Saturday, June 16, 2007

Engineer by Profession, Musician by Passion

What a engineer has to do with music? Well, that may seem a vague question for many. But not to this man. Some times its the sheer passion which drives people to excel in their hobby or as they say in Kannada Pravruththi. Here, I want to talk about a man who holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from one of the world's most reputed universities, Stanford. Well, he also has one an associate degree in music composition. He is the man who made blockbuster of a movie with his music composing skills. Yes, you guessed it right. I am speaking of well known music director in Kannada Film Industry or rather Gandhinagar, Mano Murthy, who gave a musical hit of this year by scoring music to Mungaaru Male.

Here is a man who made his mark in both the fields Networking as well as Music. He founded Allegro Systems, which was later acquired by Cisco Systems for $181 million in 2001. Previously, Murthy had co-founded Assured Access Technology which was then acquired by Alcatel for $350 million in 1999 and in the late 1980s, he and three associates founded Alantec to be acquired by Fore in 1996.

And when it comes to music he has got a many hits to his credit in Kannada Film Industry. This musical journey began with 1997 Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar film America America. One particular music score I would like to mention is the one for Yaava Mohana Murali Kareyitho Doora Theerake Ninnanu. Great lyrics by renowned Kannada poet Gopalakrishna Adiga and equally good music. Then again in 1999, he scored music for Nanna Preethiya Hudugi shot in a American campus. Car Car song from Nanna Preethiya Hudugi went on to become the biggest hit of the year. Ramesh Aravind starrer Joke Falls too had him as a music director. And then in year 2005 Amruthadhaare made to the hit charts. And come year 2006, there is Mungaaru Male, or shall we say the Monsoon Rain of Music. Every song of the movie is a hit: Anisuthide Yaako Indu, Kunidu Kunidu Baare, Onde Ondu Saari, Araluthiru Jeevada Geleya, Ivanu Geleyanalla, Mungaaru Maleye, Suvvi Suvvaali. Surely one of the great music directors Gandhinagar has ever seen.

All the best Mano Murthy for all your future ventures, be it be technical or musical!!!

To find out more about Mano Murthy check out the following links,1902,28502,00.html

1 comment:

  1. informative post ... now i got to know why Mano Murthy(California) is mentioned in credits.

    btw the u can mention about Shankar Mahadevan(a comp sci engineer turned musician) in this post.



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