Saturday, March 24, 2012

'Ale' waves of love

'Ale' waves of love

A team of new director Adhath, actor Thanush and producer Kiran Reddy enter the Kannada film scene from 'Ale' Kannada cinema.

'Ale'...Waves of Love an action love story a journey film is going on the floor on Friday at Vinayaka Mandira at Dr MC Modi Hospital vicinities addressed the media on Wednesday at Green House Raj Milan.

The two pillars of this 'Ale' are music director Mano Murthy who is taking up his project accepted even before 'Mungaru Male' that was released in 2006 end. The other pillar of this film is 27 Hindi films cameraman south Indian AKN Sebastian.

Director Aduth graduated from Adarsha Film institute has worked on the script for one and half years. It is a love cum action with six songs. Talkie, action and song portions will be taken up one by one in three schedules at Bengaluru, Chickballapur, Kasargod, Yediyur and other locations. The climax will be held at Dharmasthala he informed.

Three journalist colleagues - Vijaya Baramasagara in dialogues, RG Vijayasarathy and Suresh Chandra in supporting roles are connected to this film.

Melody Ustaad Mano Murthy feels extra pressure because of the responsibility shouldered on him. We work to give a good film he says.

Thanush with good qualification from Roshan Tarneja Acting School in Mumbai makes debut. Ultimate Shivu is in his 75th action film. Five choreographers are doing the dance direction. Thanush is a relative of Mungaru Male E Krishnappa.

Talented and bubbly actress Harshika Poonacha getting good offers in Kannada promised to stay only in Kannada. Media has made me feel proud and 'Ale' will be definitely a neat entertainer she promises.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mano Murthy on Facebook.. Official..

Yes, It is is official..

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Paarijatha - Audio Launched - One of the 20 top songs of South

Parijatha Music- It Is Vintage Mano Murthy Special

'Parijatha' songs becoming chartbusters

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It is known news that recently the audio release function of the film Parijatha happened in grand style. Now, it is heard that the songs are becoming a craze. Buzz is that the number Oh Parijatha... which was rendered by Sonu Nigam and Nee Mohisu...rendered by Shreya Ghoshal are being seen in the top twenty chartbusters of south cinema. The music for the film is by Mano Murthy and this has Doodh Peda Diganth as the hero.

There is something which instantly attracts you in the audio album of Parijatha directed by Prabhu Srinivas starring Diganth and Aindrita. The songs composed for the film is in vintage Mano Murthy style- trendy, youthful, romantic and melodious- is a real treat for the music lovers who want contemporary music mixed with style and melody. All the songs of the album which are quite different from each other bear the stamp of this musical expert whose work has determined the success of many Kannada films. Infact it is Mano Murthy’s music which brought the musical content and its earning potential to the forefront in the Kannada film industry.

Parijatha has all the ingredients to make it a good buy to be placed in your library. Apart from the attractive cover that showcases the compatible on screen chemistry of Diganth and Aindrita (Lunar sandles company would certainly be jealous of the still in the cover design which features their two lovely brand ambassadors) the quality of songs composition and lyrical strength provided by talented Jayanth Kaikini and Kaviraj may be the major factor that may influence music lovers to buy the album.

My favourite song in the album is certainly Eh, Chadrika song rendered by Kunal Ganjawala. Ganjawala proves that his rendering added with a bit of style is sure to make a song a big hit. The joy and exuberance displayed through the song and its lyrics cannot be explained in simple words. Another song Nee Mohisu song rendered by Shreya Ghoshal (which has two versions in the album) is also beautifully composed. Shreya who is presently country’s best singer has played the song with a haunting voice in which the romantic and melodious overtones cannot be missed out. Sometimes you remember the famous Nee Naguva song in the film Manasaare, but still this Shreya Ghoshal song will also be the pick of the album.

I expected a little more from the title song rendered by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, but I don’t know whether my bar of expectations was little higher. But then I was told by Mohan of Anand Audio who have brought out the album that the song has been well picturised.
Well, I really do not know whether my opinion will change after I see the visual beauty of the song’s picturisation.

The mass song Hogolo was one song that did not appeal to me when I first heard, but I had to change my initial reaction when I replayed it along with other songs. The song is a real beauty considering its trendy lyrics and singer Vijaya Prakash’s absolutely ‘Damki’ Voice.

Huduga rendered by Rajesh and penned by Jayanth Kaikini is another good song of the audio. Rajesh has sung this song in his signature style.
I am told by Mohan that the response to the film’s music has surpassed his own expectations. Go for it and place the album in your library without fail.

(Write up by RG Vijayasarathy)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Music director Mano Murthy interacts with NELE students, a centre for homeless children

Music director Mano Murthy interacts with NELE students, a centre for homeless children

Noted Kannada Music Director Shri Mano Murthy visited the Narendra Nele (ನೆಲೆ नेले ) , a center for street children and interacted with the children. Every month illustrious personalities from different fields are called upon to interact with the children so that they are inspired to perform better in life. NELE is an initiative of Hindu Seva Pratishtan,a premier Social Service organisation in Karnataka.

Manomurthy with NELE students
About NELE
NELE (Shelter)  a project of Hindu Seva Pratisthana was started way back in August 2000 to provide residential car to destitute children. So far, 10 centres have been established 6 in Bangalore and others in Mysore, Tumkur, Shimoga and Bagalkote. Over 260 boys and girls have found caring homes in these centers.
Facilities provided to the children at NELE include:
  • Food, clothing and shelter
  • School based education, cultural education & social awareness
  • Sports, Music, Fine Arts, Sanskrit and Yoga
  • Awareness on health and hygiene
Nele is a street children project where the children who once were beggars, rag pickers or child labor are provided shelter.

NELE Narendra

Started on – 15-08-2000

– Giving Shelter to boys deprived of opportunities

 – In beginning Nele Narendra was located in Thyagarajanagar, then shifted to Timber Layout in Mysore Road and now to Laggere.

Present strength of children
 – 47

Classes in which boys are studying
 – 1st to 7th  Standard

School in which boys are studying
 – Veena Vidya Samsthe, Lakshmi Devi Nagara, Laggere
Address & Phone No. – Nele Narendra (named after Swamy Vivekananda’s Poorvashrama name), Opposite Veena Education Trust, No.9 / 2,  Main Road, Lakshmidevi Nagar, Laggere, Bengaluru – 560096,
Phone No. 9742426346

 – Nele Narendra (Known by the Poorvashrama name of Swamy Vivekananda) is functioning since ten years.   It started with 15 boys.   It was started in the house of Sri Gangadhara Shastri at Thyagarajanagar. Later on it was shifted to New Timber Yard Layout building of Sri Satish Goyal, a well-wisher of HSP and who was a trustee also till recently.   From 13th June, 2010 it was shifted to the HSP’s own building  at Laggere.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mano Murthy Nite - Bengaluru Ganesha Utsava

Kannada Melody nite by Mano Murthy featuring Rajesh Krishnan,Chaitra, Nandita,Chetan & Ganesha Ramesha comedy skit by Cine Artist Ramesh Aravind. Mimicry by Mimicry King DAYANAND.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Mano murthy talking about upcoming projects : Life Ishtene, Parijatha and Mr Duplicate

BANGALORE: It was December-end 2005. Music director Mano Murthy was getting ready to leave for the US. Suddenly, he got a call from director Yograj Bhat, who wanted to know whether Mano Murthy was ready to direct the music for his next movie, which he wanted to shoot with fresh faces. The soft-spoken music director told Bhat he would contact him after landing in the US. Promptly, Bhat got a call and for nearly eight months, tunes and lyrics were tossed about in discussions over phone and email.

The movie was Mungaru Male. While Bhat was busy shooting, Mano Murthy worked on the music. It was only during the re-recording stage that Bhat and Murthy met, and finetuned the music. Not even during the pre-release screening did anyone dream that Mungaru Male would be a trendsetter in Sandalwood. The rest is history.

While Yograj Bhat emerged as a director with a vision, Mano Murthy gave a new lease of life to the Kannada film industry with his excellent tunes.

Though settled in the US with his wife Lata Murthy, son Nevin and daughter Sonia, Mano visits Bangalore regularly for his music assignments. "I am not alien to Bangalore. I was born in KC General Hospital on January 13. I spent my life in Malleswaram till I completed engineering from UVCE.''

A visit to `Ashirvad', Mano Murthy's home in Sadashivanagar, gives a glimpse of his life and achievements. He stays on the first floor, while his 84-year old father Dr Y N Sathya Murthy, who was personal physician to the late Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar for two years, resides on the ground floor.

As you enter Mano Murthy's chamber, a huge painting hanging prominently on the wall catches the eye. It is done by his wife, Lata. The showcase is full of trophies and awards he has bagged, with a Filmfare trophy finding pride of place.

Mano Murthy did his schooling at Cluny Convent in Malleswaram, then joined St Joseph's Middle and High School, followed by National College, Basavanagudi, where he did PCM and joined UVCE to complete electrical engineering.

Mano was not a silent boy in his schooldays, and was quite intelligent in studies. "I had no patience to listen to the lessons. I enjoyed making strange noises in class and was often sent out often for mischief. I had a teacher called Ms Golmes in Cluny Convent. She liked me a lot. One day, when I wasn't paying attention, she took me to her room and locked me up. My grandfather, who picked me up from school, was surprised when he didn't find me and asked Ms Golmes about my whereabouts. The shocked Ms Golmes rushed to her room and released me, with sincere apologies to my grandfather. She had completely forgotten that she had locked me up for nearly five hours. She was very apologetic."


Mano had great interest in music right from his childhood. After getting admission into UVCE, Mano's father bought him a set of drums. "I started a band troupe called Sonics, and we performed at college functions. The lessons were self-taught."

His interest in music was so intense that whenever his parents took him to weddings, he would stand before the orchestra troupe, return home and play on tin boxes or table tops. "Listening to film music on Binaca Geeth Mala and Radio Ceylon was part of my life when young. That also inspired me to take to music."

A Hindi movie buff, Mano never missed a single Hindi movie in Majestic area. "As I was doing electrical engineering, we used to have boring drawing classes every morning. Class would get over by 10 am, after which we would bunk the next one and go to the movies. My all-time favourite star is Dev Anand. I have seen Jewel Thief and Guide more than 25 times. In fact, I want to have a photograph taken with him, and am trying to contact him through a friend."

Mano's date with Sandalwood began in 1996 when director Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar was in the US to screen one of his movies. He was also looking for new faces for his next venture, America America. "I met him and showed him some of my music albums and played some scratch tunes. He was impressed and asked me to work for America America. It was a big hit. Later, I did the music for `Nanna Preethiya Hudugi...' and `Car Car...' became a household song. In 2003, I produced `Preethi Prema Pranaya'. I never will produce a movie again."

Mano has directed the music for 23 movies so far, which include Milana, Cheluvina Chithara, Geleya and Ee Bandhana. The music of Pancharangi, directed by Yograj Bhat, is recorded on Latin instruments. Mano has a handful of films in hand, which include Life Ishtene, Parijatha and Mr Duplicate. He bagged the Filmfare award for Mungaru Male and Milana.


His better half, Lata, is a painter. They married in December 1979 in Malleswaram. "My grandfather and Lata's uncle were very close friends. He had told her uncle about me and asked them to meet me along with Lata. It was a casual visit with no intention of a wedding proposal. When they came home, I took Lata to Lalbagh and while returning home, asked if she was ready to marry me. She was shocked. Later, we told our parents."

Lata, an MBA graduate, has taken up painting as a hobby. She is also an expert in pottery and ceramic works. "One thing I appreciate in Lata is that she gives away paintings as gifts to anyone who appreciates the art. We have a collection of around 20 paintings at home. After composing music for Anisuthide and Mungaru Male, I made Lata listen to the tunes. I was wondering who was the best person to sing the songs, and Lata suggested Sonu Nigam's name."

Whenever Mano Murthy returns to the US, he carries a big bag of condiments, which include happala, sandige, raagi flour, hurigaalu and Dharwad pedha. "My wife insists that I bring these items from Subbamma's shop in Basavanagudi.''

For those who want to know more, Mano Murthy's full name is Manohar Murthy. "When I went to the US in 1982, I cut out `har' to make it easy for the Americans to pronounce my name. But despite that, they call me Mono or Myano!"


For me, music is synonymous with melody and is divine. It can bring back memories vividly. It is the best therapy for a healthy life. I consider it my life.

FOOD: Masala dosa, biryani, rajma and avarekayi saaru

PLACE: Mysore and Italy

FILMS: Jewel Thief and Guide

SINGERS: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha, Kishore Kumar, Rafi, Pt Shivakumar Sharma (santoor) and Zakir Hussain

POP GROUPS: Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, America


Mano Murthy with his son Nevin, wife Lata Murthy and daughter Sonia

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pancharangi Audio Launch - Amazing Album

Yogaraj Bhat's upcoming film Pancharangi audio was launched on Saturday, August 14, at Gold Finch Hotel in Bengaluru. Powerstar Puneet Rajkumar and singer Sonu Nigam unveiled the audio CDs and handed over to the guest, who shared the stage with them.

Raghavendra Rajkumar, director Suri, lyricist Jayanth Kaikini, music director Mano Murthy, actors Ananth Nag, Diganth, singers Hemanth Kumar, Chetan Sosca, Aindrita Ray and others were present at the event. Due to some reasons Pancharangi's lead actress Nidhi Subbayya couldn't make it to the function .

Sonu Nigam has been associated with Kannada film industry for so many years, but for the first time he has unveiled a Kannada audio. Speaking at the occasion, Sonu said," This is my first-ever audio launch function and I am glad to be here. This team is very close to my heart." He added, "Lots of passion is involved in the work and there is always a positive vibration when we're working together."

Puneet said,"I would like to thank Sonuji for coming here for the first time and I wish Pancharangi team a good luck and hope it will become an extraordinary hit"

Lyricst Jayanth Kaikini said,"Yogaraj Bhat is like a Sachin Tendulkar and I am like a Rahul Dravid. He gives a grand opening and we'll slowly carry forward. The songs have come out really well and hope it will be huge hit."

Raghavendra Rajkumar, Mano Murthy, Suri, Ananth Nag and other also shared their thoughts at the event and wished the team of Pancharangi good luck.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mano murthy records at state-of-the-art studio for Pancharangi..

he three years old Mallesh ‘Adarsha Recording Studio’ in Rajajinagar, Bangalore is the proud place today because of the installation of Rs.15 lakh sound equipments from Neumann. Berlin – German based Microphone Company. The Neumann Solutions and Neumann KH .500 sound boxes would make the Kannada film industry to get the state of the art sound quality that is all these days they were catching in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

For this Rs.15 lakhs best sound recording equipments Hansa Pictures of1947 – Kalpesh and Neelesh have joined the hands with Mallesh who is also known for Orchestra in Karnataka under Adarsh Melodies.

What is this new sound system would do? This equipment gives the crystal clear sound what AR Rehman Studio was giving to some of the Kannada films. ARRehman Studio was charging Rs.3500 per hour with little lower rang equipments but Adarsh Recording Studio in Bangalore gives the same quality of sound for Rs.600 to start with per hour.

Yogaraj Bhat ‘Pancharangi’ music director Mano Murthy came here to record for one hour but he was convinced that this top class quality based studio and recorded all the songs here in this studio.

That explains the standards set in by Mallesh to Kannada cinema film makers.