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Singing and Music are my two eyes-MM Srilekha


MM Srilekha is the only female music director in Telugu film industry. She started her film career like singer from a very young age and became a successful music director today. On the occasion of her birthday on Wednesday (September 8), she shared her experiences and views with the media. Here are some excerpts:

I started my career when I was 9 years old.  I worked with top personalities like Dasari Narayana Rao, K Raghavendra and Ramanaidu right from the beginning of my career. Hence I did not know the value of success then which I’m tasting now.  But I can never forget the period I worked with these top directors.

When I was 9 years old, I sang my first song for Silk Smitha in ‘Edurinti Mogudu Pakkinti Pellam’ and later got good break through the film ‘Aayana Kiddaru’ in which I sang a duet with Balasubrahmaniam garu. After 3 years of experience as playback singer, I turned music director.  

Srikanth’s ‘Taj Mahal’ was the turning point as a music director for me.  Films like ‘Preminchu’, ‘Preyasi Raave’, ‘Moodu Mukkalaata’, ‘Adhirindayya Chandram’, ‘Operation Duryodhana’, ‘Tata Birla Madhyalo Laila’, ‘Ammayi Bagundhi’, etc. have earned me good recognition as a music director.  

So far I composed music for 59 films and sang about 3,000 songs.  Music is my passion and I love my profession.  I’m completely satisfied with what I’m today.  I thank my family, my producers and directors for their support.  

My all time dream is to compose music for Hindi films. Most of the songs I composed so far in Telugu have melody tunes.  Many have opined that my tunes are suitable for Hindi films. I stepped into Bollywood industry through Ramanaidu’s ‘Hum Aap Ke Dil Me Rahate Hai’. I scored back ground music for that film.  

I got the opportunity to become a dubbing artist too but I couldn’t utilize that.  A chance to dub for Sridevi in ‘Kshana Kshanam’ and another opportunity to dub for Meera Jasmine in ‘Gudumba Shankar’ did not materialize.  My wish to become a dubbing artist remained unfulfilled till date.

Music and singing are my two eyes.  My favourite music directors are Ilayaraja and RD Burman. The best compliment that I received was from Ramanaidu garu.  He said that any song that I sing is hard to justify.

Nobody in the industry discouraged me just because I’m a female technician.  Luck favoured me more than my hard work.  We need to always think differently to gain success.  I would feel happy when someone appreciates my work and at the same time I would think where I went wrong when I get criticized.  According to me criticism helps us to realize our mistakes and improve ourselves.  


Updated on April 25, 2020