Achu Rajamani

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Achu Rajamani
Occupation(s) Music director, singer
Years active 2008–present

Achu Rajamani, often credited as Achu, is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer.[1] He has scored music for several Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. He made his full-fledged music direction debut in the Telugu film Nenu Meeku Telusa...? in 2008.

Early life[edit]

Achu is the grandson of music director B. A. Chidambaranath who is considered to be one among the pioneers of Malayalam music industry. His father, Rajamani, was also a music director who scored for more than 1000 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages (He died suddenly in February 2016). He is a graduate from Loyola College, Chennai.[2]

Hailing from a musical family, Achu's natural interest was to become a pilot. He chose music over aviation and became a full-fledged musician. He learned Carnatic classical from music director M. M. Keeravani.

Career[edit]

Achu has worked as a keyboard programmer for more than 350 songs and has programmed background music for over 150 films. He is also a professional pianist and has accompanied his father playing the piano to many of his compositions.[1] He first played keyboard for Bollywood film Chup Chup Ke (2006) directed by Priyadarshan. He was the called upon to score the background music for the Malayalam film Keerthi Chakra's sequel film Kurukshetra (2008). Achu's background music was well appreciated.

Following this short stint, Achu got his major break when he got to compose the songs and background score for the Telugu film Nenu Meeku Telusa...? (2008). His next work was for the Telugu remake of the Tamil film Polladhavan, named Kurradu (2009).

Apart from composing, Achu also worked as a playback singer. His song "Take It Easy" for the Malayalam film Happy Husbands composed by M. Jayachandran was among the major hits of 2010.

In 2012, Achu released his first full-fledged Tamil soundtrack for the film Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey. The album was very well received by critics. His Telugu songs Bujji Pilla and Devatha from Potugadu and Padipoya from DK Bose were the biggest hits of 2013.

Apart from composing and playback singing Achu is into professional racing. He took a break from films to pursue his racing career from 2009 till 2012. He is a cricketer too. In 2015, he made his debut as an actor with the Telugu film Gaddam Gang.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
2008 Kurukshetra Malayalam Background score only
2008 Nenu Meeku Telusa...? Telugu
2008 Ennai Theriyuma Tamil
2009 Kurradu Telugu
2012 Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey Tamil
2013 Sundaattam Tamil Background score only
2013 Om 3D Telugu
2013 DK Bose Telugu
2013 Summa Nachunu Irukku Tamil
2013 Potugadu Telugu
2013 Naa Rakumarudu Telugu
2014 Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda Telugu
2014 Appavin Meesai Tamil
2014 Ra Ra Krishnayya Telugu
2014 Current Theega Telugu
2015 Gaddam Gang Telugu Also actor
2015 Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini Telugu Single Song
2015 Dynamite Telugu
2015 Urumeen Tamil
2015 Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu Telugu
2016 Nandini Nursing Home Telugu
2017 Yaanum Theeyavan Tamil Filming
2017 Yaadhumaagi Nindraai Tamil Filming
2017 Vizhithiru Tamil Background score only
2017 Puthan Panam Malayalam Background score only
2017 Marainthirunthu Paarkum Marmam Enna Tamil Filming
2017 Aina Ishtam Nuvvu Telugu Filming

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vijayakumar, Sindhu (12 November 2008). "Direct from the heart". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Interview". Mathrubhumi (in Malayalam). 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 

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