Hamsalekha

Date of Birth: June 23, 1951
Occupation:
Music Director, Lyricist, Screenplay, Story Writer, Dialogue Writer
Awards:
National Film Awards:, Karnataka State Film Awards
Years Active:
1987-present
Hamsalekha
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Birth name Govindaraju Gangaraju
Born June 23, 1951(1951-06-23)
Origin Mysore, Karnataka
Genres Film score
Soundtrack
Theatre
World music
Occupations Film composer, instrumentalist
Instruments Keyboards, vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, percussion, other
Years active 1987–present

Hamsalekha (real name: Govindaraju Gangaraju) (Kannada:) is a music director and lyricist in the Kannada film industry. He also writes screenplays and dialogues for movies. He has composed music for over 300 feature films and has written lyrics for 300-odd feature films. He has also composed for Tamil and Telugu films. He stormed the Kannada music industry with his catchy tunes and racy lyrics in the movie Premaloka (1987). His mother tongue is Kannada and his hometown is Mysore, India.

Early career

Hamsalekha was born on 23 June 1951 as Govindaraju Gangaraju. He is married to Latha, who is an established playback singer. Hamsalekha was introduced into feature films by director M. N. Prasad through a chance to write for the film Triveni. His debut film as musician was the 1981 film Rahuchandra.1 But his popularity soared only after his association with actor-director Ravichandran. Premaloka, released in 1987, brought the pair together for a collaboration that would endure for over 12 years. Hamsalekha's style includes elements of Western music, Hindustani music and Carnatic classical music. He is well-versed in playing keyboards, guitar, piano, harmonium, and percussion; he also performs vocals.



After Premaloka he became one of the most sought-after music directors in Kannada film. He ruled the Kannada music scene of the 1990s with his back-to-back hits. He tried almost all genres of music, including Western pop, rock, hip hop music, Indian classical music, folk music, ghazals, Sufi music and item songs. "Chandakinta Chanda", a ghazal he composed for the movie Sparsha, was a huge hit. Over the past 20-plus years, he has created songs ranging from the philosophical ("Le Le Marula" in Shaapa, a film whose story he wrote himself) to the naughty ("Kaayi Kaayi Nuggekaayi Mahimege" in Halli Maestru), the patriotic ("Huttidhare Kannada Nadalli Hutta Bekku" in Rajkumar's Aakasmika, a song which has become an unofficial anthem of Karnataka) and love songs ("Ele Hombisile..." in Halunda Tavaru). He also composed the background score for a movie using a single instrument and made the music for Kona Eedaita with absolutely no musical instruments.2 His music in the movie Hagalu Vesha had a rustic and folk feel without the use of synthetic sounds.

Awards

Hamsalekha has received many awards, accolades and recognitions over the past three decades.5

National Film Awards:

* 1995 - National Film Award for Best Music Direction - Film: Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi

Filmfare Awards South:

* 2005 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Nenapirali
* 2000 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Preethse
* 1998 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Yaare Neenu Cheluve
* 1995 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Om
* 1992 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director (Kannada) - Film: Ramachaari

Karnataka State Film Awards:

For music direction

* 1999 - Best Music Director - Hrudaya Hrudaya
* 1996 - Best Music Director - Taayi Illada Tavaru
* 1994 - Best Music Director - Haalunda Tavaru

For lyrics

* 2001 - Best Lyricist - Shree Manjunaatha
* 2000 - Best Lyricist - Tutta Mutta?
* 1996 - Best Lyricist - Thayi Illada Tavaru

Other awards:

* 2005 - Rajyostava Award (Suvarna Rajyostava)
* 2001 - Nandi Award - Shree Manjunaatha
* 2005 - Kempegowda Prashasti
* 2005 - Sunfeast Udaya film award for the best lyrics - Nenapirali