Arjun Janya

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Arjun Janya
Also known as Lokesh Kumar
Born (13 May 1980) age 36
Genres Film score, soundtrack
Occupation(s) Music director, singer, composer
Years active 2006–present

Arjun Janya (previously Lokesh Kumar) is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer. Arjun made his film debut in the 2006 Kannada film Autograph Please. Since then he has composed and scored music for such successful as Birugaali (2009), Sanchari (2010), Kempegowda (2011), Varadanayaka (2012) and Victory (2013). His songs have been well received by the audiences across South India.[citation needed]

Arjun Janya won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director for the film Alemaari (2012), the SIIMA Award for Best Music Director for the film Romeo (2012) and the Filmfare Best Music Director award for the film Bhajarangi (2013).[1]


Arjun started his career by assisting composers such as V. Manohar and K. Kalyan. He worked as a keyboard player for around 30 films.[2]

His first release as a music director was Autograph Please (2006) starring Sanjjanaa and Dilip Raj. Since then, he composed for various films but with little success until he scored the music for the film Birugaali in 2009. All the songs of this film were noticed and appreciated. Following this, he tasted success by scoring for the film Sanchari in 2010.

Arjun's biggest breakthrough came with the Sudeep vehicle Kempe Gowda in 2011, a remake of the Tamil blockbuster Singam. During this time, he changed his name from Arjun to Arjun Janya upon his astrologer's suggestion and Sudeep's recommendation.[3] Some articles report that a meeting between Arjun and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman changed his fortunes in the music industry.[4] The song "Khaali Quarter" composed for the 2013 film Victory went viral and was on top of the charts for many weeks.[5] He scored for his 50th film composition for Vajrakaya which released in April 2015 which received rave reviews.[6]

Arjun is currently judging the Kannada version of the reality singing show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs in Zee Kannada channel along with singers Rajesh Krishnan and Vijay Prakash.[7]


As a composer[edit]

Year Film Title Notes / Awards
2006 Autograph Please
2007 Baba
2007 Yuga
2008 Patre Loves Padma
2008 Dheemaku
2008 Slum Bala
2008 Dheena
2009 Machcha
2009 Birugaali South Scope Award for Best Music Director
2010 Jugaari
2010 Sanchari Suvarna Award for Best Song
2010 Nam Areali Ondina
2010 Gubbi
2011 Kempegowda Won, South Scope Award for Best Stylish Music Album
Kadiri Award for Best Music Director
2011 Rajadhani Dubbed in Telugu as Bhagyanagaram
2011 Jarasandha
2012 Thuglak
2012 Lucky
2012 Alemaari Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2012 Dandupalya
2012 Romeo Won, SIIMA Award for Best Music Director (Kannada)
2012 18th Cross
2012 Rambo
2013 Varadanayaka Won, SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada)
2013 Rajanikantha
2013 Chathrigalu Saar Chathrigalu
2013 Auto Raja
2013 Jayammana Maga
2013 Victory
2013 Case No. 18/9
2013 Barfi
2013 Dilwala
2013 Sweety Nanna Jodi
2013 Chaddi Dosth
2013 Bhajarangi Won, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Kannada
2014 Dil Rangeela
2014 Darling
2014 Angaaraka
2014 Maanikya
2014 Paru Wife of Devadas
2014 Adyaksha Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Kannada
2014 Super Ranga
2014 Tirupathi Express
2014 Paramashiva
2014 Simhadri
2014 Neenade Naa
2014 Jai Hind 2 /Abhimanyu Tamil/Kannada bilingual film
2015 Jackson
2015 Raja Rajendra
2015 DK
2015 Goa
2015 RX Soori
2015 Vajrakaya
2015 Bullet Basya
2015 Arjuna
2015 Dove
2015 Ganga
2016 Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna
2016 Ricky
2016 Mareyalaare
2016 Style King
2016 Jai Maruthi 800
2016 Jigarthanda
2016 Lakshmana
2016 Kalpana 2
2016 Mungaru Male 2
2016 Mukunda Murari
2016 John Jani Janardhan
2017 Hebbuli
2017 Chakravarthy
2017 Chowka Two songs
2017 Naane Next CM
2017 Raaga
2017 Pataki

As a singer[edit]

  • "Belagageddu Coffee" – Romeo
  • "Gowramma Baramma" – Lucky
  • "Manethanka Baare" – Rambo
  • "OOta Madro Dayavittu" - "Mrugashira"


  1. ^ "Soumya Raoh and Arjun Janya win a Filmfare each". Times of India. 13 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arjuna 'Uvacha'". 8 November 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Music director Arjun changes his name as Arjun Janya | Flash News Today – Online News Magazine". 2 April 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shake hand with Rahman changed my life – Arjun Janya". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Khali quarter goes viral in Sandalwood". The New Indian Express. 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Arjun Janya scores a quickfire 50". The Times of India. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Arjun Janya to share more than just music!". 30 July 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 

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