Bharadwaj (music director)

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Background information
Birth nameRamani Ramaswamy
Born (1960-07-03) 3 July 1960 (age 58) [1]
Ravanasamudram, Tirunelveli, India
Genres Film score, Background Score
Occupation(s) Composer, Music Director, Singer, Philanthropist
Instruments Keyboard, Guitar
Years active1994 – present

Ramani Bharadwaj known professionally as Bharadwaj is an Indian music director, composer, singer-songwriter, and music producer, predominantly known for his work in the Indian Film Industry including Kollywood, Tollywood & Mollywood. Bharadwaj is one of the top music composers of the Indian music Industry having scored music for more than 75 feature films, produced by big production houses including AVM Productions, Gemini Studios, Kavithalayaa Productions, AGS Entertainment, Sivaji Productions featuring top artistes like Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Karthik, Ajith Kumar, Vikram, R. Madhavan and technicians like Saran, Cheran, Thangar Bachan, Hari. He is trained in Hindustani, Western and Carnatic music and is a recipient of the prestigious Kalaimamani Award for the year 2008 from the Tamil Nadu State Government. Bharadwaj has also worked on several international projects including Hollywood films.

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Bharadwaj is known for contributing to the drama of the movie with his soulful Back Ground Scores. He is also widely appreciated for his melodious music, with proper show casing of lyrics, feel and musical wizardry. He is often credited as Bharathwaj, Bharadwaj or Ramani Bharadwaj in films.

Early life and family

Bharadwaj was born in Ravanasamudram, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu, but spent his entire childhood in Delhi. He did his schooling in DTEA, Mandir Marg & became a qualified Chartered Accountant. He had passion for music from the time he was a kid & pursued Carnatic music at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Delhi University, Hindustani Music at Shriram Bharatiya Kalakendra, New Delhi and Western Music at Delhi School of Music with the intent of specializing in Music.

Tirunelveli Metropolis in Tamil Nadu, India

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When he was 17 years old, he got an opportunity to compose music for All India Radio and Doordarshan. The overwhelming response & support he received for his Music Compositions, made him decide to take Music Composition as his career. He decided to pause his Chartered Accountant career & relocated to Chennai in 1986 to become a full-time Music Director in feature films. He is married to Jayashree Sankaran, a Doctorate Ph.D in Hindi Literature & has a daughter Janani Bharadwaj who is a Software Professional & a play back singer in Feature Films.

All India Radio International service of India

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Chennai Megacity in Tamil Nadu, India

Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre of south India. According to the 2011 Indian census, it is the sixth-most populous city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. The city together with the adjoining regions constitute the Chennai Metropolitan Area, which is the 36th-largest urban area by population in the world. Chennai is among the most-visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked the 43rd-most visited city in the world for the year 2015. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India. Chennai attracts 45 percent of health tourists visiting India, and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists. As such, it is termed "India's health capital". As a growing metropolitan city in a developing country, Chennai confronts substantial pollution and other logistical and socio-economic problems.


After shifting base to Chennai from Delhi, Bharadwaj went through the process of composing music for albums, short films, documentaries, TV serials, Radio and TV advertisements numbering more than 100 in each category. After an 8-year struggle, in 1994, he got a break in the Telugu feature film Sogasu Chuda Taramaa? & composed all 6 songs in the film including its background score. The film was a hit & won the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. Bharadwaj composed music & background score for 6 more Telugu films before getting a break on Tamil films, with Saran's Kadhal Mannan in 1998. The songs of this film became a chartbuster, with the song Unnai Paartha Pinbu Naan turning out to be a Classical hit which was celebrated by the audience for many years to come.

The list of winners of the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film:

Tamil language language

Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an official language of two countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore and official language of the Indian state Tamil Nadu. It has official status in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

Kadhal Mannan, announced the arrival of Bharadwaj to Kollywood loud & strong. This film was also the first of the Ajith - Saran - Bharadwaj trio, which went on to become a legendary combination in delivering hit films along with musical chartbusters until 2009. Post Kadhal Mannan, Bharadwaj was on a roll for the next several years charting out several chartbusters like “Satham Illatha Thanimai Kaeten” (Amarkalam), “Avaravar Vazhkayil” (Pandavar Bhoomi), “O Podu” (Gemini), “Apple Penney” (Roja Koottam), “Unai Naan Unai Naan” (Jay Jay), “Gnabagam Varuthey”(Autograph), “Kaadu Thirandey, “Siruchi Siruchi Vanthan” (Vasool Raja MBBS), “Oru Vaarthai Ketka” (Ayya), “Thaiyatha Thaiyatha” (Thiruttu Payale), “Meendum Palliku Pogalam” (Pallikoodam), “Margazhiyil Kuluchiparu” (Onbadhu Roobai Nottu), “Hey Dushyantha”, “Totadoing” (Asal), "Azhagazhagey" (Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal).

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Saran is an Indian film director active mainly in Tamil cinema. He was once an assistant to K. Balachander. He owns a production houses called Gemini Productions and Saran movie factory.

<i>Amarkalam</i> 1999 film directed by Saran

Amarkalam is a 1999 Tamil romantic action film written and directed by Saran and produced by V. Sudhir Kumar for the banner Venkateswaralayam. The film featured Ajith Kumar, making it his 25th film and Shalini in the lead roles with Raghuvaran, Raadhika and Nassar in other pivotal roles. The film opened in August 1999 to positive reviews from critics and became a blockbuster. The film was dubbed in Telugu as Adbutham. It was also remade in Telugu as Leela Mahal Center and in Kannada as Asura.

Incidentally, his 1st Tamil film Kaadhal Mannan , 25th Tamil film Attahasam and 50th Tamil film Aasal are all with the Ajith - Saran combination.

<i>Kaadhal Mannan</i> 1998 film directed by Saran

Kaadhal Mannan is a 1998 Tamil romantic drama film directed by Saran, which features Ajith Kumar and Maanu in the lead roles. The film also saw music composer M. S. Viswanathan make his debut in a supporting role, whilst Vivek, Karan and Girish Karnad also played other roles. The film was released in March 1998 to positive reviews.

<i>Attahasam</i> 2004 film directed by Saran

Attahasam is a 2004 Tamil action masala film written and directed by Saran featuring Ajith Kumar in dual lead roles with Pooja playing the female lead. Sujatha, Karunas and Ramesh Khanna play pivotal roles in the film, while the score and soundtrack are composed by Bharathwaj. The film went on to become a commercial success at the box office.

<i>Aasal</i> 2010 film directed by Saran

Aasal is a 2010 Indian Tamil action film directed by Saran. The film stars Ajith Kumar in the lead role, who is also credited for the story, dialogues, screenplay and co-direction of the film, while Sameera Reddy and Bhavana play the lead female roles. The film features an extensive cast, with Prabhu, Suresh, Sampath Raj and Rajiv Krishna playing prominent roles, among others. The film, produced by Prabhu Ganesan of Sivaji Productions, features music primarily composed by Bharathwaj, cinematography by Prashanth D. Misale and editing by Anthony Gonsalves.

International projects

Bharadwaj has composed music for the international animation movie The Legend of Buddha. The United States dub of the movie was released by Walt Disney Pictures and stars the voices of Dwayne Tan and Bridgit Mendler. The film was also presented for nomination to the 77th Annual Academy Awards (Oscar), for the year 2004.

In 2009, he composed music for the American Short Film Lucky Ducks.

Bharadwaj is also the first music director to conduct a unique concert called The Movie Musical where he composed the back ground score for the silent movie Shiraz {made in 1928}, and the same was performed live by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, in Singapore.

Thirukkural Isai: Oru Kurall – Oru Kural

This social project, Thirukkurall Isai, Oru Kurall – Oru Kural is Thirukkurall – The Tamil Veda, in musical form. Bharadwaj has composed all the 1330 Kuralls in light music form, that includes 38 chapters of Arathupal, 70 chapters of Porutpal and 25 chapters of Inbathupal. Each song begins with an introduction by an eminent scholar followed by rendition of the Kuralls by the singers and the meaning by a Tamil academician. This project has many firsts to its credit. All the top professional musicians of Tamil Nadu and talented Tamil singers across the world were a part of this global project. Each kural has been rendered by a singer chosen from across the globe. Musicians from various districts of Tamil Nadu, various states of India and countries like U.S.A, Canada, U.K, South Africa, Dubai, Australia, Singapore, France, Sri Lanka and more, have rendered a Kurall each. This project features the highest number of participants in a single album & is a world record. About 500 singers representing various categories of music like classical music, film/ playback, dance music and instrumental music have participated in this project.

This album proudly claims to be one of the longest running album running for almost 13 hours - Arathu Paal 3 Hours, Purat Paal 7 Hours and Inbathu Paal 3 Hours).

Thirukkural in musical form enables easy learning and memorizing by students. It is a known fact that anything set to music is easily recollected. By memorizing the Kuralls the students can apply the principles reflected in the Kuralls to their lives and have a strong foundation for a meaningful life.

Concerts and non-film work

Bharadwaj has traveled extensively all over the world and India to perform Live Concerts & Stage Shows. He conducted a Multinational Symphony Orchestra called the Symphony of Unity and Love with musicians from 23 countries performing under his direction, at Prashanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi. He had the privilege of composing music and directing a cross cultural fusion programme called Panbattu Sangamam for the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, show casing the music, dance and the traditional rural sports of Tamil Nadu. Bharadwaj has also composed thematic songs for Government of Tamil Nadu, and many social organizations. He composed a Theme Song for the Thamarabarani Mahapushkaram 2018 festival for the Thamirabarani River. In his spare time, he gives lectures, demonstrations on Film music in various Institutions, Film Festivals and Universities.

He has also been a Judge on Realty Music Shows on popular Television Channels like Jaya Tv, Zee Tamil & Shakthi TV (Sri Lanka) in addition to conducting / performing at live concerts & stage shows across the world, in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, U.S.A, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, France, Sri Lanka to name a few.

Awards and international recognition

Bharadwaj was awarded the Film Fare Award twice, for his work on the films Gemini & Autograph. Apart from this, he has received the ITFA Award, Cinema Express Award and many more such recognitions. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Kalaimamani Award for the year 2008 from the Tamil Nadu State Government.

His composition “Ovvavaru Pookalume” in the Tamil Film Autograph won the National Award for Best Singer and Best Lyric writer in the year 2004. Many Films for which he scored music has won the State Awards for the Singers and the Lyricists.

Bharadwaj Foundation, Bharadwaj School of Music

Bharadwaj is a very socially conscious person and through his non-profit foundation for Social Welfare, Bharadwaj Foundation, has built a Community Centre, Children's Park and facilitated building of 150 Toilets in his home-town, Ravanasamudram. He has also performed numerous Concerts to raise funds and to create awareness for Social causes. Bharadwaj is also the Founder - Director of Bharadwaj School of Music, a School in India dedicated to teaching Light Music.


Over his illustrious career that spans over 2 decades, Bharadwaj has composed music & background score for 75 commercial films in English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam & Kannada spanning across Hollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood & Mollywood.

YearTamil FilmOther Language FilmNotes
1995 Sogasu Chuda Taramaa? (Telugu)Debut as composer
1996Merupu (Telugu)
1996 Dongaata (Telugu)
1996Pittala Dora (Telugu)
1997 Oka Chinna Maata (Telugu)
1997Mangalya Balam (Telugu)
1998Life Lo Wife (Telugu)
1998 Kaadhal Mannan
1999 Rojavanam
2000 Parthen Rasithen
Sradha (Malayalam)
2001 Asathal
Pandavar Bhoomi
2002 Dhaya
Roja Kootam
Gemini Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Enge Enadhu Kavithai
I Love You Da
2003 Kalatpadai
Anbe Anbe
Jay Jay
2004 Autograph Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Kadhal Dot Com
Vasool Raja MBBS
Oru Murai Sollividu
Amma Appa Chellam
2005 Ayya
Mannin Maindhan
February 14
Anda Naal Nyabagam
Kundakka Mandakka
2006 Idhaya Thirudan
My Autograph (Kannada)
Thiruttu Payale
2007 Muni
No 73, Shanthi Nivasa (Kannada)
Vihari (Telugu)
Onbadhu Roobai Nottu
2008 Vallamai Tharayo
2009 Naalai Namadhe
Manjal Veiyil
Solla Solla Inikkum
Kathalukku Maranamillai No Theatrical Release
2010 Aasal
Kalavadiya Pozhudugal Released in 2017
2011 Nandhi
2014 Athithi
Azhagiya Pandipuram
2017 Aayirathil Iruvar

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