K. V. Mahadevan
|K. V. Mahadevan|
|Birth name||Krishnankoil Venkatachalam Mahadevan
|Also known as||Mama|
March 14, 1918|
Nagercoil, Krishnancoil, Kanyakumari, Travancore
|Origin||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Died||21 June 2001
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Genres||Film score, Theatre|
Krishnankoil Venkatachalam Mahadevan (aka Mama) was a South Indian music composer.
K. V. Mahadevan was born in 1918 at Nagercoil, Krishnancoil, Kanyakumari district. A contemporary of M. S. Viswanathan and T. K. Ramamoorthy, Mahadevan scored music for over 600 films, spanning four decades, after starting his career in the 1942 with Manonmani. Poor health hastened the end of his career in the mid-1990s, and his last film was Swathi Kiranam in 1992.
- National Film Award for Best Music Direction (1967) for Kandan Karunai (first recipient of the award)
- Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director (1969) for Adimai Penn
- National Film Award for Best Music Direction (1980) for Sankarabharanam
- Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) (1992) for Swathi Kiranam