Vijaya Bhaskar was an Indian music director who scored music for more than six hundred south Indian movies filmed in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Tulu, Malayalam, Marathi and Konkani languages. He contributed to all the popular movies directed by K.S.L. Swamy and regularly associated with
and Puttanna Kanagal.
He was born in 1924 in Bangalore, Karnataka. He started learning music from an early age, practicing in the art of Hindustani classical music under the mentorship of Govinda Bhave. He also honed his skills in Carnatic music and playing the piano. He moved to Mumbai, where he assisted legendary music directors,
, and Naushad Ali.
He was once eating at a restaurant in Matunga when he met director B.R. Krishnamurthy in serendipity. One talk led to another and Krishnamurthy eventually proposed that Bhaskar compose the music for his next film “Sri Rama Puja” (1953), thereby making Bhaskar the first original music composer of the Kannada film industry. Inspired by Mukul Mehta and R.C. Boral, Bhaskar developed his own musical style. He introduced theme music into Kannada songs, creating some of the best melodies ever scored. A proponent of folk music, Bhaskar was as comfortable at working with minimal instruments as he was with an orchestra.
His broad spectrum specialties stretched from light songs to complex ghazals. He derived inspiration from the works Kannada poets like D.R. Bendre and used it to compose impactful euphonies such as ‘Moodana Maneya’ from “Belli Moda” (1967) and ‘Uttara Dhruvadim’ from “Sharapanjara “ (1971), both of which were based on poems by D.R. Bendre.
He also directed the background scores and Malayalam songs for Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who admired the music director ever since he added music to the film “Mathilukal” (1965). His Tulu and Tamil magnum opuses in “Koti Chennaya” (1973) and “
” (1974) are resounded to this day.
Some of his most famous soundtracks include “Naandi” (1964), “Rani Honnamma” (1960), “Gejje Pooje” (1970), “Mana Mechida Madadi” (1963), “Santha Thukaram” (1963), “Neela” (2001), “Naagarahaavu” (1972), “
” (1975) and “Malaya Marutha” (1986). He was honored with the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director six times, the Dr. Rajkumar Award and the Sursingar Prashasthi. He passed away on the morning of 3 March 2002 due to cardiac arrest at his home in the J. P. Nagar locality of Bangalore. He was 77 years old and was survived by his wife, three children, and five grandchildren.
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(often referred to as BRK) was an Indian music director, instrumentalist, and composer, remembered by the audience for his work on the soundtracks of movies like Abachurina Post Office (1973), Upasane (1974), Shubhamangala (1975), and Besuge (1976). Mostly known for his predominant involvement in the music albums of Sandalwood movies and feature films, he won the National award for the film Santha Thukaram.
Born in 1924 in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India, he started his training at a very early age. During his childhood, he learned to play the Piano, Carnatic classical music, and Hindustani classical from his guru Govinda Bhave. The initial stages of his career saw him assisting music directors like Madan Mohan and Naushad.
He came to Bombay in 1953 to establish himself as a music director. Over the years, he scored music in nearly 700 feature films. As a music director, Vijay was honored with many awards like Dr. Rajkumar Award (2011), Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director, etc. Before passing out on 3rd March 2002 due to a cardiac arrest in his residence at Bangalore at the age of 77 years, he was happily married with two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren."