MM Keeravani

The music could be for a foot-tapping, fast-paced flick, a romantic comedy or a mind-boggling mythological. The subject could be a devotional drama or a simple love story: Keeravani has a note for every genre. Known for his versatile style and his ability to adapt to the director's subject, Keeravani did not start with fanfare, despite coming from a family of movie technicians. He began as a violinist and worked his way up to the status of a music composer by hard work, yes, but immense potential waiting to burst out.

Keeravani made his debut in the Telugu film industry with the movie Manasu Mamatha in 1990, and went on to compose music for films in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam. He has won numerous national and state awards for his contribution to music in the film industry.

Keeravani's music defies definition: he is comfortable working on heavy classical strains as he is on hip-hop. His music goes beyond boundaries - Hindustani classical, Ghazals and Tumris are part of his repertoire, earning him a huge following in Bollywood too.

It was on this musical journey that Bapu and Mullapudi approached him for their films and friendship struck. He worked his magic in three of Bapu-Ramana's movies: Mr.Pellam, Pelli Koduku, and Rambantu. The bond that music created was strong, but there was also an unspoken link - love for food. A morning of intense music composing usually followed up with eye-smarting, mouthwatering aavakai annam and meegada perugu, then a quick siesta, and back to music. Soul-mates, all.

Presenting the versatile genius, Keeravani as he reads the next leg of the journey of Kothikommachi.

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