Gangai Amaran

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Gangai Amaran
Birth nameGangadharan
Born (1947-12-08) 8 December 1947 (age 72)
Pannaipuram, Theni, Tamil Nadu
Occupation(s)Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Film score composer, lyricist, music director, songwriter, singer, conductor, instrumentalist, Voice Actor
InstrumentsVocals, (playback singing), guitar
Years active1976–present
Associated actsIlayaraaja, Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Venkat Prabhu, Premgi Amaren

Gangai Amaran is an Indian music composer,[1] singer,[2] lyricist,[3] writer, film director[4] and actor in Tamil films.

Personal life[edit]

Gangai Amaran was born in Pannaipuram in Theni district, Tamil Nadu in December 1947, as the youngest son of Daniel Ramaswamy and Chinnathayi. He is the younger brother of noted music director Ilayaraaja and father of director and actor Venkat Prabhu and actor, composer and singer Premji Amaren.[5][6] He had two more elder brothers, R. D. Bhaskar and Pavalar Varadharajan, both who died long back. Composers Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, singer Bhavatharini and costume designer Vasuki Bhaskar are his relations.[7]

Regarding his name, Gangai was taken from a magazine of same name which he read during childhood while Amaran is derived from a pseudonym Amar Singh which he wanted to adopt himself when he aimed to be a lyricist.[8]

Career[edit]

Along with his brother Ilaiyaraja, Gangai Amaran started his career as a composer and composed for many successful films such as Mouna Geethangal and Vazhvey Maayam (1983). Apart from composing, Amaran made his directorial debut with Kozhi Koovuthu (1982) and went on to direct many films including highly successful Karagattakaran (1989). Themmangu Paattukaran was his last film as a director while Poonjolai which would have been the acting debut of his son Venkat Prabhu remains unreleased.[9].Now he is working with Clusters media college for restoring the glory of Coimbatore film industry [10]

Filmography[edit]

Writer/Director[edit]

Year Film Music Director Notes
1982 Kozhi Koovuthu Ilayaraja Directorial Debut
1983 Kokkarokko Illayaraja
1984 Pozhuthu Vidinchachu Ilayaraja
1984 Devi Sridevi Ilayaraja
1984 Vellai Pura Ondru Ilayaraja
1987 Enga Ooru Pattukaran Ilayaraja
1988 Sakkarai Panthal Ilayaraja
1988 Shenbagamae Shenbagamae Ilayaraja
1988 Koil Mani Osai Gangai Amaran
1989 Karagattakaran Ilayaraja
1989 Annanukku Jai Ilayaraja
1990 Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu Ilayaraja
1991 Kumbakarai Thangaiah Ilayaraja
1992 Villu Pattukaran Ilayaraja
1992 Chinnavar Ilayaraja
1992 Ponnuketha Purushan Ilayaraja
1993 Koyil Kaalai Ilayaraja
1994 Atha Maga Rathiname Gangai Amaran
1997 Themmangu Paattukaaran Ilayaraja

Music Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1979 Oru Vidukadhai Oru Thodarkadhai
1979 Suvarillatha Chithirangal
1980 Ramaye Vayasukku Vanthutta
1980 Enga Ooru Rasathi
1980 Tharayil Pootha Malar
1981 Mouna Geethangal
1982 Kanavugal Karpanaigal
1982 Vazhvey Maayam Dubbed Malayalam as Premaabhishekam
1983 En Priyame
1983 Imaigal
1983 Hello Madras Girl Malayalam Film
1983 Jeevitham
1983 Neethibathi
1983 Sattam Dubbed Malayalam as Sneha bandham
1983 Justice Raja Malayalam film
1984 Irumbu Kaigai
1984 Kudumbam
1984 Nalellam Pournami
1984 Nichayam
1984 Nyayam Ketkiraen
1984 Pudhia Sangamam
1984 Ungal Veetu Pillai
1984 Alakadalinakkare Malayalam film
1985 Mannukketha Ponnu
1985 Aagaya Thamaraigal
1985 Hello Yaar Pesurathu with Illayaraja
1985 Puthiya Sagaptham
1986 Kanna Thorakkanum Saami with Illayaraja
1986 Namma Ooru Nalla Ooru
1987 Chellakutti
1987 Ettikki Potti
1987 Oorkuruvi
1987 Ithu oru thodarkathai wrote all lyrics for this film
1987 Mizhiyorangalil Malayalam Film
1988 Anuraagi Malayalam Film
1988 Jeeva
1988 En Thangachi Padichava
1988 kabali
1988 Jaadiketha Moodi
1988 Koil Mani Osai
1988 Raththa Dhanam
1988 Thappu Kanakku
1989 Pillaikkaga
1989 Rudra Kannada film
1989 Ponnu Pakka Poren
1990 Pachai Kodi
1991 Pondatti Pondattithan
1991 Adhikari
1991 Annan Kaattia Vazhi
1991 Nan Valartha Poovey
1991 Rudhra
1993 Aadhityan
1994 Atha Maga Rathiname
2009 Ragavan
2010 Pugaippadam

Singer[edit]

Year Film Songs Composer Notes
1985 Neethaana Andha Kuyil "Poojaiketha Poovidhu" Ilayaraja
1988 Pillaikkaga "Mazhalaiyin" Himself
1990 Nila Pennae "Kichang Kichang" Vidyasagar
1993 Aadhityan "Uchimalai" Himself
2009 Ragavan "Vaazhvai" Himself
2013 Arya Surya "Mama", "Kala Kala", "Asaaru Usaaru" Srikanth Deva
2017 Andava Kaanom "Oh Annan Maare" Ashwamitra

Lyricist[edit]

Year Film Songs Composer Notes
1989 Karagattakaran All songs Ilayaraja
1992 Chinnavar All songs Ilayaraja
1992 Villu Paattukaaran All songs Ilayaraja
2007 Chennai 600028 "Jalsa", "Saroja Saaman" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2008 Saroja "Aaja Meri", "Kodaana Kodi", "Nimirnthu Nil" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2010 Goa "Ezhezhu", "Idhu Varai", "Vaaliba Vaa" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 Mankatha "Vilaiyaadu Mankatha", "Ballelakka" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2013 Biriyani "Biriyani", "Edhirthu Nil" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2015 Massu Engira Masilamani "Poochandi" Yuvan Shankar Raja

Dubbing artist[edit]

Onscreen appearances[edit]

Political career[edit]

Gangai Amaran also took plunge in politics by joining BJP and also contested in RK Nagar constitution.[11][12] Apart from that, he also served as a member of Central Board of Film Certification.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music Director Gangai Amaran Song Database". 600024.com Tamil Movie Database. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Singer Gangai Amaran Song Database". 600024.com Tamil Movie Database. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Lyricist Gangai Amaran Song Database". 600024.com Tamil Movie Database. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Director Gangai Amaran Song Database". 600024.com Tamil Movie Database. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  5. ^ "Not truly Gangai Amaran". The Hindu. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Gangai Amaran enthrals Vellore". The Hindu. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Illayaraja: Gangai Amaran get together again". Behindwoods. 12 March 2005. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  8. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (29 August 2013). "Lights, camera, more action" – via www.thehindu.com.
  9. ^ a b Saravanan, T. (5 November 2015). "Music for the masses" – via www.thehindu.com.
  10. ^ [[cite web|url= https://www.facebook.com/clustersmediazone/videos/292896508213436/
  11. ^ Kolappan, B. (21 December 2014). "Gangai Amaran joins BJP" – via www.thehindu.com.
  12. ^ Edmond, Deepu Sebastian (3 April 2017). "Gangai Amaran strikes a chord with R.K. Nagar voters" – via www.thehindu.com.

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