Noted Kannada composer Rajan of Rajan-Nagendra fame is no more – Times of India


Noted film music composer Rajan of Rajan-Nagendra fame breathed his last on Sunday evening. He was 87 years old. The composer, who had lost his brother Nagendra 20 years ago. The composer duo have lent music for around 375 films over five decades. While they have composed some of the most memorable music in Kannada, they have also composed for music in other Indian film industries including Telugu, Tamil, Tulu, Malayalam and Hindi, as well as for Sinhalese films too.

Rajan’s son Ananth informed media that he succumbed to a gastric disorder. Apparently, he used to complain of gastric related pain often and on Sunday, when he complained of the same when he went to sleep, it seemed like the pain was too much and eventually he succumbed to the same.

Rajan was working with his son Ananth after he lost his brother in 2000. Rajan and Nagendra have composed lent music for some of the biggest and most successful soundtracks, with them ruling the charts particularly in the 1970s. Some of their most successful soundtracks around that time includeNyayave Devaru, Gandhada Gudi, Devara Gudi, Bhagyavantaru, Eradu Kanasu, Naa Ninna Mareyalaare, Naa Ninna Bidalaare, Hombisilu, Bayalu Daari, Paavana Ganga and Giri Kanye among the others.

The brothers have been called the Kalyanji – Anandji of the the Kannada film industry and they have won multiple awards, recognition and honours for their works through their decades, including the prestigious Karnataka State Film Awards.

The duo has scored music for around 200 Kannada films and their most successful Kannada soundtracks have also been remade in Telugu, which they have lent music to and also won awards for.

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