M. M. Keeravani
Keeravani in 2015
Keeravani in 2015
Background information
Birth nameKoduri Marakathamani Keeravaani
Also known as
  • Maragathamani
  • M. M. Kreem
Born (1961-07-04) 4 July 1961 (age 63)
Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)M. M. Srivalli

Koduri Marakathamani Keeravaani (born 4 July 1961), professionally known as M. M. Keeravani, is an Indian music composer, record producer, singer and lyricist, who predominantly works in Telugu cinema. His accolades include an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a LAFCA Award, eleven Nandi Awards, eight Filmfare Awards, two National Film Awards and a Critics' Choice Movie Award. In 2023, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards Indian cinema.[1] [2]

Keeravani also worked for a few Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films. He is best known for his compositions in works such as Kshana Kshanam (1991), Gharana Mogudu (1992), Allari Priyudu (1993), Criminal (1994), Subha Sankalpam (1995), Pelli Sandadi (1996), Devaraagam (1996), Annamayya (1997), Zakhm (1998), Student No.1 (2001), Jism (2003), Paheli (2005), Sri Ramadasu (2006), Magadheera (2009), Eega (2012), Baahubali (2015 and 2017), and RRR (2022), as well as his collaborations with K. Raghavendra Rao, Mahesh Bhatt, and S. S. Rajamouli.[3][4] Most of his compositions were brought to life by singers S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and K. S. Chithra. [5]

Early and personal life

Keeravaani was born in a Telugu family to lyricist and screenwriter Koduri Siva Shakthi Datta, in Kovvur of West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.[6][3] He is the cousin of director S. S. Rajamouli, music composers M. M. Srilekha, Kalyani Malik, and writer S. S. Kanchi. He is the nephew of screenwriter V. Vijayendra Prasad.[6]

His wife M. M. Srivalli works as a line producer in films. His elder son, Kaala Bhairava, is a singer and has sung for his father's numerous compositions ("Dandalayya" song and Naatu Naatu). His younger son, Sri Simha, made his debut with Mathu Vadalara (2019).[6]


Keeravani first began his career as an assistant music director with Telugu composer K. Chakravarthy and Malayalam composer C. Rajamani in 1987.[7] He assisted in movies such as Collectorgari Abbayi and Bharathamlo Arjunudu in the late 1980s. During this time, he also sought the guidance of the veteran lyricist Veturi for over a year.[8]

Keeravani's first big break as an independent musician came with the film Kalki in 1990, but the film never got released and the soundtrack also went unnoticed.[3] It was director Mouli's 1990 film Manasu Mamatha that brought him to the limelight and was considered his first released movie. However, it was Ram Gopal Varma's blockbuster film Kshana Kshanam (1991) that made Keeravani an established music director.[3] All the songs of this movie went on to become top chartbusters and Keeravani was flooded with offers from all across south Indian film industries. His first major Hindi film was Criminal (1994).[9]

Keeravani mentions Ilaiyaraaja, John Williams and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as composers who influenced him. Some of the films which inspired his music include Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Coming to America (1988), and Phone Booth (2002).[10]


Main article: M. M. Keeravani discography

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by M. M. Keeravani

Keeravani won the Oscar for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Naatu Naatu" for the 2022 Telugu film RRR.[11] He received a National Film Award for Best Music Direction for the 1997 Telugu film Annamayya. He is also a recipient of eight Filmfare Awards, eleven Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award.[12] He was also nominated for Saturn Award for Best Music for Baahubali: The Beginning (2015).[13][4]

See also


  1. ^ Aparna Banerjea (25 January 2023). "Padma Awards 2023 | 'RRR' fame composer MM Keeravaani honoured with Padma Shri". Moneycontrol.com. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  2. ^ "M.M. Keeravani: Maestro of Melodies in Indian Cinema - Today National…". 29 December 2023. Archived from the original on 29 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d "MM Keeravani turns 58: Peppy chartbusters composed by the legendary Pan-Indian musician". The Times of India. 4 July 2019. Archived from the original on 6 August 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Golden Globes 2023: Naatu Naatu's Pan-Indian 'mystery composer' and his six iconic Hindi film songs". Moneycontrol.com. 11 January 2023. Archived from the original on 11 January 2023. Retrieved 11 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Mukti Arts Artists details". riverbend. 22 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Keeravani: సాహోరే... కీరవాణీ". Eenadu (in Telugu). 22 January 2022. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  7. ^ "Interview with composer Keeravani | Onam Special Programme". Archived from the original on 24 May 2022. Retrieved 24 May 2022 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Stars : Star Interviews : Interview with M M Keeravani Archived 13 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Keeravani's music for a Bollywood film
  10. ^ "After winning a Golden Globe award for Naatu Naatu, MM Keeravani says 'My inspiration comes from John Williams, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan…'". The Indian Express. 11 January 2023. Archived from the original on 11 January 2023. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  11. ^ "M.M. Keeravani on 'Naatu Naatu' Oscars win: It's just the beginning of everything". The Hindu. 13 March 2023. Retrieved 19 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Keeravani presented Rotary Vocational Excellence Award". The Hindu. 4 November 2012. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  13. ^ The man in demand | Deccan Chronicle Archived 15 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine