S. Rajeswara Rao
|Also known as||Saluri Rajeswara Rao|
|Born||11 October 1922|
|Origin||Sivaramapuram, Vizianagaram district, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Died||25 October 1999 77)(aged|
|Genres||Indian film scores|
|Instrument(s)|| Harmonium |
Saluri Rajeswara Rao (11 October 1922 – 25 October 1999) was an Indian composer, multi instrumentalist, conductor, singer, and music producer known for his works predominantly in South Indian cinema.  Regarded as one of the finest music composers, Rajeswara Rao's works are noted for integrating Indian classical music in Telugu cinema for over half a century. 
In his recordings, Rajeswara Rao pioneered the use of light music in Telugu cinema. Rajeswara Rao's most rewarding assignments came from Gemini Studios, which he joined in 1940 and with which he remained for a decade. 
After leaving Gemini, he received an offer to provide music for B. N. Reddy's Malliswari in 1950; the songs were a hit. Vipranarayana (1954), Missamma (1955) and a host of other musical hits – more than a hundred in Telugu most of which won the National Film Awards for best film(s), and Tamil and a few in Kannada – followed. When Vijaya's Missamma (originally a Telugu film) was remade as Miss Mary in Bollywood, the film's soundtrack retained one of Rajeswara Rao's compositions. 
Rajeswara Rao's introduction to cinema came unexpectedly, in the form of Mr. Huchins' (of the Huchins Recording Company) visit to Rajeswara Rao's home district of Vizianagaram in 1934. A child prodigy, Rajeswara Rao could identify the Carnatic music ragams at age four; by the time he was seven, he was giving stage performances. Huchins spotted young Rajeswara Rao's talent, and took him to Bangalore with his father; there, young Rao recorded "Bhagawat Gita". Film producers P. V. Das and Gudavalli Ramabramham visited Bangalore and, impressed by Rajeswara Rao's singing ability, brought him to Madras. They cast him as Lord Krishna in their production of Sri Krishna Leelalu in 1934. The film was released the next year (1935) and Rajeswara Rao became a household name all over Andhra Pradesh.
Rajeswara Rao went to Calcutta (now Kolkata) to act in Keechaka Vadha, and met such stalwarts as Kundan Lal Saigal and Pankaj Mullick.  He became a disciple of Saigal and studied Hindustani music for a year, learning to play the sitar and surbahar. Rajeswara Rao had already mastered playing the tabla, dholak, and mridangam; later instruments were piano, harmonium, mandolin and electric guitar. He learned orchestration, and how to mix the sounds of different instruments.
Returning to Madras in 1938, Rajeswara Rao formed his own music troupe. He worked as assistant to Jayaramayyar for a Tamil film, Vishnuleela, in which he also played the role of Balarama and sang his own songs. He became a full-fledged music director on the film Jayaprada . He continued acting in Bala Nagamma and Illalu (in which he played opposite his singing partner, Raavu Balasaraswathi).[ citation needed ]
When Rajeswara Rao entered the industry, there was no playback system. The actors sang and acted at the same time as the orchestra played in the background, unseen by the camera. While he was making Illalu , the playback system became popular. 
Among the classical ragas, Rajeswara Rao liked "Mohanam" "Bhimplas (Abheri)", "Sindhu Bhairavi", "Kafi", "Kalyani", "Pahad" and "Malkauns (Hindolam)", which he used most frequently in his songs.
He not only integrated Indian Classical Music but also experimented with foreign music styles (Persian, Arabic, Spanish) in his Malliswari (1951 film).
People with love called him 'RA"SALURU"' (Juicy) Rajeswara Rao, as it was his compositions, which seemed to have made people to feel like eating/drinking sweet juices while listening to them.In other words he is capable of illustrating NAVARASA's (Nine Moods/Emotional states) with his compositions. His songs "Narayana Nee Leela NAVARASA Bharitam" and "Manavude Mahaneeyudu" from 1972 film Bala Bharatam stands testimony for this.
Whether it was "Mrogindi Kalyana Veena" from Kurukshetram (1977 film) or "Abhinandana Mandara Maala" from Tandra Paparayudu (film) he always has shown authenticity in his mark compositions. His two assistants (for over four decades), Rajagopal and Krishnan – both well-versed in classical music – were an asset to him.[ citation needed ]
Never compromised with self respect, known for his sensitive nature, he walked away from many projects, similar to Daana Veera Soora Karna film.
At times, he only whispered saying " Vaari ki Vaare Kaavali, Memu Avasaramu Ledu". So much of depth in those words from this Bengali Ras Malai.It is Sour Curry time!. He was one of the music directors to make use of Persian music in Indian film compositions.
Rao was born in the village of Sivaramapuram, near Salur in Vizianagaram district (formerly Srikakulam district), Andhra Pradesh, India. His father, Sanyasi Raju, was a famous mridangam player at concerts performed by Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu and also a lyricist. [ citation needed ]
Rajeswara Rao was married to Rajeswari Devi; the couple had five sons and four daughters. His eldest son, Saluri Ramalingeswara Rao, was a piano and electric-organ player in South India. His second son, Saluri Poornachandra Rao, was a guitarist. His third and fourth sons, Saluri Vasu Rao and Saluri Koteswara Rao (Koti), are also music directors in the Telugu film industry. Rajeswara Rao's youngest son, Saluri Koti Durga Prasad, is not associated with the film industry. His daughters are Ramadevi, Mangamma, Kousalya, and Vijayalakshmi. Rajeswara Rao's elder brother, Saluri Hanumantha Rao, was a music director in the Kannada and Telugu film industry.
Rajeswara Rao visited the United States of America in 1981, performing at the Telugu Association of North America conference and the Telugu Literary and Cultural Association (TLCA).
|1935||Sri Krishna Leelalu||Telugu||Ch. Narasimha Rao||Actor|
|1936||Maya Bazar||Telugu||P. V. Das||Vel Pictures||Actor|
|1939||Jayaprada||Telugu||Ch. Narasimha Rao||Sree Sarada Rayalaseema Films Ltd||Actor and Music director|
|1940||Illalu||Telugu||Gudavalli Ramabrahmam||Indira Devi Films||Actor and Music director|
|1940||Jeevanmukti||Telugu||T. V. Neelakantan||Gemini Studios|
|1941||Apavadu||Telugu||Gudavalli Ramabrahmam||Kasturi Films|
|1941||Kamadhenu||Tamil||Nandalal Jaswantalal||The Madras United Artists Corporation||with Kalyanaraman|
|1941||Madana Kama Rajan||Tamil||B. N. Rao||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy|
|1942||Bala Nagamma||Telugu||C. Pullaiah||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy|
|1942||Bhaktha Naradar||Tamil||S. Soundararajan||Tamil Nadu Talkies||Background Score|
|1942||Nandanar||Tamil||Murugadasa||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy|
|1943||Chenchu Lakshmi||Telugu||S. Saundara Rajan||Tamil Nadu Talkies|
|1943||Dhaasippen||Tamil||Ellis R. Dungan||Devi Films||with Lalitha Venkatraman|
|1943||Mangamma Sabatham||Tamil||Acharya||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy|
|1944||Dasi Aparanji||Tamil||B. N. Rao||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy|
|1944||Bhishma||Telugu||Ch. Narayana Murthy||Bhavani Pictures|
|1945||Paduka Pattabhishekam||Telugu||K. B. Nagabhushanam||Gemini Studios|
|1947||Miss Malini||Tamil||Kothamangalam Subbu||Gemini Studios||with Parur S. Anantharaman|
|1948||Chandralekha||Hindi||S. S. Vasan||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy|
|1948||Chandralekha||Tamil||S. S. Vasan||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy|
|1948||Vindya Rani||Telugu||C. Pullayya||Vyjayanthi Pictures||with Emani Sankara Sastry|
|1949||Apoorva Sagodharargal||Tamil||Acharya||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy & R. Vaidyanathan|
|1949||Apoorva Sahodarulu||Telugu||Acharya||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy & R. Vaidyanathan|
|1949||Nishaan||Hindi||Acharya||Gemini Studios||with M. D. Parthasarathy & R. Vaidyanathan|
|1950||Aahuti||Telugu||R. S. Junnarkar||Naveena Films|
|1951||Malliswari||Telugu||B. N. Reddy||Vauhini Studios|
|1951||Mantra Dandam||Telugu||K. S. Ramachandra Rao||Sri Gnanambika Pictures||Background Score|
|1952||Priyuralu||Telugu||Gopichand||Bharathalakshmi Productions||with Addepalli Rama Rao|
|1953||Manam Pola Mangalyam||Tamil||P. Pullayya||Narayanan and Company|
|1953||Pempudu Koduku||Telugu||L. V. Prasad||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1953||Vayyari Bhama||Telugu||P. Subba Rao||Ajantha Pictures|
|1953||Vazha Pirandhaval||Tamil||T. R. Ramanna||R. R. Pictures||with G. Ramanathan|
|1954||Raju Peda||Telugu||B. A. Subba Rao||B. A. S. Productions|
|1954||Vipra Narayana||Telugu||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao||Bharani Studios|
|1955||Missamma||Telugu||L. V. Prasad||Vijaya Vauhini Studios|
|1955||Missiamma||Tamil||L. V. Prasad||Vijaya Vauhini Studios|
|1954||Vipra Narayana||Tamil||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao||Bharani Studios|
|1956||Balasanyasamma Katha||Telugu||P. Subbarao|
|1956||Bhale Ramudu||Telugu||Vedantam Raghavaiah||Narasu Studios|
|1956||Prema Pasam||Tamil||Vedantam Raghavaiah||Narasu Studios|
|1956||Charana Daasi||Telugu||T. Prakash Rao||Lalitha Films|
|1956||Mathar Kula Manickam||Tamil||T. Prakash Rao||Lalitha Films|
|1957||Aandi Petra Selvan||Tamil||B. A. Subba Rao||B. A. S. Productions|
|1957||Alladin Ka Chirag||Hindi||T. R. Raghunath||Jai Sakthi Pictures||with S. Hanumantha Rao|
|1957||Allauddin Adhbhuta Deepam||Telugu||T. R. Raghunath||Jai Sakthi Pictures||with S. Hanumantha Rao|
|1957||Allavudeenum Arputha Vilakkum||Tamil||T. R. Raghunath||Jai Sakthi Pictures||with S. Hanumantha Rao|
|1957||Bhale Ammayilu||Telugu||Vedantam Raghavaiah||Narasu Studios|
|1957||Iru Sagodharigal||Tamil||Vedantam Raghavaiah||Narasu Studios|
|1957||Sathiyavan Savithri||Tamil||K. B. Nagabhushanam||Varalakshmi Pictures||with Babu Rao|
|1958||Aada Pettanam||Telugu||Adurthi Subba Rao||Prabha Productions||with Master Venu|
|1958||Chenchu Lakshmi||Tamil||B. A. Subba Rao||Navayuga Films|
|1958||Chenchu Lakshmi||Telugu||B. A. Subba Rao||Navayuga Films|
|1958||Kadan Vaangi Kalyaanam||Tamil||L. V. Prasad||Vijaya Vauhini Studios|
|1958||Paanai Pidithaval Bhaagyasaali||Tamil||T. S. Durairaj||Marakatha Pictures||with S. V. Venkatraman|
|1959||Appu Chesi Pappu Koodu||Telugu||L. V. Prasad||Vijaya Vauhini Studios|
|1959||Aval Yaar||Tamil||K. J. Mahadevan||Sudarsanam Pictures|
|1960||Nammina Bantu||Telugu||Adurthi Subba Rao||Navayuga Films||with Master Venu|
|1960||Pattaliyin Vetri||Tamil||Adurthi Subba Rao||Navayuga Films||with Master Venu|
|1960||Petra Manam||Tamil||A. Bhimsingh||National Pictures|
|1960||Rani Ratnaprabha||Telugu||B. A. Subba Rao||B. A. S. Productions|
|1961||Bhakta Jayadeva||Telugu||P. V. Rama Rao||Lalitha Kala Nikethan|
|1961||Iddaru Mitrulu||Telugu||Adurthi Subba Rao||Annapurna Pictures|
|1961||Bharya Bharthalu||Telugu||K. Pratyagatma||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1962||Aradhana||Telugu||V. Madhusudhana Rao||Jagapathi Art Productions|
|1962||Vikramaadhithan||Tamil||T. R. Raghunath & N. S. Ramadas||Jaya Bharat Productions|
|1962||Bhishma||Telugu||B. A. Subba Rao||B. A. S. Productions|
|1962||Kula Gothralu||Telugu||K. Pratyagatma||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1963||Chaduvukunna Ammayilu||Telugu||Adurthi Subba Rao||Annapurna Pictures|
|1964||Amara Shilpi Jakkanna||Telugu||B. S. Ranga||Vikram Studios|
|1964||Amarashilpi Jakanachari||Kannada||B. S. Ranga||Vikram Studios|
|1964||Bobbili Yuddham||Telugu||C. Seetaram||Republic Productions|
|1964||Desa Drohulu||Telugu||Bolla Subba Rao||Sri Rama Pictures|
|1964||Doctor Chakravarti||Telugu||Adurthi Subba Rao||Annapurna Pictures|
|1964||Mahiravana||Telugu||B. A. Subba Rao|
|1964||Manchi Manishi||Telugu||K. Pratyagatma||Chaya Chitra||with T. Chalapathi Rao|
|1964||Pooja Phalam||Telugu||B. N. Reddy||Sri Sambu Pictures|
|1964||Sirpiyin Selvan||Tamil||B. S. Ranga||Vikram Studios|
|1965||Aatma Gowravam||Telugu||K. Viswanath||Annapurna Pictures|
|1965||Dorikithe Dongalu||Telugu||P. Subrahmanyam||Chandamama Films|
|1966||Aatma Gowravam||Telugu||K. Viswanath||Annapurna Pictures|
|1966||Bala Nagamma||Kannada||P. R. Kaundinya||Sanathana Kalamandira|
|1966||Chilaka Gorinka||Telugu||K. Pratyagatma|
|1966||Palnati Yudham||Telugu||Gutha Ramineedu||Sri Anurupa Films|
|1966||Rangula Ratnam||Telugu||B. N. Reddy||with B. Gopalam|
|1966||Sangeeta Lakshmi||Telugu||Giduturi Suryam||Seetaramanjaneya Pictures|
|1967||Bhakta Prahlada||Tamil||Chitrapu Narayana Rao||AVM Productions|
|1967||Bhakta Prahlada||Telugu||Chitrapu Narayana Rao||AVM Productions|
|1967||Gruhalakshmi||Telugu||P. S. Ramakrishna Rao||Bharani Studios|
|1967||Pula Rangadu||Telugu||Adurthi Subba Rao||Annapurna Pictures|
|1967||Vasantha Sena||Telugu||B. S. Ranga||Vikram Studios|
|1968||Bangaru Panjaram||Telugu||B. N. Reddy||Vijaya Vauhini Studios||with B. Gopalam|
|1968||Veeranjaneya||Telugu||Kamalakara Kameswara Rao|
|1969||Aatmiyulu||Telugu||V. Madhusudhana Rao||Saradhi Studios|
|1969||Aadarsa Kutumbam||Telugu||K. Pratyagatma||Prasad Art Pictures|
|1969||Bhale Basava||Kannada||B. S. Ranga||Vikram Productions|
|1970||Chitti Chellelu||Telugu||M. Krishnan Nair||AVM Productions|
|1970||Desamante Manushuloyi||Telugu||C. S. Rao|
|1970||Jai Jawan||Telugu||D. Yoganand||Navayuga Films|
|1971||Amaayakuraalu||Telugu||V. Madhusudhana Rao||Annapurna Pictures|
|1971||Pavitra Bandham||Telugu||V. Madhusudhana Rao||Venus Pictures & Ashok Movies|
|1971||Ramalayam||Telugu||K. Babu Rao||with Ghantasala|
|1972||Neeti-Nijayiti||Telugu||Singeetam Srinivasa Rao|
|1972||Bala Baratham||Tamil||Kamalakara Kameswara Rao|
|1972||Bala Bharatha||Kannada||Kamalakara Kameswara Rao|
|1972||Bala Bharatam||Telugu||Kamalakara Kameswara Rao|
|1972||Bal Mahabharat||Hindi||Kamalakara Kameswara Rao|
|1972||Kalam Marindi||Telugu||K. Viswanath||Venus Pictures|
|1973||Mannina Magalu||Kannada||B. S. Ranga||Vikram Productions|
|1973||Neramu Siksha||Telugu||K. Viswanath|
|1974||Bangaaru Kalalu||Telugu||Adurthi Subba Rao||Annapurna Pictures|
|1974||Ram Raheem||Telugu||B. A. Subba Rao||Raja Lakshmi Combines|
|1974||Tatamma Kala||Telugu||N. T. Rama Rao||Ramakrishna Cine Studios|
|1975||Manushulanta Okkate||Telugu||Dasari Narayana Rao||Aditya Chitra|
|1975||Yashoda Krishna||Telugu||C. S. Rao||Premier Studios|
|1976||Dasavatharam||Tamil||K. S. Gopalakrishnan||Karpagam Studios|
|1976||Manchiki Maro Peru||Telugu||C. S. Rao||Sree Ramakrishna Films|
|1976||Manushulanta Okkate||Telugu||Dasari Narayana Rao||Aditya Chitra|
|1977||Kurukshetram||Telugu||Kamalakara Kameswara Rao||Madhavi Padmalaya Combines|
|1978||Devadasu Malli Puttadu||Telugu||Dasari Narayana Rao||Devi Art Productions|
|1978||Sneha Sedu||Kannada||V. Madhusudhana Rao||Maheeja Films|
|1980||Sri Vinayaka Vijayamu||Telugu||Kamalakara Kameswara Rao||Jaganmatha Arts|
|1980||Ondu Hennu Aaru Kannu||Kannada||V. Madhusudhana Rao||Maheeja Films|
|1983||Muddula Mogudu||Telugu||K. S. Prakash Rao||Maheeja Films|
|1984||Adarsavanthudu||Telugu||Kodi Ramakrishna||Maheeja Films|
|1986||Tandra Paparayudu||Telugu||Dasari Narayana Rao||Annapurna Studios & Padmalaya Studios|
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