Sankar Ganesh

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Shankar Ganesh
Origin Chennai, India
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Film composers,
Music directors,
singers
Instruments Keyboard
Years active 1967 - present

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

Career[edit]

They started as an assistant to Tamil music composers M. S. Viswanathan and T. K. Ramamoorthy beginning 1964 and later the duo assisted M.S.Viswanathan alone from 1965 till 1969.Kannadhasan started his own film Titled"Nagarathil Thirudargal" in which he introduced Shankar Ganesh as music directors. But unfortunately 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 Debating"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 November 17, 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 June 1, 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 May 21, 1991, when a human bomb killed Rajiv Gandhi.[3]

Partial discography[edit]

Their works include music for the following movies:

1960s–1970s[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1967 Magaraasi Tamil Debut Film
1967 Naan Yaar Theriyuma Tamil
1968 Siritha Mugam Tamil
1969 Akka Thangai Tamil
1969 Singapore Seeman Tamil
1970 Maanavan Tamil
1970 Kalam Vellum Tamil
1970 Kannan Varuvan Tamil
1972 Naan Yen Pirandhen Tamil
1972 Idhaya Veenai Tamil
1974 Ayalathe Sundari Malayalam
1974 Chakravakam Malayalam
1976 Chirikkudukka Malayalam
1976 Kamadhenu Malayalam
1977 Aattukara Alamelu Tamil
1977 Tholkan Enikku Manassilla Malayalam
1978 Karunai Ullam Tamizh
1978 Ullathil Kuzhanthaiyadi Tamil
1978 Chinna Chinna Veedu Katti Tamil
1979 Pasi Tamil
1979 Pennorumbettaal Malayalam
1979 Prabhu Malayalam
1979 Thaayillamal Naan Illai Tamil
1979 Othayadi Paathayilae Tamil
1979 Neeya Tamil
1979 Vijayam Nammude Senani Malayalam
1979 Kanni Paruvathile Tamil

1980s[edit]

This list needs revision; lot of errors

Year Film Language Notes
1980 Anthappuram Malayalam
1980 Porkalam Tamil
1980 Chandra Bimbam Malayalam
1980 Dhinamthorum Deepavali Tamil
1980 Ival Eevazhi Ithu Vare Malayalam
1980 Vandichakkaram Tamil
1980 Kumari Pennin Ullathile Tamil
1980 Love in Singapore Malayalam
1980 Natchathiram Tamil
1980 Nijangal Nilaikkindrana Tamil
1980 Ponnagaram Tamil
1980 Maria My Darling Kannada
1980 Rahasya Ratri Kannada
1981 Veli Thaandiya Vellaadu Tamil
1981 Anjatha Nenjangal Tamil
1981 Kanneer Pookkal Tamil
1981 Needhi Pizhaithathu Tamil
1981 Saahasam Malayalam
1981 Sankharsham Malayalam
1981 Sattam Oru Iruttarai Tamil
1981 Sivappu Malli Tamil
1981 Sphodanam Malayalam
1982 Aarambham Malayalam
1982 Darling, Darling, Darling Tamil
1982 Khadeema Kallaru Kannada
1982 Adhisayappiravigal Tamil
1982 Auto Raja Tamil
1982 Ayiram Muthangal Tamil
1982 Guha Malayalam
1982 Kaalam Malayalam
1982 Kalyana Kalam Tamil
1982 Kanalukku Karaiyethu Tamil
1982 Kazhumaram Malayalam
1982 Krodham Tamil
1982 Maattuvin Chattangale Malayalam
1982 Nenjangal Tamil
1982 Oorum Uravum Tamil
1982 Paanjajanyam Malayalam
1982 Pattanathu Rajakkal Tamil
1982 Poi Satchi Tamil
1982 Theerpugal Thiruththapadalam Tamil
1982 Thooku Medai Tamil
1982 Thunai Tamil
1982 Ranga Tamil
1983 Alai Payum Nenjangal Tamil
1983 Anal Kaatru Tamil
1983 Angam Malayalam
1983 Bhookambam Malayalam
1983 Dhooram Adhighamillai Tamil
1983 Yudham Malayalam
1983 Chakravyuha Kannada
1983 Sididedda Sahodara Kannada
1984 Naane Raja Kannada
1984 Ninaivugal Tamil
1984 Niraparaadhi Tamil
1984 Osai Tamil
1984 Pralayanthaka Kannada
1984 Thirakal Malayalam
1984 Vai Pandal Tamil
1984 Vetri Tamil
1984 Pournami Alaigal Tamil
1985 Savira Sullu Kannada
1985 Naagam Tamil
1985 Chavi Tamil
1985 Santhosha Kanavukal Tamil
1985 Aadhiyugam Malayalam
1985 Anthasthu Tamil
1985 Bandham Tamil
1985 Chain Jayapal Tamil
1985 Chidambara Rahasiyam Tamil
1985 Engirunthalum Vazhga Tamil
1985 Ilamai Tamil
1985 Kutravaaligal Tamil
1985 Mareyada Manikya Kannada
1985 Needhiyin Nizhal Tamil
1985 Pournami Raavil 3D Malayalam
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi Kannada
1985 Pournami Raavil Malayalam
1985 Savira Sullu Kannada
1985 Uthami Tamil
1985 Veli Tamil
1985 Swabhimana Kannada
1985 Mangamma Sabatham Tamil
1986 Aayiram Kannudayaal Tamil
1986 Anandha Kanneer Tamil
1986 Asambhava Kannada
1986 Panneer Nadhigal Tamil
1986 Mounam Kalaikirathu Tamil
1986 Kaalam Tamil
1986 Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Tamil
1986 Anand Kannada
1987 Anbulla Appa Tamil
1987 Anjatha Singam Tamil
1987 Oorkavalan Tamil
1987 Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi Tamil
1987 Enga Chinna Rasa Tamil
1987 Veerapandiyan Tamil
1988 Aalay Pathu Malai Mathu Tamil
1988 Karate Girls Malayalam
1988 Samyuktha Kannada Background score only
1988 Sivapputhaali Tamil
1988 Prajaprabhutva Kannada
1989 Ade Raaga Ade Haadu Kannada Song 'Udhayame Uyire Nilave Azhage' from film 'Oru Ponnu Nenacha' 1989
1989 En Rathathin Rathame Tamil
1989 Mrugaya Malayalam
1989 Chakkikotha Chankaran Malayalam

1990s[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1990 Aarathi Edungadi Tamil
1990 Amma Pillai Tamil
1990 Manaivi Oru Manickam Tamil
1990 Varavu Nalla Uravu Tamil
1990 Idhaya Thamarai Tamil
1991 Nallathai Naadu Kekum Tamil
1991 Sendhoora Devi Tamil
1992 Purushan Enakku Arasan Tamil
1993 Paarambariyam Tamil
1993 Karpagam Vanthachu Tamil
1995 Mudhal Udhayam Tamil

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