Santhosh Narayanan

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Santhosh Narayanan
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Background information
Born (1983-05-15) 15 May 1983 (age 34)
Origin Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer, Music producer, Singer
Instruments Piano, violin
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts La Pongal

Santhosh Narayanan (born 15 May 1983) is an Indian film composer and musician in the Tamil film industry. He made his debut as a film composer in the 2012 Tamil film Attakathi. Santhosh Narayanan is currently one of the most sought after composers of Tamil Cinema.

Early life[edit]

Santhosh Narayanan was born in Trichy, India. He is the youngest of two children. He was educated at RSK Higher Secondary School, Tiruchirappalli. Narayanan continued his studies at J. J. College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirapalli. After completing his education, He worked as a recording engineer and programmer, before beginning to produce independent music and compose background scores for films.[1] He produced the music including two original soundtracks for the critically acclaimed short film Advaitham,[2][3] He was also part of the contemporary folk music band "La Pongal" with whom he performed in a few live shows in 2009.[1]


2012 - 2013:Debut success[edit]

He made his debut as an independent music director in the 2012 Tamil film Attakathi directed by Pa. Ranjith. He got the opportunity through its producer C. V. Kumar who saw him working in his studio.[4] Santhosh composed a song in the gaana genre for the film, "Aadi Pona Aavani", and gave a then-unknown Gana Bala, who had been singing gaana songs at funerals till then, the chance to sing it. Along with "Aadi Pona Aavani", a second gaana song, "Nadukadalula Kappala" was recorded for the film.[5][6] Both songs went on to become popular, making Gana Bala a star, and were said to have brought back gaana to Tamil cinema.[7] Sify wrote that the gaana songs were "one of the major highlight of the film"[8] and Behindwoods called the Attakathi album an "experimental yet fresh attempt".[9] Following Attakathi, he composed the music for the films Uyir Mozhi and Pizza, the directorial debuts of Raja and Karthik Subbaraj, respectively. All three albums, Attakathi, Uyir Mozhi and Pizza were recorded and mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301 in Australia;[10][11] furthermore, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra had performed for the soundtrack of Pizza,[11] which also saw Santhosh collaborating with Gana Bala again, albeit on a Blues number this time.[4] For Uyir Mozhi, some of the songs Santhosh had scored for a private album were used by the director.[12] Santhosh's work in Pizza was positively reviewed. According to Sify, Santhosh Narayanan's music was a "major plus" of the film,[13] and IBN Live described the score as "splendid".[14] The song "Mogathirai" from the soundtrack album was also listed by in their Top songs from 2012 list.[15] Behindwoods at the end of 2012 wrote, "Santosh Narayanan brought a different sound to Tamil cinema this year. Even his gaana tracks in Attakathi were freshly produced and the soundtrack of Pizza was eclectic to say the least".[16] He also won accolades that year: the Jaya TV 2012 award for Sensational Debutant Music Director for Attakathi,[17] and the Big Tamil Melody Award for Best Debut Music director for Pizza.[18] He worked on the black comedy film Soodhu Kavvum directed by the upcoming Director Nalan Kumarasamy next. Gana Bala was given a "gana-rap" in the film,[19] "Kaasu Panam", which went on to become one of the most popular songs of the year.[20][21] His work in the film earned him the Vijay Award for Best Background Score.[22] His other releases of 2013 were Pizza 2: The Villa, a sequel to Pizza, and Billa Ranga, his first Telugu and only full-fledged Telugu project till date.

2014 - 2015[edit]

Santhosh Narayanan worked exclusively on Tamil films. He had four soundtracks released that year, the first being the album to the romantic drama Cuckoo. Cuckoo's soundtrack was highly appreciated by critics who called it an "alluring and immersive album"[23] and "the best soundtrack that composer Santhosh Narayanan has produced yet".[24] The song "Manasula Soora Kaathey" from the album reached number one position in the Tunes all India charts,[25] while Outlook named it one of South India's top songs of the year.[26] The score received equal praise with Baradwaj Rangan terming it as "great",[27] IANS as "life-affirming",[28] Rediff as "sensational"[29] and Sify as "outstanding".[30] The next release was Karthik Subbaraj's second directorial, Jigarthanda, which was promoted as a "musical gangster story".[31] While Cuckoo featured live instrumentation, Santhosh Narayanan used electronic musical instruments for the recording in Jigarthanda, who recorded almost all the songs in a studio in Sydney, Australia for nearly two months.[32] The soundtrack and score featured a melange and fusion of several genres, including Gangsta rap, folk, electro.[32] His work was well received again; while The Times of India, in its album review, wrote that "Santhosh Narayanan shows, yet again, that he is one of those composers to watch out for — both for his new sounds and tunes",[33] The Hindu's Baradwaj Rangan stated that "his flamboyant score imbues even the weaker scenes with a Tarantinoesque swagger".[34] After Jigarthanda, he worked on the action-drama film Madras. The Hindu described his score as "excellent".[35] The soundtrack to Enakkul Oruvan, the Tamil remake of the Kannada film Lucia, for which he had composed the score, was his final 2014 release. The album was also lauded by critics.[36] Behindwoods named him the "most promising among the younger composers".[37]

In 2015, he worked on 36 Vayadhinile, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film How Old Are You.[38] Upcoming projects of Santhosh Narayanan include the next films of directors Karthik Subbaraj and Nalan Kumarasamy.[39] In 2016, he composed songs for Sudha Kongara's bilingual sports drama Irudhi Suttru(filmed simultaneously in Hindi as Saala Khadoos).[40] The Hindi adaptation film, "Saala Khadoos" however did not feature background score by Santhosh as Rajkumar Hirani , the co-producer of the film brought in composers Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga who had worked with him in 3 Idiots and PK to compose the background score. Kashmora to be directed by Gokul,[41] and Manithan were his other noted released in 2016 apart from Kabali, the biggest Tamil project so far in his career.


Santhosh Narayanan has signed nearly 10 films for year of 2016.


As composer
Year Tamil Other Languages Dubbed Releases Notes Music Label
2012 Attakathi Debut Film Think Music India
Uyir Mozhi Saregama
Pizza "Pizza" (Telugu) Think Music India
2013 Soodhu Kavvum Vijay Award for Best Background Score
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Music Director
Nominated—South Indian International Movie Award for Best Music Director
Think Music India
Pizza 2: The Villa "Pizza 2: The Villa" (Telugu) Think Music India
Billa Ranga • (Telugu) Think Music India
2014 Cuckoo Mirchi Award For Best Album of the Year Think Music India
Jigarthanda "Chikkadu Dorakadu" (Telugu) Vijay Award for Best Background Score Think Music India
Madras Think Music India
2015 Enakkul Oruvan "Naalo Okkadu" (Telugu) Think Music India
36 Vayathinile Think Music India
2017 Sadhayai Meeri — Single (Album) Lyricist : Vivek ; Singer : Vijaynarain Think Music India
2017 Guru (Telugu) Iruthi Suttru remade in Telugu with Victory Venkatesh, however same songs from original were dubbed and used. Lahari Music
2016 Iruthi Suttru Saala Khadoos (Hindi) Songs only.
Background score composed by Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga.
Lahari Music
Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Sony Music India
Manithan Sony Music India
Iraivi Sony Music India
Kabali "Kabali" (Telugu) (Hindi) (Malay) Think Music India
Kodi Sony Music India
Kaashmora "Kaashmora" (Telugu) Think Music India
Bairavaa "Agent Bairavaa" (Telugu) Lahari Music
Server Sundaram Think Music India

Upcoming projects[edit]

Film Language Music Label Notes
Pariyerum Perumal Tamil
Shaitan Ka Bachcha Tamil
Kaala (2018 film) Tamil
Vada Chennai Tamil
Untitled Nivin Pauly starrer[42][43][44][45] Malayalam Malayalam debut.
  • The films are listed in order that the music released, regardless of the dates the film released

Additional Credits[edit]

As singer
Year Song Film Music
2012 Vaanathil,Andril Paravai Naanadi Uyir Mozhi Santhosh Narayanan
2014 Oopiri Janda Billa Ranga Santhosh Narayanan
Baby,Dhesayum Ezhandheney Jigarthanda Santhosh Narayanan
Kaali Pasanga Kappal Natarajan Sankaran
Endi Ippadi Enakkul Oruvan Santhosh Narayanan
2015 Happy (Naalu Kazhudha) 36 Vayadhinile Santhosh Narayanan
2016 Maya Visai Irudhi Suttru Santhosh Narayanan
Red Road-u Jil Jung Juk Vishal Chandrashekhar
Ka Ka Ka Po Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Santhosh Narayanan
Kadhal Kappal Iraivi Santhosh Narayanan
Manidhi Veliye Vaa Iraivi Santhosh Narayanan
Ulagam Oruvanukka Kabali Santhosh Narayanan
Daavuya Remo Anirudh Ravichander
Dhikku Dhikku Sir Kaashmora Santhosh Narayanan


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  3. ^ "Audio Beat: Attakathi". The Hindu. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
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  12. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar. "Audio Beat: Uyirmozhi". The Hindu. 
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  14. ^ "'Pizza' Review: This Tamil film will keep you glued to your seat". IBNLive. 
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  21. ^ "Top Tamil Songs of 2013". Rediff. 18 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "8th Annual Vijay Awards a grand success". The Times of India. 
  23. ^ "Cuckoo (aka) Cuckoo songs review". 
  24. ^ "Cuckoo - Music Review (Tamil Movie Soundtrack)-Santhosh Narayanan-Yuga Bharathi-Dinesh-Malavika - Music Aloud". Music Aloud. 
  25. ^ "Santhosh Naryanan pips Anirudh and AR Rahman". The Times of India. 
  26. ^ "2014: Southern Film Songs - Vipin Nair". 
  27. ^ Baradwaj Rangan. "Cuckoo: Love is blind". The Hindu. 
  28. ^ "'Cuckoo' - Blinded By Love". The New Indian Express. 
  29. ^ "Review: Cuckoo is brilliant". Rediff. 21 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "Movie Review : Cuckoo". Sify. 
  31. ^ "Will Jigarthanda bring about a change in Kollywood?". Firstpost. 
  32. ^ a b S. R. Ashok Kumar. "Audio Beat: Jigarthanda - Fusion, folk, rap and more". The Hindu. 
  33. ^ "Music Review: Jigarthanda". The Times of India. 
  34. ^ Baradwaj Rangan. "Jigarthanda: Racket science". The Hindu. 
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  36. ^ "'Enakkul Oruvan' Music Review Roundup: Critics Laud Santhosh Narayanan's Consistency [AUDIO]". International Business Times. 10 September 2014. 
  37. ^ "Santhosh Narayanan - 2014's show-stealer". 
  38. ^ "Santhosh roped in for 'How Old Are You/' remake". The Times of India. 
  39. ^ "CV Kumar to launch three more movies". Sify. 
  40. ^ "Madhavan gets tough". The Hindu. 
  41. ^ "Santosh Narayanan for Kashmora!". Sify. 
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