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
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Background information
Born(1932-10-15)15 October 1932
Andhra Pradesh
OriginAndhra Pradesh, India
Died3 August 1990(1990-08-03) (aged 57)
GenresFilm score, Theatre
Occupation(s)Composer, music director, instrumentalist

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

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.

FamilyEdit

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.

CareerEdit

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.[1]

Along with composing numerous songs in Kannada, he also composed a few in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages, most of them being the dubbed works of his Kannada songs.

DeathEdit

Ranga Rao died of cancer on 2 August 1990, aged just 58. He was cremated in a crematorium in Bengaluru. He and his wife are survived by their four children, children-in-law and grandchildren.

AwardsEdit

DiscographyEdit

Kannada
Year Film Notes
1967 Nakkare Ade Swarga
Manassiddare Marga
1968 Hannele Chiguridaga Won - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
1969 Margadarshi
Gruhalakshmi
1970 Karulina Kare
Sukha Samsara
1971 Sakshatkara
Namma Samsara
Sothu Geddavalu
1972 Janma Rahasya
Utthara Dakshina
1973 Bidugade
Edakallu Guddada Mele
1974 Gruhini
Maga Mommaga
Bhale Bhatta
1975 Mane Belaku
Kaveri
Viplava Vanithe
1976 Devaru Kotta Vara
Hudugaatada Hudugi
Baduku Bangaravayitu
Punardhatta
Bahaddur Gandu
Badavara Bandhu
Kanasu Nanasu
1977 Dhanalakshmi
Geddavalu Naane
Punarmilana
Shani Prabhava
Shubhashaya
1978 Halli Haida
Anubandha
Sridevi
1979 Aliya Devaru
Atthege Thakka Sose
1980 Shree Raghavendra Karune
Vasantha Geetha
Prema Jwala
Pattanakke Banda Pathniyaru
1981 Mane Madadi Makkalu
Ranganayaki
Naga Kala Bhairava
Number Aidu Ekka
1982 Kempu Hori
Hosa Belaku Won - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Swarna Mahal Rahasya
Guna Nodi Hennu Kodu
Kalasapurada Hudugaru
Kannu Theresida Hennu
Raga Thala
Raja Maharaja
1983 Kaviratna Kalidasa
Kalluveene Nudiyithu
Swargadalli Maduve
Naavu Yarigenu Kadime
Kranthiyogi Basavanna
Mududida Tavare Aralithu
Samarpane
1984 Samayada Gombe
Aparanji
Rudranaga
Shravana Banthu
Premave Balina Belaku
Benki Birugali
Bandhana Won - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Bedaru Bombe
Avala Antharanga
Olave Baduku
Bilee Gulabi
1985 Goonda Guru
Aahuti
Veeradhi Veera
Jwaalamukhi
Pithamaha
Kumkuma Thanda Soubhagya
Bhayankara Bhasmasura
Hendthi Beku Hendthi
1986 Madhura Bandhavya
Karna
Hennina Koogu
Kathanayaka
Nannavaru
Prema Jaala
Mouna Geethe
Aruna Raaga
Maneye Manthralaya
1987 Olavina Udugore
Shiva Bhakta Markandeya
Mullalu Ondu Mallige
Shubha Milana
Kurukshetra
Thayi Kotta Thali
Hrudaya Pallavi
Vijay
1988 Shanthi Nivasa
Olavina Aasare
Oorigitta Kolli
Mutthaide
1989 Bidisada Bandha
Bisilu Beladingalu
Thayigobba Tharle Maga
Samsara Nouke
Rajasimha
Abhimana
1990 Prema Tharanga
Nambidre Nambi Bitre Bidi
Sri Satyanarayana Pooja Phala
Golmaal Radhakrishna
Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru
Policena Hendthi
Halliya Surasuraru
1991 Sri Nanjundeshwara Mahime
Varagala Bete
Giri Mallige
Antharangada Mrudanga
Kaala Chakra
1993 Khaidi No.407
Prana Snehitha
1996 Manasa Veene
Telugu
Tamil

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