Rajamani is a late music director who had been associated with music in every form right from his childhood. Music had run in his generation, and his father and grandfather too were renowned musicians in Malayalam industry. Not many know he is associated with over 700 movies in providing background score and has recorded in more than ten language movies. 

As we all know music has no language barrier, this musician’s father was really instrumental in shaping his son’s career many times. Also, this music composer hails from a reputed musician family who are experts in Carnatic instruments. His father B.A. Chidambarnanthan was a reputed mridangam player and Carnatic vocal artist who has scored music independently in more than 30 Malayalam movies.  Although Rajamani could not disassociate from Carnatic music, he also had learned Hindustani and Western music. Later, he had played music for a music group and even worked in a private job in West Asia. 
Rajamani kickstarted his career in the musical world with a devotional album named ‘Gangayar Pirakkunnu’ was struck the right chords with the music lovers. Later in his youth days, he had learned to play table and guitar. After becoming a successful guitar player, his father noted his talent and took him to music composer Devarajan. His first role in background score was in G. Devarajan's musical score for a movie named ‘Itha Ivide Vare' in 1977. 
Rajamani’s another successful musical chapter with background score was when he received a half-day call sheet from late R.D. Burman, who was in Chennai then to record a song. Rajamani made use of the vibraphone for the re-recording, and it became a hit so much so that he became one of the best musicians.

Rajamnani’s first Guru was music composer Devarajan and his second guru was music composer Johnson who was also assistant to music composer Devarajan. It was Johnson who introduced Rajamani to the filmy musical world and Rajamani got his first debut as independent music composer for Tamil film ‘Gramathu Kiligal’ (1983), and later he endeavored in the Malayalam film industry after getting his first chance for a movie named ‘Nullinovikkaathe’(1985).  

Rajamani composed music for 70 movies so far.  Some of his best compositions include K.J. Yesudas’s song track such as "Eeran Meghangal" and "Thaalangal Maarunnu" from movie 'Nullinovikkaathe' and "Maanasavenuvil",  a track song sung by K.S. Chithra from movie 'Jeevitham Oru Raagam' and even the melodious song track 'Manjukoottikal' sung by Sreekumar for movie ‘Welcome to Kodaikanal'. 
 

Rajamani had passed away following a cardiac arrest when he was just 60. He passed away in Chennai. His final film recording was for ‘Hide N Seek’. His son Achu Rajamani is also in the music field as a music composer. His super hit film albums are "Ekalavyan”, “ The King”, “Commissioner” etc.

Prashant Pillai Malayalam Actor

Prashant Pillai

Prashant Pillai, born on 8 September 1981, in Pune, Maharashtra, India, is a Music Producer, Composer, Film score writer, and Bandleader. After completing his graduation in Sound Engineering from Chennai, he worked as his guide and mentor A.R. Rahman for a short while and then settled in Pune. In 2004, Prashant got his first ever break to compose a radio jingle. He did his job quite good and was praised for it. He composed music for Bejoy Nambiar’s short movie Rahu in 2007. Pillai got his first break in feature films in 2010 in the Malayalam film Nayakan, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, featuring actors like Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, etc. Again he collaborated with Lijo Jose Pellissery in 2011 for the film City of Gods. 2011 was a successful year for Prashant as he even made his debut in commercial cinema with the film Shaitan, starring Kalki Koechlin, Rajeev Khandelwal, Rajat Kapoor, etc. and scored background music for Malayalam movie Bombay March 12, directed by Babu Janardhan. He composed background music for MTV Rush, a series of 12 short stories, directed by Bejoy Nambiar. After a gap of one year, in 2013, Prashant released his third soundtrack for his close friend Bejoy Nambiar, in his movie David. After the City Of God, Prashant scored music for Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malayalam film, Amen. The film became a blockbuster, and the music became very popular. Pillai got two awards namely 16th Asianet Film Awards 2014 and TTK Prestige Vanitha Film Awards - Best Music Director for the film Amen. Currently, he is preparing music for Sidhartha Siva’s Untitled Malayalam Film.

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