Ramajogayya Sastry was born on August 24, 1970 in the small village called Arepalli Muppalla, Ipur Mandal which is near Narasaraopet of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh to parents Suryaprakasa Rao and Saraswatamma in an agricultural family. His father was a priest and an agriculturist by profession. His mother is a home-maker. He was the only child of his parents. He is a Computer Science Engineer who persuaded his B.Tech from NIT Warangal and his Master’s degree in M.Tech at IIT Kharagpur.
During his under graduation, he was very much passionate about writing and he involved into writing lyrics. He was very much interested in writing irrespective of his education which had nothing to do with his passion. Even though, he did not have any connections with regard to music in his family, he did not give up his interest and focused on both studies and music. After completing his Master’s in M.Tech at IIT Kharagpur, he started his professional career by joining in Bangalore as an engineer. It was at this time when the thunder stroke his life.
He got the opportunity to write lyrics for more than 40 private albums. In between, he also worked in GE India Business Centre in Secunderabad. He penned his first lyrics for the Kannada movie YUVASENA, a remake of the Malayalam movie “4 the people”, which starred Bharath, Gopika, and Narain in the lead which deals with college students fighting injustice in the society. This movie was released on February 20, 2004. He, thus, started his career in Tollywood in this movie with two songs.
Meanwhile, he wrote three Kannada songs from which he got the support from a noted film director and star V. Ravichandran, who introduced him to
Krishna Vamsi, a renowned Telugu filmmaker. He introduced him to a famous award winning Indian lyricist who works for the Telugu industry. After which he got the golden opportunity to serve as an assistant to Sirivennela Seetharama Shastri. He was simultaneously working on a dubbed version.
Only upon his insistence to Sirivennela Seetharama Shastri accepted him as his assistant and allowed him to compose to work on his lyric-writing skills. As his first remuneration for his two songs in the Tamil movie Yuvasena, he got Rs.20000. He has written lyrics for more than 100 movies in Telugu and he is also one of the most recognised and always called for lyricist in the Telugu film industry at present. He is also one of the top paid lyricists in the cinema industry. He charges about Rs.1.5 lakhs per song and is very quite famous for his modern and catchy lyrics.
Though Telugu was his main focus, he also wrote a couple of songs in the Kannada film industry. He also worked on devotional songs.
Mohan Babu, an actor/producer and Srinu Vytla, film director gave him the opportunity to work in many of their films before he became a star and rose to stardom with the song Om Namaste Bolo in the Telugu film Ready, which was his first major break. He also played an unaccredited role in King, a 2008 Telugu movie as a music assistant.
He is also best known for his work in Dookudu (2011), Eega (2012) and
Gabbar Singh (2012). And after that, there was no turning back and now he is one of the most famous and established lyricists of the industry. Few movies for which, he has worked as an lyricist are: ‘
Dictator’ staring N. Balakrishnan and Anjali,
Sonal Chauhan, and Aksha pardasany, ‘
Nenu Sailaja’ a telugu romantic, ‘
Soggade Chinni Nayana’ produced under direction of Kalyan Krishna Kurasala, A Gavireddy Srinivas Reddy written and directed ‘Seethama Andalu Ramayya Sitralu’, ‘
Oopiri’, the comedy drama, Pawan Kalyan’s production ‘
Sardaar Gabbar Singh’, ‘
Eedo Rakam Aado Rakam’ inspired by Malayalam movie Chakkikotha chankaran, ‘
Allu Aravind production, ‘
Supreme’an action comedy, ‘
A Aa’ having 7/10 imbd reading, a mature love story‘
Oka Manasu’, ‘
Janatha Garage’ the action drama, a
Virinchi Varma directed ‘
Manju’, ‘Srimanthudhu’ starring Mahesh babu and Shruti Hassan, ‘S/O Satyamurthy’ an S. Radhakrishnan production, , the box office hit ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’, A 4 Reels Production‘Legend’ and many more to his credentials.
He is a great lyricist in the movie world. He received Filmfare award for best lyricist in Telugu for the song ‘Sada Siva Sanyasi’ of Mahesh Khaleja in 2010. Maa Music Award for the year 2012 gave him the best lyricist award for Endukante…Premanta. He also received the nomination at the SIIMA Award for Best lyricist for the hit song “Eega Eega Eega”. These are only a few awards for his huge hard work. But he is widely credited for his work in all the movies he has worked.
Though he was an engineer by profession in his early days, he struggled hard and rose to highlight in a quick span of time. Being a famous personality in the cine industry is not that easy without any family background, he did it all by himself and earned credits. “A writer will have many inspirations and they change from time to time and at different points, there are different inspirations. But if I were to pick a father-figure, someone who has been more than a Godfather for me, it is Sirivennela Seetharama Shastri garu. I owe him a lot,” he said. Among his various songs, he likes: “Jago Jagore Jago” sang by
Raghu Dixit. But the best is “
Srimanthudu” because of his exceptional lyrics.
He is one of the most successful lyricists of Tollywood by following the footsteps of the versatile Sirivennela creating a distinct mark for himself. He crossed his tenth year of writing with over 500 songs.