S. Thaman

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S. Thaman
Thaman in 2014
Thaman in 2014
Background information
Birth nameGhantasala Sai Srinivas[1]
Born (1983-11-16) 16 November 1983 (age 38)[2]
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Music composer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • rhythm pads
  • keyboard
  • trumpet
Years active2003–present

Ghantasala Sai Srinivas (born 16 November 1983), known professionally as S. Thaman, is an Indian music composer and playback singer who predominantly works in Telugu Cinema, along with Kannada and Tamil cinema.[3][4] Thaman entered the film industry as a supporting musician with the Telugu film Bhairava Dweepam in 1994,[5] and later became a film music composer and became popular for his work as a music director. His debut films as music director were Sindhanai Sei in Tamil[6][7] and Malli Malli in Telugu. He made his acting debut in Boys (2003).

His major success as a music composer was with the album of 2009 Telugu film Kick which established him as a leading composer in Telugu cinema. His notable compositions include films such as Brindavanam (2010), Ragada (2010), Mirapakay (2011), Dookudu (2011), Bodyguard (2012), Naayak (2013), Shadow (2013), Baadshah (2013), Greeku Veerudu (2013), Ramayya Vasthavayya (2013), Race Gurram (2014), Bruce Lee (2015), Sarrainodu (2016), Thikka (2016), Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018), Mr. Majnu (2019), Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020), Krack (2021), Vakeel Saab (2021), and Akhanda (2021).

Early life and career[edit]

Thaman was born Ghantasala Sai Srinivas in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, into a Telugu-speaking family of musicians from Pottepalem, Nellore District. He is the grandson of director Ghantasala Balaramayya. His father Ghantasala Siva Kumar was a drummer, who worked for seven hundred films, under the composer, K. Chakravarthy. His mother, Ghantasala Savitri is a playback singer and his aunt is singer. B. Vasantha.[8] Thaman is married to playback singer Sri Vardhini and they have a son.[9]

He studied at Don Bosco School in Chennai. He joined a music team consisting of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and G. Anand as a rhythm pads player when he was nine years old,[10] and discontinued studies when he lost his father at the age of 13. He was compelled to make his hobby into a profession to overcome the crisis in his family.[11] He then joined the Raj–Koti team, and worked for three years on sixty films and collaborated M. M. Keeravani, working with him for three years to complete thirty films.

Thaman considered Mani Sharma to be his guru and spent eight years under his tutelage while working on 94 films with him.[12] On the whole he put in fourteen years of rhythm and keyboard programming with the veterans before branching out on his own.[13]

In May 2017, Thaman made his Hindi debut when he was one of the six composers who featured in the soundtrack album of Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Again, a comedy franchise in Hindi cinema.[14] In 2018, he composed a theme song for Rohit Shetty's successful venture Simmba. He owns a music band named Thakkali.[15][16]

Thaman made his debut as a composer in the Telugu feature film Malli Malli (2009), although the soundtrack album was released in 2008. Jeevi of Idlebrain credited Thaman's work in the film is credited as "good".[17] The same year his second soundtrack, of the film Sindhanai Sei (2009), which marked his debut in the Tamil cinema.[18] He has also made his playback singing debut by recording "Uchimeedhu" song from the soundtrack. A critic rated the album 2 out of 5 and stated, "The music itself is rather dramatic, and sometimes strident. Almost all the songs, barring one seem to be pitched on the 6-kattai scale, which does not afford much variety in terms of listening".[19] A Telugu version of the album was released for the film's dubbed Telugu version.

Awards[edit]

South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Other awards

Discography[edit]

As composer[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Notes
2008 Malli Malli
Sindhanai Sei [25]
2009 Kick
Moscowin Kavery
Anjaneyulu
Eeram
Sankham
Jayeebhava
2010 Thillalangadi Two songs
Naanayam Score only
Maro Charitra Score only
Mundhinam Paartheney
Aridhu Aridhu
Kadhalagi Score only
Vastad
Ayyanar
Brindavanam
Ragada
2011 Mirapakay
Mambattiyan
Sabash Sariyana Potti
Veera
Kanchana
Vandhaan Vendraan
Kandireega
Dookudu
Osthe
Mouna Guru
2012 Businessman
Bodyguard
Nippu
Love Failure
Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi
Ishtam
Thadaiyara Thaakka
Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya
2013 Naayak
Settai
Jabardasth
Shadow
Baadshah
Greeku Veerudu
Gouravam
Tadakha
Balupu
Pattathu Yaanai
Ramayya Vasthavayya
Masala
All in All Azhagu Raja
2014 Vallinam
Race Gurram
Damaal Dumeel
Athiyayam
Vaalu
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam One song
Rabhasa
Power (Telugu film)
Power (Kannada film) Remake of Dookudu
Meaghamann
Aagadu
Vanmam
Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum
2015 Beeruva
Tiger
Savaale Samaali
Kanchana 2 One song "Mottapayyan" and score
Vaa Deal
Pandaga Chesko
Massu Engira Masilamani
Kick 2
Sakalakala Vallavan Appatakkar
Saagasam
Bruce Lee: The Fighter
Sher
Akhil
2016 Dictator
Chakravyuha
Aarathu Sinam One song
Zoom
Sarrainodu
Dhilluku Dhuddu
Chuttalabbai
Srirastu Subhamastu
Thikka
Jaguar
2017 Shivalinga
Winner
Vaigai Express Score only
Ivan Thanthiran
Thiri One song
Yaar Ivan
Veedevadu
Goutham Nanda
Mahanubhavudu
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 One song
Jawaan
Golmaal Again One song
2018 Sketch
Gayatri
Achari America Yatra
Bhaagamathie
Tholi Prema
Inttelligent
Chal Mohan Ranga
Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava
Amar Akbar Anthony
Happy Wedding
Kavacham
Orange
Simmba Hindi film, Additional BGM only and also composed theme music of Simba
2019 Mr. Majnu
Majili Background score only
Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene
Kanchana 3 Background score only
Aruvam
Voter
Ayogya One song "Vera Level"
Magamuni
Prati Roju Pandage
Venky Mama
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
Disco Raja
V Background score only
Miss India
Solo Brathuke So Better
2021 Krack
Eeswaran
Sooryavanshi BGM only
Wild Dog
Yuvarathnaa
Vakeel Saab
Tuck Jagadish Songs Only
Varudu Kaavalenu Two songs Only
Enemy Songs only
Akhanda
2022 Super Machi
Radhe Shyam dagger Background score only
Bheemla Nayak[26] dagger
Ghani dagger
Sarkaru Vaari Paata dagger
Thank You dagger
Godfather dagger
RC15 dagger
2022 Thalapathy 66 dagger

Singles and music videos[edit]

Year Track Artist Language
2021 "Allu Arjun Rap Song" Roll Rida, Harika Narayan Telugu[27][28]

As singer/vocalist[edit]

Year Song Film Language Notes
2009 "Tharai Irangiya" Eeram Tamil
"O Meri Bhavri" Veera
2011 "Vaishali Vaishali" Mirapakay Telugu
"Malayoor Nattamai" Mambattiyan Tamil
"Nagarudhe" Vanthaan Vendraan
"Unnale Unnale" Osthe
2012 "Endhukoo" Bodyguard Telugu
"Duba Duba" Nippu
"Sir Osthara" Businessman
"Melukora Melukora" Love Failure
2013 "Edhirthu Nil" Biriyani
"En Aalu" Summa Nachunu Irukku Tamil
"Kajalu Chellivaa" Balupu Telugu
"Kathi Lanti Pilla" Naayak
2014 "Naari Naari" Aagadu
"Feel of Aagadu" Aagadu
"Uyiril Uyiril" Vallinam Tamil
"Down Down Down Dappa" Race Gurram
2015 "Nuvve Nuvve" Kick 2
"Hormonil Thee" En Vazhi Thani Vazhi
"Ye Pilla Pilla" Pandaga Chesko
"Chuda Sakagunnave"
"Le Chalo" Bruce Lee
"Rock Your Body" Shankarabharanam
"Laychalo" Bruce Lee
2016 "Anu Anu" Srirastu Subhamastu
"Vellipoke" Thikka
"Aunanaa Kaadanaa" Jawaan
2017 "Kiss Me Baby" Mahanubhavudu
"Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" Goutham Nanda
2018 "Ninnila" Tholi Prema
2019 "Kopamga Kopamga" Mr. Majnu
"Yennellako" Venky Mama
2020 "Kotthaga Kotthaga" Miss India

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boys Krishna
2009 Sindhanai Sei Himself Special appearance
2010 Ayyanar Himself Special appearance
2019 Mr. Majnu Himself Special appearance
2021 Sooryavanshi Himself Special appearance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Exclusive: Music Director SS Thaman about Ala Vaikuntapurramloo. 10TV. 24 November 2019. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  2. ^ K., Janani (16 November 2020). "Mahesh Babu and Allu Arjun lead Tollywood in wishing S Thaman a happy birthday". India Today. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Thaman to render music for NTR - Harish Shankar movie". Pluzmedia.in. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Telugu cinema news, Telugu Movies Updates, Latest Movie reviews in Telugu". Telugu BOX Office. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  5. ^ Manisharma is My Guru in Music Since School Days, Thaman Interview NTV. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Yuvan and Thaman team up again for 'Adhyaayam'". IBNLive. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Thaman to complete 50th film with Aagadu". Raagalahari.com. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Music for the masses - Delta". The Hindu. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  9. ^ "AP 7am". AP 7am. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Tollywood Music Director S Thaman Biography, News, Photos, Videos". nettv4u. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Budding talent in music". Retrieved 7 April 2013.[dead link]
  12. ^ NTV Interview. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Thaman S Biography, Thaman S Profile - Filmibeat". Entertainment.oneindia.in. 16 November 1983. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Thaman flies to Bollywood with top league director". Top 10 Cinema (in American English). 16 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Thaman launches music band". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  16. ^ "We're trying to record live: Tharman". The Times of India. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  17. ^ "Malli Malli review - Telugu cinema Review - Skanda & Kalyanee". www.idlebrain.com. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Bheebatsam audio function". Idlebrain.com. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  19. ^ Malathy Sundaram. "Sindhanai Sei MUSIC REVIEW". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  20. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS | 2012 | winners | |". siima.in. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  21. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS | 2013 | winners | |". siima.in. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  22. ^ "SIIMA AWARDS | 2015 | winners | |". siima.in. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  23. ^ "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 (South)". The Times of India. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  24. ^ "The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011". The Times of India. 24 June 2012. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  25. ^ "A mix of modern and rural tunes - CHEN". The Hindu. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  26. ^ "Thaman Pens Folk Song for Pawan Kalyan's Ayyappanum Koshiyum Telugu Remake". 24 June 2021.
  27. ^ "Here is the rap song about Journey of Stylish Star Allu Arjun, watch it". ap7am.com. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  28. ^ "చూసారా?: బన్నీ 'ర్యాప్‌ సాంగ్‌' దుమ్ము రేపుతోంది!". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in Telugu). Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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