He is a veteran of over 350 films (that includes the 250 films he had partnered with Raj).Son of the most popular Tollywood music director of 50's60's and 70's Saluri Rageswara rao's son.
He in his own words.....
I started my career much earlier, in fact even while I was in high school. For eight years I worked with V. Kumar and with Chakravathy. I have been composing for films for the past 21 years. My father wished that I should become a police officer.
The works of S.D. Burman, R.D. Burman and the rhythm pattern in Lakshmikant-Pyarelal's music inspired me. Of course my father's (Saluri Rajeswara Rao) influence is there on me too. But I will not blindly copy anyone. Much earlier in my career, I worked as a guitarist for R.D.Burman, Lakshmikant-Pyarelal and Bappi Lahari.
: Whenever I compose a melody, I feel as if my father is next to me watching my work. May be music is in my genes. Good music always emanates from the story.
I composed music combining melody with the beat without missing on the nativity aspect. Even when I take Western music, I combine it with our rhythm so that even the common man can understand its nuances.
There are many. My best mass number is the title song for Chiranjeevi's Mutha Maistry. But the song that won us (Raj-Koti) much applause was Priyaraagale... ' from Hello Brother.
Neither do I have, apart from the knowledge of basic ragas. A film singer need not necessarily be a pundit of Carnatic music, just the basics will do.
I have a daughter Babita and two sons Rajeev and Roshan. For a year and half they learnt the basics of classical music. Right now they are concentrating on studies. But they do compose and feed music in their leisure. They do it among themselves without my involvement. I do not want to force music on them. I give a free hand to decide their future.