PVR Raja

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P. V. R. Raja (Composer)

Birth Place


Active Years

June 1, 1985

Andhra Pradesh, India



Achievements and Recognitions

Penumatsa Venkata Ramaraju[1] (born 1 June 1985), known professionally as PVR Raja, is an Indian music composer, record producer, songwriter and guitarist who works in Telugu cinema. He is nicknamed "Short films Maestro" and "Ilaiyaraaja of Short films". He initially composed music for over 250 Short films and Independent films.[2][3][4]

Raja has composed music for the films Vitamin She (2020), Black (2022) and Madhi (2022). He won the Andhra Pradesh state award in the guitar category at the 2011 National Youth Festival (India). Raja entered the India Book of Records for composing the most number of short Telugu films.[5][6][7][8]

Early Life and Beginnings[edit | edit source]

PVR Raja was born as Penumatsa Venkata Ramaraju on 1 June 1985 to Penumatsa Chandra Sekhar Raju and Penumatsa Satyavathi in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. His father Chandra Sekhar Raju worked as the Police Head Constable and Raja's elder sister is Dhanalakshmi, younger sister is Sridevi and younger brother is Manikanta Raju.

He completed his elementary education from R.C.M. St. Anthony's High School, intermediate school from M.S.N. Degree College and undergraduate degree from A.G.L. College. He completed Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor's Degree from Andhra University in 2005 and studied music at Maharajah's Government College of Music and Dance. He worked as a music teacher before becoming a music composer.

Raja worked as a music teacher in Hyderabad Hindu Public School, Shraddha Centre For Special Education, Shalom Music School, Symphony Academy of Music and St. Alphonsa’s High School.[9][10]

Professional Career[edit | edit source]

Raja made his debut as a music director with the short film Arya 3 produced by Puri Jagannadh own production company Vaishno Academy. He provided the background score for the film 1 Hour produced by actress and politician Roja Selvamani. Raja composed music for the movie Atma Rama Ananda Ramana produced by Annapurna College of Film and Media and streaming on aha. He has predominantly composed music over 250 digital short films and Independent films from 2013 to present in English, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi languages.

Raja worked as music director for the short films under the own production and direction of actor and writer L. B. Sriram. He composed music for ETV Dhee title winner Yashwanth Master's debut video album Dilantha Adhire.

He won the first place in Andhra pradesh state level competitions for guitar category in National Youth Festival 2011 organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. His albums released in major record labels in India such as Vitamin She in Times Music, Madhi in Aditya Music and Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam in Sony Music India. In the year 2020, three films scored by PVR Raja won awards at the SparkOTT film contest organized by Indian film director Ram Gopal Varma himself. MR. Productions Okka Kshanam short film is Raja's 100th film as a composer.[11][12][13] [14]

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

  1. 2005, 3rd position at Vizianagaram district level guitar category in National Youth Festival Competition.
  2. 2007, Top 18th place in 7 Up Ooh La La La band hunt conducted by music director A. R. Rahman.
  3. 2011, 1st position at Prakasam district level guitar category in National Youth Festival Competition.
  4. 2011, Andhra Pradesh state awardee in light music category at National Youth Festival, held in Hyderabad.
  5. 2011, 1st place at Andhra Pradesh state guitar category in National Youth Festival competitions.
  6. 2013, Semi finalist in Hyderabad Times Fresh face 2013 competitions.
  7. 2016, Lotus Film Awards best music director for Itlu Mee Laila short film.
  8. 2016, Felicitated with the Short film Diamond Award for his contribution to music in Telugu short films.
  9. 2017, Uday Kiran Cine Awards best music director for Oopirilo Oopiriga short film.
  10. 2017, Star Hunt best music director for Itlu Mee Laila short film.
  11. 2017, Lotus Film Awards best music director for Akasamantha Prema short film.
  12. 2017, Gayathri Cine Awards best music director for Happy Ending short film.
  13. 2017, Drishya short Stories BIG Ideas best music director for Last Call short film.
  14. 2017, Sakhi Eventz Varun Bajaj Awards best music director for Oopirilo Oopiriga short film.
  15. 2017, TANA International Telugu Short Film Awards best music director for Itlu Mee Laila short film.
  16. 2018, Lotus Film Awards best music director for Okka Kshanam short film.
  17. 2018, Nominated in Studio One Short film awards for Okka Kshanam for best music director category.
  18. 2020, Nominated in SIIMA short film awards for Antharardham for best music director category.
  19. 2023, Felicitated by Vizianagaram Vishwakala Parishath for his contribution to music in Telugu short films.
  20. 2023, Awarded by India Book of Records for Music composed by an individual for maximum short Telugu films.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Feature films[edit | edit source]

Year Film Language Ref(s)
2017 Jandhyala Rasina Prema Katha Telugu
2018 Mitti: Back to the Roots Hindi
2020 Samshayam Telugu
2020 Vitamin She Telugu
2022 Madhi Telugu
2022 Black Telugu
2023 Maro Prapancham (2023) Telugu

Singles and album songs[edit | edit source]

Year Album/Song Title Record label Language Notes
2019 Maaya Carpediem Technology Systems Private Limited Telugu
2020 Dearuu Darlinguuu Media6(India)Pvt.Ltd. Telugu
2021 Vitamin She Times Music Telugu
2021 Vennela Vacche Padhamani PVR Melodies Studio Telugu
2022 Neetho Nadichina Mango Music Telugu
2022 Capture Times Music Telugu
2022 Madhi Aditya Music Telugu
2023 Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam Sony Music India Sanskrit
2023 Dosthi Aditya Music Telugu
2023 Jai Shri Ram Sony Music India Sanskrit

Short films[edit | edit source]

Year Title Platform Language Ref(s)
2014 Arya 3 Filmy Time Telugu
2016 Itlu Mee Laila RunwayReel Telugu
2016 One Hour TeluguOne Telugu
2017 Okka Kshanam Subash Chandra Telugu
2017 Oopirilo Oopiriga iQlikchannel Telugu
2019 Antharartham Subash Chandra Telugu
2019 Maa Bujjakka Great L B Sriram Telugu
2019 Swacha Bhaaratheeyudu L B Sriram Telugu
2020 Atma Rama Ananda Ramana Aha Telugu
2020 Nuvvu Nenu Ee Kshanam iQlikchannel Telugu
2020 Roots L B Sriram Telugu

Independent films[edit | edit source]

Year Title Platform Language Ref(s)
2015 Happy Ending RunwayReel Telugu
2015 Advika TeluguOne Telugu
2016 Akasamantha Prema RunwayReel Telugu
2017 Naa Seetha MahaLaxmi TeluguOne Telugu
2018 Pushpa Vilaapam iQlikchannel Telugu
2019 Maaya MX Player Telugu
2021 Happy Married LIfe 50mm Productions Kannada
2021 Chai Kahani MX Player Telugu
2022 Capture MX Player Telugu

Web series[edit | edit source]

Year Title Platform Language Ref(s)
2017 Geetha Subramanyam Wirally Telugu
2017 Michael Madan Kamaraju Wirally Telugu

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/happy-birthday-pvr-raja-from-vizianagaram-to-musical-stardom-journey-of-the-musician/photostory/100673234.cms
  2. https://www.ottplay.com/news/pvr-raja-meet-the-popular-short-film-composer-whos-making-a-mark-in-telugu-cinema/4e15d510a5852
  3. https://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/telugu/2023/Mar/04/hitting-a-high-notetelugu-music-composer-pvr-raja-to-compose-100-songs-in-15-indian-languages-2552483.html
  4. https://pynr.in/adding-life-to-directors-vision-through-music/
  5. https://www.sakshi.com/telugu-news/movies/pvr-raja-music-composer-vizianagaram-aims-oscar-short-films-1468751
  6. https://www.etvbharat.com/telugu/telangana/city/hyderabad/short-films-music-director-pvr-raja-about-his-musical-journey/ts20220201105711967
  7. https://www.v6velugu.com/music-director-pvr-raja-talking-about-his-life-journey
  8. https://telugu.samayam.com/telugu-movies/cinema-news/music-composer-pvr-raja-new-film-maro-prapancham-will-be-released-this-summer/articleshow/97829392.cms
  9. https://www.thehansindia.com/featured/sunday-hans/from-introvert-to-international-book-of-records-725808
  10. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/behindthecamera-music-director-pvr-raja-rp-patnaik-provided-me-with-shelter-and-food-during-my-struggling-days/articleshow/88502462.cms
  11. https://www.sakshi.com/telugu-news/movies/short-film-music-director-inspirational-story-vizianagaram-1468778?fbclid=IwAR20U0iszMV1m-tfAbfVnfunsFEjPb8w28o1zwHXm3Ybd4UYBZ-UDUseAxQ
  12. https://humansofhyderabad.co.in/striking-the-right-chords/
  13. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/music-director-pvr-raja-completes-a-decade-in-the-industry-plans-to-score-music-for-100-video-album-songs/articleshow/93374087.cms
  14. https://www.filmibeat.com/telugu/news/2022/josh-music-artist-pvr-raja-is-scaling-new-heights-of-success-338257.html?content=liteversion&ref=fb-instant&fbclid=IwAR0fNp3dM2glls88zcAUHPgLT1KadlJ6wxr5F_4xhi_q_A3qMwLis8SCkBY