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Shankar–Ganesh
Photo of Shankar
Photo of Shankar
Background information
OriginChennai, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Film composers,
Music directors,
singers
InstrumentsKeyboard
Years active1967–present
MembersGanesh

Shankar–Ganesh is an Indian music director duo who has worked on Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies for around 50 years.[1]

Career[edit]

They started as assistants to Tamil music composers M. S. Viswanathan and T. K. Ramamoorthy in 1964 and later the duo assisted M.S.Viswanathan alone from 1965 till 1967. Kannadhasan started his own film Titled "Nagarathil Thirudargal" in which he introduced Shankar Ganesh as music directors. The film was stopped, so Kannadhasan took them to Chinnappa Devar and requested him to give them a chance. After Kannadhasan's death, Shankar Ganesh had their titles changed to " Kavinger vazhangiya thevarin" Shankar Ganesh

Kaveri Thanda Kalaiselvi was a Natya Nadagam (Dance Drama) wherein Jayalalitha was main lead and rehearsals used to happen at her house with all artistes and musicians coming to her house and doing practice. Shankaraman, musician duo Shankar and Ganesh used to come to play music. Sandhya used to make food and give all artistes breakfast and lunch. This went on for 28 days before the first show happened in 1965. After Jayalalitha became a huge star she recommended Devar Films to give musician duo Shankar Ganesh their debut film as a music director in the film Maharasi starring Ravinchandran with Jayalalitha.

Their first independent release was Magaraasi in 1967. Aattukara Alamelu was a turning point in their career.[2] Musician duo Shankar Ganesh composed music for 2 film s of Jayalalitha – Maharasi in 1967 produced by Devar Films and Vandhale Maharasi in 1973 directed by K.S.Gopalakrishnan. Their best known composition were in Naan Yen Pirenden and Idhaya Veenai.

Bomb blast[edit]

On 17 November 1986, Ganesh received an anonymous parcel by post. It contained a tape recorder with a note from the sender saying that the parcel contained a cassette with some ‘new’ music and if Ganesh liked it, he should give the sender a "break" into films. As Ganesh pressed the play button, the tape recorder exploded in his face, injuring his hands and eyes. Plastic surgery restored his hands and allowed him to play the keyboard, but he lost his vision in his right eye and had blurred vision in the left. On 1 June 2014, his vision was restored by a "glued intra ocular lens" technique.[3][4]

He was also performing on the stage 50 meters away at the Congress rally in Sriperumbudur on 21 May 1991, when a human bomb killed Rajiv Gandhi.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Shankar from the duo died prematurely, while Ganesh continued take the band forward with the name Shankar–Ganesh, and has often been credited simply as Shankar Ganesh himself.[5] Shankar's son Balasubramaniam Shanker made his debut as a music composer through Chinni Jayanth's romantic drama film, Unakkaga Mattum (2000). Ganesh's son Shreekumar, became an actor, and later married actress Shamitha, who starred in Pandavar Bhoomi (2001).[6]

Discography[edit]

Their works include music for the following movies:

1960s–1970s[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1967 Magaraasi Tamil Debut Film
Naan Yaar Theriyuma Tamil
1968 Siritha Mugam Tamil
1969 Akka Thangai Tamil
Singapore Seeman Tamil
1970 Maanavan Tamil
Kalam Vellum Tamil
Kannan Varuvan Tamil
1971 Deivam Pesuma Tamil
Kettikaran Tamil
Then Kinnam Tamil
1972 Ganga Tamil
Thaikku Oru Pillai Tamil
Naan Yen Pirandhen Tamil
Kannamma Tamil
Savalukku Savaal Tamil
Varaverpu Tamil
Puguntha Veedu Tamil
Idhaya Veenai Tamil
Ponmagal Vandhal Tamil
1973 Manjal Kungumam Tamil
Vandhaale Magaraasi Tamil
Amman Arul Tamil
Kasi Yathirai Tamil
Dheiva Vamsam Tamil
Iraivan Irukkindran Tamil
Komatha En Kulamatha Tamil
Veettukku Vandha Marumagal Tamil
Vakkuruthi Tamil
Nathaiyil Muthu Tamil
1974 Kai Niraya Kaasu Tamil
Vellikizhamai Viratham Tamil
Doctoramma Tamil
Ore Satchi Tamil
Ayalathe Sundari Malayalam
Chakravakam Malayalam
Pathu Madha Bandham Tamil
Sorgathil Thirumanam Tamil
Devi Sri Karumari Amman Tamil
Pandhattam Tamil
Pudhiya Manidhan Tamil
1975 Anbu Roja Tamil
Enga Pattan Sothu Tamil
Cinema Paithiyam Tamil
Pinju Manam Tamil
Panam Pathum Seyum Tamil
Thangathile Vairam Tamil
Pattikkaattu Raja Tamil
Oru Kudumbathin Kadhai Tamil
1976 Chirikkudukka Malayalam
Kamadhenu Malayalam
1977 Aattukara Alamelu Tamil
Tholkan Enikku Manassilla Malayalam
1978 Karunai Ullam Tamizh
Ullathil Kuzhanthaiyadi Tamil
Chinna Chinna Veedu Katti Tamil
Thaai Meethu Sathiyam Tamil
Palabishegam Tamil
1979 Inikkum Ilamai Tamil
Thaayillamal Naan Illai Tamil
Neeya? Tamil
Pennorumbettaal Malayalam
Ennadi meenakshi
Prabhu Malayalam
Kanni Paruvathile Tamil
Pasi Tamil
Othayadi Paathayilae (released in 1980) Tamil
Vijayam Nammude Senani Malayalam

1980s[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1980 Anthappuram Malayalam
Chandra Bimbam Malayalam
Kannil Theriyum Kathaikal Tamil composed one song "Naan Unna Nenachen"
Dhinamthorum Deepavali Tamil
Ival Eevazhi Ithu Vare Malayalam
Vandichakkaram Tamil
Kumari Pennin Ullathile Tamil
Love in Singapore Malayalam
Natchathiram Tamil
Nijangal Nilaikkindrana Tamil
Ponnagaram Tamil
Maria My Darling Kannada / Tamil
Rahasya Ratri Kannada
1981 Veli Thaandiya Vellaadu Tamil
Anjatha Nenjangal Tamil
Aani Ver Tamil
Jadhikkoru Needhi Tamil
Chinna Mul Periya Mul Tamil
Kanneer Pookkal Tamil
Needhi Pizhaithathu Tamil
Saahasam Malayalam
Sankharsham Malayalam
Sattam Oru Iruttarai Tamil
Palaivana Solai Tamil
Sivappu Malli Tamil
Sphodanam Malayalam
1982 Aarambham Malayalam
Darling, Darling, Darling Tamil
Pakkathu Veetu Roja Tamil
Nenjile Thunivirunthal Tamil
Nenjangal Tamil
Neram Vandhachu Tamil
Mamiyara Marumagala Tamil
Ilanjodigal Tamil
Khadeema Kallaru Kannada
Adhisayappiravigal Tamil
Auto Raja Tamil
Ayiram Muthangal Tamil
Guha Malayalam
Kaalam Malayalam
Kalyana Kalam Tamil
Kanalukku Karaiyethu Tamil
Kazhumaram Malayalam
Krodham Tamil
Maattuvin Chattangale Malayalam
Nenjangal Tamil
Oorum Uravum Tamil
Paanjajanyam Malayalam
Pattanathu Rajakkal Tamil
Poi Satchi Tamil
Theerpugal Thiruththapadalam Tamil
Thooku Medai Tamil
Thunai Tamil
Ranga Tamil
1983 Alai Payum Nenjangal Tamil
En Aasai Unnoduthan Tamil
Anal Kaatru Tamil
Thai Veedu Tamil
Angam Malayalam
Bhookambam Malayalam
Dhooram Adhighamillai Tamil
Yudham Malayalam
Chakravyuha Kannada
Sididedda Sahodara Kannada
Nenjamellam Neeye Tamil
1984 Naane Raja Kannada
Ninaivugal Tamil
Nandri Tamil
Niraparaadhi Tamil
Osai Tamil
Pralayanthaka Kannada
Thirakal Malayalam
Vai Pandal Tamil
Vetri Tamil
Pournami Alaigal Tamil
1985 Naagam Tamil
Chavi Tamil
Avan Tamil
Santhosha Kanavukal Tamil
Aadhiyugam Malayalam
Anthasthu Tamil
Bandham Tamil
Poi Mugangal Tamil
Chain Jayapal Tamil
Chidambara Rahasiyam Tamil
Engirunthalum Vazhga Tamil
Deivapiravi Tamil
Ilamai Tamil
Kutravaaligal Tamil
Mareyada Manikya Kannada
Needhiyin Nizhal Tamil
Pournami Raavil 3D Malayalam
Naanu Nanna Hendthi Kannada
Pournami Raavil Malayalam
Savira Sullu Kannada
Uthami Tamil
Veli Tamil
Swabhimana Kannada
Karinaga Kannada
Mangamma Sabatham Tamil
1986 Aayiram Kannudayaal Tamil
Anandha Kanneer Tamil
Piranthaen Valarnthen Tamil
Asambhava Kannada
Kulirkaala Megangal Tamil
Paadum Vaanampadi Tamil
Kadinalli Jathre Kannada
Panneer Nadhigal Tamil
Mounam Kalaikirathu Tamil
Kaalam Tamil
Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Tamil
Anand Kannada
1987 Anbulla Appa Tamil
Anjatha Singam Tamil
Enga Chinna Rasa Tamil
Raja Mariyadhai Tamil
Oorkavalan Tamil
Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi Tamil
Veerapandiyan Tamil
1988 Aalay Pathu Malai Mathu Tamil
Karate Girls Malayalam
Mappillai Sir Tamil
Makkal Aanaiyittal Tamil
Sahadevan Mahadevan Tamil
Anjatha Singam Tamil
Veedu Manaivi Makkal Tamil
Vacha Kuri Thappathu Tamil
Samyuktha Kannada Background score only
Sivapputhaali Tamil
Prajaprabhutva Kannada
1989 Ade Raaga Ade Haadu Kannada
En Rathathin Rathame Tamil
Manidhan Marivittan Tamil
Mrugaya Malayalam
Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa Tamil
Sakalakala Sammandhi Tamil
Nyaya Tharasu Tamil
Chakkikotha Chankaran Malayalam
Manandhal Mahadevan Tamil
Thangamana Purushan Tamil
Thangamani Ramamani Tamil
Ajatha Satruvu Telugu

1990s[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1990 Aarathi Edungadi Tamil
Amma Pillai Tamil
Sathan Sollai Thattathe Tamil
Durga Tamil
Sakthi Parasakthi Tamil
Aavathellam Pennale Tamil
Manaivi Oru Manickam Tamil
Sandhana Kaatru Tamil
Vedikkai En Vadikkai Tamil
Idhaya Thamarai Tamil
Varavu Nalla Uravu Tamil
Nalla Kaalam Porandaachu Tamil
Aadi Velli Tamil
Pattikaattaan Tamil
Vaazhkai Chakkaram Tamil
Vaaliba Vilaiyattu Tamil
Pengal Veettin Kangal Tamil
Jagathalaprathapan Tamil also director
Pudhusa Oru Kalyanam Tamil Movie Not Released
1991 Nallathai Naadu Kekum Tamil
Sendhoora Devi Tamil
Vaakku Moolam Tamil
Eeswari Tamil
Aadi Viratham Tamil
Thai Poosam Tamil
Ayul Kaithi Tamil
1992 Purushan Enakku Arasan Tamil
Moondram Padi Tamil
Naane Varuven Tamil
Urimai Oonjaladugiradhu Tamil
Deiva Kuzhandhai Tamil
Chinna Poovai Killathey Tamil
Devar Veettu Ponnu Tamil
Sivasankari Tamil
Madha Komadha Tamil
Harihara Puthran Tamil
Purushan Enakku Arasan Tamil
1993 Paarambariyam Tamil
Sivarathri Tamil
Sambhavi Kannada
Karpagam Vanthachu Tamil
1994 Vaanga Partner Vaanga Tamil
1995 Mudhal Udhayam Tamil

2000s[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2006 Mazhaithuli Mazhaithuli Tamil [7]
2006 Theenda Theenda Tamil [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shankar Ganesh Tamil songs. Shankar Ganesh music videos, interviews, non-stop channel". Raaga. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Today, many are here for quick money – The Hindu". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Surgeon restores what bomb took 27 years ago".
  4. ^ "After 28 years, surgeons restore musician's sight | Chennai News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: Vijay meets his son on the Net!". m.rediff.com.
  6. ^ "Famous music director's son and actress to wed - Behindwoods.com - Tamil Movie News - Shree Shankar Ganesh Shamitha". www.behindwoods.com.
  7. ^ "Mazhaithuli Mazhaithuli".
  8. ^ "Theenda Theenda".

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