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M.M. Keeravani : The  ace music director from Telugu, becoming a global rage 

Chennai, Mar 11 (IANS)

M.M. Keeravani or Koduri Marakathamani Keeravani is now a household name in India and after the Golden Globe and LAFCA  awards has become a rage among music lovers across the globe. He goes by the name Marakathamani in the Tamil film industry. 

The song ‘Naatu Naatu’ and the movie RRR are synonymous with each other and Keeravani is the one who has given life to this song which has become a tune in the lips of everyone across the country, after the song has become a hit and also started  winning global awards.

The song is now shortlisted for the highest award, Oscar which will be announced on Sunday and Keeravani is on Cloud 9.

Keeravani was awarded the Padma Shri one of the highest civilian awards of the country and has  won Golden Globe award, LACFA award, national award for the best music director and also won 11 Nandi awards for best music director in Telugu film industry.

The ace music director born on July 4 ,1961 is the son of Koduri Shiva Shakti Datta, a renowned lyricist, and nephew of film screen writer and director, V. Vijayendraprasad. His elder son Kaala Bhairava is a singer and has sung for several works of Keeravani, including ‘Naatu Naatu’. His younger son has also made his debut in the music industry with the movie, Mathu Vadalara.

M.M. Keeravani’s big break came in the blockbuster movie, ‘Kshana Kshanam’ of Ram Gopal  Varma that made him an established music director.   All the songs became major hits and led to Keeravani being catapulted to the big league of music.

Incidentally, Keeravani’s wife M.M. Srivalli is the elder sister of Rajamouli’s wife , Rama Rajamouli.

The ace music director who is in the pinnacle of fame after the Golden Globe, LACA awards and Oscar nomination started off his carrier as an assistant music director to Telugu composer and musician K. Chakravarthy and Malayalam composer, C. Rajamani in 1987. He also assisted veteran lyricist Veturi for almost one year and had gone on record stating that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and John Williams as musicians who have had an influence on him.

In 1997 he won the national best music director award  for the movie,’ Annamaya’. The music director also won a Tamil Nadu state award for the best music director in the year 1991 for the movie, Azhagan.

His major works are in the movies, Kshanam Kshanam ( 1991), Seetharamayya Gari Manavaralu (1991), Gharana Mogadu (1992), Soorya Manasam (1992), Varasadu (1993), Allari Priyyudu (1993), Criminal(1994), Shiva Sankalpam (1995), Devaragam (1996)Bahubali Series,(2015 and 2017) and RRR ( 2023 which won the Golden Globe awards).

Keeravani known as M.M. Kreem in Bollywood has a new movie coming up ‘Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha’ and has already composed music for the Hindi movies like 12 O’ Clock of Mitun Chakravarthy, ‘Missing’ , ‘Baby’, ‘ Special’, ‘Makkhi’, ‘ Lahore’ to name a few.

Industry sources told IANS that M.M. Keeravani or M.M. Kreem as he is known in Bollywood is now one of the most sought-after music directors in the Hindi film industry.

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