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A musician in the making

The incident at the college function paved the way for his foray into music as a composer and lyricist



Uday Kumar - Photo: C.V.Subramanyam

It was the annual function of Dr. V.S. Krishna Government College. A youth was singing a folk song. Though the song was fine, he was booed at by the other students as there was no connection between the lyric and the tune.After the programme, a B.Sc. final year student took the lyric from the youth and composed the tune for it even as he returned home in a city bus. The tuning gave new life to the song and it came in for all round appreciation from his friends and well-wishers. They predicted that he would become a music director and their words came true.

Meet, Rameswarapu Uday Kumar, an upcoming music director, singer and lyricist from the City of Destiny, who has been adjudged the 'Best Music Director' for 2002 by the AP State Film Television and Theatre Development Corporation Limited for the TV film, "Seethamalakshmi''. Uday has been a keen music buff from his childhood and a great fan of the legendary singer, K.J. Jesudas. It was, however, the incident at the college annual function, which paved the way for his foray into the field as a music composer and lyricist. He composed patriotic songs for the Bharat Vikas Parishad, the Bharatiya Vidya Niketan and Pravan Vidya Niketan. These songs were widely acclaimed and had won awards at the State and the national levels. He also composed songs for private groups, which presented by them on All India Radio.

Uday started the United Artistes Association in 1994 with the objective of giving an orientation in music to prospective singers. The association has turned out two guitarists, a keyboard player and a singer, who have already carved a niche for themselves in orchestra groups. He scored the music, wrote the lyrics and also sang the songs for 'Sri Saisha', an audio cassette on Sri Shirdi Sai Baba.

His other songs on which audio cassettes were released include: `Nyayavanthudu', (devotional songs on Jesus Christ), `Nilimalesha' (songs on Swami Ayyappa), for both of which he was the music director and singer. He also scored the music for `Bhakti Sudha' an audio cassette on `Kalki Bhagawan' and sang the songs along with Jyothi, Indira and Dwaram Tyagaraju for it. Uday has scored the music for two popular television serials - `Adadi' and `Seethamalakshmi', which were telecast by Gemini. He sang two songs for the films: `Na cheli gitam' and `Sri 40 plus', which are yet to be released. He bagged the first prize at the State-level among men in the `Navaragalu' programme conducted by Gemini in 1996. Playback singer, Usha, bagged the first prize among girls in the same contest. "Singing and music direction are my strong points. I will write lyrics occasionally,'' says Uday, who has learnt music composing from books. The present projects he has on hand are scoring the music for a television serial and a movie, the names and other details of which have not yet been finalised.'' I am fortunate to have the encouragement of my parents right from the beginning,'' says Uday.

His father retired as a lab technician from the King George Hospital in 1991. The financial constraints at home made him take up the job of a health assistant in the Malaria Department. He is trying for a transfer and shift his base to Hyderabad to be in close proximity to the men who matter in the tinsel town.

B. MADHU GOPAL

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