Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thaman - Grandson of Ghantasala Balaramaiah (not Singer Ghantasala)

While I didn't really enjoyed the music of Thaman, I started to respect him after reading about him. He is the grand son of Ghatasala Balaramaiah who introduced Akkineni to telugu film industry. At the age of 12, he started working to run the family after his father passed away.

From Wikipedia

Thaman had worked with leading music directors was added to the cast of Boys after a successful audition in which he had to play the drums and went on to help out with the background score of the film.[2]
Originally named Ghantasala Sai Srinivas hails from an illustrious family connected to music. His father Shiva kumar was a drummer, who worked for 700 films for Chakravarthi, his aunt is singer P. Vasantha, mother Savitri is a playback singer and his grand dad Ghantasala Balaramaiah is a director and producer, Ghantasala Balaramaiah produced the film 'Seetarama Jananam' under the banner Pratiba Pictures which is the debut film of Akkineni Nageshwara Rao.
At the age of nine, he joined SPB, Ilayaraja's brother and G. Anand as a rhythm pads player and discontinued studies when he lost his father when he was 13. He was compelled to make his hobby into a profession to meet the crisis in his family.
He joined Raj-Koti team, worked for three years on 60 films and then joined Keeravani and worked with him for 3 years completing 30 films and also gained experience from Vandemataram Srinivas, Chakri, RP Patnaik and Devi Sri Prasad. However the most memorable period in his life is his tutelage under Mani Sharma with whom he spent six and a half years and worked on eighty films. On the whole he put in fourteen years of rhythm and keyboard programming with the veterans before branching out on his own.

About Ghantasala Balaramaiah:

Ghantasala Balaramaiah was born in 1906 in Pottepalem. He started his career as a stage singer. He produced the film 'Seetarama Jananam' under the banner Pratiba Pictures which is the debut film of Akkineni Nageshwar Rao. He directed the film 'Sri Lakshmamma Katha' (1950) and completed it within five weeks. He also acted in 'Sati Tulasi' (1936) and 'Ramadasu' (1933). He is the brother of Ghantasala Radhakrishnaiah.


  1. Chinna Kodalu (1952)
  2. Shri Lakshmamma Katha (1950)
  3. Swapna Sundari (1950)
  4. Balaraju (1948)
  5. Mugguru Maratilu (1946)
  6. Garuda Garvabhangam (1943)
  7. Seeta Rama Jananam (1942)
  8. Parvati Kalyanam (1941)
  1. Swapna Sundari (1950)
  2. Garuda Garvabhangam (1943)
  3. Parvati Kalyanam (1941)
  4. Mahiravana (1940)
  5. Markandeya (1938)
  1. Sati Tulasi (1936)
  2. Ramadasu (1933)

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