|Born||8 December 1947|
Pannaipuram, Theni, Tamil Nadu
|Occupation(s)||Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Film score composer, lyricist, music director, songwriter, singer, conductor, instrumentalist, Voice Actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, (playback singing), guitar|
|Associated acts||Ilayaraaja, Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Venkat Prabhu, Premgi Amaren|
Gangai Amaran was born in Pannaipuram in Theni district, Tamil Nadu in December 1947, as the youngest son of Daniel Ramaswamy and Chinnathayi. He is the younger brother of noted music director Ilayaraaja and father of director and actor Venkat Prabhu and actor, composer and singer Premji Amaren. He had two more elder brothers, R. D. Bhaskar and Pavalar Varadharajan, both who died long back. Composers Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, singer Bhavatharini and costume designer Vasuki Bhaskar are his relations.
Regarding his name, Gangai was taken from a magazine of same name which he read during childhood while Amaran is derived from a pseudonym Amar Singh which he wanted to adopt himself when he aimed to be a lyricist.
Along with his brother Ilaiyaraja, Gangai Amaran started his career as a composer and composed for many successful films such as Mouna Geethangal and Vazhvey Maayam (1983). Apart from composing, Amaran made his directorial debut with Kozhi Koovuthu (1982) and went on to direct many films including highly successful Karagattakaran (1989). Themmangu Paattukaran was his last film as a director while Poonjolai which would have been the acting debut of his son Venkat Prabhu remains unreleased.
|1982||Kozhi Koovuthu||Ilayaraja||Directorial Debut|
|1984||Vellai Pura Ondru||Ilayaraja|
|1987||Enga Ooru Pattukaran||Ilayaraja|
|1988||Koil Mani Osai||Gangai Amaran|
|1990||Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu||Ilayaraja|
|1994||Atha Maga Rathiname||Gangai Amaran|
|1979||Oru Vidukadhai Oru Thodarkadhai|
|1980||Ramaye Vayasukku Vanthutta|
|1980||Enga Ooru Rasathi|
|1980||Tharayil Pootha Malar|
|1984||Ungal Veetu Pillai|
|1985||Hello Yaar Pesurathu||with Illayaraja|
|1986||Kanna Thorakkanum Sami|
|1986||Namma Ooru Nalla Ooru|
|1988||En Thangachi Padichava|
|1988||Thambi Thanga Kambi|
|1988||Koil Mani Osai|
|1989||Ponnu Pakka Poren|
|1991||Annan Kaattia Vazhi|
|1991||Nan Valartha Poovey|
|1994||Atha Maga Rathiname|
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