Susarla Dakshinamurthi

Susarla Dakshinamurthi
Birth name Susarla Dakshinamurthi Sastry Jr.
Born (1921-11-11)November 11, 1921
Pedakallepalli, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died February 9, 2012(2012-02-09) (aged 90)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • record producer
  • music director
  • arranger
  • conductor
Years active 1946–1984

Musical career

Associated acts

Susarla Dakshinamurthi Jr. was an Indian film music director, playback singer, record producer, Carnatic musician, multi-instrumentalist,[1] and an eminent violonist, known for his works in South Indian film industry, Hindi cinema, Srilankan cinema, and Hollywood.[1][2][3][4]

Dakshinamurthi is the grandson of Sr. Susarla Dakshinamurthi who belongs to the student clan of saint Tyagaraja.[2][3][4] He is known for his compositions in works such as Narada Naradi (1946) (music director), Laila Majnu (1949) (playback singer), Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1950) (playback singer and music director), Samsaram (1950) (music director), Shri Lakshmamma Katha (1950) (playback singer and music director), Sarvadhikari (1951) (playback singer and music director), Yaar Paiyan (music director), Santhanam (1955) (playback singer and music director), Jungle Moon Men (1955), (re-recordist and background score), Ilavelpu (1956) (playback singer and music director), Veera Kankanam (1957) (music director), Annapurna (1959) (music director), Krishna Leelalu (1959) (music director), Narthanasala (1963), which won the National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film, Shrimad Virata Parvam (1983), Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra (1984).[2]


Early life

He was born on 11 November 1921 in Pedakallepalli, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India to Susarla Krishnabrahma Sastry, who was a musician and teacher and Smt Annapurnamma. He graduated with an arts degree in classical music, and became a professional violonist at the age of nine.[1][2] He subsequently worked as Harmonium player for the label His Master's Voice in 1938. He then worked for All India Radio as A-grade artist in the late 1930s, and became the Director for South Indian region.[2][3][4]

Film career

He then moved to cinema and conducted music alongside C. R. Subburaman. He made Lata Mangeshkar sing the ever popular song "Nidurapora Thammuda", in his movie Santhanam. Samsaram (1950) movie is a musical hit film with ever popular song Samsaram Samsaram by Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao and A. M. Rajah in Telugu and Tamil languages respectively.[1] He then ventured into Hollywood, and became a re-recordist, and conductor for works such as Jungle Moon Men (1955), and several others by columbia pictures.[1][2]

Dakshinamurthy has produced hits tracks such as Challani Raja O Chandamama written by Raghunath Panigrahi.[1] He sang Challani Punnami Vennelalone casting Relangi Venkataramaiah in the film. His score for Narthanasala (1963) songs particularly Evari Kosam Ee Mandhahasam, Naravara Kuruvara (S.Janaki),Janani Siva Kaamini (P. Susheela), Salalitha Raga Sudharasa Saaram (singer: Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna) and Sakhiya Vivarinchave are forever memorable. Later he worked on musical hits such as Srimad Virata Parvam (1983) and Shrimad Potuluri Veerabrahmendra Charitra (1984). He then ventured into film production and has produced Mohini Rukmangada (1960) and Rama Sundari (1962) under Anuradha Movies.[1]

Later life and death

Murthi developed Diabetic retinopathy and lost vision in one eye in 1972 and the other in 1987. Murthi died at his residence in Chennai on 9 Feb 2012. He expressed difficulty in breathing when an ambulance was called in. That was only 5 minutes before his death when he said that he did not want to be taken to the hospital. Just as he had wanted he died at 9.30pm when the ambulance reached at 9.35pm.[3][4][5]

Selected filmography

Year Film Language Director Banner Co-Music Directors
1946 Narada Naradi Telugu
1949 Laila Majnu Telugu P. S. Ramakrishna Rao Bharani Pictures playback singer only under C. R. Subburaman
1950 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha Telugu Kasturi Siva Rao also playback singer
1950 Samsaram Telugu L. V. Prasad
1950 Samsaram Tamil L. V. Prasad
1950 Sri Lakshmamma Katha Telugu Ghantasala Balaramaiah also playback singer
1951 Sarvadhikari Tamil T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres also playback singer
1951 Sarvadhikari Telugu T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres also playback singer
1952 Valaiyapathi Tamil T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1952 Kalyani Tamil Acharya M. Mastan Modern Theatres G. Ramanathan
1952 Atthainti Kaapuram Telugu Acharya M. Mastan Modern Theatres G. Ramanathan
1953 Sujatha Sinhala T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1953 Daasi Telugu L. V. Prasad Rajyam Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1953 Velaikari Magal Tamil L. V. Prasad Rajyam Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1955 Santanam Telugu also playback singer
1955 Seda Sulang Sinhala T. Somesekeran Ananda Samarakoon
1955 Mangaiyar Thilakam Tamil L. V. Prasad Vaidhya Films
1956 Ilavelpu Telugu D. Yoganand Lakshmi Productions also playback singer
1956 Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum Tamil T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres
1957 Yaar Paiyan Tamil T. R. Raghunath Vijaya Films
1957 Veera Kankanam Telugu
1957 Baagyavathi Tamil L. V. Prasad Ravi Productions
1959 Krishna Leelalu Telugu Chandrasekhara Rao Jampana
1959 Ulagam Sirikkiradhu Tamil K. Ramamurthy Prabhu Films
1960 Annapurna Telugu V. Madhusudan Rao
1960 Aasha Sundari Kannada Hunsur Krishnamurthy Gowri Productions
1961 Pangaaligal Tamil G. Ramakrishnan Iris Movies
1963 Narthanasala Telugu Kamalakara Kameswara Rao Rajyam Pictures
1983 Shrimad Virata Parvam Telugu
1984 Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swami Charitra Telugu N. T. Rama Rao Ramakrishna Cine Studios


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Ilavelpu in Naati 101 Chitralu, S. V. Rama Rao, Kinnera Publications, Hyderabad, 2006, pp: 129-31.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Melodious tribute". 11 July 2008 via The Hindu.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Tv1 (10 January 2011). "TV1-SUSARLA DAKSHINAMURTHY INTERVIEW_1" via YouTube.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "ETV Talkies - Special story on veteran music director Susarla Dakshinamurthy Part 1".
  5. "Susarla Dakshina Murthy Passed Away". Retrieved 10 February 2012.
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