Vidya Sagar

Occupation:
Music Director, Singer
Awards:
He won Prestigious National Award for the best Music Director for the movie 'Swarabhishekam (Telugu)' in 2006.
Years Active:
1984-Present
Vidya Sagar
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Date of Birth:: March 03, 1963(Age-47)
Place of Birth:: Chennai

Family and Relations

Father: U. Ramachander
Grand Father: Varaha Narasimha Murthy

Mini Biography

Biography:

Vidyasagar was born into a Telugu Brahmin family of musicians andbrought up in Chennai. His grandfather Varaha Narasimha Murthy was the court 'Vidhwan' forthe king of Vijayanagaram Bobili in the state of Andhra Pradesh.Vidyasagar started learning vocal classical music and harmonium fromhis father at the age of four. When he was eight-years-old Vidyasagarjoined Dhanraj Master. In fact both A. R. Rahmanand Vidyasagar had joined on the same day. Vidyasagar learnt guitar for3-4 years there, then the piano. Vidyasagar studied Western classicalmusic at the Trinity College of Music, London.
At age of eleven, Vidyasagar knew how to play a dozen musicalinstruments and signed up to work as a regular musician for many musicdirectors. Vidyasagar could play for all languages because then, mostfilms had their recording at Chennai.Vidyasagar wanted to then compose his own tunes and have someone elseplay them. He had assisted various music directors and even done ghostmusic for some of them. So he had the experience and wanted to composeindependently.

1989 to 1996
Vidyasagar became an independent music director with the song "EnAnbe" in the 1989 Tamil movie 'Poomanam' directed by Rajasekhar(Robert). Though Vidyasagar started his music career with a Tamil film,recognition in Tamil music industry came to him much later. He shiftedbase to Telugu and from 1993 to 1996, Vidyasagar became the top musicdirector in Telugu.
In 1994-95, Vidyasagar was picked up by Tamil actor-director Arjun,with whom he worked for many musically acclaimed films like 'Jai Hind','Karna', 'Subash' and 'Sengothai' though the movies themselves didn'tdo well. Vidyasagar composed some of his best music for Arjun'sfilms with some melodic numbers like 'Malare', 'Bhoomiae', and 'PaduPadu' some of which went unnoticed. After a not so impressive start inTamil film industry Vidyasagar was discovered by Malayalam filmindustry.

1996 to 2001
From 1996 to 2001 Vidyasagar mainly concentrated on Malayalam filmswhere he became the top music director. In Malayalam right from hisfirst film "Azhagiya Ravanan" to "Meesa Madhavan" he struck the rightcord. He has created scores in which ragas and rhythms combined to agood melody, which even bagged him four Kerala State Awards.Vidyasagar's love for melody has made him turn to Malayalam filmindustry time and again, and the songs in hit films like AzhagiyaRavanan, Meesa Madhavan, Gramaphone, CID Moosa and KilichundanMambazham were all well received.
In his music he experienced all kinds of song situations and heexplored his talent to the maximum in that period. His film'Pranayavarnangal' is still considered by many one of the best albumsever cut in Malayalam industrycitation needed. Malayalee listeners still see Vidyasagar as their hot favourite after Ravindran. Undoubtedly the talented music director has given his best in malayalam film industry.
His career best was "Millennium Stars"(1999), in Malayalam, whichwas a WorldClass soundtrack. Some songs were bilingual, and India'sbest singers, Dr. K.J. Yesudas and Hariharansang together in these songs. Songs like "Parayan Nhaan Marannu" and"Shravan Gange" in this movie, were truly of the class of the world'stop soundtracks.
During this period, Vidyasagar's song compositions in Tamil movies like 1998 Vijay starrer "Nilaave Vaa" and "Uyirodu Uyiraaga" starring Ajithdid catch attention and became quite popular but still the bad patch inTamil films continued for Vidyasagar during this period. Vidyasagar wasprobably the only composer in South India who has delivered many superhit songs during his early days but was not considered a success. Eventoday, some of Vidyasagar's prior songs composed for movies are sung bymusic troupes. But the total success of the film counts ultimatelybecause the music director will be identified with the film.

2001 to Present
After a successful Malayalam career he made a come back into Tamilwith "Dhill" and "Poovellam Un Vasam". Songs in both of these filmswere instant hits. Then came "Dhool"which opened new doors in Tamil songs with highly successful folk song'Ithanadu Kara Kodumae', and great melody in 'Aasai Aasai'. With "Dhool"and "Dhill" under his belt, Vidyasagar was the talk of the town, forwhich he had to wait for 13 years. With a successful come back he thenwent on to give music to some of most successful films of the year2002-2003 like "Anbe Sivam" and Madhavan's "Run"which was a huge musical hit as well as commercial hit. The musiccomposed by Vidyasagar for movies released in 2003 "Iyarkai","Thithukudhe", "Parthiban Kanavu" were highly popular in spite of thefact that some of these movies failed at the box office. Vijay's"Thirumalai" was another hit album.

The year 2004 saw Vidyasagar come up with "Ghilli"which was an instant hit with song 'Appadi Podu Podu' ruling the chartsin Tamil music world. This was followed by other hits like "Madurey","London" and "Ji" in 2004-05. In the year 2005 Vidyasagar receivednational award for the Telugu movie 'Swarabhishkam' by K. Vishwanath featuring carnatic classical music. Vidyasagar continued his success spree by composing music for Rajnikanth starrer 'Chandramukhi'(he mentions this as a call from God), which was the biggest hit of theyear 2005 and a comeback movie for Rajnikanth. The audio of the moviewas a best seller and the BGM (Back Ground Music) of the film was alsoreleased for the first time in the Indian music industry. He hascomposed music for the Hollywood movie "Beyond the Soul" directed byRajeev Anchal. The 2004-05 year also saw him score music for the Hindimovie "Hulchul" from Priyadarshan. With Mozhi,Vidyasagar once again gave listeners some songs like "Katrin Mozhiye"and "Sevvanam Selaikatti" which were instant hits of 2007. In 2008Vidyasagar came with chart topping songs for "Kuruvi" starring Vijay."Kuruvi"'s music was well received by music critics and Vijay's fans.In 2008-2009, Vidyasagar gave multiple melodious hits for the movie'Abhium Nanum'. The song 'Va Va En Dhevadhaye', which expresses thebond between a father and daughter is considered to be one of the bestlilting melodies of the year.

Vidyasagar is now a well known figure in the Tamil film music, oftenfor his hugely popular numbers composed for movies starring Tamil superstars Vijay and Vikram. As said by Vidyasagar in an interviewabout recognition for music, "When success eludes you, nobody isbothered about you, what you know and what you could do. That is whymediocrity succeeds. If you are successful, nobody questions yourknowledge.".