Vidyasagar (music director)

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Vidyasagar
Born (1963-03-02) 2 March 1963 (age 51)
Origin Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres Film score, world music, dance music, classical music
Occupations Film composer, music director, record producer, singer, instrumentalist
Instruments Keyboard, piano, guittar, vocal.
Years active 1984–present
Website vidyasagarmusic.com

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.[1] Working for over 250 feature films, he is the recipient of the prestigious National Award and five Filmfare Awards.

Early life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
1989 Poomanam Tamil
1989 Seetha Tamil
1989 Vaanam Tamil
1990 Nila Pennae Tamil
1991 Minor Raja Telugu
1993 Allari Pilla Telugu
1993 One by Two Telugu
1993 Hello Darling Lechi Podama Telugu
1992 Manavarali Pelli Telugu
1992 Madhavayya Gari Manavadu Telugu
1992 Chitram Bhalare Vichitram Telugu
1993 Mugguru Monagallu Telugu
1994 Bangaru Mogudu Telugu
1994 Aame Telugu
1994 Alibaba Aradajanu Dongalu Telugu
1994 Chilaka Pachakapuram Telugu
1994 Jai Hind Tamil
1995 Karnaa Tamil
1995 Vetagadu Telugu
1995 Mr. Madras Tamil
1995 Villadhi Villain Tamil
1995 Ayudha Poojai Tamil
1995 Murai Maman Tamil
1995 Pasumpon Tamil
1996 Indraprastham Malayalam
1996 Azhakiya Ravanan Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director
1996 Thaali Telugu
1996 Priyam Tamil
1996 Coimbatore Mappillai Tamil
1996 Subash Tamil
1996 Sengottai Tamil
1996 Tata Birla Tamil
1996 Mustafaa Tamil
1996 Nethaji Tamil
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Malayalam
1997 Oru Maravathoor Kanavu Malayalam
1997 Varnapakittu Malayalam
1997 Pudhayal Tamil
1997 Aahaa Enna Porutham Tamil
1997 Mahathma Malayalam
1997 Smile Please 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
1998 Elavamkodu Desam Malayalam
1998 Sidhartha Malayalam
1998 Uyirodu Uyiraga Tamil
1998 Thaayin Manikodi Tamil
1998 Nilaave Vaa Tamil
1998 Suyamvaram Tamil
1999 Millennium Stars Malayalam
1999 Niram Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
1999 Ezhupunna Tharakan Malayalam
1999 Ustaad Malayalam
1999 Edhirum Pudhirum Tamil
1999 Pooparika Varugirom Tamil
2000 Daivathinte Makan Malayalam
2000 Raakilipaatu Malayalam
2000 Dreamz Malayalam
2000 Satyam Shivam Sundaram Malayalam
2000 Dubai Malayalam
2000 Madhuranombarakkattu Malayalam
2000 Devadoothan Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director
2000 Mr. Butler Malayalam
2000 Chandranudikkunna Dikhil Malayalam Kerala Film Critics Award for Best Music Director
2000 Snehithiye Tamil
2000 Puratchikkaaran Tamil
2001 Dhosth Malayalam
2001 Randaam Bhavam Malayalam
2001 Dhill Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director
2001 Alli Thandha Vaanam Tamil
2001 Vedam 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
2001 Sneham Telugu
2002 Villain Tamil
2002 Run Tamil
2002 Meesa Madhavan Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2002 Gramaphone Malayalam
2002 Naaga Telugu
2002 O Chinnadana Telugu
2002 Neetho Telugu
2002 Durga Hindi
2002 Ramanaidu Telugu
2002 Karmegham Tamil
2003 Dhool Tamil
2003 Anbe Sivam Tamil
2003 Anbu Tamil
2003 Ottesi Cheputunna Telugu
2003 Kadhal Kisu Kisu Tamil
2003 Pallavan Tamil
2003 Well Done Tamil
2003 Parthiban Kanavu Tamil
2003 Villain Telugu
2003 Power of Women Tamil
2003 Iyarkai Tamil
2003 Beyond the Soul English
2003 Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu Tamil
2003 Thithikudhe Tamil
2003 Kilichundan Mampazham Malayalam
2003 Pattalam Malayalam
2003 C.I.D. Moosa Malayalam
2003 Dongodu Telugu
2003 Thirumalai Tamil
2003 Alai Tamil
2003 Joot Tamil
2004 Thendral Tamil
2004 Hulchul Hindi
2004 Swarabhishekam Telugu National Film Award for Best Music Direction
Nandi Award for Best Music Director
2004 Varnajalam Tamil
2004 Sullan Tamil
2004 Ghilli Tamil
2004 Rasikan Malayalam
2004 Madhurey Tamil
2004 Love Today Telugu
2004 Sadhurangam Tamil
2005 Kana Kandaen Tamil
2005 Chandramukhi Tamil
2005 Ji Tamil
2005 London Tamil
2005 Ponniyin Selvan Tamil
2005 Chandrolsavam Malayalam
2005 Alice in Wonderland Malayalam
2005 Kochirajavu Malayalam
2005 Made in USA Malayalam
2005 Chanthupottu Malayalam
2005 Majaa Tamil
2005 Satti Telugu
2005 Soori Telugu
2005 Vikram Telugu
2006 Aathi Tamil
2006 Paramasivan Tamil
2006 Thambi Tamil
2006 Poi Tamil
2006 Emmtan-Magan Tamil
2006 Pasa Kiligal Tamil
2006 Bangaram Telugu
2006 Sundarakandam Telugu
2006 Sivappathigaram Tamil
2006 Thagapansamy Tamil
2006 E Tamil
2007 Periyar Tamil
2007 Kaiyoppu Malayalam
2007 Goal 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 Kuruvi Tamil
2008 Pirivom Santhippom Tamil
2008 Mulla Malayalam Asianet Film Award for Best Music Director
2008 Jeyam Kondaan Tamil
2008 Abhiyum Naanum Tamil
2008 Mahesh, Saranya Matrum Palar Tamil
2008 Mere Baap Pehle Aap Hindi
2008 Ali Baba Tamil
2008 Raman Thediya Seethai Tamil
2008 Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu Tamil
2008 Arai En 305-il Kadavul Tamil
2009 1977 Tamil
2009 Kanden Kadhalai Tamil
2009 Peranmai Tamil
2009 Ilamai Itho Itho Tamil
2009 Neelathaamara Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2010 Magizhchi Tamil
2010 Mandhira Punnagai Tamil
2010 Apoorva Ragam Malayalam
2010 Paappi Appacha Malayalam
2011 Ilaignan Tamil
2011 Kaavalan Tamil
2011 Siruthai Tamil
2011 Thambi Vettothi Sundaram Tamil
2011 Makeup Man Malayalam
2012 Thappana Malayalam
2012 Vydooryam Malayalam
2012 Diamond Necklace Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
2012 Ordinary Malayalam
2012 Spanish Masala Malayalam
2012 Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara? Telugu 1 Song
2013 3 Dots Malayalam
2013 Puthiya Thiruppangal Tamil
2013 Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum Malayalam
2013 Thalaivan Tamil
2013 Jannal Oram Tamil
2013 Geethaanjali Malayalam
2013 Nadodimannan Malayalam
2013 Oru Indian Pranayakatha Malayalam
2014 Bhaiyya Bhaiyya Malayalam
2014 Rascal Tamil
2014 Satyan Anthikad's next featuring Mohanlal and Manju Warrier Malayalam

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Events – Vidyasagar: Music Matters". Indiaglitz.com. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  2. ^ Chandramukhi Review. Vidaysagar on Chandramukhi

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