Best Kannada Folk Songs Music

Kannada folk songs have varied styles and they have songs meant for the baby as well as the adult. A list of all the popular hit Kannada folk songs with video are available online at Indian Folk Music

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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam


He was born as Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam into an orthodox Saivite family on June 4, 1946 in Konetammapeta (then in Madras Presidency and now in Andhra Pradesh). He is the second son in a large family of three sons and five daughters. His father S. P. Sambamurthy was a well-known exponent of Harikatha and his sister S.P. Sailaja is a former actress-singer in Telugu.

When he was 21, he fell in love with the daughter of the owner of the house he was staying on rent. His parents objected to their union as the girl was of same “Gothram” (lineage), as this was prohibited in conservative Brahmin families. They eloped and got married at Simhachalam, Andhra Pradesh accompanied by Ilaiyaraaja,Bhaskar,Anirutta and Gangai Amaren,who were his best friends.[1]His wife’s name is Savithri. The early days of the couple at Chennai was very difficult and tough. The couple have two children namely Pallavi and Charan, who have a production company named Capital Film Works. Charan’s voice almost resembles S.P.B’s voice.
Early days

Balu took to singing as a hobby during his childhood. He developed an interest in music very early in his life, and had studied notations and learnt to play instruments such as harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father. His father wished that Balu should become an engineer which brought him to Ananthpur, where he enrolled for the AMIE course in JNTU. Meanwhile, he also pursued his hobby and won awards at many singing competitions. From there he had identified as a good singer in annual, college functions where he use to sing and then referred and recommended by his friends for Madras, to sing.

In 1964, a Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation, organised a music competition for amateur singers. Balu won the first prize, and that proved a turning point in his life. Music director SP Kodandapani took him under his wing. Then offers poured in from Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies.

His band

Before he became a full fledged cinema singer, Balu was the leader of a light music troupe that comprising

Anirutta, who was working in Corporation and was the harmonium artist
Ilaiyaraaja who joined the group as Guitarist and then moved over to harmonium after         Anirutta became busy in his regular job
Baskar, Ilaiyaraaja’s brother who was in charge of Percussion
Gangai Amaran another brother of Ilaiyaraaja who was the Guitarist after Ilaiyaraaja moved   over to Harmonium[2]


Balasubrahmanyam made his debut in film music as a singer in Dec 15,1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a film scored by his mentor Kodandapani. He has sung more than 39,000 songs[3]since in more than 5 different Indian languages including Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam. However, he has sung most of his songs in Telugu. He holds the Guinness record for having sung the most number of song recordings by any singer (the record for a female singer is held by Lata Mangeshkar).

A gifted singer, he is highly regarded for his incredible vocal range, deep rich voice, and mastery of style, technique and control. These qualities allowed him expression across various genres of Indian music, and he has been highly sought after by many of India’s film music composers. His approach to singing is methodical; he perseveres to understand the full meaning of the songs that he sings (many of which are very poetic) and the settings in which these songs are couched in order to most effectively match their requirements with his vocal delivery.S.P.B., though was very young, started singing for many different language films. As he became very busy, at times he used to sing even 17 songs in 12 hours at the recording theatre. He has also sung in Sanskrit and some regard his pronunciation of this language to be very good.

He has performed both the popular and classical music of India. For example, the songs he performed in the films Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Rudra Veena were based on Carnatic classical music, and the song Umandu Ghumandu in the movie Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi was based on Hindustani classical music.

SPB virtually monopolised playback singing for more than 30 years in the Telugu, Kannada and Tamil cinema.His contemporary Dr.K.J.Yesudas monopolised the Malayalam music industry. SPB sang only a few songs in Malayalam. Although Yesudas’ voice was regarded more suitable for sad songs in Tamil, SPB also sang some of the evergreen sad songs in Tamil such as ‘Naanum unthen uravai’,’Nenjukkulle’and ‘Kuyile pudichu’. He hosts a popular TV show called Paadutha Theeyaga on E-TV, Paadalani Undi on MAA-TV ,Ede Thumbi Haaduvenu on ‘E-TV Kannada’ and ‘Ennodo Paattu Paadungal’ on JAYA-TV.


Music of Karnataka

Music is a universal art apt to transcend national boundaries. Karnataka can be proud of its contribution to Indian music. Gopala Nayaka traveled all the way from the south to become the court musician of Allauddin Khilji (1295-1315) in the north. He cultivated the friendship of the Persian musicologist, Amir Khusrau. Their discussion led to the development of new Ragas. These were incorporated in the treatise on music by a South Indian composer of the 16th century-Pundarika Vittala. The intermingling of the two cultures gave rise to the  two modes of singing-Uttaradi and Dakshinadi or Hindustani and Karnatic.

Karnatic music has a deeper understanding of ‘notal’ values and their inter-relations. This relation is established by Gamaka. Thus, taste for Karnatic music has to be cultivated. Tyagaraja is the most popular among the composers of Karnatic music. The music compositions, ‘Tyagaraja Gana’, ‘Valmikiya Kavana’ and ‘Agumbeya Astamaya’ are said to be unique for enrapturing the human heart. Tyagaraja has very respectfully mentioned Sri Purandara Dasa as one of the great composers of Karnatic music.

The credit for starting the Dasa-Kuta system goes to Sripadaraya Swamy of Mulabagal. He popularised Kannada songs all over the country as far as Maharashtra or Greater Karnataka. It is said that Gnaneswar has incorporated three Kannada songs. This system was continued by Sri Vyasaraya Swamy of Sosale. Purandara Dasa’s compositions mark the crowning glory of this system. He composed four lakh and twenty-five Kirtanas, besides hundreds of peculiarly Kannada modes of songs known as Uga-bhoga and Suladi. The tradition so gloriously established by him is being continued to this day by his admirers and disciples.

Karnataka has the unique distinction of being able to produce an unbroken succession of both composers and exponents. Kannada Musicians like Basavaraj Rajaguru, Mallikarjuna Mansur, Bhimsen Joshi, Hanagal Gangubai, etc have won an all-India reputation.

Latest Top Three Songs in Kannada Film Industry

Kannada industry is in a merry as its music charts are on the top with the latest movies songs which are swinging the whole kannada movie fans in full zing .

  1. The number one positin is occupied by the kannada super hit musical album “cheluvina chiththaara” which is ruling the cine charts of kannada music . music copser has lenden a good work for this album and the work came splendidly . the songs “ullasada hoo male”,”kanaso idhu”,janumada gelati” & “iralaare cheluve” are hit songs from this album .
  2. Then the film with the tittle Milana is in the second position . .this film has completed 3 weeks in the theatres and this is declared a musical hit .,. “ninnindhale ninnidhale”is the popular song and also “malle ninthu mele is also a hit song in this film .
  3. The 3rd hit film whose music is whooing all the fans is the film “munguru male”. Though this film has pccupied less film thetres its scintillating music is a cynosure to ears. Specially the song “anisuthude yaako indhu” which is sung by sonu nigam is ruling the minds of music lovers of kannada films.

The Top Five Kannada Albums

Cheluvina Chiththara: The sales of the album have been increasing steadily even after the film completed 100 days. Four songs have become major hits – Ullasada Hoo Male, Kanaso Idhu, Janumada Gelati, and Iralaaare Cheluve.

Mungaru Male: The album is still doing fantastic business though the film has been lifted from all the main theatres. Mano Murthy has pulled it off again, and all the songs have become hits, particularly Sonu Nigam’s Anisuthide Yaako Eno.

Milana: Mano Murthy scores again. Ninnindhale, Ninnindhale has become an extremely popular song.

Ee Bhandana: Yet another feather to Mano Murthy’s cap. Idhe Bhoomi is a highly emotional and melodious song which has all the makings of a chart-topper.

The album has generated interest because of the appeal of the film’s hero Ganesh. The film, awaiting release, has music by Hari Krishna who did good work in Jothe Jotheyalli and Snehaanaa Preethinaa.

Aptha Mitra – A Movie Par Exellence

Aptha Mitra – A Movie Par Exellence. Who says kannada movies are down and out? If you someone feels so, they should go watch Aptha Mitra. A movie that has proved that a quality movie with quality music can still prove to be a crowd puller. With the star cast boasting of Vishnu Vardhan, Dwarkish, Ramesh, Soundarya, Prema, Avinash, Satya, Shivram, Pramila Joshi and others, you could hardly go wrong with the movie. Top that with some scintillating music by Gurukiran, excellent cinematography by Ramesh Babu and you got one of the best movies in the Kannada Movie Industry.

So, if you have not already done so, spend a few bucks and go watch the movie! till then, listen to the music at