Arjun Janya (previously Lokesh Kumar) is an Indian film score soundtrack composer and singer. Arjun made his film debut in the 2006 Kannada film Autograph Please. Since then he has composed and scored music for successful films such as Birugaali (2009), Sanchari (2010), Kempegowda (2011), Varadanayaka (2012), Victory (2013), Vajrakaya (2015) and Mukunda Murari (2016). His 100th film as music director is 99 (2019 film).
|Birth name||Lokesh Kumar|
|Born||May 13, 1980|
|Genres||Film score, soundtrack|
Arjun Janya won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director for the film Alemaari (2012), the SIIMA Award for Best Music Director for the film Romeo (2012) and the Filmfare Best Music Director award for the film Bhajarangi (2013).
His first release as a music director was Autograph Please (2006) starring Sanjjanaa and Dilip Raj. Since then, he composed for various films but with little success until he scored the music for the film Birugaali in 2009. All the songs of this film were noticed and appreciated. Following this, he tasted success by scoring for the film Sanchari in 2010.
Arjun's biggest breakthrough came with the Sudeep vehicle Kempe Gowda in 2011, a remake of the Tamil blockbuster Singam. During this time, he changed his name from Arjun to Arjun Janya upon his astrologer's suggestion and Sudeep's recommendation. Some articles report that a meeting between Arjun and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman changed his fortunes in the music industry. The song "Khaali Quarter" composed for the 2013 film Victory went viral and was on top of the charts for many weeks. He scored for his 50th film composition for Vajrakaya which released in April 2015 which received rave reviews.
As a composerEdit
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Year||Kannada Films||Other Languages Films||Notes|
|2007||Aathmarpane||Background score only|
|2007||Dadagiri||Background score only|
|2007||Bhaktha||Background score only|
|2008||Patre Loves Padma|
|2009||Birugaali||South Scope Award for Best Music Director|
|2010||Nam Areali Ondina|
|2010||Sanchari||Suvarna Award for Best Song|
|2011||Kempegowda||South Scope Award for Best Stylish Music Album |
Kadiri Award for Best Music Director
|2012||Romeo||SIIMA Award for Best Music Director|
|2012||Alemaari||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director |
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Kannada
|2012||Lucky||Also made a cameo appearance|
|2013||Bhajarangi||Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Kannada|
|2013||Sweety Nanna Jodi|
|2013||Case No. 18/9|
|2013||Chathrigalu Saar Chathrigalu|
|2013||Varadanayaka||SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer|
|2014||Abhimanyu||Jai Hind 2 (Tamil)|
|2014||Adyaksha||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Kannada|
|2014||Paru Wife of Devadas|
|2014||Shivajinagara||Background score only|
|2015||Vajrakaya||50th film as a composer|
|2016||Mukunda Murari||Nominated - SIIMA Award for Best Music Director (Kannada)|
|2016||Mungaru Male 2||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Kannada|
|2016||Jai Maruthi 800|
|2016||Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna|
|2016||John Jani Janardhan|
|2017||Chowka||Only for 2 songs ("Appa I Love You" and "Vande Mataram")|
|2017||Sarkari Kelasa Devara Kelasa|
|2017||Dandupalya 2||Dandupalyam 2 (Telugu)|
|2018||Dandupalya 3||Dandupalyam 3 (Telugu)|
|2018||Kannadakkagi Ondannu Otti|
|2018||Ayogya||Nominated- SIIMA Award for Best Music Director -Kannada|
|2018||Ambi Ning Vayassaytho|
|2019||Kannadakkaagi Ondannu Otti|
|2019||Ellide Illi thanaka|
|2020||India vs England||Post-Production|
As a singerEdit
- "Belagageddu Coffee" – Romeo
- "Smile Vasi" –Romeo
- "Gowramma Baramma" – Lucky
- "Manethanka Baare" – Rambo
- "Baite Baite" – Varadanayaka
- "Oota Madro Dayavittu" - Mrugashira
- "Kataka Title Track" - Kataka along with Chandan Shetty, Charan Raj, Sridhar V Sambhram and Veer Samarth
- "Ninade nenapu" - "Super Ranga"
- "Soumya Raoh and Arjun Janya win a Filmfare each". Times of India. 13 July 2014.
- "Arjuna 'Uvacha'". Chitratara.com. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "Music director Arjun changes his name as Arjun Janya | Flash News Today – Online News Magazine". Flashnewstoday.com. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "Shake hand with Rahman changed my life – Arjun Janya". Supergoodmovies.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- "Khali quarter goes viral in Sandalwood". The New Indian Express. 8 August 2013.
- "Arjun Janya scores a quickfire 50". The Times of India. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
- "Arjun Janya to share more than just music!". Sify. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
- "Arjun Janya 50 for 50". Indiaglitz.
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