S. Balakrishnan (composer)

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S. Balakrishnan is an Indian film score composer and music director who works mainly in Malayalam cinema. Best known for his association with the director duo Siddique-Lal, he has scored some of the all-time hit songs in late eighties and early nineties.


S. Balakrishnan was born and brought up in Chittlancherry in Palakkad district. He did a bachelor's degree in Economic History from Coimbatore and later moved to Madras pursuing a career in films. He received Best Student Award in the western classical music test conducted by Trinity College London in 1975.

His musical career began in 1975 as an assistant music director to Guna Singh and to Rajan-Nagendra. He also played the western instrument Recorder and the western flute for eminent music directors such as Ilayaraja.

Under the suggestion of director and producer Fazil, his film scoring career began in late eighties with Siddique-Lal's comedy film Ramji Rao Speaking (1989). The songs of this film were a notable success, which made Balakrishnan's route easy. Siddique-Lal signed him in all of their future ventures till Vietnam Colony (1992). He did music for 14 films including four with Siddique-Lal. His other notable films include Kilukkaampetti (1991), Grihapravesham (1992), and Ishttamanu Nooruvattam (1996). After Vietnam Colony, Balakrishnan took a break and did only rerecording for a few films. He made a comeback through East Coast Vijayan's 2011 musical romance film Mohabbath. He is currently a faculty for recorder and western flute at KM Music Conservatory, a music institution founded by A. R. Rahman.



  • S. Balakrishnan touch again. Malayala Manorama. (In Malayalam). Retrieved 2011-02-06.[dead link]
  • S. Balakrishnan - MMDB profile. Malayalam Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-02-06.

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