Thaman is a music composer who composes music for Tamil and Telugu films in India. Despite debuting his film career as an actor in Shankar's Boys, he has since established himself as a prominent music director in the South Indian film industries. Ghantasala Sai Srinivas Thaman Siva Kumar, popularly known and credited as S. Thaman.
He is the Grandson of the famous director and producer Ghantasala Balaramaiah. He is married to playback singer Srivardhini.
Although Thaman entered the film industry as an actor in a supporting role in the film Boys, he soon turned film composer and became popular for his work as a music director. His debut film as music director was the Tamil film Sindhanai Sei, while his first Telugu film was Kick.
Personal life and career
He was born in Andhra Pradesh, India into a Telugu Brahmin family. He is the grand child of Ghantasala Balaramayya, director and producer, known for producing the Telugu film Seetarama Jananam, the debut film of Akkineni Nageswara Rao. Thaman hails from a family of musicians from Pottepalem, Nellore District.
His father Ghantasala Siva Kumar was a Drummer, who worked for seven hundred films, under composer, K. Chakravarthy, his mother Ghantasala Savitri is a playback singer and his aunt is singer P. Vasantha. Thaman is married to Play back singer Sri Vardhini.
At the age of nine, He joined S.P. Balasubramaniam, Ilaiyaraaja's brother, and G. Anand as a rhythm pads player, and discontinued studies when he lost his father at the age of 13. He was compelled to make his hobby into a profession to meet the crisis in his family.
He then joined Raj-Koti team, and worked for three years on sixty films and then joined M. M. Keeravani and worked with him for three years completing thirty films. He has also gained experience from composers like Vandemataram Srinivas, Chakri, R. P. Patnaik and Devi Sri Prasad.
He then spent six and a half years under the tutelage of Manisharma and worked on eighty films with him. On the whole he put in fourteen years of rhythm and keyboard programming with the veterans before branching out on his own.
Thaman was added to the cast of Boys after a successful audition in which he had to play the drums and went on to help out with the background score of the film.
He began his career as a composer with the Tamil film Sindhanai Sei, while his first Telugu film was Kick in 2009. Aagadu in 2014 was Thaman's 50th film as a music director.
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