S. Thaman

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S. Thaman
Thaman in 2014
Thaman in 2014
Background information
Birth nameGhantasala Sai Srinivas[1]
Born (1983-11-16) 16 November 1983 (age 38)[2]
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Music composer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • rhythm pads
  • keyboard
  • trumpet
Years active2003–present

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 and Tamil 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).

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), Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020), Krack (2021), and Vakeel Saab (2021).

Early life and career[edit]

Thaman was born as Ghantasala Sai Srinivas in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh 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]

Awards[edit]

South Indian International Movie Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Other awards

Discography[edit]

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As composer[edit]

Year Telugu Tamil Other languages Notes
2008 Malli Malli
Bheebatsam
Sindhanai Sei [23]
2009 Kick
Moscowin Kavery
Anjaneyulu
Eeram
Sankham
Jayeebhava
2010 Thillalangadi two songs
Naanayam score only
Padmavyuham
Maro Charitra score only
Mundhinam Paartheney
Aridhu Aridhu
Kadhalagi score only
Vastad
Ayyanar
Brindavanam
Ragada
2011 Mirapakay
Mambattiyan
Sabash Sariyana Potti
Kochi to Kodambakkam (Malayalam)
Veera
Kanchana
Vandhaan Vendraan
Kandireega
Dookudu
Osthe
Mouna Guru
2012 Businessman
Bodyguard
Nippu
Love Failure Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi
Ishtam
Thadaiyara Thaakka
Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya
2013 Naayak
Settai
Jabardasth
Shadow
Baadshah
Greeku Veerudu
Gouravam Gouravam
Tadakha
Balupu
Pattathu Yaanai
Ramayya Vasthavayya
Masala
All in All Azhagu Raja
2014 Vallinam
Race Gurram
Damaal Dumeel
Athiyayam
Vaalu
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam one song
Rabhasa
Power
Power (Kannada) Remake of Dookudu
Meaghamann
Aagadu
Vanmam
Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum
2015 Beeruva
Tiger
Savaale Samaali
Kanchana 2 One song and score
Vaa Deal
Pandaga Chesko
Massu Engira Masilamani
Kick 2
Sakalakala Vallavan Appatakkar
Saagasam
Bruce Lee: The Fighter
Sher
Akhil
2016 Dictator
Chakravyuha (Kannada)
Aarathu Sinam One song
Zoom (Kannada)
Sarrainodu
Dhilluku Dhuddu
Chuttalabbai
Srirastu Subhamastu
Thikka
Jaguar (Kannada)
2017 Shivalinga
Winner
Vaigai Express score only
Ivan Thanthiran
Thiri one song
Yaar Ivan
Veedevadu
Goutham Nanda
Mahanubhavudu
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 one song
Jawaan
Golmaal Again (Hindi) one song
2018 Sketch
Gayatri
Achari America Yatra
Bhaagamathie Bhaagamathie
Tholi Prema
Inttelligent
Chal Mohan Ranga
Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava
Amar Akbar Anthony
Happy Wedding
Kavacham
Orange (Kannada)
Simmba (Hindi) Additional BGM only
2019 Mr. Majnu
Majili Background Score only
Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene
Kanchana 3 Background Score only
Aruvam
Voter
Ayogya one song
Magamuni
Prati Roju Pandage
Venky Mama
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo
Disco Raja
Ivan Than Uthaman
Ninaivo Oru Paravai
V Background Score only
Miss India
Solo Brathuke So Better
2021 Krack
Eeswaran
Wild Dog
Yuvarathnaa (Kannada)
Vakeel Saab

Upcoming[edit]

Album/Film Language Notes Ref.
Sooryavanshi Hindi Additional BGM only
Akhanda Telugu
Tuck Jagadish
Ghani
Sarkaru Vaari Paata
Enemy Songs only
Thank You
Agent
Rudhran
Varudu Kaavalenu 1 Song
Bheemla Nayak[24]
God Father
RC15
Thalapathy 66

Singles and music videos[edit]

Year Track Artist Language
2021 "Allu Arjun Rap Song" Roll Rida, Harika Narayan Telugu[25][26]

As singer/vocalist[edit]

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 Tamil
"Down Down Down Dappa" Race Gurram
2015 "Nuvve Nuvve" Kick 2
"Hormonil Thee" En Vazhi Thani Vazhi
"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

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boys Krishna
2009 Sindhanai Sei Himself Special appearance
2010 Ayyanar Himself Special appearance
2019 Mr. Majnu Himself Special appearance

References[edit]

  1. Exclusive: Music Director SS Thaman about Ala Vaikuntapurramloo. 10TV. 24 November 2019.
  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.
  3. "Thaman to render music for NTR - Harish Shankar movie". Pluzmedia.in. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. "Telugu cinema news, Telugu Movies Updates, Latest Movie reviews in Telugu". Telugu BOX Office. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  5. Manisharma is My Guru in Music Since School Days, Thaman Interview NTV.
  6. "Yuvan and Thaman team up again for 'Adhyaayam'". IBNLive. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  7. "Thaman to complete 50th film with Aagadu". Raagalahari.com. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  8. "Music for the masses - Delta". The Hindu. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  9. "AP 7am". AP 7am. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  10. "Tollywood Music Director S Thaman Biography, News, Photos, Videos". nettv4u. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  11. "Budding talent in music". Retrieved 7 April 2013.[dead link]
  12. NTV Interview.
  13. "Thaman S Biography, Thaman S Profile - Filmibeat". Entertainment.oneindia.in. 16 November 1983. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  14. "తమన్‌ సెంచరీ కొట్టేశాడు!". Sakshi (in తెలుగు). 1 November 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  15. "Thaman flies to Bollywood with top league director". Top 10 Cinema. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  16. "Thaman launches music band". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  17. "We're trying to record live: Tharman". The Times of India. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  18. "SIIMA AWARDS | 2012 | winners | |". siima.in. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  19. "SIIMA AWARDS | 2013 | winners | |". siima.in. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  20. "SIIMA AWARDS | 2015 | winners | |". siima.in. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  21. "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 (South)". The Times of India. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  22. "The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011". The Times of India. 24 June 2012. Archived from the original on 18 July 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  23. "A mix of modern and rural tunes - CHEN". The Hindu. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  24. https://english.sakshi.com/news/tollywood/thaman-pens-folk-song-pawan-kalyans-ayyappanum-koshiyum-telugu-remake
  25. "Here is the rap song about Journey of Stylish Star Allu Arjun, watch it". ap7am.com. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  26. "చూసారా?: బన్నీ 'ర్యాప్‌ సాంగ్‌' దుమ్ము రేపుతోంది!". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in తెలుగు). Retrieved 15 January 2021.

External links[edit]

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