Deva (composer)

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Devanesan Chokkalingam, also known as Deva, is an Indian movie composer and singer. He has composed songs and provided background music for Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies in a career spanning about 20 years. Many know his gaana songs, written mostly using Madras Tamil. He is known as the "Father of Gaana Genre" in the Tamil movie industry.[1][2]

Deva has composed music for many movies within a very short period. His first movie as a movie music director is the movie Manasukkeththa Maharasa in 1989. In these years he has composed music for more than 400 movies.[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

Deva was born to M. C. Chokkalingam and M. C. Krishnaveni in the year 1950, November 20th. Even in his childhood, Deva was attracted to the world of music. Teaming up with Chandra Bose, he did many musical programmes in stage. He started learning classical music under Dhanraj. Later he completed a course in Western music at Trinity College of Music in London. His son Srikanth Deva is also a music director. Deva's brothers are also music directors, formed the duo Sabesh-Murali. His nephew Jai is an actor.

Career[change | change source]

Before coming to Tamil cinema, Deva worked in the television field. In those days Deva's brothers were working in the musical group of Ilaiyaraja and other music directors as musicians playing instruments. His first movie, Manasukketha Maharasa, was released in 1989. He was then called to work on the movie Vaigasi Poranthachu. After the release of Vaigasi Poranthachu, his name became known throughout the Tamil community.[4]

So far he has composed music for more than 400 movies, which include Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. He is also famous for his compositions for religious movies. He was widely renowned for his music for Rajinikanth acted Basha movie. In 2014, Anirudh Ravichander chose Deva to sing a gaana song in his album Maan Karate and labelled Deva as the "father of the Gaana genre".[5]

Honours[change | change source]

Veteran music director M. S. Viswanathan awarded the title Thenisai Thendral upon Deva, for his contributions to Tamil cinema.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tamil cinema Data Base of actors,actress,directors". web.archive.org. 29 October 2006.
  2. "Find Tamil Actor Deva Filmography, Movies, Pictures and Videos - Jointscene.com". web.archive.org. 15 August 2011.
  3. "Deva tamil music director". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  4. "The Hindu : Cinema Plus / Cinema : my first break". hindu.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  5. "Maan Karate Songs Review – OnlyKollywood". onlykollywood.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.