made the Lakshmi songs click?
Nallamalupu Bujji approached me to give me the offer. I think
it was Venkateshs decision to rope me in. VV Vinayak
has got pretty good music sense. They did not put any pressure
on me and gave complete freedom. I got lot of support from
Venky and we all worked in a cordial environment.
did the Lakshmi tunes evolve?
I am letting out a secret to you now. Generally, we give tunes
to the situation in films. But for the first time, I got so
much of freedom that I scored the songs first and then they
customized the situations and themes to fit in these songs
in Lakshmi. For example, there is no slot for Hey Satyabhama
song in the film, so they created an appropriate one.
is your contribution through Lakshmi album?
I introduced a male playback singer called Raju with Tara
Taluku Tara in Lakshmi. We arranged singing contest
for Relax film and I promised that I would make the winner
sing in my next film. Raju won the competition. I also introduced
another singer Sudha with Hey Satyabhama song.
kind of target listeners you have in mind while scoring music?
I never focus on various genres like class, mass, melody etc.
I am given creative freedom all the time. For me there is
nothing like a class song or a mass song. A song can only
be classified as a good song or a bad song.
entered film industry around 10 years back. But you scored
music only for 10 film. Why is it so?
I dont have the habit of approaching producers for music
chances. I like to score for those who approach me. But I
am happy that I accomplished so much with just 10 films.
is your comment on invasion of global music channels like
MTV and Channel V. How it affected the Indian public?
What I hate in these music channels is promotion of remix
albums. I feel that there is absolutely no creativity in these
remix videos. On the bright side, these music channels helped
us in watching and listening to the music from other parts
of the world.
you list down top songs in your film career?
Prema (Preminte Idera)
2. Traveling Soldier (Tammudu)
3. Bangalakhatam (Badri)
4. Manasemo (Yuvaraju)
5. Narazukaku (Johnny)
6. Pedavidatani Matokatundi (Tammudu)
7. Hey Cheli Manasulo (Relax)
Who are your favorite music directors?
Ilaya Raja, AR Rehman and SD Burman
is your contribution towards lyrics in your albums?
When I compose tune, I use some sample lyrics on my own for
humming. 90% of the times, my own words would be used in the
first two lines of lyrics of my songs.
you doing any video albums?
I did a video song called Neekevaru Lekunna for
AP Government to create AIDS awareness. I composed that song,
prepared storyboard and directed the visuals. This video would
be telecasted from 14th January in all leading TV channels.
Suddala Ashok Teja penned lyrics.
are a very energetic performer on the stage. Do you have any
plans to do stage shows?
Yeah. I am planning to do one in this summer.
you have any plans to direct films?
I have plans to direct films. Before that I want to establish
as music director at National level.
is your definition of music?
Music is the translation of beauty into sound.
are your future commitments?
Pawan Kalyans Annavaram and Sivaji-Ankita combination
are doing your fulltime in music. What happened your software
company Liqwid Krystal?
I was balancing music and work earlier. Then I found that
I should do music more as there is more fun in it. I am still
the Chairman of Liqwid Krystal. I do still provide strategic
guidance to the company.
you prefer your head tonsured all the time?
My wife loves me that way. I am doing this strictly for my
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