Undoubtedly the No.1 music director of Kannada cinema is Gurukiran. His track record speaks. At the same time R.P.Patnayak who came to Kannada cinema from Excuse Me is also churning out melody and peppy songs like Gurukiran. RP's Akash Kannada film album has beaten his records in the past and he is very gentle in his admission that Jogi is his favorite album in films scored by Gurukiran.
Gurukiran on many occasion appreciated the work of RP and of course humbleness is not new to Gurukiran. From last two years Varamahalakshmi days his films have been splendid in musical scores. In 2004 Varamahalakshmi day his scoring for Aptha Mithra has given fantastic results and in 2005 the same Lakshmi festival day release of Jogi has beaten all the records in the audio sale. Then again for this 2006 Varamahalakshmi day Gurukiran's Gandugali Kumara Rama is set for release. This has been already hit in music.
Now both Gurukiran and RP have taken up big ventures. In Maasthi (this is the title for Maasthi it seems) starring Upendra and Fareen for Ramu Enterprises Gurukiran is scoring seven songs and equal number of bits with folk touch love story laced with underworld canvas. He is consulting the respected Kamsale Mahadevaiah in folk backdrop for his scoring.
RP on the other hand has picked up Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melidhe of director Prem. He is scoring nine songs and three bits. All the songs are Navarathnas says producer of the film Ashwini Ramprasad. All the songs would be hit and there will be stiff competition for the No.1 song of the album is the opinion that is generated now. RP's has gone international too with his album and turned director for a short film 22 minutes that was a silent movie.