K. V. Mahadevan

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K. V. Mahadevan
K. V. Mahadevan
Background information
Birth nameKrishnankoil Venkadachalam Mahadevan
Born(1918-03-14)14 March 1918
Krishnancoil, Nagercoil, present-day Kanyakumari District [2]
Died21 June 2001(2001-06-21) (aged 83)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Film score, Theatre
Occupation(s) Music director
InstrumentsKeyboard, piano
Years active1942–1992

Krishnankoil Venkadachalam Mahadevan (14 March 1918 – 21 June 2001) was an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician known for his works in Tamil cinema, Telugu cinema, Kannada cinema, and Malayalam cinema. He is best known for his contributions in works such as Manchi Manasulu (1962), Lava Kusa (1963), Thiruvilaiyadal (1965), Saraswathi Sabatham (1966), Kandan Karunai (1967), Thillana Mohanambal (1968), Adimai Penn (1969), Balaraju Katha (1970), Athiparasakthi (1971), Sankarabharanam (1979), Saptapadi (1981), Sirivennela (1986), Sruthilayalu (1987), Pelli Pustakam (1991), and Swathi Kiranam (1992).


A contemporary of M. S. Viswanathan and T. K. Ramamoorthy, starting his career in 1942 with Manonmani , Mahadevan scored music for over six hundred feature films, spanning four decades, and has garnered two National Film Awards, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director, three Nandi Awards for Best Music Director, and the Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu). [3] He was also conferred the title of "Thirai Isai Thilagam" (Pride of Cine Music Directors) in Tamil cinema.

Early life and career

K. V. Mahadevan was born in 1918 at Krishnancoil, a locality in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District. Father Venkadachalam Bhagavathar and Mother Pichaiyammal [2] K. V. Mahadevan, also called by his honorific name Thirai Isai Thilagam (lit. pride of film music), [4] did music composing for more than 50 years, beginning from 1942 till 1993.

Selected filmography






Personal life

K.V.Mahadevan, at the time of his death, was survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters. The famous son being V. Mahadevan, whose debut role was that of a Judge in the Tamil film Maasilamani.


K.V. Mahadevan died on 21 June 2001 in Chennai when he was 83. [5]

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  1. "Article on K. V. Mahadevan in The Hindu". 29 June 2001.
  2. 1 2 "Forgotten heroes of Carnatic music". The Hindu.
  3. "The Hindu : K.V. Mahadevan dead". Hinduonnet.com. 22 June 2001. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
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