M. M. Keeravani

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M. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani at Inji Iduppazhagi Audio Launch.jpg
Background information
Birth nameKoduri Marakathamani Keeravaani[1]
Also known asMarakathamani (Tamil)
M. M. Kreem (Hindi)
Born (1961-07-04) 4 July 1961 (age 60)[1]
Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh, India[1]
GenresFilm score, world music, Telugu music
Years active1989–present

Koduri Marakathamani Keeravaani, better known as M. M. Keeravani, is an Indian film composer, playback singer and lyricist, who works predominantly in Telugu cinema along with other languages including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Also known by his aliases Marakathamani, and M. M. Kreem,[2] Keeravaani won the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the 1997 Telugu film Annamayya. He is also a recipient of eight Filmfare Awards, eleven state Nandi Awards and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Keeravaani was born into a Telugu family in Kovvur, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh to Koduri Siva Shakti Dutta. He has a brother who is also a music director and singer, Kalyani Malik. He is the cousin of director S. S. Rajamouli and music director, singer M. M. Srilekha. He is the nephew of Telugu and Bollywood film screenwriter and director K. V. Vijayendra Prasad. His wife M. M. Srivalli works as a line producer in films. His elder son, Kaala Bhairava, is a singer and has sung for his father's numerous compositions ("Dandalayya" song). His younger son, Sri Simha, made his debut with Mathu Vadalara (2019). For some time, Keeravani lived in the Raichur District of Karnataka before making a decision to move to Madras (now Chennai).


Keeravani (right) and K. S. Chitra (left) presenting an award to Anurag Kulkarni (middle) in 2016

Keeravani first began his career as an assistant music director with the noted composer K. Chakravarthy in 1987. He assisted in movies such as Collectorgari Abbayi and Bharathamlo Arjunudu in the late 1980s. During this time, he also sought the guidance of the veteran lyricist Veturi for over a year.[4]

Keeravani's first big break as an independent musician came with the film Kalki in 1990, but the film never got released and the soundtrack also went unnoticed. It was director Mouli's 1990 film Manasu Mamatha that brought him to the limelight and was considered his first released movie.

However, it was Ram Gopal Varma's blockbuster film Kshana Kshanam (1991) that made Keeravani an established music director. All the songs of this movie went on to become top chartbusters and Keeravani was flooded with offers from all across south Indian film industries. His first major Hindi film was Criminal.[5]

He is known for his playback singing contributions to the Telugu film industry with compilations for hit films such as Annamayya. He has composed music for Hindi films such as Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996), Sur – The Melody of Life, Zakhm, Saaya, Jism, Criminal, Rog and Paheli. In Malayalam, he has scored for films such as Neelagiri (1991), Soorya Manasam (1992) and Devaraagam (1996). He has composed for over 220 films in various Indian languages. M. Keeravani composed the music and background for the films Baahubali 1 and 2.[6]


Awards and nominations[edit]

National Film Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1991 Best Music Director – Telugu Kshana Kshanam Won [8]
1993 Allari Priyudu Won [9]
1994 Criminal Won [9][10]
1995 Subha Sankalpam Won [9]
1996 Pelli Sandadi Won [9]
2005 Chatrapathi Nominated
2009 Magadheera Won [9]
2010 Vedam Nominated
2011 Rajanna Nominated
2012 Eega Nominated [11]
2015 Baahubali: The Beginning Nominated [12]
2017 Baahubali: The Conclusion Won [13]
2017 Best Lyricist – Telugu Baahubali: The Conclusion Won [13]

Nandi Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
1992 Best Music Director Rajeswari Kalyanam Won [14]
1993 Best Music Director Allari Priyudu Won [14]
1995 Best Music Director Pelli Sandadi Won [14]
2001 Best Male Playback Singer Student No.1 Won [14]
2002 Best Music Director Okato Number Kurradu Won [14]
2005 Best Music Director Chatrapathi Won [14]
2009 Best Music Director Vengamamba Won [15]
2010 Best Male Playback Singer Maryada Ramanna Won [16]
2012 Best Music Director Eega Won [17]
2015 Best Music Director Baahubali: The Beginning Won [18]
2015 Best Male Playback Singer Baahubali: The Beginning Won [18]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Santosham Film Awards[edit]

South Indian International Movie Awards[edit]


This is a listing of the songs and tracks M.M.Keeravani has contributed as a lyricist to various feature films.

Movie Director Song(s)
Priyaragalu "A. Kodandarami Reddy" "Rayabaram Pampindevare"
Gangotri K. Raghavendra Rao "Kannitini pannitiga chesi"
Vikramarkudu S. S. Rajamouli "Jum Jum Maya", "Dooranga", "Jo Laali"
Magadheera S. S. Rajamouli "Naakosam nuvvu", "Rolling titles music"
Vedam Krish "Rupai", "Malli Puttani", "Vedam", "Ee Chikati Cherani", "Alalai Kammani Kalali", "Nuvumundhani Nemundhani"
Shirdi Sai K. Raghavendra Rao "Manava seva madhava sevani", "Sadhaa nimbi"
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion S. S. Rajamouli "Oka praanam", "Kannaa nidurinchara", "Dandaalayyaa"
N.T.R: Kathanayakudu Krish "Venditera dora", "Ramanna katha", "Rajarshi"
Gharana Mogudu K. Raghavendra Rao "Kappuko Duppati"
Allari Mogudu K. Raghavendra Rao "Neelimabbu Nuragalo"
Major Chandrakanth K. Raghavendra Rao "Muddultho Onamalu"
Rakshana Uppalapati Narayana Rao "Kannepapa Anduko"
Allari Premikudu K. Raghavendra Rao "Naari Jana Priyatama"
Attintlo Adde Mogudu Relangi Narasimha Rao "Andagada Andhukora"


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  2. Keeravani presented Rotary Vocational Excellence Award – The Hindu
  3. The man in demand | Deccan Chronicle Archived 15 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Stars : Star Interviews : Interview with M M Keeravani Archived 13 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Keeravani's music for a Bollywood film – Times Of India
  6. Keeravani bags Dammu audio rights M.
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  19. "SIIMA AWARDS | 2018 | winners | |". SIIMA. Retrieved 1 October 2020.

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