M. Ranga Rao
M. Ranga Rao (15 October 1932 – 3 August 1990) was a prominent Indian composer who predominantly worked in Kannada cinema. He was known for his mellifluous scores and lilting tunes backed with strong classical nuances.
M. Ranga Rao
|Born||15 October 1932|
|Origin||Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Died||3 August 1990 (aged 57)|
|Genres||Film score, Theatre|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, music director, instrumentalist|
Ranga Rao was born in a small village in Andhra Pradesh on 15 October 1932. He learnt the art of playing Veena instrument at a very young age. His inspiration was his mother, Rangamma. He graduated in Diploma in Mechanical Engineering stream.
M. Ranga Rao was married to Syamala Devi and they have 2 sons (M. Mahankali Rao & M Rama Krishna Rao) and 2 Daughters (Sathya Vani & Naga Lakshmi). His wife, Syamala, died five months after her husband's death, on Republic Day in 1991.
Rao entered the film industry as a small-time actor in the films Swarga Seema (1945) and Yogi Vemana (1947). He worked as a veena player in the 1946 released film Tyagayya.
However, he entered the Kannada film industry as a full-fledged composer from the film Nakkare Ade Swarga in 1967. This also marked the beginning of the legendary playback singer S. P. Balasubramanyam, who went on to rule the playback industry for many more decades. Ranga Rao introduced (his relative) Balasubramanyam to Kannada films by offering him a duet song alongside the veteran singer P. Susheela.
Ranga Rao died of cancer on 2 August 1990, aged 58. He was cremated in a crematorium in Bengaluru. He and his wife are survived by their four children, children-in-law and grandchildren.
|1967||Nakkare Ade Swarga|
|1968||Hannele Chiguridaga||Won - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|Edakallu Guddada Mele|
|1976||Devaru Kotta Vara|
|Atthege Thakka Sose|
|1980||Shree Raghavendra Karune|
|Pattanakke Banda Pathniyaru|
|1981||Mane Madadi Makkalu|
|Naga Kala Bhairava|
|Number Aidu Ekka|
|Hosa Belaku||Won - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|Swarna Mahal Rahasya|
|Guna Nodi Hennu Kodu|
|Kannu Theresida Hennu|
|Naavu Yarigenu Kadime|
|Mududida Tavare Aralithu|
|Premave Balina Belaku|
|Bandhana||Won - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|Kumkuma Thanda Soubhagya|
|Hendthi Beku Hendthi|
|Shiva Bhakta Markandeya|
|Mullalu Ondu Mallige|
|Thayi Kotta Thali|
|Thayigobba Tharle Maga|
|Nambidre Nambi Bitre Bidi|
|Sri Satyanarayana Pooja Phala|
|1991||Sri Nanjundeshwara Mahime|
- Sardar Dharmanna (1987)
- Kudumbam Oru Koyil (1986)