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Rajan & Nagendra
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Rajan (born 1933 - 2020)
Nagendrappa (1935 - 2000)
Shivarampet, Mysore, Karnataka
Rajan and Nagendra (Kannada: Kannada ರಾಜನ್ – ನಾಗೇಂದ್ರ ) were musicians who were prominent composers of film music in Kannada and Telugu cinema during the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Rajan, along with his brother Nagendra, created a niche for themselves for nearly four decades. The duo scored music for about 375 films, over 200 of them in Kannada and the remaining in other languages like Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Tulu, Hindi and Sinhala. They composed innumerable hits, hundreds of melodious tunes in their career spanning four decades. They also hold the record for the longest active musical pair in the industry.
2 Early career
5 Awards and recognition
6 Nagendra's death
7 Current status
9 See also
11 External links
Rajan (1933 - 2020) and Nagendrappa (1935 - 2000) born in Shivarampet of Mysore in a middle-class musical family. Their father Rajappa was a harmonium and flute player who played background music for silent movies.
Within a short time, each of them attained proficiency in playing a different instrument – Rajan in violin and Nagendra in Jal tarang. Rajan used to listen to musical performances of eminent musicians at Choudayya Ramamandira in Mysore and hence got the opportunity to listen to music performances by Hindusthani, Karnatak, and western music in the Mysore palace. Later on Rajan came to Bangalore for his further educational studies.
In Bangalore Rajan studied in S.L.N. School in the K.R. Market area and later in Central High School. Rajan learnt the violin and appeared at the state level violin competition, where he secured the first place.
Both Rajan and Nagendra participated in public performances through Jaya Maruthi Orchestra. Meanwhile, Rajan got an offer to go to Madras. He took his brother along with him and they got an opportunity of learning the music trade under the aegis of H. R. Padmanabha Shastri, who was known for producing talkie movies at that time. This gave them significant exposure to the movie industry.
In 1951, Nagendra returned to Mysore and completed his matriculation. Then he joined P. Kalinga Rao, who was then a famous radio artiste. Within no time, Nagendra got an opportunity of singing for the movie 'Srinivasa Kalyana' along with Hindustani singer Ameer Bai.
Finally, Rajan–Nagendra became independent music directors when they scored music for the film Sowbhagya Lakshmi in 1952. This movie opened the doors of success and they never looked back for more than four decades. After 'Sowbhagya Lakshmi' came Vittalacharya's 'Chanchalakumari', 'Rajalakshmi' and 'Mutthaide Bhagya' in a series to pave the way for these would-be melody kings.
Rajan used to compose the melodies and set the notations for the orchestra. Nagendra used to dictate the lyrics and tune of the song to the singers.
They had a successful stint in Kannada film industry from early 50s till late 90s, but they started shining from 1973 with Gandhada Gudi songs becoming popular throughout Karnataka and dimmed in early 90s, when new generation music took over thus covering a span of two decades of lilting melodies that has been hugely popular till date in Karnataka and other states of South India.
In the 70s came super hits in a row like Nyayave Devaru, Gandhada Gudi, Devara Gudi, Bhagyavantaru, Eradu Kanasu, Naa Ninna Mareyalaare, Naa Ninna Bidalaare, Hombisilu, Bayalu Daari, Paavana Ganga, Giri Kanye and the list goes on.
In the 80s, they made the music for some Telugu films, including Maa Intayana Katha, Puli Bebbuli and Vayyari Bhamalu Vagalamari Bharathulu. They composed the music for about 70 Telugu films.
Further, they kept scoring consistently good music through the 90s and in the course, produced for movies like Mathe Haditu Kogile, Marali Goodige and Suprabhaata.
They also composed music for a TV serial 'Abhimaana' on Udaya TV.
Rajan–Nagendra made delightful songs in the Rajkumar-Lakshmi starrer Naa Ninna Mareyalaare and Eradu Kanasu, which starred Rajkumar, Manjula and Kalpana.
Hombisilu, starring Vishnuvardhan, was another big hit.
Rajan–Nagendra also did a series of films starring Anant Nag, and Lakshmi, notable among them being Naa Ninna Bidalaare, Benkiya Bale and Chandanada Gombe etc.
Naa Ninna Mareyalaare, Gandhada Gudi, Eradu Kanasu—these huge musical hits of the Kannada screen featured the music of Rajan–Nagendra. Their team was exceptionally good at composing cheerful love duets, although they did come up with a couple of sombre numbers like Baadi hoda balliyinda(P B Srinivas, Eradu Kanasu)
The lyricists who wrote unforgettable lyrics for them are late Hunasur Krishna Murthy, Uday Shankar, Vijiya Narasimha, Geetha Priya, Dodda Range Gowda, Vyasa Rao and many more. The prominent Telugu lyricists are Narayana Reddy, Dasarathi and late Vetoori Sundarama Murthy and many others. The most prominent Tamil lyricists are late Kanna Dasan and many more.
The main male vocalists who enriched the melody of their songs are late Ghantasala, Kala Govindarajan, P.B.Srinivas, Dr. Rajkumar, late Kishore Kumar, Balasubrahmanyam, Jesudas,B.R.Chaya, Rajesh Krishna and many more. The popular female vocalists are Bala Saraswati, Soolamangalam sisters, P. Leela, S.Janaki, Vaani Jayaram, Rani, L.R.Easwari, P.Susheela, Jikki, Chitra and many more.
Hundreds of Rajan–Nagendra songs were sung by Legendary singers P.B.Sreenivas, S. Janaki, Dr.Rajkumar, SPB. Almost all of them remain etched as the unforgettable melodies of Kannada Cinema. The Love songs of SPB-SJ-Rajan–Nagendra combination is considered to be heavenly. Such an everlasting haunting melodies Rajan–Nagendra pair created. The duo is also reported to have introduced another illustrious playback singer K. S. Chitra to the Kannada cinema back in the early 1980s.
Nagendra sang a couple of songs in his five-decade-long career. The most popular was Yaaru yaaru née yaaru for the comedian Narasimharaju. He also sang Nammoora santheli in the Jai Jagadish-Lakshmi starrer Gaalimaatu. Neeliya baninda tareya oorinda from Tony. Somehow his voice was typecast for comic scenes.
The pair directed music for about 400 films, more than 200 in Kannada alone and rest in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Tulu, and Sinhalese.
Most of the hit songs from Kannada movies were remade in Telugu.
Some unforgettable Rajan–Nagendra numbers:
Akashave beelali mele from Nyayave Devaru
Aakaasha deepavu neenu from Pavana Ganga
Aakaashadinda dharegilida from Chandanada Gombe
Aaseya bhaava olavina jeeva from Mangalya Bhagya
Aalaya Mrugalaya from Mrugalaya
Aralutide moha from Nanobba Kalla
Baanallu neene bhuviyallu neene from Bayalu Dari
Bandeya baalina belakaagi from Avala Hejje
Bisiladarenu Maleyadarenu from Benkiya bale
Beladinglondu hennagi bandanthe kande from Premanubandha
Beluvalda madilalli bevara hani biddaga from Beluvaladha Madilalli
Cheluveya andada mogake from Devara Gudi
Dundu mallige mathaadeya from Nanna Devaru
Ee bhaavageete ninagaagi haadide from Onde Guri
Ellelli Nodali Ninnane Kanuve from Na ninna mareyalare
Endendu ninnanu maretu from Eradu Kanasu
E Hrudaya Haadige from Suprabhata
Gopilola hey gopala from Nari munidare maari
Halliyadarenu shiva dilliyadarenu shiva from Mayor Muttanna
Hosa balige nee joteyade from Naa ninna bidalare
Indu enage govinda from Eradu Kanasu
Jeeva veene from Hombisilu
Kanasalu neene manasalu neene from Bayalu Dari
Kangalu vandane helide from Mugiyada Kathe
Kumkumaviruvude hanegaagi from Naaniruvude Ninaagaagi
Mamaravello Kogileyello from Devara Gudi
Manasu manasu ondadare from Preethi madu Tamasha nodu
Maneyanu Belagide Indu from Chandanada Gombe
Mathu chenna mauna chenna from Rama Lakshmana
Modalane dinave olide from Pavana Ganga
Muthina hanigalu' from Bayasade Banda Bhagya
Na haadalu neevu aadabeku from Kalla Kulla
Naa ninna mareyalaare from Naa ninna mareyalaare
Naliva gulabi hoove from Auto Raja
Nanna haadu nannadu from Suprabhata
Nanu neenu ondada mele from Na ninna bidalare
Navaduva Nudiye Kannada Nudi from Gandhadha Gudi
Neera bittu nelada mele from Hombisilu
Neralanu Kanada lateyante from Avala Hejje
Notadage nageya meeti from Parasangada Genda Timma
Omme ninnannu kann tumba from Gaali matu
Prema preethi nannusiru from Singapoorinalli Raja Kulla
Tam nam tam nam nannee manasu midiyutide from Eradu Kanasu
Tarikere yeri mele mooru kari kuri mari from Devara Duddu
Tera eri ambaradage from Parasangada Genda Timma
Thareyu baanige thaavare neerige from Biligiriya Banadali
Thai thai thai thai bangari from Giri Kanye
Yuga yugagale saagali from Hrudaya Geethe
Emo emo idhi (Aggi pidigu)
Ennenno Janmalabandham (Puja)
Ningi nela (Puja)
Veena venuvaina sarigama (Intinti Ramayanam)
Intinti Ramayanam (Intinti Ramayanam)
Chinukula raali (Nalugu Sthambhalaata)
Manasa veena madhugeetam (Panthulamma)
Letha chaligalulu (Moodu mullu)
Neekosam yavvanamantha (Moodu mullu)
Neekallalo Snehamu (Prema Khaidi)
Aakaasam Nee Haddu Ra (Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi)
Nagamalli Vo Teega Malli Vo (Nagamalli)
Kastandhuko (Rendu Rellu Aaru)
Viraha Veena (Rendu Rellu Aaru)
Parimalinchu Punnamilo (Puli Bebbuli)
Awards and recognition
Rajan–Nagendra are in the same class as Hindi cinema's popular composing duo Shankar-Jaikishen, Laxmikanth Pyarelal and Kalyanji-Anandji. They excelled composing technically flawless and violin-rich orchestral interludes, and enjoyed an equally long innings in the industry. It is no exaggeration that these two brothers were called the Kalyanji – Anandji of Kannada film music.
Their first award film in Kannada was
Eradu Kanasu in 1973–74 – State Award for Best Music Director
Parasangada Gendethimma in 1978–79 – State Award for Best Music Director
"Panthulamma" in 1979 – State Award for Best Music Director – Telugu Film, Nandi Best Music Award
They won many more awards from private and public associations such as south Indian film fans association, Chitra Rasikara Sangha, Karnataka films directors association, Kannada chalana chitra pathra karthara sanga, Madras Telugu academy, ugadi puraskara award, Abhinandana film awards Hydrabad kalasagar, Madras etc., Throughout south India. Many of their films have celebrated hundred days and silver jubilees.
Nagendra, the younger one of the two brothers who gave Kannada cinema some of its most memorable hits, died of a stroke in Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospitals, Bangalore, on 4 November 2000. He was being treated for hernia, but later developed complications from high blood pressure and diabetes.
Mr. Rajan is continuing his work along with his son R Ananth kumar. He has written a book titled "Haado suswara sangeetha" regarding an innovative notation system for music enthusiasts. They are also conducting music classes by name "Sapthaswaranjali" for vocal enthusiasts on Voice culturing & film singing.
Debut Film as Music Director
Mane Thumbida Hennu
Manege Banda Mahalakshmi
Sri Kannika Parameshwari Katha
Devara Gedda Maanava
Boregowda Bangalorige Bandha
Onde Kula Onde Daiva
Kulla Agent 000
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Naari Munidare Maari
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Sri Srinivasa Kalyana
Naa Ninna Mareyalare
Bayasade Banda Bhagya
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Singapuralli Raja Kulla
Naa Ninna Bidalaare
Preethi Maadu Tamashe Nodu
Putani Agent 123
Koodi Baalidare Swarga Sukha
Yava Hoovu Yara Mudigo
Inspector Kranti Kumar
Sambhavaami Yuge Yuge
Baare Nanna Muddina Raani
Mathe Haditu Kogile
Gandanige Takka Hendathi
Nagu Naguta Nali
Hatamari Hennu Kiladi Gandu
Ondu Cinema Kathe
Huvondu Beku Ballige
Jaga Mechida Huduga
Gandhada Gudi Part 2
Prema Prema Prema
Pelli Meedha Pelli
Kanaka Durga Pooja Mahima
Madhana Kaamaraju Katha
Navagraha Pooja Mahima
Pooja (1975 film)
Maa Pelli Katha
Vayyari Bhaamalu Vagalamaari Bharthalu
Maa Intaina Katha
Raju Raani Jockey
Rendu Rella Aaru
Choopulu Kalisina Subhavela
Appula Appa Rao
Ellorum Vazhavendum (1962)
Veettukku Veedu Vaasapadi (1979)
Kaattu Rani (1985)
Lady Teacher (1982)
Cinema of Karnataka
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