V. Harikrishna

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V. Harikrishna
Born (1974-11-05) 5 November 1974 (age 47)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
GenresFilm score, Soundtrack, Theatre, World music
Occupation(s)Film composer, instrumentalist, music producer, playback singer
InstrumentsHarmonium, Keyboard, Guitar, vocals (playback singing)
Years active1994–present
Labels"D Beats"
Spouse(s)Vani Harikrishna

V. Harikrishna (born 5 November 1974)[1][2] is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer, playback singer and film producer.[3] He has mainly scored music for Kannada films. After his stint as a programmer and assistant musician, Harikrishna made his debut as an independent composer in actor Darshan's first production venture Jothe Jotheyali in 2006. Since then, he has been scoring for majority of Darshan's films besides working for many other leading production houses. He owns an audio company called "D-Beats" (Dedicated for Challenging Star Darshan) (established: 2013) and produces music under his own company starting from the film Bulbul (2013).[4] He has turned into a director with the 2019 Kannada film 'Yajamana'.[5]

Harikrishna has won three consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Music for Gaalipata in 2008, Raaj The Showman in 2009 and Jackie in 2010.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Harikrishna was born in 1974 in Bangalore, in the Karnataka state of India. At the age of eight, he began playing keyboard in an orchestra that his father bought and named after him. He took to playing the keyboard professionally in 1987 and discontinued his studies after matriculation. In his first professional assignment, he worked with composer, Manoranjan Prabhakar. Following his father's death in 1990, Harikrishna took over his mechanic shop, where he worked as a mechanic. In 1994, following composer Sadhu Kokila's insistence, Harikrishna took to music again.[1]

Harikrishna is married to singer and composer Vani Harikrishna, the granddaughter of veteran composer G. K. Venkatesh.[7] They have a son, Aditya, who started as a playback singer with one of Harikrishna's composed films.


Music programming and arranging[edit]

Harikrishna started out working as an assistant to many leading music directors in 1990's including Hamsalekha, V. Ravichandran, Sadhu Kokila, Gurukiran among others.[8] He has worked as a programmer, an arranger and as a keyboard player for many music directors. He has worked for feature films, short films, daily soaps, ad jingles and private musical albums.

Music direction[edit]

In 2006, Harikrishna was first signed up to compose music for actor Darshan's first home production Jothe Jotheyali.[9] Until this time, Harikrishna was a struggling musician under the protege of actor - director V. Ravichandran. Despite the industry's negative feedback for his move, Darshan went on to sign him as the music director. The film, starring Prem and Ramya in the lead and Darshan in a guest role, was directed by Dinakar Thoogudeepa and had a successful run for about 25 weeks. The film's soundtrack was hugely popular upon release and this immediately silenced the critics.[10] This was immediately followed by the actor's second home production Navagraha. Since then, Harikrishna has been the official composer for most of the Darshan starrer films and productions. Some of the successful collaborations with Darshan include Bhoopathi (2007), Gaja (2008), Porki (2010), Prince (2011), Saarathi (2011) and Chingari (2012) to name a few.

His first collaboration with director - lyricist Yogaraj Bhat for the film Gaalipata (2008) starring Ganesh fetched him his maiden Filmfare award for his successful soundtrack. Another film Payana in the same year saw him belting out soft romantic melodies which was appreciated.[11] The year 2009 proved to be more successful for him with back to back successful soundtracks for the films such as Ambari, Junglee, Raam, Maleyali Jotheyali and Raj, The Showman. While in the former film, he debuted as a playback singer, the latter film fetched him his second Filmfare award for best music direction.

In 2010, Harikrishna composed for 8 feature films and most of them were received very well upon release. Most noteworthy being Jackie which fetched him his third and hat trick Filmfare award and Super directed and enacted by Upendra. The year 2011 saw him composing for over 14 films with many of them turning to be blockbusters and musically well appreciated. Prince, Hudugaru, Vishnuvardhana, Saarathi, Paramathma and Jogayya turned out to be biggest musical blockbusters cementing the top status for him. The success was followed in 2012 with Chingari, Anna Bond, Katariveera Surasundarangi, Addhuri, Jaanu, Drama Yaare Koogadali and Prem Adda receiving enormous positive response both musically and at the box-office. He was also awarded for his singing in Anna Bond by the SIIMA. His fourth Filmfare award was for his second collaboration with Yogaraj Bhat, Drama. Addhuri won him Udaya awards for his music direction.

The successful journey continued further in 2013 with many chartbuster soundtracks for the films such as Topiwala, Bachchan, Bulbul, Kaddipudi, Sakkare and Shravani Subramanya. In 2014, his first musical release Gajakesari evoked mixed response while his scores for upcoming films such as Fair & Lovely and Ambareesha is highly expected to be successful.

Film production[edit]

In 2012, Harikrishna announced his intention in producing films and he started it with the upcoming film Jai Bhajarang Bali starring Ajay Rao and Sindhu Lokanath in the lead roles.[3] He was also reported to be directing the Yogesh starrer Raate. His audio company D-Beats acquired the audio rights of the film Adyaksha in 2014 which had music composed by Arjun Janya.[12]


Year Title Notes
2006 Jothe Jotheyali
2007 Bhoopathi
2007 Snehana Preethina
2007 Krishna
2007 Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide Background score only
2008 Gaja
2008 Gaalipata Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2008 Indra
2008 Arjun
2008 Payana
2008 Paramesha Panwala
2008 Navagraha
2009 Ambari
2009 Meghave Meghave
2009 Junglee
2009 Rajakumari
2009 Raj, The Showman Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
Winner Suwarna Film Award for Best Music Director
2009 Vayuputra
2009 Abhay
2009 Maleyali Jotheyali
2009 Raam
2010 Porki
2010 Hoo
2010 Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu
2010 Jackie Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2010 Kiccha Huccha
2010 Eno Onthara
2010 Super
2010 Modala Sala
2010 Chalaki Telugu film
2011 Boss
2011 Veerabahu
2011 Rama Rama Raghu Rama
2011 Prince
2011 Prema Chandrama
2011 Dandam Dashagunam
2011 Dhool
2011 Hudugaru
2011 Kool...Sakkath Hot Maga
2011 Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam
2011 Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga
2011 Jogayya
2011 Saarathi Suvarna Film Award for Best Music Director
2011 Paramathma
2011 Vishnuvardhana
2012 Chingari
2012 Shikari
2012 Anna Bond Winner SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer
2012 Katariveera Surasundarangi
2012 Addhuri Winner Udaya Award for Best Music Director
2012 Ready For Dhee Telugu film
2012 Snehitaru
2012 Jaanu
2012 Manjina Hani
2012 Mr. 420
2012 Prem Adda
2012 Drama Winner Filmfare Award for Best Music Director[13]
2012 Yaare Koogadali
2012 Kalpana
2013 Topiwala
2013 Bachchan
2013 Bulbul Winner SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
2013 Kaddi Pudi
2013 Brindavana
2013 Sakkare
2013 Dyavre
2013 Shravani Subramanya
2014 Gajakesari
2014 Endendu Ninagagi
2014 Kwatle Satisha
2014 Bahaddur
2014 Jai Bhajarangabali
2014 Fair & Lovely
2014 Ambareesha
2014 Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Winner, SIIMA Award for Best Music Director
2015 Siddhartha
2015 Rudra Tandava
2015 Rhaatee Also producer
2015 Vaastu Prakaara
2015 Rana Vikrama
2015 Endendigu
2015 Ranna
2015 Kendasampige
2015 Mr. Airavata
2015 Boxer
2015 Minchagi Nee Baralu
2015 Masterpiece
2016 Viraat
2016 Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole
2016 Dana Kayonu
2016 Shivalinga
2016 Jaggu Dada
2016 Mr. and Mrs. Sadachari Marathi film
2016 Doddmane Hudga
2016 Santhu Straight Forward
2016 Naanu Mattu Varalakshmi
2016 Happy Birthday
2017 Chowka One song only
2017 Raajakumara
2017 Bangara s/o Bangarada Manushya
2017 Saheba
2017 Uppina Kagada
2017 Mugulu Nage 100th Film
2017 Bharjari
2018 Brihaspathi
2018 Life Jothe Ondh Selfie
2019 Kiss
2019 Missing Boy
2019 Panchatantra
2019 Kurukshethra
2019 Yajamana
2019 Adyaksha in America
2021 Pogaru Background Score Only
2021 Roberrt Background Score Only



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  2. "Happy birthday Harikrishna sir". Facebook. Lodde Official Facebook page.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Harikrishna turns producer!". Indiaglitz. 28 April 2012.
  4. "'Bul Bul' Audio from D Beats". Indiaglitz. 18 March 2013.
  5. "V Harikrishna turns director with Darshan-starrer Yajamana". The New Indian Express.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Kannada
  7. "Turning music director gave me a purpose: Vani Harikrishna". Times of India. 6 January 2014.
  8. "'Snehana Preethina' leaves to 3 countries – Kannada Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
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  12. "Music for Sharan's Adyaksha acquired by V Harikrishna's company". Times of India. 21 March 2014.
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