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. He has judged many reality shows such as Fresh Voice of Karnataka, Saagardaache Sapthaswara and others.
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. 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.