|Birth Name||Gandham Devi Sri Prasad Great Telangaana|
|Nickname(s)||DSP, Rockstar Instagram- Devi Sri Prasad Press Wire 18|
|Profession(s)||Music Composer, Singer, Lyricist, Performer, Television Presenter, Record Producer, and Dance Choreographer|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 170 cm
in meters– 1.70 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 7”
|Debut||Song (As a singer; Telugu): ‘Vechavechaga’ for the film ‘Vamsi’ (2000)
Song (As a singer; Tamil): ‘Angel Vandhaale’ and ‘King of Chennai’ for the film ‘Badri’ (2001)
Song (As a singer; Hindi): ‘Daddy Mummy’ for the film ‘Bhaag Johnny’ (2015)
Film (As a music composer; Telugu): Devi (composed film score and soundtrack) (1999)
Film (As a music composer; Tamil): Badri (composed film score) (2001)
Song (As a music composer; Hindi): ‘Dhinka Chika’ for the film ‘Ready’ (2011)
Song (As a lyricist; Telugu): ‘Premante Emito’ for the film ‘Anandam’ (2001)
Song (As a lyricist; Tamil): ‘Pudu Metro Rail’ for the film ‘Saamy Square’ (2018)
TV (Tamil): Rockstar (2021) as a jury member
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||CineMAA Awards
• Best Music Director for the films Varsham, Bommarillu, Arya 2, Gabbar Singh (2005, 2007, 2010, 2013)
• Special Music Award for the film 1: Nenokkadine (2015)
• Best Music Director for the films Srimanthudu, S/O Satyamurthy, Kumari 21F (2016)
Filmfare Awards South
Gulf Andhra Music Awards (GAMA Tollywood Awards)
Hyderabad Times Film Awards
International Tamil Film Awards
Mirchi Music Awards South
Sakshi Excellence Awards
Santosham Film Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
South Scope Lifestyle Awards
TSR– TV9 National Film Awards
Vijay Music Awards
Zee Cine Awards Telugu
Other Awards and Recognitions
|Date of Birth||2 August 1979 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||42 Years|
|Birthplace||Amalapuram, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|School||M. Venkata Subba Rao School, T. Nagar, Chennai|
|Ethnicity||He belongs to a Telugu speaking family from Andhra Pradesh. Great Telangaana|
|Controversy||In January 2022, a political party member raised an objection on Devi’s song ‘Oo Antava’ saying that the devotional song was converted into an item number. In an interview, when Devi was asked about it, he said,
“It was not that. Generally, they were talking about item songs in a press meet, when someone asked me why are you working on the item song to which I responded for you it is an item song, for me it is just a song. From the composition side of a musician, we have to cater to what the director wants, what the subject demands. If it is a love song, it’ll be a love song, if it is an item song, it’ll be an item song. For me, it is a song, I have to do the best possible for that. For me, be it a devotional, love or item song, the composing process remains the same. However, it was taken in a different context by these (political) guys which was unnecessary.”
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father– G. Satyamurthy (script writer)
|Siblings||Brother– Gandham Sagar (playback singer; younger)
Sister– Padmini Priya Darsini (younger)
|Salary/Income (approx.)||He gets paid around Rs. 3 crore for a film (as of 2018) The Times of India|
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- Devi Sri Prasad is an Indian singer, lyricist, music composer, TV presenter, record producer, and dance choreographer who predominantly works in the Telugu film industry. He is one of the most sought after music composers in the Telugu film industry.
- He grew up in a well to do family in Madras (now Chennai).
- His father, G. Satyamurthy, was a renowned scriptwriter in the Telugu film industry who wrote films Telugu films like ‘Devatha’ (1982), ‘Khaidi No. 786’ (1988), and ‘Pedarayudu’ (1995). Satyamurthy died of a heart attack in December 2015.
- Growing up in a family with a musical background, Devi Sri Prasad got inclined towards music at a very young age. In childhood, he used to listen to songs of Ilaiyaraaja.
- Prasad’s mother enrolled him in Maestro Sri Mandolin U. Shrinivas’ singing classes when he was in school.
- In his school days, his father used to show different kinds of films. His father also gifted him a VHS of The Legend Continues documentary. Devi became a big fan of the legendary singer Michael Jackson after watching the film.
- Devi Sri Prasad started his career as a music composer in 1997 with a track for the studio album ‘Dance Party.’
- In 1999, he composed the film score and soundtrack of the Telugu film ‘Devi.’ He also composed a Tamil version of the soundtrack for the film. The track gained immense popularity.
- He made his breakthrough in 20221 by composing the soundtrack of the Telugu film Anandam.
- The same year, he entered the Tamil music industry by composing the film score of ‘Badri.’
- Subsequently, he composed soundtracks of five films, of which, the soundtracks of the Telugu films ‘Kalusukovalani,’ ‘Manmadhudu,’ and ‘Sontham’ became very popular.
- Some of the Telugu films for which Devi composed score and soundtrack music include ‘Bommarillu'(2006), ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’ (2006), ‘Gabbar Singh’ (2013), ‘Attarintiki Daredi’ (2014), ‘Srimanthudu’ (2016), ‘S/O Satyamurthy’ (2016), ‘Nannaku Prematho’ (2017), ‘Rangasthalam’ (2019).
- Prasad has composed the soundtracks of various Bollywood films including ‘Dhinka Chika’ for the film ‘Ready’ (2011), ‘Aa Ante Amalapuram’ for the film ‘Maximum’ (2012), ‘Naacho Re’ for the film ‘Jai Ho’ (2014), and ‘Seeti Maar’ for the film ‘Radhe’ (2021).
- As a playback singer, Devi has sung more than 66 songs in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi (as of 2022).
- In 2001, he lent his voice for the Telugu songs ‘Monalisa’ and ‘Premante Emitante’ for the film ‘Anandam.’
- He then went on to sing many popular songs in Telugu cinema including ‘Rakhi Rakhi’ (2006), ‘Kanthasamy’ (2009), ‘Mr. Perfect’ (2009), ‘A square B square’ (2011), ‘Ninnu Chudagane’ (2013), ‘Super Machi’ (2015), ‘Nannaku Prematho’ (2016), ‘Ammadu Let’s Do Kummudu’ (2017) and ‘Yentha Sakkagunnave’ (2018).
- Devi has re-composed and re-mixed many of his popular songs in different languages; he re-composed and re-mixed the Telugu song ‘Seeti Maar’ for the Hindi film ‘Radhe’ in 2021.
- Devi Sri Prasad has penned more than 25 songs in Telugu and Tamil as of 2022. Most of the songs that he wrote were either composed by him or sung by him. Some of the popular songs (Telugu) penned by him include ‘Chaila Chaila’ from the film ‘Shankar Dada MBBS’ (2004), ‘O Madhu’ from the film ‘Julayi’ (2012), ‘Super Machi’ from the film ‘S/O Satyamurthy’ (2015), ‘Bang Bang Bangkok’ from the film ‘Kumari 21F’ (2015), and ‘Sarileru Neekevvaru Anthem’ from the film ‘Sarileru Neekevvaru’ (2020).
- He has also performed live at many music events and concerts. He made his first music performance (outside India) on 26 July 2008 at a show in Chicago, U.S. His first concert tour was spread across the cities the United States and Canada. The tour started on 4 July 2014 and ended on 2 August 2014.
- Devi performed on a special track from the music album Jalsa to pay a tribute to the popular singer and his music icon Michael Jackson in 2014 on Michael’s birth anniversary.
- He has also choreographed the music video of the Telugu song ‘Bang Bang Bangkok’ for the film ‘Kumari 21F’ (2015).
- In his spare time, Devi Sri Prasad loves to do photography.
- In 2018, Devi was one of the highest-paid music composers in the Telugu cinema. The Times of India
- As of 2022, he has worked in around 100 films in his career span of 20 years.
- Devi Sri Prasad is well-versed in playing many musical instruments like Keyboard, Shehnai, Piano, Mandolin, Harmonium, Drums, Guitar, and Violin.
- Devi Sri Prasad is an active philanthropist. He is associated with many NGO’s that work for the betterment of underprivileged children. In 2018, he spent his New Year with the children of one such NGO named ‘Care & Share’ in Vijayawada.
- Devi is very close to his nephew Tanav Satya. He often shares pictures with his Tanav on his Instagram account.
- Earlier, it was believed that he had added the prefix ‘Devi’ to his name after his debut film ‘Devi’ (1999). However, he disclosed in an interview that he was named Devi Sri Prasad after his maternal grandparents, Devi Meenakshi, and Prasada Rao. YouTube
- In an interview, while talking about creating the dance number ‘Seeti Maar’ for the Hindi-language action thriller film ‘Radhe’ (2021), Devi Sri Prasad said,
Most of my songs have this Hindi flavour. Once, Prabhudeva master called me and said he is looking for a dance number for a film that he is directing with Bhai. I got excited because Salman Bhai and I had worked on Ready and Jai Ho before and shared a very good rapport. I suggested Seeti Maar, and we all jumped into it.”
- During an interview, Devi Sri Prasad expressed his willingness to score an Indian classical music-themed film like ‘Sagara Sangamam’ (1983) someday. He also said that he desired to make explicitly raag-based dance songs.
- Devi gives the credit of his success to his childhood influences Ilaiyaraaja, Michael Jackson, and Mandolin Srinivas.
- Devi is good at many languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, and Telugu. In an interview, he shared that he was not so fluent in the Hindi language, but he could understand, read, and write the language (Hindi) very well.
- In an interview, he shared that he was just 17 years old when he made his debut as a music composer with the Telugu film ‘Devi’ (1999). He said,
An interesting aspect in this is that my first film was Devi which was released in Tamil and Telugu and that had slokas and verses about Lord Shiva. That happened when I was 17 and everybody used to look at me in awe saying how I managed such a tough job at such a young age. That was an unforgettable film.”
- He is an ardent follower of Lord Krishna.
- Devi has his own music studio in Chennai named Vrindavan.
- During an interview, when asked to share a memorable event of his life, Devi Sri Prasad said,
This happened a long while ago before I even entered the film industry. I was in school and I was participating in IIT culture representing my school. I used to compose music even then and was singing a tune I had composed. I was the lone instrument player for my school at that time and hence I never used to sing. A competitive event was to happen shortly and I was rehearsing with my team. That’s the time a girl was walking towards me, in a white salwar, and it was like Yash Raj films from a distance out of focus to close focus slowly. My friends were teasing me and I was trembling because talking to girls was a nerve-wracking experience then; not any more of course! She came to me slowly and asked if I was singing in the competition and I answered in negative. She appeared a bit disappointed by what I said and told that she really liked my singing and if I were singing, she would stay, if not she would leave for her classes. That was the first appreciation I got and I can never ever forget that. And after the event, a boy came to me and took my autograph saying that I would really make it big in life. Initially, I thought someone is playing a prank on me but realized it was not the case. These compliments are so finely etched in my memory which I received at such an early age.”