Vidyasagar : Biography


Born : March 3, 1963 (1963-03-03) (age 45)
Origin : Indian Chennai, India
Genre(s) :Film score
Occupation(s): Film composer, music director, Singer
Instrument(s): keyboard/piano,
Years active :1984 till now

Biography

Vidyasagar was born to a family of musicians in Chennai. His father U. Ramachander was a musician who could play eight instruments[citation needed] and his grandfather Varaha Narasimha Murthy was the court 'Vidhwan' for the king of Vijayanagaram Bobili in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Vidyasagar started learning vocal classical music and harmonium from his father at the age of four. When he was eight-years-old Vidyasagar joined Dhanraj Master. In fact both A. R. Rahman and Vidyasagar had joined on the same day. Vidyasagar learnt guitar for 3-4 years there, then the piano. Vidyasagar studied Western classical music at the Trinity College of Music, London.

At age of eleven, Vidyasagar knew how to play a dozen musical instruments and signed up to work as a regular musician for many music directors. Vidyasagar could play for all languages because then, most films had their recording at Chennai. Vidyasagar wanted to then compose his own tunes and have someone else play them. He had assisted various music directors and even done ghost music for some of them. So he had the experience and wanted to compose independently.

Early Life

Vidyasagar became an independent music director with the song "En Anbe" in the 1989 Tamil movie 'Poomanam' directed by Rajasekhar (Robert). Though Vidyasagar started his music career with a Tamil film, recognition in Tamil music industry came to him much later. He shifted base to Telugu and from 1993 to 1996, Vidyasagar became the top music director in Telugu.

In 1994-95, Vidyasagar was picked up by Tamil actor-director Arjun, with whom he worked for many musically acclaimed films like 'Jai Hind', 'Karna', 'Subash' and 'Sengothai' though the movies themselves didn't do well. Vidyasagar composed some of his best music for Arjun's films with some intensely melodic numbers like 'Malare', 'Bhoomiae', and 'Padu Padu' some of which went totally unnoticed. After a not so impressive start in Tamil film industry Vidyasagar was discovered by Malayalam film industry and his music continues.....

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