He is an instrumentalist, dialogue and screenplay writer, and a composer. He is an Indian, who works in the field of cinema predominantly in the South Indian region. He has contributed through his works in more than 300 movies. He is known for his tremendous work in Kannada films. He has been accorded a National Award and six Filmfare Awards. He is considered one of the vital icons responsible for the change and the craze among fans for the Kannada flicks. He is the pioneer in writing lyrics and composing music which directly appeals to the youth and inspires them. He started to fuse the folk and western music together.

He brought them to the mainstream cinema which was loved and appraised by the audiences. He has also given many newcomers an opportunity to show their talent and earn some name in the field of singing and composing. He was born as ‘Govindaraju Gangaraju’ to a middle-class family in the beautiful city of Mysore. His father used to work in a printing press. After finishing his studies, he joined the printing press along with his father but after some time, he moved to his brother’s orchestra group. Here he found out that he had a keen interest in writing poetry and creating music for his lyrics.

He used to write his lyrics with a pen which has a swan (‘Hamsa’ for Kannada) made on it. His teacher renamed him as Hamsalekha, which means “the Brahma of Music” i.e. the creator of music. He got his first chance in the mainstream cinema when director M.N. Prasad asked him to write a song for his film ‘Triveni’ in 1973. He wrote “Neena Bhagavantha” in his first movie which was filmed with actor Uday Kumar in the lead role. His debutant movie as a music director was ‘Rahuchandra’ in 1981. Unfortunately, the film couldn’t get on floors, and the flick remained unreleased. His popularity peaked up after his collaboration with action flick director Ravichandran. Their partnership lasted for 12 long years. In his private life, he is a happy to go, zealous family man.

He is married to Latha, a playback singer dating back to the 1990’s. They have two children - a boy named Alankar and a daughter named Nandini. Alankar is on his father’s way, and he indulged himself in movies and is working as a musician and actor. Nandini is a playback singer. He is always ready for philanthropic work. He started a free educational institution for SC/ST and underprivileged students where along with studies, they also teach drama, singing and dance. He also opened an Arts College, which provides degree courses.

V. Manohar Kannada Actor

V. Manohar

V. Manohar is a multi-talented personality in Kannada films industry.  Apart from handling direction and lyrics, he has also acted in a few films where he composed his music. He has composed music for a great number of Tulu and Kannada films and has also received various awards for the same, like the prestigious Karnataka State Award. He has penned lyrics for over thousand numbers in Sandalwood.  Manohar belongs to Vitla village in the state of Karnataka. He started off as a cartoonist for magazines and leading national dailies. He is closely associated with Upendra and Kashinath, who are now well known Kannada movie directors. He made his debut as a music director with the film Tharle Nan Maga in 1992 which was directed by Upendra.  Apart from being associated with films, he is also connected to serials as he has been music composer for a lot of sitcoms. He gained the much-needed appreciation when he sang the title track for Danda Pindagalu, a very popular TV show. He composed music for many other serials like Prema Pishachigalu, Daridra Lakshmiyaru and Jagalagantiyaru. He composed tunes for a lot of TV serials and made his mark there as well. He has also directed a few of them as well as acted in Majaa Talkies as Bhatta.  V Manohar has scored music for around 100 Kannada movies such as Indradhanush, O Mallige, Duniya, Janumada Gelathi and many more. Kolu Mande, a song that is full of love,  from the 1996 movie Janumada Jodi,  tasted great success. A lot of his songs have topped music charts and have been big hits.  Manohar has penned lyrics for around a whopping 1000 songs and has gained a special place as one of Kannada cinema’s loved lyricists. He has directed O Mallige and Indradhanush.   

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Stephen Prayog

Praveen Dutt Stephen, fondly known as Stephen Prayog, is an Indian music composer working primarily in the Kannada Film Industry. Stephen was born on 18 March 1967 to Philip Stephen and S. Pramila, in Bangalore. He inherits his musical talent from his family, once based in Mysore, a city filled with the exuberance of art, music, and culture. His grandfather was a violinist, while his great grandfather was an organist. Thus, music flowed throughthe veins of the Stephen family since generations. His uncles (Mother's brothers) Prasad and Gurumurthy, were trained, Hindustani musicians. Stephen completed his formal musical training at the Trinity College of Music, London, acquiring an associate diploma in music from the college. He obtained a Master's certificate in "Arranging and Orchestration" from the Berkley College of Music, Boston, U.S.A. He undertook the various other informal training, for instance, learning Western notation from his father, Western Music theory from S.K. Joshi, Piano from Rajagopalan Iyer and Felix Joseph, Hindustani vocals from Pandit Hegde and Carnatic vocals from Vidwan M Harmonium Venkattapa. Stephen started his musical journey in 1986 as a Rhythm guitarist in the Blue Boys Orchestra. In 1988, just two years later, he joined Jimpet's Orchestra as a keyboard player. He continued with the same orchestra for some time, and soon got featured in Sadhu Kokila's devotional song as a keyboard player. The next year, in 1989, Prayog joined Melody Creators Orchestra, and met eminent personalities from the music industry, while being a part of the same. He considers this to be the turning point in his career. In 1990, his career began when he worked as an assistant music director with Mr. Damodar and Manoranjan Prabhakar. 8 years later, he worked on his first independent album, Premothsava. Prayog's career in music is legendary. He has worked with many great music directors to compose evergreen melodies. Working with the renowned musical genius C. Ashwath, he has directed tracks like Kotreshia Kanasugalu and Chinnari Mutha. He has also teamed up with V. Manohar for the song Janumada Jodi, and with Mano Murthy, bringing forth hit songs like America America, Nanna Preethiya Hudugi, and much more. Prayog has independently composed various songs as well, for instance, Premothsava (1998), Kadale En Kadali, Breaking News, etc. For his independent compositions, Stephen has won many awards, like the Karnataka State award for the Best Music Director for his 2002 album Paris Pranaya. He received the Kannadasan award for best debut as a music director in the Tamil film, Karka Kasadar, in 2005. Stephen's work is not limited to Kannada and Tamil films. He has also worked with Jack Jacob Shemech to compose music for an Israeli album, thus marking his presence in the international music industry. He has conducted music for the song Oh Meri Ma, for the Kargil war and the casualties associated with it. Stephen has composed music for television serials like Shubha Lagna, Chakra, etc. as well.

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Stephen Prayog Kannada Actor