S. Thaman

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.[3][4] 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,[5] 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,[6][7] and Malli Malli in Telugu. He made his acting debut with Boys (2003).

S. Thaman
Thaman in 2014
Thaman in 2014
Background information
Birth nameGhantasala Sai Srinivas[1]
Born (1983-11-16) 16 November 1983 (age 37)[2]
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Music composer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • rhythm pads
  • keyboard
  • trumpet
Years active2003–present
LabelsAditya Music
Lahari Music

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.[8] Thaman is married to playback singer Sri Vardhini.[9]

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,[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] On the whole he put in fourteen years of rhythm and keyboard programming with the veterans before branching out on his own.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16][17]

AwardsEdit

South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Other awards

DiscographyEdit

As composerEdit

SoundtracksEdit

2008

Album/Film Language Notes
Malli Malli Telugu
Bheebatsam
Sindhanai Sei Tamil [23]

2009

Album/Film Language Notes
4

Kick

Telugu
Moscowin Kavery Tamil
Anjaneyulu Telugu
Eeram Tamil
Sankham Telugu
Jayeebhava Telugu

2010

Album/Film Language Notes
Thillalangadi Tamil two songs
Naanayam Tamil score only
Padmavyuham Telugu
Maro Charitra Telugu score only
Mundhinam Paartheney Tamil
Aridhu Aridhu Tamil
Kadhalagi Tamil score only
Vastad Telugu
Ayyanar Tamil
Brindavanam Telugu
Ragada Telugu
Mirapakay Telugu

2011

Album/Film Language Notes
Mambattiyan Tamil
Sabash Sariyana Potti
Veera Telugu
Kanchana Telugu

Tamil

Vandhaan Vendraan Tamil
Kandireega Telugu
Dookudu
Osthe Tamil
Mouna Guru
Businessman Telugu

2012

Album/Film Language Notes
Bodyguard Telugu
Nippu Telugu
Love Failure Telugu
Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi Tamil
Ishtam
Thadaiyara Thaakka
Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya
Naayak Telugu

2013

Album/Film Language Notes
Settai Tamil
Jabardasth Telugu
Shadow
Baadshah
Greeku Veerudu
Gouravam
Gouravam Tamil
Tadakha Telugu
Balupu
Pattathu Yaanai Tamil
Ramayya Vasthavayya Telugu
Masala
All in All Azhagu Raja Tamil

2014

Album/Film Language Notes
Vallinam Tamil
Race Gurram Telugu
Damaal Dumeel Tamil
Athiyayam
Vaalu
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam one song
Rabhasa Telugu
Power
Power Kannada Remake of Dookudu
Meaghamann Tamil
Aagadu Telugu
Vanmam Tamil
Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum
Beeruva Telugu

2015

Album/Film Language Notes
Tiger Telugu
Savaale Samaali Tamil
Kanchana 2 Telugu

Tamil

One song and score
Vaa Deal Tamil
Pandaga Chesko Telugu
Massu Engira Masilamani Tamil
Kick 2 Telugu
Sakalakala Vallavan Appatakkar Tamil
Saagasam
Bruce Lee: The Fighter Telugu
Sher
Akhil
Dictator

2016

Album/Film Language Notes
Chakravyuha Kannada
Aarathu Sinam Tamil One song
Zoom Kannada
Sarrainodu Telugu
Dhilluku Dhuddu Tamil
Chuttalabbai Telugu
Srirastu Subhamastu
Thikka
Jaguar
Jaguar Kannada

2017

Album/Film Language Notes
Shivalinga Tamil
Winner Telugu
Vaigai Express Tamil score only
Ivan Thanthiran
Thiri one song
Yaar Ivan
Veedevadu Telugu
Goutham Nanda
Mahanubhavudu
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 one song
Jawaan
Golmaal Again Hindi One song only.

2018

Album/Film Language Notes
Sketch Tamil
Gayatri Telugu
Achari America Yatra
Bhaagamathie
Tholi Prema [24]
Inttelligent
Chal Mohan Ranga
Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava
Amar Akbar Anthony
Happy Wedding
Kavacham
Orange Kannada
Simmba Hindi score only[25]

2019

Album/Film Language Notes
Mr. Majnu Telugu
Majili Background Score only
Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene [26]
Kanchana 3 Tamil Background Score only
Aruvam
Voter Telugu
Ayogya Tamil one song
Magamuni
Prati Roju Pandage Telugu
Venky Mama Telugu

2020

Album/Film Language Notes
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Telugu
Disco Raja
Ivan Than Uthaman Tamil
Ninaivo Oru Paravai Tamil
V Telugu Background Score only
Miss India
Solo Brathuke So Better [27]

2021

Album/Film Language Notes
Krack Telugu
Eeswaran Tamil
Wild Dog Telugu
Yuvarathnaa Kannada
Telugu
Vakeel Saab

UpcomingEdit

Album/Film Language Notes
Tuck Jagadish Telugu [28]
Sooryavanshi Hindi Additional BGM
Kaduva Malayalam
BB3 Telugu
Sarkaru Vaari Paata

Singles and music videosEdit

Year Track Artist Language
2021 "Allu Arjun Rap Song" Roll Rida, Harika Narayan Telugu[29][30]

As singer/vocalistEdit

Year Song Film Language Notes
2009 "Tharai Irangiya" Eeram Tamil
"O Meri Bhavri" Veera
2011 "Vaishali Vaishali" Mirapakay Telugu
"Malayoor Nattamai" Mambattiyan Tamil
"Nagarudhe" Vanthaan Vendraan
"Unnale Unnale" Osthe
2012 "Endhukoo" Bodyguard Telugu
"Duba Duba" Nippu
"Sir Osthara" Businessman
"Melukora Melukora" Love Failure
2013 "Edhirthu Nil" Biriyani
"En Aalu" Summa Nachunu Irukku Tamil
"Kajalu Chellivaa" Balupu Telugu
"Kathi Lanti Pilla" Naayak
2014 "Naari Naari" Aagadu
"Feel of Aagadu" Aagadu
"Uyiril Uyiril" Vallinam
"Down Down Down Dappa" Race Gurram
2015 "Nuvve Nuvve" Kick 2
"Ye Pilla Pilla" Pandaga Chesko
"Chuda Sakagunnave"
"Le Chalo" Bruce Lee
"Rock Your Body" Shankarabharanam
"Laychalo" Bruce Lee
2016 "Anu Anu" Srirastu Subhamastu
"Vellipoke" Thikka
"Aunanaa Kaadanaa" Jawaan
2017 "Kiss Me Baby" Mahanubhavudu
"Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" Goutham Nanda
2018 "Ninnila" Tholi Prema
2019 "Kopamga Kopamga" Mr. Majnu
"Yennellako" Venky Mama
2020 "Kotthaga Kotthaga" Miss India

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boys Krishna
2009 Sindhanai Sei Himself Special appearance
2010 Ayyanar Himself Special appearance

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ K., Janani (16 November 2020). "Mahesh Babu and Allu Arjun lead Tollywood in wishing S Thaman a happy birthday". India Today. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
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  22. ^ "The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011". The Times of India. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
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  25. ^ "Sara Ali Khan confirmed as the female lead in Ranveer Singh's Simmba". The Indian Express. 20 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Sundeep Kishan ventures into film production with 'Kannadi'". The News Minute. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  27. ^ "Regular shoot of Solo Brathuke So Better begins; release on May 1". The Hans India. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  28. ^ "Tuck Jagadish: Nani and team to shoot action sequence and song in Rajahmundry - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  29. ^ "Here is the rap song about Journey of Stylish Star Allu Arjun, watch it". ap7am.com. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  30. ^ "చూసారా?: బన్నీ 'ర్యాప్‌ సాంగ్‌' దుమ్ము రేపుతోంది!". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in Telugu). Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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