Arjun Janya is an Indian singer and music composer. In 2006, he made his debut in the industry with Kannada movie
and Sanjjanaa. In the south film industry, he is a score director and composer of high demand. The movies for which he composes music have done well on box-office in past. He is known for music in
and Singam. He was born on May 13, 1980, in Bengaluru, Karnataka to Anusuya and Ashwath Kumar. He learnt music from James and thinks of AR Rahman as his inspiration. It is said that a meeting between him and AR Rahman changed him and converted him into what he is today.
He played keyboard in the background for about thirty films. He started his career with being an assistant to composers K. Kalyan and V. Manohar. His music first became a hit with the film Birugaali which got released in 2009. Since then his songs in the film are appreciated and make him the most sought-after music director in South Indian music industry. In 2010, “Sanchari” became successful and the music became a blockbuster. In 2011, he gave music to KempeGowda, starring Sudeep, which became his most successful composition. The film is a remake of Singham (a Tamil movie). He changed his name to ArjunJanya from Arjun. In 2013, he composed the song "Khaali Quarter" for the film Victory which went viral and stayed on number one position for weeks.
He went on to receive the Karnataka State Film Award for the film “Alemaari” under the category of “Best Music director.” In 2013, he garnered the Filmfare Best Music Director Award for Bhajarangi. He served as one of the judges on the channel “Zee Kannada” on the reality singing show named Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs which is a Kannada version. The judging panel also comprises of
. In one episode of the show, a contestant offended him, in a bid to impress, so much that he left the sets.
In 2015, he was fined with 10.25 lakh rupees for driving his Jaguar on a temporary number plate for more than six months. He was caught by the RTO officials and immediately accepted his mistake. He paid the amount on the spot. In 2016, he will be composing for films like Mungaru Male, Jai Maruthi 800,
and “R” The King.