Mano Murthy

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Mano Murthy
Origin Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Genres Film score, theatre
Occupation(s) Composer, music director, instrumentalist, network engineer
Years active 1994–present
Website Official site

Mano Murthy is a leading musician and composer in the Kannada film industry. Although his compositions in his earlier films were also successful, he shot to fame with Mungaru Male, one of the biggest hits in Kannada industry. Before moving onto becoming a composer, he was an entrepreneur, having co-founded three companies in California. He was a programmer in Microsoft. His latest venture, an IP security provider called Allegro Systems, was acquired by Cisco Systems.[1] [2] [3] He has judged many reality shows such as Fresh Voice of Karnataka, Saagardaache Sapthaswara and others.

Early life and education[edit]

Murthy had nurtured deep interest in music since a young age. He used to play drums when he was an undergrad electrical engineering student at UVCE, Bangalore University. He went to the US to do graduate work at the University of California, Davis and Stanford University.

Film career[edit]

He started his music career with composing music for the movie America! America! directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar. The songs of this movie became popular, most notable being the songs America America and Nooru Janmaku. He went on to compose music for the movie Nanna Preethiya Hudugi. The song Car Car of this movie was a big hit. He also composed the Music for National award winning Movie Preethi Prema Pranaya, and the superhit Comedy movie Jokefalls.[4] Some of the popular songs are Gandhavathi and Naguvina Loka Idu. In spite of these hit songs, his name remained relatively unknown in Kannada filmdom. However Mungaru male which became the most successful box office hit in Kannada film industry earning Rs. 750 million brought Mano murthy into limelight. It earned him enormous popularity and critical acclaim. Next came another super hit movie Cheluvina Chithara (2007) which gave him much more fame. The quality of music and melody in songs makes him the favourite choice by producers. He also composed music for a Hindi movie in 2005 which did not take off unfortunately.


Year Movie Notes
1995 America! America!
2001 Nanna Preethiya Hudugi
2003 Preethi Prema Pranaya
2004 Jokefalls
2005 Amrithadhare
2006 Mungaru Male Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2007 Cheluvina Chittara
2007 Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige
2007 Geleya
2007 Milana Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Suvarna Film Award for Best Music Director
2007 Hetthare Hennanne Herabeku
2007 Ee Bandhana
2008 Vaana Telugu film
2008 Moggina Manasu
2008 Madesha
2008 Bombaat
2008 Haage Summane
2009 Olave Jeevana Lekkachaara
2009 Male Barali Manju Irali
2009 Manasaare
2009 Januma Janumadallu
2009 Neene Bari Neene Studio album by Sonu Nigam
2009 Gokula
2010 Nooru Janmaku
2010 Pancharangi
2011 Lifeu Ishtene
2011 Mr. Duplicate
2012 Parijatha
2013 Athi Aparoopa
2013 Ale
2014 Abhinetri
2015 Mast Mohabbat Yet to be released



  • Filmfare Award for Milana (Ninnindale song)
  • Filmfare Award 2006 for Best Music Director, Mungaru Male
  • Karnataka State Award 2006 for Best Music Director, Mungaru Male
  • E TV Award 2006 for Best Music Director, Mungaru Male
  • Sansui Shri Gandha Award 2006 for Best Music Director, Mungaru Male
  • Hello Gandhinagar Award 2006 for Best Music Director, Mungaru Male
  • Karnataka Chitrarasikara Sangha Award 2006 for Best Music Director, Mungaru Male
  • M.S.Ramaih Chitralaya Award 2006 for Best Music Director, Mungaru Male
  • Garuda Mall Award 2007 for Most Popular Music Director
  • South Cine Fans Award Chennai 2003–2004 for Best Music Director, Preeti Prema Pranaya
  • National Award 2004 for Best Movie Preeti Prema Pranaya as Producer


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