M. M. Keeravani

M. M. Keeravani (born Koduri Marakathamani Keeravani; 4 July 1961)[1] is an Indian music composer, record producer, singer, and lyricist who predominantly works in Telugu cinema along with a few Hindi and Tamil films (where he is credited as M. M. Kreem and Maragathamani respectively).[2] His accolades include an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe Award, a LAFCA Award, a Critics' Choice Movie Award, a National Film Award, eight Filmfare Awards and eleven Nandi Awards.[3][4][5]

M. M. Keeravani
Keeravani in 2015
Keeravani in 2015
Background information
Birth nameKoduri Marakathamani Keeravaani
Also known asMaragathamani (Tamil)
M. M. Kreem (Hindi)
Born (1961-07-04) 4 July 1961 (age 61)
Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active1990–present
Labels

Keeravani is best known for his compositions in works such as Kshana Kshanam (1991), Seetharamayya Gari Manavaralu (1991), Gharana Mogudu (1992), Varasudu (1993), Allari Alludu (1993), Allari Priyudu (1993), Criminal (1994), Subha Sankalpam (1995), Pelli Sandadi (1996), Annamayya (1997), Zakhm (1998), Student No.1 (2001), Jism (2003), Paheli (2005), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Magadheera (2009), Baahubali series (2015 and 2017), and RRR (2022).[6][7] In 2023, he was honored with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards Indian cinema.[8]

Early and Personal lifeEdit

Keeravaani was born into a Telugu speaking family in Kovvur, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh[3] to Koduri Siva Shakthi Datta, a lyricist and screenwriter. His brother, Kalyani Malik, is also a music director and singer. He is the cousin of director S. S. Rajamouli and music director, singer M. M. Srilekha. He is the nephew of film screenwriter and director V. Vijayendra Prasad. His wife M. M. Srivalli works as a line producer in films. His elder son, Kaala Bhairava, is a singer and has sung for his father's numerous compositions ("Dandalayya" song). His younger son, Sri Simha, made his debut with Mathu Vadalara (2019).

Early CareerEdit

 
Keeravani (right) and K. S. Chithra (left) presenting an award to Anurag Kulkarni in 2016

Keeravani first began his career as an assistant music director with Telugu composer K. Chakravarthy and Malayalam composer C. Rajamani[9] in 1987. He assisted in movies such as Collectorgari Abbayi and Bharathamlo Arjunudu in the late 1980s. During this time, he also sought the guidance of the veteran lyricist Veturi for over a year.[10]

Keeravani's first big break as an independent musician came with the film Kalki in 1990, but the film never got released and the soundtrack also went unnoticed. It was director Mouli's 1990 film Manasu Mamatha that brought him to the limelight and was considered his first released movie. However, it was Ram Gopal Varma's blockbuster film Kshana Kshanam (1991) that made Keeravani an established music director. All the songs of this movie went on to become top chartbusters and Keeravani was flooded with offers from all across south Indian film industries. His first major Hindi film was Criminal (1994).[11]

Keeravani mentions John Williams and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as composers who influenced him. Some of the films which inspired his music include Fiddler On The Roof (1964), Coming to America (1988), Phone Booth (2002).[12]

International recognitionEdit

Keeravani won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Naatu Naatu" for the 2022 Telugu film RRR and a National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the 1997 Telugu film Annamayya. He is also a recipient of eight Filmfare Awards, eleven Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award. He was also nominated for Saturn Award for Best Music for Baahubali: The Beginning (2015).[13][7]

DiscographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Civilian Honours

Academy Awards

Critic's Choice Movie Awards

Golden Globe Awards

National Film Awards

Filmfare Awards South

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1991 Best Music Director – Telugu Kshana Kshanam Won [17]
1993 Allari Priyudu Won [18]
1994 Criminal Won [18][19]
1995 Subha Sankalpam Won [18]
1996 Pelli Sandadi Won [18]
2005 Chatrapathi Nominated
2009 Magadheera Won [18]
2010 Vedam Nominated
2011 Rajanna Nominated
2012 Eega Nominated [20]
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Nominated [21]
2017 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Won [22]
2017 Best Lyricist – Telugu Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Won [22]

Nandi Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1992 Best Music Director Rajeswari Kalyanam Won [23]
1993 Best Music Director Allari Priyudu Won [23]
1995 Best Music Director Pelli Sandadi Won [23]
2001 Best Male Playback Singer Student No.1 Won [23]
2002 Best Music Director Okato Number Kurradu Won [23]
2005 Best Music Director Chatrapathi Won [23]
2009 Best Music Director Vengamamba Won [24]
2010 Best Male Playback Singer Maryada Ramanna Won [25]
2012 Best Music Director Eega Won [26]
2015 Best Music Director Baahubali: The Beginning Won [27]
2015 Best Male Playback Singer Baahubali: The Beginning Won [27]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Santosham Film Awards

South Indian International Movie Awards

Lyrics

This is a listing of the songs and tracks Keeravani has contributed as a lyricist to various feature films.

Movie Director Song(s)
Priyaragalu A. Kodandarami Reddy "Rayabaram Pampindevare"
Gangotri K. Raghavendra Rao "Kannitini pannitiga chesi"
Vikramarkudu S. S. Rajamouli "Jum Jum Maya", "Dooranga", "Jo Laali"
Magadheera S. S. Rajamouli "Naakosam nuvvu", "Rolling titles music"
Vedam Krish "Rupai", "Malli Puttani", "Vedam", "Ee Chikati Cherani", "Alalai Kammani Kalali", "Nuvumundhani Nemundhani"
Shirdi Sai K. Raghavendra Rao "Manava seva madhava sevani", "Sadhaa nimbi"
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion S. S. Rajamouli "Oka praanam", "Kannaa nidurinchara", "Dandaalayyaa"
NTR: Kathanayakudu Krish "Venditera dora", "Ramanna katha", "Rajarshi"
Gharana Mogudu K. Raghavendra Rao "Kappuko Duppati"
Allari Mogudu K. Raghavendra Rao "Neelimabbu Nuragalo"
Major Chandrakanth K. Raghavendra Rao "Muddultho Onamalu"
Rakshana Uppalapati Narayana Rao "Kannepapa Anduko"
Allari Premikudu K. Raghavendra Rao "Naari Jana Priyatama"
Attintlo Adde Mogudu Relangi Narasimha Rao "Andagada Andhukora"
Konda Polam Krish Jagarlamudi "Obulamma"
RRR S. S. Rajamouli "Janani"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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