S. A. Rajkumar

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S. A. Rajkumar
Born Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation(s) Music director
Years active 1987 – 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]

Rajkumar was born to Selvarajan and Kannammal.[citation needed] The family ancestors belong to Paettai, Thirunelveli District. 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]

Partial Filmography[edit]

Tamil cinema[edit]

Year Title Notes
1987 Chinna Poove Mella Pesu
Thangachi
Veeran Veluthambi
1988 Rayilukku Neramachu
Manasukkul Mathappu
Paravaigal Palavitham
Kunguma Kodu
1989 En Thangai
1990 Pudhu Vasantham Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Tamil
Thangathin Thangam
Pudhu Pudhu Ragangal
1991 Perum Pulli
Archana IAS
Enga Ooru Sippai
1992 Ellaichami
1996 Poove Unakkaga
Krishna
1997 Suryavamsam Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director
Putham Puthu Poove
Pistha
1998 Aval Varuvala
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Ponmanam
Maru Malarchi
Simmarasi
1999 Nee Varuvai Ena
Thulladha Manamum Thullum
Paattali
Thirupathi Ezhumalai Venkatesa
Suyamvaram
Kannupada Poguthaiya
Suriya Paarvai
Malabar Police
2000 Kuberan
James Pandu
Unnai Kodu Ennai Tharuven
Maayi
Ennavale
Vanathai Pola
Priyamaanavale
Pennin Manathai Thottu
RajaKali amman
Budget Padmanabhan
Palayathu Amman
Vanna Thamizh Pattu
Kandha Kadamba Kathir Vela
Sudhandhiram
2001 Aanandham
Piriyadha Varam Vendum
Nageswari
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
2002 Punnagai Desam
Kamarasu
Namma Veetu Kalyanam
Bandha
Raja
2003 Diwan
Aalukkoru Aasai
Vaseegara
Priyamana Thozhi
Kadhaludan
2004 Manasthan
Kannadi Pookal
2005 Kannamma
2008 Valluvan Vasuki
2012 Chokkali

Telugu cinema[edit]

Kannada cinema[edit]

Malayalam cinema[edit]

  • Vesham (2004)
  • Villaliveeran (2014)

Television[edit]

  • 2010 Kodi Mullai

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