Vanamali

Occupation:
Lyricist
Awards:
Filmfare Award Best Lyricist - Happy Days Arerey song- 2007, Nandi Award Best Lyricist - Happy Days Oh My Friend Song- 2007
Vanamali
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Dr. Mani Gopal(Telugu:డా.మని గోపాల్ ) Popularly known by his pen-name, Vanamali (Telugu :వనమాలి) is a world-renowned Telugu lyricist and poet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Filmfare Best Lyricist Award. His works include the musical hit Arey Arey from Happy Days. He holds a Phd in Telugu literature from Madras University.

Background

Dr. Mani Gopal was born in Railway Kodur in Andhra Pradesh. 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 Honors 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.