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Koduri Marakathamani Keeravaani, better known as M. M. Keeravani, is an Indian film music composer and playback singer, who works in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi cinema. He is also known by his aliases Marakathamani, and M. M. Kreem. He has recorded most of his songs with singers S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra. In 1997, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the Telugu movie Annamayya. He has won 8 Filmfare Awards, eleven state Nandi Awards and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award.
Keeravani was born into a Telugu family in Kovvur, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh to Koduri Siva Shakti Dutta. He has a brother who is also a music director and singer, Kalyani Malik. He is the cousin of director S. S. Rajamouli and music director, singer M. M. Srilekha. He is the nephew of Telugu and Bollywood film screenwriter and director K. V. Vijayendra Prasad. His wife M. M. Srivalli works as a line producer in films. His son, Kaala Bhairava, is a singer and has sung numerous compositions ("Dandalayya" song). For some time, Keeravani lived in the Raichur District of Karnataka before making a decision to move to Madras (now Chennai).
Keeravani first began his career as an assistant music director with the noted composer K. Chakravarthy in 1987. He assisted in movies such as Collectorgari Abbayi and Bharathamlo Arjunudu in the late 1980s. During this time, he also sought the guidance of the veteran lyricist Veturi for over a year.
His first big break as an independent musician came with the film Kalki in 1990, but the film never got released and the soundtrack also went unnoticed. It was director Mouli 1990 film Manasu Mamatha that brought him to the limelight and was considered his first released movie.
However, it was Ram Gopal Varma, Director, blockbuster film Kshana Kshanam (1991) that made Keeravani an established music director. All the songs of this movie went on to become top chartbusters and Keeravani was flooded with offers from all across south Indian film industries. His first major Hindi film was Criminal.
He is known for his playback singing contributions to the Telugu film industry with compilations for hit films such as Annamayya. He has composed music for Hindi films such as Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996), Sur – The Melody of Life, Zakhm, Saaya, Jism, Criminal, Rog and Paheli. In Malayalam, he has scored for films such as Neelagiri (1991), Soorya Manasam (1992) and Devaraagam (1996). He has composed for over 220 films in various Indian languages. M. Keeravani composed the music and background for the films Baahubali - 1 and Bahubali - 2
Awards : 1997 – National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Annamayya
Filmfare Awards :
1991 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) for Kshana Kshanam
1993 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) for Allari Priyudu
1994 - Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) for Criminal
1995 – Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) for Subha Sankalpam
1996 – Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) for Pelli Sandadi
2009 – Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) for Magadheera
2017 – Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Telugu) for Baahubali: The Conclusion
2017 – Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist - Telugu - Baahubali: The Conclusion
2015 - Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Baahubali: The Beginning
2015 - Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Baahubali: The Beginning
2012 – Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Eega
2010 – Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Maryada Ramanna
2009 – Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Vengamamba
2005 – Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Chhatrapati
2002 – Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Okato Number Kurradu
2001 – Nandi Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Student No.1
1995 – Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Pelli Sandadi
1993 – Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Allari Priyudu
1992 – Nandi Award for Best Music Director for Rajeswari Kalyanam
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards:
1991 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for Azhagan
Santosham Film Awards
2003 – Santosham Best Music Director Award for Gangotri
Priyaragalu - A. Kodandarami Reddy - Rayabaram Pampindevare
Gangotri - K. Raghavendra Rao - Kannitini pannitiga chesi
Vikramarkudu - S. S. Rajamouli - Jum Jum Maya, Dooranga, Jo Laali
Magadheera - S. S. Rajamouli - Naakosam nuvvu, Rolling titles music
Vedam - Krish - Rupai, Malli Puttani, Vedam, Ee Chikati Cherani, Alalai Kammani Kalali, Nuvumundhani Nemundhani
Shirdi Sai - K. Raghavendra Rao - Manava seva madhava sevani, Sadhaa nimbi
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion - S. S. Rajamouli Oka praanam, Kannaa nidurinchara, Dandaalayyaa
N.T.R: Kathanayakudu - Krish - Venditera dora, Ramanna katha, Rajarshi