Ramani Bharadwaj known professionally as Bharadwaj is an Indian music director, composer, singer-songwriter, and music producer, predominantly known for his work in the Indian Film Industry including Kollywood, Tollywood & Mollywood. Bharadwaj is one of the top music composers of the Indian music Industry having scored music for more than 75 feature films, produced by big production houses including AVM Productions, Gemini Studios, Kavithalayaa Productions, AGS Entertainment, Sivaji Productions featuring top artistes like Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth, Karthik, Ajith Kumar, Vikram, R. Madhavan and technicians like Saran, Cheran, Thangar Bachan, Hari. He is trained in Hindustani, Western and Carnatic music and is a recipient of the prestigious Kalaimamani Award for the year 2008 from the Tamil Nadu State Government. Bharadwaj has also worked on several international projects including Hollywood films.
Bharadwaj is known for contributing to the drama of the movie with his soulful Back Ground Scores. He is also widely appreciated for his melodious music, with proper show casing of lyrics, feel and musical wizardry. He is often credited as Bharathwaj, Bharadwaj or Ramani Bharadwaj in films.
Bharadwaj was born in Ravanasamudram, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu, but spent his entire childhood in Delhi. He did his schooling in DTEA, Mandir Marg & became a qualified Chartered Accountant. He had passion for music from the time he was a kid & pursued Carnatic music at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Delhi University, Hindustani Music at Shriram Bharatiya Kalakendra, New Delhi and Western Music at Delhi School of Music with the intent of specializing in Music.
When he was 17 years old, he got an opportunity to compose music for All India Radio and Doordarshan. The overwhelming response & support he received for his Music Compositions, made him decide to take Music Composition as his career. He decided to pause his Chartered Accountant career & relocated to Chennai in 1986 to become a full-time Music Director in feature films. He is married to Jayashree Sankaran, a Doctorate Ph.D in Hindi Literature & has a daughter Janani Bharadwaj who is a Software Professional & a play back singer in Feature Films.
After shifting base to Chennai from Delhi, Bharadwaj went through the process of composing music for albums, short films, documentaries, TV serials, Radio and TV advertisements numbering more than 100 in each category. After an 8 year struggle, in 1994, he got a break in the Telugu feature film Sogasu Chuda Taramaa? & composed all 6 songs in the film including it's background score. The film was a hit & won the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. Bharadwaj composed music & background score for 6 more Telugu films before getting a break on Tamil films, with Saran's Kadhal Mannan in 1998. The songs of this film became a chartbuster, with the song Unnai Paartha Pinbu Naan turning out to be a Classical hit which was celebrated by the audience for many years to come.
Kadhal Mannan, announced the arrival of Bharadwaj to Kollywood loud & strong. This film was also the first of the Ajith - Saran - Bharadwaj trio, which went on to become a legendary combination in delivering hit films along with musical chartbusters until 2009. Post Kadhal Mannan, Bharadwaj was on a roll for the next several years charting out several chartbusters like “Satham Illatha Thanimai Kaeten” (Amarkalam), “Avaravar Vazhkayil” (Pandavar Bhoomi), “O Podu” (Gemini), “Apple Penney” (Roja Koottam), “Unai Naan Unai Naan” (Jay Jay), “Gnabagam Varuthey”(Autograph), “Kaadu Thirandey, “Siruchi Siruchi Vanthan” (Vasool Raja MBBS), “Oru Vaarthai Ketka” (Ayya), “Thaiyatha Thaiyatha” (Thiruttu Payale), “Meendum Palliku Pogalam” (Pallikoodam), “Margazhiyil Kuluchiparu” (Onbadhu Roobai Nottu), “Hey Dushyantha”, “Totadoing” (Asal), "Azhagazhagey" (Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal).
Incidentally, his 1st Tamil film Kaadhal Mannan, 25th Tamil film Attahasam and 50th Tamil film Aasal are all with the Ajith - Saran combination.