Thaman S (born Ghantasala Sai Srinivas Sivakumar; 16 November 1983) is an Indian drummer turned composer, and playback singer known for his works majorly in Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. He is the recipient of the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for his work in the 2020 musical hit Ala Vaikuntapuramulo.
|Birth name||Ghantasala Sai Srinivas Sivakumar|
|Born||16 November 1983|
Pottepalem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
His breakout film as a music director was Kick (2009). His notable compositions include films such as Eeram (2009), Brindavanam (2010), Mirapakay (2011), Osthe (2011), Dookudu (2011), Businessman (2012), Naayak (2013), Baadshah (2013), Greeku Veerudu (2013), Ramayya Vasthavayya (2013), Race Gurram (2014), Aagadu (2014), Bruce Lee (2015), Sarrainodu (2016), Tholi Prema (2018), Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018), Krack (2021), Vakeel Saab (2021), Akhanda (2021), Bheemla Nayak (2022) and Varisu (2023).
Thaman has been part of the Judges Panel for the popular show Telugu Indian Idol, season 1 and season 2, streaming on Aha. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Ravi Teja, Surender Reddy, Sreenu Vaitla, Trivikram Srinivas, and Boyapati Srinu.
Early life edit
Thaman was born as Ghantasala Sai Srinivas in Chennai, originally from Pottepalem in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. grew up in Chennai in a Telugu speaking family of musicians. He is the grandson of veteran director and producer, Ghantasala Balaramayya. His father, Ghantasala Siva Kumar, was a drummer, who worked for seven hundred films, under music director K. Chakravarthy. His mother, Ghantasala Savitri, his sister, Yamini Ghantasala, and his aunt, B. Vasantha, are all playback singers. Sai Srinivas adopted the stage name Thaman and suffixed it with an S, the initial of his father's name Sivakumar.
Thaman's father was his first teacher, who was also an accomplished drummer who worked with the likes of legendary percussionist Sivamani. Thaman entered Telugu cinema as a supporting drummer at the age of 11 when he accompanied his father for the background score for the film Bhairava Dweepam in 1994. He performed in 7000 stage shows all over the world before becoming a music director. He worked for 64 Indian music directors as a rhythm box player, keyboard programmer and drummer for 900 films before he became a film music director. His debut releases as a music director were Kick in Telugu and Sindhanai Sei in Tamil, both of which released in 2009. He made his acting debut with one of India's most celebrated directors Shankar's Boys (2003).
Thaman studied at Boston School in Chennai. He joined a music team consisting of S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and G. Anand as a rhythm pads player when he was nine years old, and discontinued studies at the age of 13 when his father died. He was compelled to make his hobby into a profession to overcome the crisis in his family. He then joined Raj–Koti and worked for three years on 60 films under their tutelage. He also worked with M. M. Keeravani for three years on 30 films.
Thaman considers Mani Sharma to be his guru and spent eight years under his tutelage, while working 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.
Thaman made his debut as a composer in through the Telugu feature film Malli Malli (2009), although the soundtrack album was released in 2008. Jeevi of Idlebrain credited Thaman's work in the film is credited as "good". The same year his second soundtrack, of the film Sindhanai Sei, marked his debut in the Tamil cinema. He has also made his playback singing debut by recording "Uchimeedhu" song from the soundtrack. Background score in the Tamil film Eeram (2009) received good reviews from the critics. Although he started composing the music of the film in 2007, the soundtrack was released in 2008 and eventually the film was released in 2009. In May 2017, Thaman made his Hindi debut when he was one of the six composers who featured in the soundtrack album of Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Again, a comedy franchise in Hindi cinema. In 2018, he composed a theme song for Rohit Shetty's successful venture Simmba.
Personal life edit
|2009||Sindhanai Sei||Himself||Special appearance|
|Year||Name of Television Show||Role||Network|
|2023||Super Singer Junior 9||Judge||Star Vijay|
|2022-2023||Telugu Indian Idol||Judge||Aha|
|2019||Super Singer Telugu||Judge||Star Maa|
- 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
- 2021: SIIMA Award for Best Music Director (Telugu) for Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
- 2022: SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada) for Yuvarathnaa
- 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).
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