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Gurukiran or Gurukiran Shetty is a music director of the Kannada film industry in India He started his career as a music director of the Kannada movie "A", directed and acted by Upendra His music for his next movie Upendra further consolidated his position in Kannada movie industry He is a native of Mangalore and his mother tongue is Tulu He has also acted in several movies in side character roles and also sung several songs He is popular in Kannada cinema for his foot tapping musical scores


  • 1 Initial years
  • 2 As Actor
  • 3 As music director
  • 4 As Singer
  • 5 Awards
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Initial years

He was a class singer even in his School days at St Aloysius pry school in early 70s After completion of graduation in commerce from Mangalore University, Guru Kiran started performing in orchestras in and around Mangalore as a singer and a keyboard performer

He started off his musical career in 1994 as an assistant to the well known music director V Manohar well known music director and lyricist

As Actor

Gurukiran wanted to be an actor before he made his name as a Music Director in Sandalwood a euphemism for Bengaluru-based Kannada film industry Guru's first film was "Badkonji Kabithe" Life is a poem, a Tulu language film, which incidentally happens to be his Mother Tongue The Tulu language belongs to the Dravidian family of languages, and is widely spoken in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka State and parts of Kasargod district of Kerala Shanker Bekal was the cameraman of the film

"Nishkarsha," a film directed by Sunil Kumar Desai who is a well-respected name in the Kannada film industry, was the highlight of his acting career before he decided to concentrate on his first love--music

As music director

He had a chance to be a music director in "A" directed by Upendra Guru Kiran did his best, worked hard spent some sleepless nights to compose some fantastic songs for "A" His recent hit P Vasu's directed Apthamitra which again reinforced the power of Guru Kiran in the music composition Jogi released in 2005 was a mile stone in the career of Guru Kiran The film's album audio sales before the release of the film is an all-time record in the Kannada film industry This hit took him to Telugu Film Industry as music director for remake of same movieHe is also scoring music for Telugu movie Nagavalli, which is the remake of blockbuster Kannada movie Aptharakshaka

He has been involved in multiple music talent shows as a judge, including 2 seasons of Confident Star Singer on Asianet Suvarna He has also been a guest judge on shows like Ede Tumbi Haduvenu on ETV Kannada

For a more comprehensive list, see Gurukiran discography

As Singer

He had sung many songs in Kannada films in his own composition as well as others"Kanasina Maratta" song sung by him, is a big hit in "Banna Bannada Loka" Kannada film, Music Directed by Thomas Rathnam


Karnataka State Film Awards:

  • 2011 - Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director - Mylari
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • Pending—2012 - SIIMA Award for Best Music Director - Govindaya Namaha

Filmfare Awards South:

  • 2001 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Kannada - Chitra
  • 2002 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Kannada - Dhum
  • 2004 - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Kannada - Apthamitra

Udaya Film Awards :

  • 1998 - Best Music Director - A

Srigandha Awards :

  • 2001 - Best Music Director - Chitra
  • 2004 - Best Music Director - Apthamitra
  • 2006 - Best Music Director - Jogi

Other Awards:

  • 'Nava Yuva Prathibe' award for the best entry in the TV Industry for acting and Music1994
  • 'Chitra Premigala Prashasthi' and 'Indira Priyadarshani Prashasthi' award for 'Pavithra' and 'Jeevan Chakra'–Kannada TV serials1996
  • 'Aryabhata Award' for the title music of 'Balabeladingalu'2000
  • 'Kannada Chitra Premigala Prashasthi' for the film Chitra2001
  • 'Gandhinagar Prashasthi'& 'Suryodhaya Prashasthi 2002' for Best Music Director for the film Appu 2002
  • Gandhinagar Award for Best Playback Singer for the song 'Maathadu Saaku' in the movie Kariya2003
  • 'Chitra Rasikara Sanga award' for Best Music Director, for the same Apthamitra 2004
  • "Sri Rajiv Gandhi " memorial award for his excellency in music2005
  • "Sri Balindra award" for his excellency in music2005
  • "Karavali Mutthu" award for his excellency in music2005
  • "ETV Award" for his Best Music Direction, for the blockbuster hit – Jogi2006


  1. ^ "Guru Kiran's magnanimity!" Sify 3 May 2005 Retrieved 8 July 2012 
  2. ^ http://musicmazaacom/kannada/audiosongs/movie/Banna+Bannada+Lokahtml

External links

  • Gurukiran on IMDb
  • Gurukiran website

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