Tollywood singers

S.P.Kodandapani

SP Kodandapani (Sripati Panditharadhyula Kodandapani) is from Guntur district,
His father's name was Nandayya. and SP. Rajarajeshwari devi. He was the youngest.

S.P.Kodandapani  worked as an assistant to Susarla Dakshina Murthy later he did his apprenticeship under Maama K.V.Mahadevan before he became a full pledged music director and half of his movies were Janapada chitralu.

Kodandapani scored music for 'Janapada chitralu' and also for crime movies for heroes like ,Kantharao,Krishna and some for NTR and Sobhanbabu. Orchestrization of his songs was fast as well as melodious. He made effective use of the instruments like Tabla, Flute, Guitar in between the "charanam"s.

The music composed by Kodandapani in the late 60's and early 70's, in the songs like "vishala gaganamlo chandamama" from the movie "Maha Baludu"", "chiru chiru navuulu" from the movie "Iddaru monagallu", "Ennallo vechina Udayam" from the movie "Manchi Mithrulu" and "Thanivi teeralede" from the movie "Gooduputhani" and "Nee cheyee na cheyee" from the movie "Jathaka Rathna Midathambotlu" and in many more songs was simply superb and a decade ahead of those times.

The music composed by Kodandapani in the late 60's and early 70's, in the songs like "vishala gaganamlo chandamama" from the movie "Maha Baludu"", "chiru chiru navuulu" from the movie "Iddaru monagallu", "Ennallo vechina Udayam" from the movie "Manchi Mithrulu" and "Thanivi teeralede" from the movie "Gooduputhani" and "Nee cheyee na cheyee" from the movie "Jathaka Rathna Midathambotlu" and in many more songs was simply superb and a decade ahead of those times.

Particularly when we observe the song "chalada ee chotu" from the movie "Nenante Nene", the composition of the song was so unique .

 KODANDAPANI is similar to Ravi of hindi field. Ravi inspite of all his competitors gave beautiful melodies even in Junglee times and araadhana times. Listen to the songs of Waqt, Gumraah, humraaz you feel the same about Kodandapaani. 

As a Singer  For the first time, he rendered his vocals to a song called " Santhoshameela Sangeethameela" in Santhanam (1955). Jamunarani was his co-singer.He also sang for the movie Pandanti Kapuram. 
" Kanna Koduku (1961) was his first film. Before this, he composed music for several plays produced under the supervision of Padmanabham for REKHA and MURALI group.

People like Jaggaiah ( Padandi Mundhuku), Bavanarayana encouraged him a lot

He is the one who introduced our legendary S.P.Balu to Telugu Cinema Field with the movie Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. In the mean time  balu used to sing the tracks for almost all of kodandapani songs from 1964-65 onwards.


His Family

S.P.Kodandapani  was one of 5 children of SP Nandyayya.  The first one was S.P.Nagabhushanam, Second, S.P.Radhakrishna, then S.P.Kodandapani and then S.P Venkannababu. They have a sister who used to stay in Manthinavari palem near Guntur and she too passed away recently. Nagabhushanam  was not connected to the industry...But his son S.P.Ramakrishna is a leading make up man in Chennai.
Radhakrishna  started a film magazine in 1960's, later produced too then started a big chemical industry. He expired around 11 years ago. His son and my father, SP Rajaram, is a graduate of Madras Film Institute at Adyar and has directed many films like Samajaniki Saval, Muddai Muddugumma etc. S.P. Venkanna Babu one of his brothers  produced many movies with Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Rajendraprasad etc.


His son S.P Easwar is a successful Music director in Chennai and does a lot of TV work. He had composed music for some movies as well.

He is survived by his wife and 3 children, all not connected to the Industry.

S.P. Balasubrahmanyam shares details about his first solo hit experiences:
Intially Kondandapani gaaru wants Mohammed Rafi to sing the song medante medaa kaadu..., but then due to issues with accent, he decided to go with Ghantasala gaaru. The 'muhoortam' of the film Sukhadukhaalu was to start with a song recording with Ghantasaala. Ghantasaala got sick and sent word that he could not come. Then producer, Raghava, was furious with music director Kodandapani and others that this was allowed to happen on the muhoortam day. Kodandapani approached Raghava and suggested that there was a young man in the studio who can sing the song and if Raghava approves, the recording can proceed.

Raghava listened to SPB rendering the song medante medaa kaadu... and agreed for him to sing the song for the film. (Kodandapani gave SPB his first break in Sree Sree Sree Maryaada Ramanna, and SPB hung out with him a lot, working as an assistant. SPB named his recording studio and his film company after Kodandapani.) The Tamil film has music by Kumar who worked only once with KB. But the songs are all time great hits. But Kodandapani has used his own tunes for this film. which is also a great musical hit.

Balu has built  Kodandapani Audio Laboratories’ in his mentor’s name in Chennai. It is one of the most modern sound recording theatres in the country, Balu calls it his dream temple.

" Kanna Koduku (1961) was his first film. Before this, he composed music for several plays produced under the supervision of Padmanabham for REKHA and MURALI group.
 

puvulu puyunu padivelu                                           Gurivuni minchina Sishyudu  1963

E veena paina palikina raagam                                 Abhimanavantulu

O nindu chandamama                                               Bangaru timmaraju  1965
Naga malli konalona   

Alayana velasina a devuni reeti                                 Devata  1965
Bommanu chesi.. pranamu posi   
Arey.. khushee khushee chestene   
Toli valape.. pade pade   
kannullo misamisalu  
Bhalare dheeruda neevera
lalijo lalijo lalee lalee                                              Potti pleader  1966
cheekati vichchunule                                                 potti pleader  1966   
Emi ee vinta moham..aho...                                      Sri Sri Sri maryada ramanna  1967
neeve neeve.. neeve na daivamu                                Sri Sri Sri maryada Ramanna  1967

Okasari kalaloki rvaayya                                            Gopaludu-Bhupaludu 1967
kota loni mongada..  
chudaku.. maree antaga chudaku  
Enta bagunnadi.. andarani chandamama  
Idena.. taratarala charitralo  
uyyalo,   
maradala.. chitti maradala 
Manase andala brundavanam                                      Manchi kutumbam  1968
Neelo emundo emo   
Evaru leni chota  idigo chinna mata  
Preminchuta pillala vantu 
Guntalakadi gumma                                                      Nenante nene  1968
Nuvve nuvve nannu  
Chalada ee chotu radula ye lotu
Rama katha..Sree rama katha                                       Sree rama katha  1968
Madhava..madhava..nanu lalinchara                             Sree rama katha  1968
Natyame kalalandu                                                      Sree rama katha  1968

Idi mallela velayani                                                       sukha duhkhalu  1968
medante meda kadu                                                      sukha dukhalu  1968
Andalu chinde aa kalla lone                                           sukha dukhalu  1968 
   
Egire pavurama                                                             Jagat Kiladeelu  1969
Vela chuste.. sande vela

Eme oppula kuppa                                                         Maha baludu  1969
Ravela.. jagela?
Yetiki edureedaku..
Chudandi meeku nedu  
Magadante maja unna  
Visala gaganam lO chandamama

Ennallo vechina udayam                                                  Manchi mitrulu  1969
OrachUpulu chudaka munde   

Chintapuvvu erupu.. chilaka mukku erupu                         Inti gouravam  1970

Chirunavvu divve emannade                                             Jagat Jatteelu  1970
Amba paluku..   
Jonny jinger..  
Sogasaina mallepuvvu meeda

AmmammammO.. telisindile                                           Kathanayika molla  1970
Raa.. vennela doraa.  
Swagatam..swagatam   
komma chettu matuna   
Na vayasu sumagandham    
Andala bommanu nenu 
kilakila bullemmo   

Manchini marichi, vanchana nerchi                               Oke kutumbam  1970

Ramuni rupame mohanamu                                          Pellikooturu  1970

Chelee nee korika.. gulAbi mAlika                               suguna sundari katha  1970
Uhala uyyala nalo Ugenu ee vela                                  suguna sundari katha  1970
Lahiri.. mohana                                                          suguna sundari katha  1970
     
Pachhajonna chenu kada chusayyo.                            Jagat Jantreelu  1971
Nee mansulOki ravali kapuraniki.  
Hari Om hari Om anara.. 
Cheerio.. TATA 

Daya chudave gadida                                                   Jatakaratnam midatambhotlu  1971
Nee cheyi, na cheyi   
Chinnari ranee.. sirimalle puvvu         

kannulainA teravani..                                                    Goodu puthani  1972
Tanivi teeralede   
Veyyaku.. cheyyi veyyaku  
Pagalu, reyi panduga

Idigo..devudu chesina bomma                                       pandanti kapuram  1972
Manasa kavvinchake.. nannila                                       pandanti kapuram  1972
Babu..vinara (happy)                                                    pandanti kapuram  1972
Babu..vinara (sad)                                                        pandanti kapuram  1972
Eenadu kattukunna bommarillu                                     pandanti kapuram  1972
Evamma jagaaala vadinammo                                        pandanti kapuram  1972
Adi pade kaalam lone..                                                 pandanti kapuram  1972

Anuragala rasi.. Urvasi                                                  SabhAsh papanna     1972

Devee kshemama..devaravaru kshemama                       SAnti nilayaM           1972   

konda paina.. vendi vana                                               Inti dongalu           1973

Gandhi puttina desama..                                              Gandhi puttina desam  1973
Valape vennelaga   
Evarini adagali.  

Bhavaharanam.. gowri ramana                                     Mallamma katha  1973
Eesa.. mahesa..  

 Some of his Popular songs
1. "Devi kshemama" from the movie "Shantinilayam"
2. "Enduke Enduke Chandamama" from the movie "Aggimeeda Guggilam"
3. "Cheli Nee Korika" from "Suguna sundari katha"
4. " Okatai podama oohalavahinilo" from "Asthulu Anthastulu"
5. "A vuru evaru neevaru" from "Ukku Pidugu"
6. "Navaragamala virisindi" from "Pachani samsaram"
7. "Ennadu chudani Andalu" from "Jwala dweepa Rahasyam"
8. "Ora chupulu" from "Manchimithrulu"

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