Mahesh Mahadevan…. A tribute to the young music director who passed away few years ago, but remains in my soul for ever who gave me a opportunity to start a music career, where I failed after his demise.
47 year old Mahesh Mahadevan, composer and music director, who passed away on October 29-2002. He succeeded in MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, he worked with corporates such as Hindustan Polymers and India Pistons until cancer struck him in the late 1980s. Mahesh learnt the rudiments of Western Classical Music on the guitar and successfully passed the exams conducted by the Trinity College of Music, London, for the guitar. When childhood friend P. Jayendra, one of the founders of Real Image Media Technologies, visited him in hospital and found him somewhat depressed, he suggested that Mahesh, who showed great promise as a music composer in his school and college years, revive this interest and compose music for jingles.
Mahesh soon went on to compose music for over 250 jingles including the hugely popular one for Regaul Blue (Sottu Neelam, Doi) besides TVS Tyres, Apollo Tyres, etc.
Meanwhile, with Real Image Media Technologies growing rapidly, Mahesh was roped in to provide management inputs and establish systems. As Director, Finance and Administration, Real Image Media Technologies, Mahesh did all that and more. From ad jingles to films was a natural transition for the talented Mahesh. As music director, he struck gold with his debut film Nammavar starring Kamal Hassan and won the Special mention award in the National Awards given away in 1995.
Thereafter, he went on to compose music for seven other films including Kuruthi Punal (Tamil) 1995, Preminchukundaam Raa (Telugu), Pelladi Choopistha (Telugu), Padutha Theeyaga (Telugu), the background score for Alavanthan (Tamil), Vaanam Vasapadum (Tamil), directed by cinematographer P.C. Sreeram and Janaki Vishwanathan’s Kanavu Meipada Vendum (Tamil).
Mahesh was also involved in career counselling and motivating other cancer patients to face life with the right attitude. He certainly struck a chord in all those whose lives he touched. For a man whose heart was in music and for the rare human being that he was, it was perhaps the most natural thing to do.