38, Murugesan Street, Theagaraya Nagar
India 600 017
|Date of birth
||: 2nd June, 1943|
|Place of birth
||: Pannaipuram, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India|
||: D Ramaswamy|
Harmonium player, and guitar player (classical) since childhood.
Between 1961 and 1968, traveled with brother and mentor Mr Pavalar Varadarajan and two more brothers, and performed
20,000 music concerts across the the length and breadth of the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Megalopolis Bombay.
Assistant Music Director with Mr G K Venkatesh, a prolific Music Director, and worked with several other composers.
Composed more than 4000 songs and background music for more than 750 Indian films.
First Asian to compose Symphony (Symphony No. 1) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) of London.
Learnt carnatic music (South Indian form of classical music) and western music under the tutelage of several renowned
Passed successfully the classical guitar (Higher Local) examination conducted by the Trinity College of Music, London, with honours and gold medal.
Presented with the Best Film Music Composer Award, an annual award, by the Government of India in the years 1984,
1986 and 1988.
Presented with 'Kalaimamani Award', an annual award for excellence in the field of arts, by the Government of
the State of Tamil Nadu, India.
Presented with the Award of Governement of the State of Andhra Pradesh, India, for excellence in music.
Conferred the title 'Isaignani' (wisest in the field of music) in the year 1988, at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India.
Conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letter (Honoris causa) in March, 1994, by the Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu,
Conferred the Cultural Doctorate in Philosophy of Music, in April, 1994, by the World University Round Table,
Award of Appreciation presented in the year 1994, by the Foundation and Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.
Bestowed with the honorary citizenship and presented with the key to the Teanech Township, by Mr. John Abraham,
Mayor of Township of Teanech, New Jersey, U.S.A., in June, 1994.
Presented with the Award of Governement of the State of Kerala, India, in the year 1995, for excellence in music.
Conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letter, in the year 1996, by the Madurai Kamarajar University, Tamil Nadu, India.
Presented with the Lata Mangeshkar Award For Excellence in Music, constituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh,
India, for the year 1998.
other works :
Composed and conceived experimental albums like:
How To Name It?
Nothing But Wind
The aforementioned albums are very popular among music lovers around the world.
Written lyrics for many film songs and albums.
Composed musical score for the television docu-feature film 'India 24 hours', which was a tremendous success,
and was appreciated by Director Mr. Micheal Tobiaz and the viewers around the world.
Composed musical score for the 'Miss World 1996 Pageantry', which was a great success, and acclaimed by the music
experts and critics as a class of its own.
Composed the music for 'Ilayaraajavin Geethanjali', a devotional album in Tamil, an Indian language.
Composed music for 'Meenakshi sthothram' in the famous Indian language, sanskrit, written by Shri Adi Shankara,
the great monk philosopher of South India (788 AD to 820 AD)
Composed music for 'Moogaambigai', a devotional album in Kannada, an Indian language.
Composed carnatic 'keerthanas', and 'varnams' (South Indian classical form of music) titled 'Raja Lahari'.
Composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the devotional album 'Raajavin Ramana Malai' conceived to commend
the theology of South Indian sage and philosopher Shri Ramana Maharishi of Tiruvannamalai, a sanctified hillock in Tamil Nadu,
India. The philosophical lyrics of the above album has been well received and appreciated.
Author of the following books :
'Sangeetha Kanavugal' (My feelings and impressions during the concert tour to the Europe.)
'vetta veLythanil koti kidakkuthu' (My spiritual experiences.)
An avid photographer and the photo topics have been well appreciated by the top professional
photographers around the world. The critics have lauded the works as classical, creative and have observed 'to carry a philosophical
and spiritual touch'.