The world has been listening to and dancing to ‘Naatu Naatu’ music from RRR film in the previous couple of months and the win for Best Original Song on the Golden Globes 2023 has put the highlight on music composer M.M. Keeravani. Known to Hindi movie music lovers as M.M. Kreem and Maragathamani to Tamil listeners, Keeravani’s strongest collaboration has been with his cousin brother and director S.S. Rajamouli.
Their partnership for Telugu cinema started with Rajamouli’s debut characteristic movie Student No.1 (2001), which starred NTR Jr. Keeravani’s regular collaboration with Rajamouli resulted in chartbuster albums for a number of movies equivalent to Magadheera, Eega and Baahubali and RRR. Much earlier than this collaboration, it was Ram Gopal Varma’s 1991 movie Kshana Kshanam. which made Keeravani a preferred title in Telugu cinema.
Keeravani’s largest asset was the power to know and compose to go well with the necessities of movie music in several languages. ‘Tu mile, dil khiley’ was a haunting music with which Keeravani launched his music to the Hindi viewers via the Mahesh Bhat-directed movie Criminal
These compositions have been markedly totally different from his discography for Telugu cinema blockbusters. His classically-rooted compositions for Annamayya, the Telugu movie impressed by the lifetime of saint poet Annamayya, fetched him a National Award for Best Music Director.
In the Nineties, Tamil cinema obtained acquainted with Keeravani as Maragathamani. ‘Sangeetha swarangal’ from Okay. Balachander’s Azhagan grew to become an earworm for Tamil listeners. The composer then labored with Balachander for his directorial mission Vaaname Ellai in addition to his manufacturing Nee Paathi Naan Paathi directed by Vasanth. Keeravani additionally composed for a couple of movies in Malayalam and Kannada.
Role of households
The fast households of Keeravani and Rajamouli have an necessary function to play of their success. In the post- Eega period of Telugu cinema, the movie circles in Hyderabad are replete with heartwarming and awe-inducing tales of how Rajamouli, Keeravani and their households banded collectively to tackle the mammoth job of executing Baahubali – the Beginning and Baahubali – the Conclusion.
While Rama Rajamouli took on the accountability of coordinating the costumes alongside with affiliate Prashanti Tipirneni for the huge solid, Keeravani’s spouse Srivalli turned line producer. She and Rama have been a pressure to reckon with on the units, managing hundreds of junior artistes and manufacturing crew members. Srivalli is fondly known as ‘amma’ in movie circles. When Keeravani opened his Golden Globe Awards acceptance speech by thanking his spouse, it was a befitting second.