Ghantasala Sai Srinivas (born 16 November 1983), known professionally as S. Thaman, is an Indian music composer and playback singer who predominantly works in Telugu cinema. Thaman entered the film industry as a supporting musician with the Telugu film Bhairava Dweepam in the year 1994, when he was 11 years old, he later turned into a film music composer and became popular for his work as a music director. His debut films as music director were Sindhanai Sei in Tamil, and Malli Malli in Telugu. He made his acting debut with Boys (2003).
|Birth name||Ghantasala Sai Srinivas|
|Born||16 November 1983|
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
His major success as a music composer was with the album of 2009 Telugu film Kick which established him as a leading composer in Telugu cinema. His notable compositions include films such as Brindavanam (2010), Ragada (2010), Mirapakay (2011), Dookudu (2011), Bodyguard (2012), Naayak (2013), Shadow (2013), Baadshah (2013), Greeku Veerudu (2013), Ramayya Vasthavayya (2013), Race Gurram (2014), Bruce Lee (2015), Sarrainodu (2016), Thikka (2016), Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018), Mr. Majnu (2019), and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020).
Personal life and careerEdit
He was born in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India into a Telugu speaking family. He is the grandson of legendary director Ghantasala Balaramayya. Thaman hails from a family of musicians from Pottepalem, Nellore District. His father Ghantasala Siva Kumar was a Drummer, who worked for seven hundred films, under composer, K. Chakravarthy, his mother Ghantasala Savitri is a playback singer and his aunt is singer B. Vasantha. Thaman is married to playback singer Sri Vardhini.
He studied in Don Bosco school at Chennai. At the age of nine, he joined a music team consisting of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and G. Anand as a rhythm pads player, and discontinued studies when he lost his father at the age of 13. He was compelled to make his hobby into a profession to overcome the crisis in his family. He then joined Raj-Koti team, and worked for three years on sixty films and then joined M. M. Keeravani and worked with him for three years completing thirty films. He has also gained experience from composers like Vandemataram Srinivas, Chakri, R. P. Patnaik and Devi Sri Prasad.
Thaman considers Mani Sharma as his guru, he spent eight years under the tutelage of Sharma and worked on 94 films with him. On the whole he put in fourteen years of rhythm and keyboard programming with the veterans before branching out on his own.
Aagadu in 2014 marked Thaman's 50th film as a music director and Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava in 2018 was Thaman's 100th film as a music director. In May 2017, Thaman was one of the six composers who featured in the soundtrack album of Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Again, a comedy franchise in Bollywood. This marked Thaman's Hindi debut. In the following year, he composed a theme song for Rohit Shetty's successful venture Simmba starring Ranveer Singh. He owns a music band named Thakkali.
- 2012: SIIMA Award for Best Music Director (Telugu) for Dookudu
- 2013: SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer (Telugu) for "Sir Osthara" – Businessman
- 2015: SIIMA Award for Most streaming song for "Aagadu title song" – Aagadu
- Other awards
- The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011 – Best Music Director for Dookudu
- MAA Music Awards 2011 – Best Music Director for Dookudu
- TSR TV9 Awards 2011 – Best Music Director for Dookudu.
- TSR TV9 Awards 2016 - Best Music Director for Sarrainodu, Srirastu Subhamastu.
- GAMA Awards 2016 - Best Love song "Nuvve Nuvve" in Kick 2.
- Zee Cine Awards Telugu – Favorite Music Director for Tholi Prema.
- 17th Santosham Film Awards 2019 – Best Music Director Award for Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018).
|Maro Charitra||Telugu||score only|
|Sabash Sariyana Potti|
|Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi||Tamil|
|Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya|
|All in All Azhagu Raja||Tamil|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||one song|
|Power||Kannada||Remake of Dookudu|
|Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum|
|One song and score|
|Massu Engira Masilamani||Tamil|
|Sakalakala Vallavan Appatakkar||Tamil|
|Bruce Lee: The Fighter||Telugu|
|Aarathu Sinam||Tamil||One song|
|Vaigai Express||Tamil||score only|
|Raju Gari Gadhi 2||one song|
|Golmaal Again||Hindi||One song only.|
|Achari America Yatra|
|Chal Mohan Ranga|
|Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava|
|Amar Akbar Anthony|
|Majili||Background Score only|
|Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene|||
|Kanchana 3||Tamil||Background Score only|
|Prati Roju Pandage||Telugu|
|Ivan Than Uthaman||Tamil|
|Ninaivo Oru Paravai||Tamil|
|V||Telugu||Background Score only|
|Solo Brathuke So Better|||
|Sarkaru Vaari Paata|
Singles and music videosEdit
|2021||"Allu Arjun Rap Song"||Roll Rida, Harika Narayan||Telugu|
|"O Meri Bhavri"||Veera|
|"Melukora Melukora"||Love Failure|
|"En Aalu"||Summa Nachunu Irukku||Tamil|
|"Kathi Lanti Pilla"||Naayak|
|"Feel of Aagadu"||Aagadu|
|"Down Down Down Dappa"||Race Gurram|
|2015||"Nuvve Nuvve"||Kick 2|
|"Ye Pilla Pilla"||Pandaga Chesko|
|"Le Chalo"||Bruce Lee|
|"Rock Your Body"||Shankarabharanam|
|2016||"Anu Anu"||Srirastu Subhamastu|
|2017||"Kiss Me Baby"||Mahanubhavudu|
|"Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara"||Goutham Nanda|
|2019||"Kopamga Kopamga"||Mr. Majnu|
|2020||"Kotthaga Kotthaga"||Miss India|
|2009||Sindhanai Sei||Himself||Special appearance|
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