Ratheesh Vegha

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Ratheesh Vega
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Ratheesh Vega
Background information
Birth name Ratheesh Menon
Born Palakkad, Kerala, India
Residence - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Pop, Indian Classical Music, soft rock, world music
Occupation(s) Music composer, Music producer, Singer, Music Director, Arranger, Sequencer, Writer
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts Lalisom, Manorama News Kerala Cancer

Ratheesh Vega (Malayalam: രതീഷ് വേഗ) is a composer, singer, and musician who works in Malayalam films. His debut as a film music composer was in the 2010 hit film Cocktail.

Career[edit]

Ratheesh completed his degree in music from Madras University. After his degree Ratheesh pursued a short course in sound engineering. But all the while he nursed hopes of becoming a Carnatic vocalist. He learnt music from Thrissur R. Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar.

For nearly two years Ratheesh spearheaded Music Talks on Malayalam channel Asianet. This show also provided the turnaround in Ratheesh's career. "It was during this time that I met Gopi Sunder, the noted music director and programmer. He told me that I could try my hand at composing music and also introduced me to many people in the music field. I believed in Gopi Sunder." -says Ratheesh Vega.

Nothing came on a platter for Ratheesh. He virtually slogged it out, beginning with jingles. He has done jingles in all the South Indian languages with numerous clients and for many big brands. Some of them like Kalyan Silks, Josco, MCR and Joy Alukkas did a lot to soar his stock. Ratheesh won the Pepper Award in 2010 for his striking jingles.

In between all this, Ratheesh worked on a couple of albums. And these albums helped find his way into films. Of these 'Cafe Love' and 'Njanum Ente Ayyappa' had tunes with the typical Ratheesh Vegha stamp – a judicious blend of the East and West styles of music. "The Ayyappa devotional for Vox Music, US, was designed quite differently from the usual ones of the genre. It was priced at seven dollars and sold around 5,000 copies. But it was 'Café Love' (Sathyam Audios) that gave me my film break."- Remembers Ratheesh.

‘Café Love' had tracks sung by Unni Menon, Sujatha Mohan, Biju Narayanan, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Benny Dayal, Gopi Sunder and others. It had some melodies like Unni Menon's 'Ormayil…' and the trendy pop-styled 'Nestle coffee…' by Biju Narayanan and Thulasi Yatheendran.

He was introduced to Milan Jaleel, by one of his friends,who had heard the music of 'Cafe Love.' He immediately offered Ratheesh a chance in his film Cocktail. Music of Cocktail turned to be his best soundtrack, in which the songs like Neeyam Thanalinu by Vijay Yesudas and Thulasi Yatheendran topped the charts for weeks. And then the second chance for him came from Milan Jaleel himself to work in his next project, 'Kasargod Khaderbhai'.[1]

Lalisom - The Lal Effect[edit]

Ratheesh was the musician in charge for the music band "Lalisom". The band's maiden show was at the 2015 National Games of India. The band drew flak from the social media and some sections of the Malayalam film fraternity for charging an amount of ₹1.60 crores for its first show, later the show was also criticized for poor performance which included lip-syncing to a previously recorded audio tape.[6][7][8] Director Vinayan had criticized Mohanlal, who leads the band, for charging such a hefty amount, when Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar attended the function without charging any money.[9] Following the criticism, Mohanlal announced that he would be returning the cost of Rs 1.60 crore to Government of Kerala.[10] But the government rejected Mohanlal's offer saying that the heat generated by the event was quite regrettable and the Government’s morality would not allow it to take back the money. The government also said, Mohanlal had not personally benefitted from the amount (Rs 1.63 crore) which he received since it was meant to meet the stage expenses and remuneration for the artistes. Even if the band is not dispersed there was no further activities yet.

Personal life[edit]

Ratheesh lives in Thrissur with his wife Dr. Anu Ratheesh Vega and son Nadhin Ratheesh Vega.

Discography[edit]

As Music Director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2010 Cocktail Malayalam Film Debut
Again Kasargod Khader Bhai Malayalam
2011 Ulakam Chuttum Valiban Malayalam Background Music only
Pachuvum Kovalanum Malayalam Background Music only
Beautiful Malayalam Kochi Times Film Award for Best Music Director
Mirchi Music Awards South for Best Upcoming Music Director
2012 Orkut Oru Ormakoot Malayalam Background Music only
Mullassery Madhavan Kutty Nemom P. O. Malayalam
Namukku Parkkan Malayalam
Run Babby Run Malayalam CERA BIG Malayalam Music Award, 97.2 BIG FM for Most Popular Song
Poppins Malayalam
Matinee Malayalam
2013 Lokpal Malayalam
David and Goliath Malayalam
Rebecca Uthup Kizhakkemala Malayalam
Lucky Star Malayalam
Ladies and Gentleman Malayalam
Orissa Malayalam Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Best Music Director
D Company Malayalam
Silence Malayalam
2014 Athithi Tamil Background Music only
Picket 43 Malayalam
2015
Yanam Mahayanam Malayalam Critically acclaimed for the traditional arrangement of background score
2016 Aadupuliyattam Malayalam The only film of the year with the whole songs hit. The songs sold to East Coast Audios for a record amount of rupees 10 lakhs which is highest bid of the year.
Marubhoomiyile Aana Malayalam
Swarnakkaduva Malayalam
Chembaka kottai Tamil Tamil of Adupuliyattam
Mukhapadangal Malayalam
Achayans Malayalam

As a writer[edit]

Year Film Stars Director Other notes
2016 Thrissur Pooram Upcoming Debut film

Non-film albums[edit]

Year Album Title Notes
2010 Cafe Love [2] 2010 Naanum ente ayyappa

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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