Mano Murthy is a musician and composer mainly active in Kannada cinema industry.
Although his compositions in his earlier films were successful, he shot to fame with Mungaru Male, one of the biggest hits in Kannada industry. Before moving onto becoming a composer, he was an entrepreneur, having co-founded three companies in California. His latest venture, an IP security provider called Allegro Systems, was acquired by Cisco Systems.
Early Life And Education:
Murthy had nurtured deep interest in music since a young age. He used to play the drums when he was an undergrad electrical engineering student at UVCE, Bangalore University. He went to the US to do graduate work at the University of California, Davis and Stanford University.
He started his music career with composing music for the movie America! America! directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar. The songs of this movie became popular, most notable being the songs America America and Nooru Janmaku. He went on to compose music for the movie Nanna Preethiya Hudugi. The song Car Car of this movie was a big hit. He also composed the music for the National award-winning movie Preethi Prema Pranaya, and the super-hit Comedy movie Joke Falls. Some of the popular songs are Gandhavathi and Naguvina Loka Idu. In spite of these hit songs, his name remained relatively unknown in Kannada filmdom. However, Mungaru Male, which became the most successful box office hit in Kannada film industry earning Rs. 75 crores, bought Mano Murthy into limelight. It earned him enormous popularity and critical acclaim. Next came another super-hit movie Cheluvina Chittara (2007), which gave him much more fame and this movie grossed Rs. 30 crores. The quality of music and melody in songs make him the favourite choice of producers and one of the best music directors in the Kannada Film industry.