested the director to picturise it well as such a beautiful song would come once in two to three years.
From the year 2002, he started churning out blockbusters in Tamil and Malayalam simultaneously, with Dhil, Run, Dhool, Ghilli etc. in Tamil and Meesha Madhavan, Kilichundan Mampazham, Pattalam, C.I.D. Moosa etc. in Malayalam.The song 'appadi podu' in Ghilli was accepted widely by all the listeners.Akshay Kumar brought the right of the song from Vidyasagar for the Hindi movie Boss.The songs of Meesha Madhavan were the biggest hit of the year and the soundtrack was largely acclaimed for mainly two reasons-for having all genres of songs from classical raga based to pure folk songs and also for the background score of the movie.
In 2003, he composed songs for several notable films like Anbe Sivam, Run and Meesa Madhavan. This was followed by Madhurey, London Ji and Chandrolsavam in 2004–05. In 2005 Vidyasagar received the National Film Awards for Telugu movie Swarabhishekam by K. Vishwanath featuring carnatic music. Vidyasagar continued composing music for Chandramukhi starring Rajnikanth. The audio of the movie was a best seller and its soundtrack was also released. Then came the most appreciated Tamil soundtrack of Vidyasagar-Mozhi.All songs were super hits in the movie especially Katrin Mozhi and Sevvanam.Another thing about the Mozhi soundtrack was the absence of any duets.The only female voice was of Sujatha Mohan in Katrin Mozhi.He composed music for the Hollywood movie Beyond the Soul directed by Rajeev Anchal. This period also saw him score music for the Hindi movie Hulchul directed by Priyadarshan. In 2008 Vidyasagar's notable releases were Vijay's Kuruvi and Mere Baap Pehle Aap in Hindi.The songs Rafta rafta sung by Udit Narayan and Sujatha Mohan and Ishq Mein sung by Alka Yagnik were instant hits from the Hulchul movie album.Songs composed by Vidyasagar has wide use of flute(eg.Ambaadi payyukal),violin and Veena(Poove Poove).The songs in Millennium Stars were acclaimed widely by all the listeners and critics for it being the first world class soundtrack in Malayalam.
After his brief dull phase in Malayalam, he bounced back into the scene with the Lal Jose directional Neelathamara, scripted by the legendary M.T. Vasudevan Nair, with the song Anuraga Vilochananaayi becoming a cult favourite. He followed it up with hits in Apoorva Ragam and Makeup Man. Meanwhile in Tamil, he delivered hits with Karthi's Siruthai and Vijay's Kaavalan. Vidyasagar's identity in comparison with other music directors is his use of rare ragas like naasikaabhooshini raga. In 2012, Vidyasagar delivered two superhits in Malayalam with Diamond Necklace and Ordinary.The soundtrack of Diamond Necklace won him several awards.Critics congratulated him for melodious numbers which were received by all generations.Vidyasagar has introduced more than twenty singers in his career.Some examples are Vijay Yesudas,Vineeth Sreenivasan,Rimi Tomy and so on.Another important thing that singers point out about Vidyasagar is that he himself teaches his song in the studio and remain with them, supporting them and making them confident while singing.
In 2013, Priyadarshan signed him in for his ambitious psychological thriller, Geethaanjali in Malayalam with Mohanlal in the lead role. Lal Jose's Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum and Jannal Oram, the Tamil remake of Ordinary were his other releases of the year.The songs of Geethanjali were critically acclaimed for the use of sivaranjini raga for a horror song which chills one's spine.End of the year saw Vidyasagar becoming the next choice of the veteran director Sathyan Anthikkaad after Ilayaraja when they came together for Oru Indian Pranayakadha which was a musically successful album.Sathyan Anthikkad must have been impressed by vidyasagar as they are again joining hands for a Mohanlal-Manju Warrier movie penned by Ranjan Pramod.Upcoming releases of Vidyasagar are Bhayya Bhayya in Malayalam and Vikram's Rascal in Tamil.
|1993||One by Two||Telugu|
|1993||Hello Darling Lechi Podama||Telugu|
|1992||Madhavayya Gari Manavadu||Telugu|
|1992||Chitram Bhalare Vichitram||Telugu|
|1994||Alibaba Aradajanu Dongalu||Telugu|
|1996||Azhakiya Ravanan||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|1997||Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu||Malayalam|
|1997||Oru Maravathoor Kanavu||Malayalam|
|1997||Aahaa Enna Porutham||Tamil|
|1998||Zor||Hindi||Background Score only.|
|1998||Pranayavarnangal||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director
Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Music Director
Asianet Film Award for Best Music Director
|1998||Summer in Bethlehem||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Music Director|
|1999||Niram||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Music Director|
|2000||Satyam Shivam Sundaram||Malayalam|
|2000||Devadoothan||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|2000||Chandranudikkunna Dikhil||Malayalam||Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Music Director|
|2001||Dhill||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|2001||Alli Thandha Vaanam||Tamil|
|2001||Thavasi||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|2001||Poovellam Un Vasam||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|2001||Ladies and Gentlemen||Telugu|
|2002||Meesa Madhavan||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Music Director|
|2003||Kadhal Kisu Kisu||Tamil|
|2003||Power of Women||Tamil|
|2003||Beyond the Soul||English|
|2003||Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu||Tamil|
|2004||Swarabhishekam||Telugu||National Film Award for Best Music Direction
Nandi Award for Best Music Director
|2005||Alice in Wonderland||Malayalam|
|2005||Made in USA||Malayalam|
|2007||Rock 'n' Roll||Malayalam|
|2007||Mozhi||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Music Director
|2008||Mulla||Malayalam||Asianet Film Award for Best Music Director|
|2008||Mahesh, Saranya Matrum Palar||Tamil|
|2008||Mere Baap Pehle Aap||Hindi|
|2008||Raman Thediya Seethai||Tamil|
|2008||Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu||Tamil|
|2008||Arai En 305-il Kadavul||Tamil|
|2009||Ilamai Itho Itho||Tamil|
|2009||Neelathaamara||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Music Director|
|2011||Thambi Vettothi Sundaram||Tamil|
|2012||Diamond Necklace||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
|2012||Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?||Telugu||1 Song|
|2013||Oru Indian Pranayakatha||Malayalam|
|2014||Satyan Anthikad's next featuring Mohanlal and Manju Warrier||Malayalam|