R. P. Patnaik

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R. P. Patnaik
Years active 1999–present

Ravindra Prasad Patnaik is an Indian music composer with more than 75 films to his credits in three south Indian languages (Telugu, Tamil and Kannada (about 30 films)).[1] He won three Filmfare Awards and three Nandi Awards. His Mother tongue is Odia, though he was born in Andhra Pradesh.

Patnaik had entered the film industry with a desire to become a film director, and began first as a music director. It was after cinematographer-turned-director Teja gave him a break,[2] that Patnaik made his directorial debut with the 2008 film Andamaina Manasulo.[3] As of March 2016, he finished his fifth Telugu language film Tulasi Dalam.[4] His brother Gautam Patnaik is a director who made his directorial debut with Keratam (2011).[5]


Patnaik received the Filmfare Award three times consecutively for the films Nuvvu Nenu, Santosham and Excuse Me, and apart from receiving the Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Award for the film Nuvvu Nenu in 2001, he has won awards from different cultural organisations in and outside the state and country for his music.

His first ever live show for the public gathered about 600,000 people along the Vizag sea shore on 20 July 2002. Since then he has performed in The US, UK, Dubai, Kuwait, Singapore, Delhi, Chennai and every part of Andhra Pradesh,Telangana State. Some of his albums like Jayam have sold about 2.5 million units (CDs and Cassettes) just in one regional state.

As a singer, apart from singing in his own composition, he has sung for almost all the lead composers including Maestro Ilayaraja and has sung about 300 songs.

He composed an international album, first of its kind in the world, on time signatures called Chjakra the Signature of Time which he applied for prestigious Grammy Awards. He is a member of Grammy Academy now.

He has introduced about 25 singers including Ranjith, Mallikarjun, Ravivarma, Nihal, and Kousalya.

Patnaik had completed intermediate of science in Rayagada Autonomous College, Rayagada.

He has a post graduate degree in space physics from Andhra University.


Apart from music, he made his acting debut in the 2004 Telugu film named Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi in which he played a blind singer[6] and got a very good applause for his outstanding performance and in 2010 he acted in Broker.

Patnaik's first directed film was the experimental short 22 minutes, in which the entire 22-minute film is a single scene and edge-of-the-seat screenplay. The experiment is the characters which are seen don't speak and the characters which are heard not seen.[7]

He acted, produced, directed, composed music for the 2016 film Tulasi Dalam.[8]


Following upon his work as a music composer and music director, Patnaik began directing films, and has directed 6 feature films till date. In 2008, he directed his first film, Andamaina Manasulo, a musical love story of a 13-year-old girl falling in love with a 21-year boy and with a message on how should be an ideal orphanage. His second released film in December 2010 was Broker, about political brokers, the film was shortlisted for final race in the National Awards. Both these released films had him receive two Nandi awards for Best Story Writer for the years 2008 and 2010.

In 2012, he directed a bi-lingual film, titled Friends Book in Telugu and Mugaputtagam in Tamil, about the strength of social network.

In 2013, he directed a supernatural thriller film in 2013 titled Amy. The film is set in a different backdrop in the USA about Amish community.

In 2016, he produced and directed a film named Tulasi Dalam, for which he composed 5 songs and has also acted.[8]


Film director

  • Andamaina Manasulo (2008)
  • Broker (2010)
  • Friends Book (2012)
  • Amy (2013)
  • Tulasi Dalam (2016)
  • Vyuha (2014)
  • Manalo Okkadu (2016)


Music director





Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards South
Nandi Awards


  1. ^ Patnaik, Santosh (31 December 2007). "Delicacies, entertainment await ISC delegates". The Hindu. Chennai. p. 1. 
  2. ^ staff (16 February 2008). "Andamaina Manasulo Review". Oneindia. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ staff (8 September 2007). "RP Patnaik takes up direction". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Shekhar (11 March 2013). "Thulasidhalam is a horror-thriller: RP Patnaik". Oneindia. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ https://www.indiaglitz.com/keratam-telugu-movie-review-13576
  6. ^ "Composer Patnaik turns director with 'Andhamaina Manasulo and Broker'". The Hindustan Times. New Delhi. 9 September 2007. 
  7. ^ G, Jalapathy (14 August 2005). "22 Minutes (Short film) -Review". Telugucinema. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b staff (11 March 2013). "R P Patnaik's Tulasidalam". Sify. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 

External links

  • R. P. Patnaik on IMDb
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