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For a flower garland of the Hindu god Vishnu, see Vaijayanti.
Born Mani Gopal
(1967-05-20) May 20, 1967 (age 48)
Railway Kodur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residence Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Poet, Lyricist, Composer, Songwriter, Reporter
Known for Vanamali
Religion Hindu
Children Vanamali Jr.

Mani Gopal (Telugu: డా.మని గోపాల్ ), popularly known by his pen-name, Vanamali (Telugu: వనమాలి) is a Telugu lyricist and poet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Filmfare Best Lyricist Award. His works include the musical hit Arerey from Happy Days. He holds a PhD in Telugu literature from Madras University.


Dr. Mani Gopal was born in Railway Kodur in Andhra Pradesh. His mother tongue was Tamil. He was always interested in many arts, particularly singing. He took up writing seriously while he was in his degree final year. He never had any ambitions of taking up any form of art seriously and it was the emphasis of his parents on education right from the childhood that made him a voracious reader and motivated him to go ahead with education. Vanamali has earned his PhD with High Honours in Telugu literature. He wrote his first composition which was sung by Vijayalaksmi Sarma in a program in Doordarshan. After that he joined as a reporter in Sitara, a Telugu film weekly and worked there for almost 10 years. During this time he developed his interest towards Telugu movies and is one of the leading lyricists and song writers in Tollywood. He has worked closely with musical maestros such as Harris Jayaraj, A. R. Rahman and Ilaiyaraaja.



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