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After Oscar Nominations, MM Keeravani Honoured With Padma Shri; Know All About the Music Composer

Last Updated: January 25, 2023, 22:28 IST

MM Keeravani directed and composed the song Naatu Naatu picturized on Jr NTR and Ram Charan

MM Keeravani is a music composer, playback singer and lyricist who is majorly known for his work in Telugu cinema. He has been conferred with the Padma Shri.

Music composers MM Keeravani has been making the headlines for the last couple of weeks and for all the right reasons. First, he took home one Golden Globe Award as SS Rajamouli’s RRR song Naatu Naatu won Best Song in Motion Picture. Now, the same song got a nod at the Oscar nominations. Keeravani is the proud composer of RRR. Now, Keeravani has been conferred with the Padma Shri award- the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.

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So, who is MM Keeravani, the man behind the Golden Globe award-winning and the Oscar nominated RRR song Naatu Naatu?

Born in the Kovvur town of Andhra Pradesh on July 4, 1961, Keeravani is a music composer, playback singer and lyricist who is majorly known for his work in Telugu cinema. However, he has also created music for Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi movies. In a career spanning nearly three decades, Keeravani has worked in more than 150 films across different languages. However, he gained worldwide recognition for his collaborations with cousin Rajamouli, starting from 2015’s Baahubali: The Beginning and followed by 2017’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and 2022’s RRR.

Early Days

MM Keeravani started working as a music composer in the late 1980s. However, his breakthrough project was 1990’s Manasu Mamatha, which brought him to the limelight. Since then, there was no turning back. He delivered soulful, dense and soothing music for Kshana Kshanam and Annamayya, for which he even won National Film Award for Best Music Director. In 1991, Keeravani won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for Azhagan. For his work in Baahubali films, the music composer has won Nandi Awards and SIIMA Awards.

MM Keeravani is also known for directing and composing music for blockbusters like Brahmanda Nayagan, Antim Faisla, Savyasachi, NTR: Kathanayakudu and Vijayan.

He has also created music for Bollywood movies such as Zakhm, Saaya, Jism, Criminal and Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin.

Personal Life

MM Keeravani is married to producer Sreevalli, who is the sister of Rajamouli’s wife, former actress and costume designer Rama Rajamouli. Their son Kaala Bhairava is also a playback singer who has worked in the veteran’s films quite a time. MM Keeravani is also the cousin of music director MM Srilekha.

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