S. A. Rajkumar

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S. A. Rajkumar
BornChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s)Music director
Years active1987 – present

S. A. Rajkumar is an Indian film music director who hails from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has composed music for many south Indian films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages. Light-hearted melodies are often considered his forte. He has won three Filmfare Awards[1] for the films Raja,Pudhu Vasantham[2] & Shruthi.

Early life[edit]

His father was a vocalist performing in stage shows conducted by popular music directors such as Ilayaraja, Gangai Amaren, Deva among others. Rajkumar admired his father's musical career and developed an interest in music. It was his mother who encouraged his father to make him join music classes. Rajkumar underwent classical music training under the guidance of Subbaiah Bhagavathar for 3 years.[3][4]

Career[edit]

After years of formal music training, Rajkumar began to conduct musical shows on his own and was on the way to look for film opportunities. It was in 1987, director duo Robert-Rajashekar came forward to sign him as the music director for their film Chinna Poove Mella Pesu. This film had Prabhu and Ramki in the lead roles. Since then, Rajkumar has scored for over hundred films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries.[3] He has scored the films Suryavamsam, Aval Varuvala, Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, Thulladha Manamum Thullum, Vanathai Pola, Raja (1999 film), Vasantham , Priyamaanavale , "Priyamaana Thozhi".

Rajkumar has composed songs for many hit films in Kannada starring Dr.Vishnuvardhan, a star of 220 movies in five different languages. The hit films in their combination includes Sirivantha, Varsha, Jyeshta and many more. The all time ever green songs of Kannada Cinema, Sevanthiye Sevanthiye sung by Indian play back singer Dr.S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, a song from the Kannada film Surya Vamsha and Premachandrama from another film Yajamana sung by south singer Rajesh Krishnan, was originally composed by Rajkumar.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Tamil cinema[edit]

Year Title Notes
1987 Chinna Poove Mella Pesu
Veeran Veluthambi
Thangachi
1988 Kunguma Kodu
Poovum Puyalum
Rayilukku Neramachu
Manasukkul Mathappu
Paravaigal Palavitham
1989 En Thangai
Oru Ponnu Nenacha
Pasakanal Movie Not Released
1990 Pudhu Vasantham Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Tamil
Thangathin Thangam
Puriyaadha Pudhir
Pudhu Pudhu Ragangal
Paadi Vaa Thendrale Movie Not Released
1991 Perum Pulli
Aasai Kiliye Kobama
Annan Kaattiya Vazhi
Enga Ooru Sippai
Archana IAS
Idhaya Oonjal
Manasara Vazhthungalen
Sivaranjani
Nenjamundu Nermaiundu
Anbulla Thangachikku
1992 Thaali Kattiya Raasa
Palaivana Raagangal
Ellaichami
Mangala Nayanam
Pudhu Varusham
1993 Mudhal Paadal
Varam Tharum Vadivelan
1994 Purushanai Kaikulla Poottukanum
Pudhusa Pootha Roosa
1995 Endrum Anandham Movie Not Released
1996 Poove Unakkaga
Krishna
1997 Pistha
Suryavamsam Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director
Nattupura Nayagan
Putham Puthu Poove Movie Not Released
1998 Maru Malarchi
Ponmanam
Aval Varuvala
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Simmarasi
1999 Suriya Paarvai
Thulladha Manamum Thullum
Suyamvaram
Malabar Police
Nee Varuvai Ena
Kannupada Poguthaiya
Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa
Paattali
2000 Vaanathaippola
Sudhandhiram
Rajakali Amman
James Pandu
Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven
Pennin Manathai Thottu
Kuberan
Simmasanam
Maayi
Budget Padmanabhan
Palayathu Amman
Priyamaanavale
Vanna Thamizh Pattu
Ennavale
2001 Nageswari
Piriyadha Varam Vendum
Aanandham
Krishna Krishna
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
2002 Punnagai Desam
Shakalaka Baby
Kamarasu
Raja
Namma Veetu Kalyanam
Padai Veetu Amman
Dance Master Movie Not Released
2003 Vaseegara
Kadhaludan
Priyamana Thozhi
Diwan
Aalukkoru Aasai
2004 Manasthan
Chatrapathy
2005 Kannadi Pookal
Kannamma
Uyir Ullavarai Dubbed from Kannada movie 'Love Story'
Plus Kootani
2006 Thodamale
2008 Valluvan Vasuki
2012 Chokkali

Telugu cinema[edit]

Kannada cinema[edit]

Malayalam cinema[edit]

  • Vesham (2004)
  • Villaliveeran (2014)
  • Sakka Podu Podu Raja (2018)

Television[edit]

  • 2010 Kodi Mullai

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pvv.ntnu.no/~kailasan/news/rahman_bags_12th_filmfare_award.htm
  2. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  3. ^ a b "Profile Gallery | S.A. Rajkumar". CineCrush. 23 August 1964. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20010121165300/http://dinakaran.com/cinema/english/cinebio/30-03-00/rajkumar.htm
  5. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  6. ^ http:// Refer Filmfare Magazine August 1991, 38th filmfare awards south
  7. ^ http://www.pvv.ntnu.no/~kailasan/news/rahman_bags_12th_filmfare_award.htm

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