Profiles of Music Director

Dhina (also credited as Dheena) ORIGINAL  NAME: PADMA DHINAKARAN born on 15 January 1966 is an Indian film composer and television series composer from Tamil Nadu, India.

Dhina first worked as an assistant musician under popular composer G. K. Venkatesh, later being engaged by Meastro Ilaiyaraaja as a music conductor. He later became a music director for several Tele serials scoring for the title tracks.

Some of his popular title scores for the serials include Chitthi, Annamalai, Payanam, Nambikkai, Chellamay, Metti Oli among others. It was the Radhika Sarathkumar produced hugely popular teleseries Chitthi that gave Dhina a very big break.

Dhina's first big break in Tamil cinema came through a comedy film Middle Class Madhavan released in 2001. Since then, he has scored music for various films in various languages including Telugu and Kannada films.
Dhina is debuting in the upcoming film Soozhnilai as an actor.

DO YOU find yourself humming the title score of popular serials such as "Nambikkai," "Payanam", "Indira," "Alaigal" "Aarthi," "Sruthi", "Annamalai" or "Vazhndu Kaatugiren." Pause to think who has composed them and you would not find it difficult to come up with the right answer. Well, he is the musical wizard "Dhina" who seems to enjoy a near monopoly of title tunes for Tamil television serials.

Meeting him at his studio in Saligramam was indeed a pleasant experience. Asked who was responsible for his meteoric rise to fame, Dhina replied: "With the blessings of God and the support of family and friends can success elude you?"

As I was born into a family of musicians it is not surprising that I eat, sleep and drink music. Even as a student at the Savithri Ammal Oriental School I remember being a self-styled drummer. I used to tap out rhythms on the desk in an improvised accompaniment while my classmates sang.

Music is my magnificent obsession. Is it not a blessing that my livelihood is sustained by my greatest passion?

I spent six years learning to play the veena from V. Srinivas Iyengar. With this training in classical music, I went on to work for a brief stint with G.K. Venkatesh and then was engaged as "fourth conductor" and assistant director by Ilaya Raja. The experience I gained doing 500 films - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Konkani and Malayalam — has stood me in good stead through my musical career.

He recalls with an impish smile: "It was Radhika of Radaan TV, who gave me a wonderful break - the opportunity to score the music for "Chithi" (stepmother). This "stepmother" was the step to overnight fame. He acknowledges the encouragement and advice given to him by his wife, Hemamalini, who was instrumental in influencing his decision to score the music for "Chithi." It was a wise move for, both the song "Kannin Mani" and the central character (Chithi) became popular.

Films Composed

Middle Class Madhavan
Naan Paada Ninaipathellam
Grama Devatha
Shivappa Nayaka
Thiruda Thirudi
Anbe Un Vasam
Kadhal Sarigama
Donga Dongadi
Aasai Vechhen
Ambuttu Imbuttu Embuttu
Iyer IPS
Kicha Vayasu 16
Nee Venunda Chellam
Kaivantha Kalai
Kannum Kannum
Karuppusamy Kuththagaithaarar
Nee Naan Nila
Dindigul Sarathy
Vedigundu Murugesan
Magane En Marumagane
Anthony Yaar?
Bhavani IPS
Pa Ra Pazhanisamy
Balu Thambi Manasula
Guru Sishyan
Ithanai Naalai Engirunthai
Thambi Arjuna
Pasakkara Nanbargal

Awards & Titles

Best music director, SUN TV Best music director award (film: Thiruppachi), Music Academy Award- First position in new talent – In Veena playing.