Happy Birthday Hamsalekha: Did you know that the real name of Kannada music icon is Gangaraju?
The prominent Kannada Gangaraju lyricist, popularly known as Hamsalekha, is celebrating his 70th birthday on Wednesday. Working primarily in the Kannada film industry, Hamsalekha is a household name in the state.
Over a career spanning more than three decades, Hamsalekha has worked in over 500 films. Known for introducing new talent to the industry, Hamsalekha is often referred to as the god of music.
The famous lyricist entered the world of cinema with the help of director MN Prasad and made his songwriter debut for the 1973 film Triveni. Since then he has come a long way and has proven to be one of the most prolific writers, composers and instrumentalists working in the industry.
On the occasion of his 70th birthday, here are some interesting facts about him:
Hamsalekha is not his real name
Although he is widely known as Hamsalekha, his real name is Gangaraju. He took the name Hamsalekha because he wrote with a Hamsa brand pen, offered by his teacher.
Hamsalekha is called Naadha Brahma
Hamsalekha is affectionately called “Naadha Brahma”, which means “the supreme God of music”.
Master of Experiments
Hamsalekha is famous in the Kannada music industry for his experiences with lyrics and compositions.
One of the most prominent lyricists in the Kannada films
The veteran lyricist has made a huge contribution to building the Kannada film industry. His introduction of folk with western music is much appreciated by all.
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National award winner
Hamsalekha is the recipient of the National Film Award and has won six Filmfare Awards in the Best Musical Director category as well as seven Karnataka State Film Awards.
Has worked in over 500 albums
Hamsalekha has worked in over 500 music albums. Some of his popular works include Premaloka, Chandakinta Chanda, Bangaradinda, Hey Hrudaya, Sone Sone, Choriyaagide, and Raja Raja, among others.
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