Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran (born 24 January 1983), better known as D. Imman, is an Indian film composer and singer, predominantly working in Tamil cinema. His first film as music director was Thamizhan in 2002. Since then he has composed music for more than 100 films. He is the fifth Tamil music composer to win the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. He has also won the Filmfare Awards South and he has received 4 Filmfare Awards South nominations. He has also won 1 Tamil Nadu State Film Award, 2 Vijay Awards, 1 Edison Award, 1 Ananda Vikadan Cinema Award and 1 Zee Tamil Award. D. Imman is appointed as the Ambassador for Tamil Chair in University Of Toronto, Canada (2019).[3][4][5]

D. Imman
Background information
Birth nameImmanuel Vasanth Dinakaran[1]
Born (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 41)[2]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresFilm score, soundtrack
Occupation(s)Composer, record producer, music director, arranger, playback singer
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, flute, percussion, drums, harpejji, continuum fingerboard, keyboard, piano
Years active2002–present



Imman began work on music for films aged 15, apprenticing under music composers Mahesh Mahadevan and Adithyan by playing the keyboard.[6] During this period, his work was noticed by television serial producer Kutty Padmini, who gave him the opportunity to work on the theme song and background music for the drama Krishnadasi, which began running in 2000.[6] He subsequently began to get further work in the television circuit, garnering opportunities to score music for Kolangal, Police Diary and Mandhira Vaasal.[citation needed] Kutty Padmini then gave him the chance to score music and compose songs for his first feature film, Kaadhale Swasam, a romantic film featuring Karthik and Meena.[7] Producer Venkateswaran, was impressed with Imman's work in the album, and gave him the opportunity to compose the music for Thamizhan (2002).[6] The album won positive reviews, with the composer also featuring the voices of the lead actors Vijay and Priyanka Chopra for a particular song.

The success of individual songs such as "Azhagiya Asura" from Whistle (2003) made him popular.[8] His next album was for Sundar C's masala film starring Arjun, Giri (2004), with the song Dai Kaiyaa Vechukittu being well received with the town and rural audiences.

The positive reviews that his work in Prabhu Solomon's Mynaa (2010) received, coupled with the film's box office success prompted bigger offers for Imman.[6] He has subsequently collaborated with Prabhu Solomon for the rest of his trilogy of romantic films, earning acclaim for his work in Kumki (2012) and Kayal (2014). Similarly he has struck a similar successful combination with director Suseenthiran, winning positive reviews for his work on Pandianadu (2013) and Jeeva (2014). He teamed up with Actor Vijay again for Jilla(2014). Imman is the composer of Ajithkumar, Nayanthara starrer blockbuster Viswasam (2019). He also worked as a music composer for several films with Actor Sivakarthikeyan (Manam Kothi Paravai, Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, Rajinimurugan, Seemaraj, and Namma Veettu Pillai).[8] Also he worked as a music composer for Annaatthe collaborating with Rajinikanth for the first time.[9]




Year Film Role
2006 Nenjil Himself



D.Imman has received several awards and recognitions for his work in the South Indian film musical world. He has been awarded the Kalaimamani award by the Government of Indian state Tamil Nadu in 2021.[10]

Year Awards Film Notes
2021 National Film Award for Best Music Direction Viswasam [11]
SIIMA Award for Best Music Director [12]


  1. ^ "'Maybe I Needn't have Shortened my Name'". The New Indian Express. 25 December 2014. Archived from the original on 16 November 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Profile of Music Director D Imman". Chennai Online. 15 October 2003. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  3. ^ "I prefer melody to pacy songs: Imman". The New Indian Express. 20 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. ^ "- Imman, the Tamil music director to watch". 28 November 2006. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  5. ^ Naig, Udhav (3 October 2013). "Winning streak". The Hindu.
  6. ^ a b c d Vandhana (17 February 2015). "Factory Made: The D Imman Interview". Silverscreen India. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Dinakaran". Archived from the original on 18 November 2004.
  8. ^ a b Menon, Vishal (20 December 2014). "Imman on a mission". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Thalaivar 168: Music composer D Imman roped in for Rajinikanth-Siva's film?". Cinema Express. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  10. ^ "T.N. govt. announces Kalaimamani awards for 2019, 2020". The Hindu. 20 February 2021. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  11. ^ The Hindu Net Desk (22 March 2021). "67th National Film Awards: Complete list of winners". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  12. ^ Desk, India com Entertainment (20 September 2021). "SIIMA 2021 Full Winners' List: Mahesh Babu — Rashmika Mandanna Win Best Actor And Actress Award". India News, Breaking News | Retrieved 14 October 2021.