D. Imman

Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran (born 24 January 1983), better known as D. Imman, is an Indian film composer and singer, predominantly working in the Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam film industry. His first film as music director was Thamizhan in 2002. Since then he has composed music for 100 films.[2][3][4][5]

D. Imman
D Imman at Panjumittai Audio Launch
D Imman at Panjumittai Audio Launch
Background information
Birth nameImmanuel Vasanth Dinakaran[1]
Born (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 37)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, record producer, music director, arranger, singer
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Drums, Harpejji, Continuum Fingerboard, Keyboard, Piano, Accordion, Goblet, Drum, Concert Harp
Years active2002–present

Early and personal lifeEdit

Imman was born in Chennai, India. He is the only son of J. David Kirubakkara Dass, who was a teacher and Manjula Dass, a homemaker. Imman started playing music at a very early age. His early years were spent in Chennai and he subsequently attended Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai and later Pachaiyappa's College. He received his Master's degree from the University of Madras.

Married to Monica Richard on 24 April 2008,[6] D. Imman has two daughters, Veronica Dorothy Imman and Blessica Kathy Imman.


Imman began work on music for films aged 15, apprenticing under music composers Mahesh Mahadevan and Adithyan by playing the keyboard. During the period, he also worked on private albums and 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.[7] He subsequently began to get further work in the television circuit, garnering opportunities to score music for over 5000 episodes in shows including Kolangal, Police Diary and Mandhira Vaasal. 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. However, despite a grand audio launch in November 2001, the film failed to have a theatrical release. Producer Venkateswaran, was impressed with Imman's work in the album, and gave him the opportunity to compose the music for Thamizhan (2002).[7] The album won positive reviews, with the composer also featuring the voices of the lead actors Vijay and Priyanka Chopra for a particular song. However, Imman subsequently went through another difficult period, with several of his films becoming dropped or shelved after production began and he revealed he considered a return to just being a keyboard player.[7]

Despite the success of individual songs such as "Azhagiya Asura" from Whistle (2003), he failed to garner offers for big films.[8] His next successful 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 success of the project, prompted several subsequent collaborations where Sundar C was director or where Arjun played the lead actor. Despite receiving relatively high-profile work, Imman remarked that he felt pigeonholed by the work he was getting in the period and was not approached by directors to be a part of realistic cinema ventures.[7]

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.[7] 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).[8] For the first time, he is conducting his own concert in Malaysia.[9]


Released projectsEdit

Year Tamil Other Language Notes
2001 Kadhale Swasam Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased
2002 Thamizhan
2003 Sena
Khwahish (Hindi) Only Film Score
Whistle Tamil
2004 Giri
Kis Kis Ki Kismat (Hindi)
Kadhale Engal Desiya Geetham
2005 Kombu Isra (Malayalam)
Thaka Thimi Tha
February 14 BGM only
Garam Masala (Hindi) Only Background Score
Anbe Vaa
2006 Madrasi Sivakasi (Telugu)
Kovai Brothers Cameo appearance in song "Ulagathula"
Thalai Nagaram
Vathiyar Ayyaa (Telugu)
Rendu Rendu (Telugu)
Nenjil Jil Jil Cameo appearance in song "Nenjil"
Thiruvilayadal Arambam
2007 Lee
Naan Avanillai Only Background Score
Marudhamalai 25th Film (Both Background Score and Music)
2008 Vambu Sandai Lakshmi Putrudu (Telugu)
Dhik Dhik Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased
2009 Maasilamani
Ainthaam Padai
Naan Avanillai 2
Odipolama Lechipodama (Telugu)
2010 Kacheri Arambam
Vandae Maatharam Vandae Maatharam (Malayalam)
Mynaa Prema Khaidi (Telugu) Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Music Director
2011 Thambikottai
Mudhal Idam
Uchithanai Muharnthaal
2012 Manam Kothi Paravai Anjada Gandu (Kannada remake)
Kumki Gajaraju (Telugu) Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Music Director
Edison Award for Best Music Director
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Music Director
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Music Director
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil ("Onnum Puriyala")
Nominated – SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
Nominated – Vijay Award for Favourite Song ("Sollitaley Ava Kaadhala")
2013 Therodum Veedhiyile Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased[10]
Vetkathai Kettal Enna Tharuvaai
Desingu Raja
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam 50th Film
Vijay Award for Favourite Song ("Oodha Coloru Ribbon")
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
Nominated – Vijay Award for Best Music Director
Pandiya Naadu Palnadu (Telugu) [11]
2014 Jilla Jilla (Telugu)
Ninaivil Nindraval
Yennamo Yedho
Sigaram Thodu
Oru Oorla Rendu Raja
Vellaikaara Durai
Ennathan Pesuvatho Soundtrack Released; Film Unreleased[12]
2015 Valiyavan
Romeo Juliet
Carry On Maratha (Marathi) Marathi One song, reused from Kumki[13]
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga Arya imman debut combo
75 th film
Paayum Puli
10 Enradhukulla Only Film Score
2016 Rajini Murugan
Miruthan Yamabasam (Telugu)
Pokkiri Raja
Marudhu Rayudu (Telugu)
Mudinja Ivana Pudi Kotigobba 2 (Kannada)
Thodari Rail (Telugu)
Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum
Maaveeran Kittu
Veera Sivaji
2017 Bogan
Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen
Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay
Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum
Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam
Ippadai Vellum
Nenjil Thunivirundhal C/o Surya (Telugu)
2018 Panjumittai
Tik Tik Tik 100th Film.
Hyper (Kannada) Reused tunes from Veera Sivaji.
Kadaikutty Singam
Seema Raja
2019 Viswasam Provoke Awards for Best Music Director,
Zee Tamil Award for Favorite Music Director,
Zee Tamil Awards for Favourite Song "(Kannana Kanne)"
Natasaarvabhowma (Kannada)
Kennedy Club
Namma Veettu Pillai
2020 Seeru

Upcoming projectsEdit

Year Film Language Notes
2020 Annaatthe Tamil
2020 Boxer Tamil
2020 Aruvaa Tamil
2020 Laabam Tamil
2020 Jagajjala Killadi Tamil
2020 Bhoomi Tamil
2020 Vanangamudi Tamil
2020 Teddy Tamil
2020 Bhogi Tamil
2020 Kizhakku Africavil Raju Tamil
2020 Pon Manickavel Tamil
2020 Angelina Tamil
2020 Angel Tamil
2020 Pugazhenthi yennum naan Tamil

Frequent CollaboratorsEdit

Shreya Ghoshal


He has mostly composed music for more than 20 Sun TV serials, with some becoming very famous, namely:[14][15]


  1. ^ "'Maybe I Needn't have Shortened my Name'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  2. ^ "I prefer melody to pacy songs: Imman". The New Indian Express. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  3. ^ "- Imman, the Tamil music director to watch". andhracafe.com. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Profile of Music Director D Imman". Chennai Online. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  5. ^ Udhav Naig (3 October 2013). "Winning streak". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Imman to tie the knot". Indiaglitz. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Factory Made: The D Imman Interview". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b vishal menon. "Imman on a mission". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Imman Live Concert in Malaysia". paatuvarigal.com. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  10. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (29 September 2012). "Therodum Veediyile: Promising tunes". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Vishal, now a producer too". The Times of India. TNN. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  12. ^ TNN Dec 6, 2012, 11.12AM IST (6 December 2012). "Vimal next in 'Desingu Raja' - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Imman's Soi Soi, now in a Marathi film". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  14. ^ "General Profile of D Imman - Music Director". Lakshmansruthi.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  15. ^ "D. Imman". Lakshmansruthi.com. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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