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Reghu Kumar – versatile music director of Malayalam Film Industry

reghukumar1Reghu Kumar (Raghu Kumar; 13 June 1953 – 20 February 2014) was a noted music composer from Kerala, India. His compositions were notable since the 1980s.
Born: June 13, 1953, Kozhikode
Died: February 20, 2014, Chennai
Spouse: Bhavani
Albums: Collector
Record labels: His Master’s Voice, Bertelsmann Music Group
Film music credits: Boeing Boeing, Veendum Lisa, Hello My Dear Wrong Number, My Dear Lisa, Maya Mayuram, Collector, Aryan, Thalavattam

 

Early life

Born into a prominent Pootheri family at Kozhikode in Kerala on 13 June 1953, Kumar started training in Indian classical music with Carnatic vocal at an early age under the tutelage of Guru G.S.Sreekrishnan. Moved on to train in Indian percussion on the tabla under the able guidance of Guru Balasubramaniam (All India Radio). Fascinated by Hindustani music, started training on the sitar under Guru Vincent ( Vincent Master).

At the age of 15, Reghu Kumar debuted on stage as an accompanying artist for eminent musicians on Indian classical and Western percussion all over India. At the age of 16 he was a graded percussionist for All India Radio. He then graduated to grade ‘A’ music composer for All India Radio. Reghu Kumar made an entry into the film industry as a musician under the guidance of the eminent music arranger/composer R. K. Shekhar (Father of A.R.Rahman).

Personal life

He was married to actress Bhavani. The couple have two daughters : Bhavana, Bhavitha. He died on 20 February 2014, due to renal failure. Prasanna and Vijayakumar are his siblings.

Famous hits

Thalavattam
Hello My Dear Wrong Number
Shyama
Boeing Boeing
Maya Mayuram
Kanakkinavu
Aryan

Discography

Films

Visham
Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil
Aram Aram Kinnaram
Ponthooval
Onnum Mindatha Barya
Nadhi Muthal Nadhi Vare
Veendum Liza
Ithra Mathram
Pavam Poornima
Hello My Dear Wrong Number
Cheppu
Aryan
Ayiram Kannural
Manassariyathe
Amina Tailors
Kottum Koravayum
Aatta Katha
Kana Kinavu
Maya Mayuram
Shyama
Pouran
Subadram
Eswara Jagadeeshwara
Manasille Manpeda
Thalavattam
Boeing Boeing
Dheera (1982)
Collector (film)

Albums

Hari Narayana by S. Janaki (Magnasound)
Gana Pournami (HMV)
Sweet Melodies Vol.3 by K.J. Yesudas (Tarangini)
Festival Songs (Taragini)
Thulasimala (Tarangini)
Ehithira Thumpi (Audiotracks)

Courtesy :  Wikipedia & The Hindu

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