Karthikeya Murthy is an Indian Music composer, singer, and music director. He is also known as Karthik Iyer and KM between his close pals and acquaintances. He is born in Chennai, Tamilnadu on 1985 on 16th MayHe is also a songwriter. He is very multi-talented and very popular musician in Tamil and Telugu film industry. Karthikeya Murthy is from a traditional family and hence his love for Carnatic music has been from his childhood. He is the grandson of the legendary Mridangam music instrument player T. K. Murthy. And his father; T. K. Jayaraman worked as a music composer and singer at All India Radio in Chennai, India. His whole family is somehow related to music. Karthikeya Murthy is the seventh generation of this family and him also incidentally started his music career from his childhood days.
Bowdheeswara Bagavathar was the great grandfather for Karthikeya and it all started there. And his very early ancestors used to play music for royals. He learned Carnatic music lessons from great teachers; Chengalpat Ranganathan, PremaLatha, and DKJ. Sukanya. He realized that only traditional music is not enough and decided to learn different forms of music. In this journey, he learned western classical music from Abdul Sattar. In his school days, Karthikeya Murthy created a band; Pro-Teens and later changed the name to Madras Tunes during a completion; band hunt aired on Sun TV. He first started working for short films such as Thuvandha Yuddham etc. And he worked for advertisements and documentaries as a music composer and ventured independently. When A. R. Rahman and music label SaReGaMa conducted a band hunt show; Oh La La, Karthikeyan's band Madras Tunes won the title. This helped him a lot and after the winning, he sang a song and recorded an album for Rahman in his studio.
Later he joined with his friend Giridharan, he wrote a song for the popular director K. Balachendar on his stage show Oru Koodai Paasam with the stage name, Karthik Iyer. This show brought him so much popularity and great reviews. In Hindu newspaper, he was acclaimed as an uplifting music with good production values. Later he did theatrical works and helped the dancer Dhananjayan for the show Instinct produced under Olliyum Oliyum. In 2015, karthikeya Murthy gave his first music for the movie released in both Tamil and Telugu. In Tamil as Moone Moonu varthai and in Telugu as Moodu Mukkalo Chepalante which released in 2015. For this music, he was compared to A. R. Rahman’s tunes by veteran singer S. P. Bala Subramaniyam.