Kannada lyricist Gangaraju popularly known as Humsalekha is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Humsalekha predominantly worked in the Kannada film industry and became a household name. Let us have a look at some interesting facts about the legendary musician on this special day.
The story behind the name Humsalekha:
Gangaraju chose the name Hamsalekha because he used to write with the pen of the brand Hamsa. This pen was gifted to him by his teacher.
Debut in music industry
Humsalekha made her debut in the Kannada music industry as a lyricist through the film Triveni. The film was written and directed by MN Prasad. Humsalekh continued to give hit numbers even after the release of this film. With a series of blockbuster numbers, he proved himself as one of the best songwriters, instrumentalists and composers.
Name Nadha Brahma
Humselekha is affectionately called Naad Brahma. It means supreme god of music. He was given this title for his music in films like Nenapirali, Preetse and others.
love to experiment with music
Apart from some brilliant compositions, Humsalekha is also popular for her experiments with songs and compositions.
Contribution to Kannada Music Industry
The veteran musician has contributed a lot to the Kannada music industry. His fusion of folk and western music enthralled the audience.
Worked on 500 music albums
In a career spanning over three decades, Humsalekha has featured in over 500 music albums. He has composed music for Premlok, Chandkinta Chanda, Bangardinda, Hey Hriday and Son Son. Humselekha has also composed the background score for Choriyagide, Raja Raja and others.
Humsalekha received the National Film Award for Sangeeta Sagar Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai, directed by Chindodi Bangaresh. He also received 6 Filmfare Awards in the Best Music Director category. Humsalekha also received 7 Karnataka State Film Awards.
Currently, he is composing the music for the film Raja Veera Madkari Nayak.
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