D. Imman

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D Imman at Panjumittai Audio Launch.jpg
D Imman at Panjumittai Audio Launch
Background information
Birth nameImmanuel Vasanth Dinakaran[1]
Born (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 36)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, record producer, music director, arranger, singer
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Drums, Harpejji, Continuum Fingerboard, Keyboard, Piano, Accordion, Goblet, Drum, Concert Harp
Years active2002–present

Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran (born 24 January 1983), better known as D. Imman, is an Indian film composer and singer, predominantly working in the Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam film industry. His first film as music director was Thamizhan in 2002. Since then he has composed music for 100 films.[2][3][4][5]

Early and personal life[edit]

Imman was born in Chennai, India. He is the son of J. David Kirubakkara Dass, who was a teacher. Imman started playing music at a very early age. His early years were spent in Chennai and he subsequently attended Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai and later Pachaiyappa's College. He received his Master's degree from the University of Madras.

Married to Monica Richard on 24 April 2008,[6] D. Imman has two daughters, Veronica Dorothy Imman and Blessica Kathy Imman.


Imman began work on music for films aged 15, apprenticing under music composers Mahesh Mahadevan and Adithyan by playing the keyboard. During the period, he also worked on private albums and his work was noticed by television serial producer Kutty Padmini , who gave him the opportunity to work on the theme song and background music for the drama Krishnadasi, which began running in 2000.[7] He subsequently began to get further work in the television circuit, garnering opportunities to score music for over 5000 episodes in shows including Kolangal, Police Diary and Mandhira Vaasal. Kutty Padmini then gave him the chance to score music and compose songs for his first feature film, Kaadhale Swasam, a romantic film featuring Karthik and Meena. However, despite a grand audio launch in November 2001, the film failed to have a theatrical release. Producer Venkateswaran, was impressed with Imman's work in the album, and gave him the opportunity to compose the music for Thamizhan (2002).[7] The album won positive reviews, with the composer also featuring the voices of the lead actors Vijay and Priyanka Chopra for a particular song. However, Imman subsequently went through another difficult period, with several of his films becoming dropped or shelved after production began and he revealed he considered a return to just being a keyboard player.[7]

Despite the success of individual songs such as "Azhagiya Asura" from Whistle (2003), he failed to garner offers for big films.[8] His next successful album was for Sundar C's masala film starring Arjun, Giri (2004), with the song Dai Kaiyaa Vechukittu being well received with the town and rural audiences. The success of the project, prompted several subsequent collaborations where Sundar C was director or where Arjun played the lead actor. Despite receiving relatively high-profile work, Imman remarked that he felt pigeonholed by the work he was getting in the period and was not approached by directors to be a part of realistic cinema ventures.[7]

The positive reviews that his work in Prabhu Solomon's Mynaa (2010) received, coupled with the film's box office success prompted bigger offers for Imman.[7] He has subsequently collaborated with Prabhu Solomon for the rest of his trilogy of romantic films, earning acclaim for his work in Kumki (2012) and Kayal (2014). Similarly he has struck a similar successful combination with director Suseenthiran, winning positive reviews for his work on Pandianadu (2013) and Jeeva (2014).[8] For the first time, he is conducting his own concert in Malaysia.[9]


Upcoming projects[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2019 Seeru Tamil
2019 Boxer Tamil
2020 Suriya 39 Tamil Suriya imman first combo. Director Siva
2019 Namma Veettu Pillai Tamil
2019 Laabam Tamil
2019 Jagajala Killadi Tamil
2019 #JR25 Tamil
2019 Vanangamudi Tamil
2019 Teddy Tamil
TBA Bhogi Tamil
TBA Kizhakku Africavil Raju Tamil
TBA Pon Manickavel Tamil
TBA Angelina Tamil
TBA Angel Tamil
TBA Pulanaivu Tamil

Released projects[edit]

Year Tamil Other Languages Films Notes
2001 Kadhale Swasam Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased
2002 Thamizhan
2003 Sena
2003 Khwahish (Hindi) Only Film Score
2003 Anbe Anbe
2003 Whistle
2004 Giri
2004 Kis Kis Ki Kismat (Hindi)
2004 Kadhale Engal Desiya Geetham
2005 Kombu Isra (Malayalam)
2005 Thaka Thimi Tha
2005 6'2
2005 Chinna
2005 February 14 BGM only
2005 ABCD
2005 Garam Masala (Hindi) Only Background Score
2005 Anbe Vaa
2005 Aanai
2006 Madrasi Sivakasi (Telugu)
2006 Kovai Brothers Cameo appearance in song "Ulagathula"
2006 Thalai Nagaram
2006 Kalinga
2006 Kusthi
2006 Vathiyar Ayyaa (Telugu)
2006 Rendu Rendu (Telugu)
2006 Nenjil Jil Jil Cameo appearance in song "Nenjil"
2006 Thiruvilayadal Arambam
2007 Lee
2007 Naan Avanillai Only Background Score
2007 Veerappu
2007 Marudhamalai 25th Film (Both Background Score and Music)
2007 Thavam
2008 Vambu Sandai Lakshmi Putrudu (Telugu)
2008 Durai
2008 Dhik Dhik Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased
2009 Maasilamani
2009 Ainthaam Padai
2009 Naan Avanillai 2
2009 Odipolama Lechipodama (Telugu)
2010 Kacheri Arambam
2010 Vilai
2010 Vandae Maatharam Vandae Maatharam (Malayalam) Malayalam-Tamil bilingual
2010 Vaadaa
2010 Mynaa Prema Khaidi (Telugu) Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Music Director
2011 Thambikottai
2011 Mudhal Idam
2011 Uchithanai Muharnthaal
2011 Maharaja
2012 Manam Kothi Paravai Anjada Gandu (Kannada remake)
2012 Saattai
2012 Kumki Gajaraju (Telugu) Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Music Director
Edison Award for Best Music Director
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Music Director
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Music Director
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil ("Onnum Puriyala")
Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Vijay Award for Favourite Song ("Sollitaley Ava Kaadhala")
2013 Therodum Veedhiyile Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased[10]
2013 Vetkathai Kettal Enna Tharuvaai
2013 Desingu Raja
2013 Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam 50th Film

Vijay Award for Favourite Song ("Oodha Coloru Ribbon")
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Music Director

2013 Pandiya Naadu Palnadu (Telugu) [11]
2014 Jilla Jilla (Telugu)
2014 Dhoom 3(Hindi film) one song and BGM only
2014 Anjada Gandu Kannada film
2014 Ninaivil Nindraval
2014 Rummy
2014 Amara
2014 Tenaliraman
2014 Yennamo Yedho
2014 Sigaram Thodu
2014 Jeeva
2014 Oru Oorla Rendu Raja
2014 Kayal
2014 Vellaikaara Durai
2014 Ennathan Pesuvatho Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased[12]
2015 Valiyavan
2015 Romeo Juliet
2015 Carry On Maratha (Marathi) One song, reused from Kumki[13]
2015 Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga Arya imman debut combo
2015 Paayum Puli 75th Film
2015 10 Enradhukulla Only Film Score
2016 Rajini Murugan
2016 Miruthan Yamabasam (Telugu)
2016 Pokkiri Raja
2016 Vetrivel
2016 Marudhu Rayudu (Telugu)
2016 Mudinja Ivana Pudi Kotigobba 2 (Kannada)
2016 Wagah
2016 Thodari Rail (Telugu)
2016 Rekka
2016 Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum
2016 Maaveeran Kittu
2016 Veera Sivaji
2017 Bogan
2017 Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen
2017 Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay
2017 Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum
2017 Rubai
2017 Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam
2017 Karuppan
2017 Ippadai Vellum
2017 Nenjil Thunivirundhal C/o Surya
2018 Panjumittai
2018 Tik Tik Tik 100th Film.
2018 Hyper (Kannada) Ellwyn Joshua is the main composer. Imman credited for the 2 tunes retained used from Veera Sivaji.
2018 Kadaikutty Singam
2018 Seema Raja
2019 Viswasam Provoke Awards for Best Music Director
2019 Natasaarvabhowma (Kannada)
2019 Kennedy Club
2019 Bakrid


He has mostly composed music for more than 20 Sun TV serials, with some becoming very famous, namely:[14][15]


  1. ^ "'Maybe I Needn't have Shortened my Name'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  2. ^ "I prefer melody to pacy songs: Imman". The New Indian Express. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  3. ^ "- Imman, the Tamil music director to watch". andhracafe.com. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Profile of Music Director D Imman". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  5. ^ Udhav Naig (3 October 2013). "Winning streak". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Imman to tie the knot". Indiaglitz. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Factory Made: The D Imman Interview". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b vishal menon. "Imman on a mission". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Imman Live Concert in Malaysia". paatuvarigal.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  10. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (29 September 2012). "Therodum Veediyile: Promising tunes". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Vishal, now a producer too". The Times of India. TNN. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  12. ^ TNN Dec 6, 2012, 11.12AM IST (6 December 2012). "Vimal next in 'Desingu Raja' - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Imman's Soi Soi, now in a Marathi film". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  14. ^ "General Profile of D Imman - Music Director". Lakshmansruthi.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  15. ^ "D. Imman". Lakshmansruthi.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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