Continuing the musical legacy

Hefty expectations are tied to the surname of ‘Madhavapeddi' in south Indian film industry, Madhavapeddi Suresh who belongs to the second generation of this illustrious family talks about his career and more.

By Author  |  Published: 14th May 2019  9:24 pm

Till date, the songs ‘Madhurame sudha gaanam’ from the film Brundavanam and ‘Narudaa oh narudaa’ from Bhairava dweepam remain evergreen. And, the credit for that goes to the exemplary composer and creator of these melodies and many Telugu hits, Madhavapeddi Suresh.

Madhavapeddi Suresh started his career in 1967 as a harmonium player in Bhawana Kala Simithi, Vijayawada. “Initially I used to play harmonium, as music runs in my blood it was easy for me to shift to a few instruments which had the same base of harmonium. It is how the accordion entered my life. Then I became famous as an accordion player,” says Suresh who received his first offer in films from music director T Chalapathi Rao for the movie Parivartana.

Call it destiny, the keyboard introduced during those days in the music industry. “It so happened that I lost my accordion in a train while I was travelling for a show, later I used to take keyboard on rent from AR Rahman’s mother and play in recordings and shows. Since then, I got established as a keyboard player” says Suresh who has nine degrees to his credit.

Suresh was the first choice for many stalwarts like Najshad, LakshmiKanth Pyarelal, RD Burman, Bappi Lahari, MS Viswanathan , KV Mahadevan, Pasupuleti Ramesh Naidu. He also worked as a keyboard player for playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam’s tours abroad from 1979 to 1985. “I have nearly 1500 films to my credit for recording and re recordings.”

During his college days, he was part of the most creative batch with most friends and seniors making a name in the film industry. “Jandhyala, Sutti Veerabhadra Rao, Raghu, Koneru Rajendraprasad, all of us were in the same college in Vijayawada. Jandhyala gave me a break with the movie Hai Hai Nayaka, I accepted it after a very long time.

I was not so keen to become a music director then, as I was comfortable as a keyboard player, but Jandhyala gave me a break” says Suresh who has till date composed music for 63 Telugu films, among which include, Rambha Rambabu, Parvataalu Paanakaalu, Baabai hotel, Bhargav, Bhairava Dweepam, Madam, Brundavanam, etc.

Bhairava dweepam

Suresh considers 6 as his lucky number and Brundavanam by Vijaya Productions happen to be his 6th film as a music director, and was a blockbuster hit. Madhavapeddi Suresh also has a versatile record of being the first in-house music director for ETV. “When Etv was about to start, I received a call from them saying they wanted me to be their in-house music director, I was in a dilemma whether to accept that offer or not, so I asked my good friend SP Balu garu for suggestion. He told me not to miss this wonderful opportunity. It was life changing. I worked for Etv serials and their films for seven years,” says Suresh whose fifth generation has entered the film industry now.