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23 Jun 1951 (Age 66)

Hamsalekha Biography

Hamsalekha (alias Govindaraju Gangaraju real name) (Kannada: ಹಂಸಲೇಖ) is a Music Director and lyricist in the Kannada film industry. He also wrote story, screenplays and dialouges for the movie.He has composed music for over 300 feature films and written lyrics for 300 odd feature films. He stormed Kannada music industry with his catchy tunes and racy lyrics through the movie Premaloka[1987]. His mother tongue is Kannada and his native place is Mysore.

Early career

Hamsalekha was born on 23 June as Govindaraju Gangaraju, he is married to Latha, who is an established playback singer. Hamsalekha was introduced into feature films by M.N. Prasad (director) through a chance to write for the film TRIVENI.His debut film as musician was the 1981 film Rahuchandra.But his popularity soared only after his association with Actor-Director Ravichandran, Premaloka, released in 1987 brought the pair together to unleash a musical extravaganza for kannada audience for over 12 years. There is not a single song by this duo which is not hummable except the songs from their last movie together "Ondagona Baa". Hamsalekha's style included traces of western music, Hindustani and carnatic classical music. His favorite actors include Dr. Rajkumar of Kannada film industry, Richard Burton and Marilyn Monroe, his favorite directors list includes Guru Dutt, Shantaram. Great contribution of magical guitarist Gopi B, helped him getting more success.He is well versed in playing Keyboards, guitar, piano, harmonium, percussion and good in vocal singing.

Later career

After Premaloka he became most sought after Music director and lyricist in Kannada movies.He literally ruled the Kannada music scenario of 90's with his back to back hits.Even his lyrics are top notched,praised by critics as well as audience.He tried almost all geners of music including western pop,rock,hip hop to Indian classical, folk, ghazals, sufi and item songs too.A ghazal composed by him in the movie Sparsha,Chandakinta Chanda sung by Pankaj Udhas was a huge hit which was praised by one and all. Over the past 20 plus years Hams (he is fondly called by his fans) has continued to give us songs on every aspect of human emotion ranging from a philosophical 'Le le marula' in Shaapa (story written by himself) to the naughty 'Kaayi kaayi nuggekaayi mahimege' in Halli Mestru. From patriotic 'Huttidhare kannada nadalli hutta bekku' in Aaksmika of Dr.Rajkumar(which became unofficial anthem of Karnataka) to evergreen love song 'Ele hombisile..' in Halunda Tavaru. He also composed the background score for a movie with just a single instrument and made the music for a movie Kona Eedaita with absolutely no musical instruments. His music in the movie Hagalu Vesha had a totally rustic and folk feel without the use of synthetic sounds.

Music+ Trust

    * Established in 2001.

    * Interaction with folklore experts of state.

    * Seminars on music and Literature.

    * Educative camps of folklore culture.

    * Fine tuning of folklore music collection.

    * Presentation of “LAHIRI”, a Desi Sing-n-Dance

    * Format of original Folk tripadi.

    * Celebrating “Ruthugala Habba”, every month with innovative folk formats.

    * Invention of “DESI NOTATION” , a unique music script for folk music.

    * Establishment of Desi Music School.

    * Establishment of Desi High School and College.

Desi Vidhya Samsthe

Hamsalekha Desi Vidya Samsthe established in 2004 - 2005. The free educational institution started with SC / ST and downtrodden children for 8th, 9th and 10th std in English medium.
Adaptation of DESI + syllabus
D - Dance, E - Expression S - Song I - Inspiration
The academics taught through Dance, Drama & Singing. Started Arts College in 2007 - 2008 for those who go for DESI Degree Courses. A land is allocated near Channapatna for "Desi Degree Residential College". He also runs a Musical class, where he is encourages and mentors young talented singers. His guidance and mentorship has realized today's popular music stars like Manohar, Gurukiran.

Desi Music Trust

Hamsalekha is all set to lay the foundation stone to his Desi Music University on the day of Kannada Rajyotsava on November 1. The University will be built with Rs. 120 crores in 50 acres of land at Mudhigere village near Channapatna in Karnataka.It has been recognized by Dravidian University of Andhra Pradesh has given recognition to this Hamsalekha College of Performing Arts.
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