K. V. Mahadevan

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K. V. Mahadevan
Birth name Krishnankoil Venkatachalam Mahadevan
Also known as Mama
Born (1918-03-14)14 March 1918
Nagercoil, Krishnancoil, Kanyakumari, Travancore
Origin Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died 21 June 2001(2001-06-21) (aged 83)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score, Theatre
Occupation(s) Music Director
Instruments Key board, Piano
Years active 1942–1992

K. V. Mahadevan (born Krishnankoil Venkatachalam Mahadevan 14 March 1918 – 21 June 2001) was an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician known for his works in Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema, Kannada cinema, and Malayalam cinema. He is best known for his contributions in works such as Manchi Manasulu (1962), Lava Kusa (1963), Kandan Karunai (1967), Adimai Penn (1969), Balaraju Katha (1970), Sankarabharanam (1979), Saptapadi (1981), Sirivennela (1986), Shrutilayalu (1987), Pelli Pustakam (1991), and Swathi Kiranam (1992). K. V. Mahadevan was born in 1918 at Nagercoil, Krishnancoil, Kanyakumari district.

A contemporary of M. S. Viswanathan and T. K. Ramamoorthy, starting his career in the 1942 with Manonmani, Mahadevan scored music for over six hundred feature films, spanning four decades, and has garnered two National Film Awards, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director, three Nandi Awards for Best Music Director, and the Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu).[2]

Selected filmography[edit]






Personal life[edit]

K.V.Mahadevan, at the time of his death, was survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters. The famous son being V. Mahadevan, whose debut role was that of a Judge in the Tamil film Maasilamani.


K.V. Mahadevan died on 21 June 2001 in Chennai when he was 83.[3]


  1. ^ "Article on K. V. Mahadevan in The Hindu". 2001-06-29. 
  2. ^ "The Hindu : K.V. Mahadevan dead". Hinduonnet.com. 2001-06-22. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ "The Hindu : K.V. Mahadevan dead". Hinduonnet.com. 2001-06-22. Retrieved 2012-02-29.