Deva (music director)

Deva
Born November 20, 1950 (1950-11-20) (age 61)
Origin Tamil Nadu, India
Occupations Film composer, music director
Instruments Vocals (playback singing), guitar, keyboard/harmonium/piano
Years active 1989-present

Deva (Tamil: தேவா) is an Indian film composer and singer. He has composed songs and provided background music for Tamil films in a career spanning about 20 years. Many know his gaana songs, written mostly using Madras Tamil. He is known as the "Father of Gaana Genre" in the Tamil film industry.

Deva has composed music for many films within a very short period. He debuted as a film music director in the film Manasukkeththa Maharaasa in 1989. In the intervening years he has composed music for a total of more than 400 films.

Contents

Personal life

Deva was born to M. C. Chokkalingam and M. C. Krishnaveni. Even in his childhood, Deva was attracted to the world of music. Teaming up with Chandra Bose, he staged many musical programmes. He started learning classical music under Dhanraj and completed a course in Western music at Trinity College of Music in London. His son Srikanth Deva is also a music director, as are his brothers, who have formed the duo Sabesh-Murali. His nephew Jai is an actor.

Career

Before coming to cinema, Deva worked for some time in the television field. In those days Deva's brothers were working in the musical troupes of Illayaraja and other music directors as instrumentalists. But Deva took special interests for self-improvement in his profession and at the same time he was looking for chances to enter movies. But the benefits of those efforts did not bear fruit easily. Only after much hardship he managed to enter the field with the help of some friends and his four brothers. Just after his entry, the production work of those films, for which negotiations were on for fixing Deva as the music director, could not get completed and some other films with his music could not be released at all.

Deva continued his search for an opening, which finally began yielding results in 1989. His first film, Manasukkeththa Maharaasaa, was released in 1989. He was then called to work on the movie Vaikaasi Poranthaachu. This film was a huge hit and Deva was praised for his work. After the release of Vaikaasi Poranthaachu, his name became known throughout the Tamil community.

So far he has composed music for more than 400 films, which include Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films. He is also famous for his compositions for religious films. He was widely acclaimed for his scores for Rajinikanth starrer Basha. His other famous compositions include Annamalai and Baasha, both starring Rajnikanth.

Behind Deva's great success, there are his brothers also, which fact he won't deny too! He says: 'If I stand at this height as a music director, the supportive reason behind this is my brothers. They too work hard like me. That's why it was possible for me to accomplish the task of composing music for such huge number of films! So to say, all my 4 brothers have their own share in my present success!'

As a brother Deva showers upon them (brothers) his heart-felt felicitations and his brothers, on their part, continue to take greater pains professionally, to add to the well-meaning achievements of Deva in the future also! This quality of Deva has enhanced his image among the top brass of the cineworld! Hence, veteran music director M.S.Viswanathan has conferred upon Deva the most suitably coined title, "Thenisai Thentral". As if doing full justification to this title, Deva's tunes and musical scores never fail to pour sweet honey in the form of melodious songs into our 'yearning' ears! Among the films whose music was composed by Deva, 7 became silver jubilee hits! 100 days films were 34.

He recently made a special appearance in the film Modhi Vilayadu.

On 31-7-2011, Tamilnadu chiefminister Jayalalitha has made him as the head of the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nadaga Mandram.

Honours

Veteran music director M. S. Viswanathan conferred the title Thenisai Thendral upon Deva for his contributions.

Awards

In 1990, he received his first Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director. He received the Tamil Nadu Government's Kalaimamani Award in the year 1992. In 1995, the film Aasai brought him another state film award. For Baasha, he got the Tamil Nadu Arts and Cultural Academy Award. He has also been honoured by awards from popular journals like Dinakaran, Cinema Express and Screen.

Criticism

One of the major criticisms against Deva is plagiarism.[1] He is known for lifting snippets and sometimes even the full song from famous old and recent English pop songs and using them as his own. Some of the alleged lifts include famous boy band Blue, the song "Alane" by Wes, Pakistani band Junoon, English bands Sasha, Linkin Park, The Wonders, Backstreet Boys, etc.

Filmography

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Deva — may refer to: Contents 1 Religion and derived traditions 2 Toponymy 3 An Indian given name or surname 4 In pop culture …   Wikipedia

  • Music of India — Indian music redirects here. For other uses, see Indian music (disambiguation). Music of India Genres Classical (Carnatic · Hindustani) · Bhajan · Ghazal · Qawwali  …   Wikipedia

  • Deva Premal — Deva Premal, mantra singer, from October 2006 Deva Premal (born in 1970 in Nürnberg, Germany), is a musician known for her meditative spiritual New Age music, which puts ancient Sanskrit mantras into atmospheric, contemporary settings. Deva met… …   Wikipedia

  • Srikanth Deva — is an upcoming music director in Kollywood, who is slowly becoming famous and popular. He made his debut as music director in the Tamil movie Doubles in 2000. He is none other than the son of famous Tamil music veteran Deva.Discography* 2006… …   Wikipedia

  • Trinity College of Music — Infobox University name = Trinity College of Music image size = 175px established = 1872 head = The Duke of Kent students = 744cite web |url=http://www.hesa.ac.uk/holisdocs/pubinfo/student/institution0506.htm |title=Table 0a All students by… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Indian film music directors — Most Indian films are musicals, and their music directors are among the best known musicians in India. Music directors are typically both composers and arrangers. Cassettes or CDs of a film s music are often released before the movie itself.… …   Wikipedia

  • Prabhu Deva Sundaram — Infobox actor bgcolour = name = Prabhu Deva Sundaram imagesize = 150px caption = birthname = birthdate = birth date and age|1973|4|3 location = flagicon|India Chennai, India deathdate = deathplace = othername = Prabhu Deva yearsactive = 1987… …   Wikipedia

  • Paraiyar — Infobox Ethnic group caption=Parayar School Children, Seithur near Rajapalayam group = Paraiyar (or) Sambavar பறையர் poptime = 1,860,519 (2001 census) popplace = Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles, Fiji langs =… …   Wikipedia

  • Pariah — Pariah, (Tamil language) or Paraya in Malayalam, is the name of the Pariah caste of Indian Hindu society. The word has gained widespread use as an analogy, especially in the phrases social pariah and pariah nation or pariah state , as a term for… …   Wikipedia

  • Lagaan — Infobox Film name = Lagaan image size = caption = Once Upon a Time in India director = Ashutosh Gowariker producer = Aamir Khan Jhamu Sughand writer = Screenplay: Kumar Dave Sanjay Dayma Ashutosh Gowariker Original Story: Ashutosh Gowariker… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.