Chandrabose (lyricist) Age, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Suchitra
Age: 53 Years
Hometown: Warangal, Telangana

Lyricist Chandrabose

Full nameKanukuntla Subhash Chandrabose
Profession(s)Lyricist, Playback Singer
Famous ForWriting the song Naatu Naatu for the pan-India RRR (2022)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
First Film Song (as a lyricist)Manchu kondallona Chandram from the Telugu film Taj Mahal (1995)
Awards, Honours, Achievements Academy Awards
• 2023 - Best Original Song award for ‘Naatu Naatu’ from “RRR”
Chandrabose and M. M. Keeravani accept the Best Original Song award for ‘Naatu Naatu’ from “RRR” onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on 12 March 2023

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
• For Best Song for “Naatu Naatu” in RRR (2022)

Golden Globe Awards
• For Best Original Song for “Naatu Naatu” in RRR (2022)
Lyricist Chandrabose posing with his Golden Globe Award for ‘Naatu Naatu’ from “RRR”

Nandi Awards
• Best Lyricist for “Nee Navvula Thelladanaanni” in Aadi (2002)
• Best Lyricist for “Cheekatito Veluge Cheppenu Nenunnanani” in Nenunnanu (2004)

Filmfare Awards South
• Best Lyricist – Telugu for “Kanipinchina Maa Amma” in Manam (2014)
• Best Lyricist – Telugu for “Entha Sakkagunnave” in Rangasthalam (2018)

SIIMA Awards
• Best Lyricist – Telugu for “Kanipinchina Maa Amma” from Manam (2014)
• Best Lyricist – Telugu for “Entha Sakkagunnave” from Rangasthalam (2018)
• Best Lyricist – Telugu for “Srivalli” from Pushpa: The Rise (2022)
• Best Lyricist – Telugu for “Naatu Naatu” from ‘RRR’ (September 2023)
Chandrabose while holding the Best Lyricist Award at SIIMA 2023, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE
National Film Awards
• Best Lyricist – Telugu for "Dham Dham Dham” from ‘Konda Polam’ (17 October 2023)
Chandrabose while receiving the National Film Award from the President of India Droupadi Murmu
Personal Life
Date of Birth10 May 1970 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023) 53 Years
BirthplaceChallagariga, Warangal district, Telangana (now in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, Telangana)
Zodiac signTaurus
HometownWarangal, Telangana
College/University• J. N. Government Polytechnic Ramanthapur in Hyderabad, Telangana
• Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, Telangana
Educational Qualification(s)• Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at J. N. Government Polytechnic Ramanthapur in Hyderabad, Telangana
• Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in electronics at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, Telangana
CasteBackward Class [1]Sakshi
Food HabitNon-vegetarian [2]Sakshi
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date March 1999
Wife/SpouseSuchitra Chandrabose (choreographer in the Telugu film industry)
Chandrabose with his wife, Suchitra
ChildrenSon- Nanda Vanamali
Chandrabose with his son
Daughter- Amrita Varshini
Chandrabose with his wife, Suchitra, and daughter
ParentsFather- Kankuntla Narsaiah (primary school teacher)
Mother- Kankuntla Madhunamma (deceased) (used to work as a labourer in the fields)
SiblingsBrother(s)- Rajender, Koti
Sister- Swaroop
Poet(s)Sri Sri, Joshua, Jandhyala Papayya Sastry (commonly known as Karunasri), Alishetty Prabhakar
AuthorMadhurantakam Rajaram
Lyricist(s)Acharya Atreya, C. Narayana Reddy

Chandrabose (left) and M. M. Keeravani (right) at the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on 12 March 2023

Chandrabose (left) and M. M. Keeravani (right) at the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on 12 March 2023

Some Lesser Known Facts About Chandrabose

  • Chandrabose is an Indian lyricist and playback singer who mainly works in the Telugu film industry. He gained immense popularity for writing the song “Naatu Naatu” from the Telugu period action film RRR (2022), which earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award in 2023.
  • He inclined towards music at a very early age, listening to the devotional songs from a Shiva temple near his house in Challagariga. Every day, the temple used to play the songs on the speaker at 4 o’clock in the morning. He was also inspired by folk music and radio. A voracious reader, Chandrabose regularly visited the library near his house to browse different books after school, a habit which fueled his passion for literature. He started writing songs when was 11. In an interview, while talking about the factors that contributed to his songwriting in childhood, he said,

    I grew up in a village in Warangal district amid the folk music as well as Potana’s Bhgavatam and Annamayya kritis. I was a voracious reader of children’s magazines then which widened my imaginations. I derived my sense of music from oral traditions such as hari katha , burra katha , yakshaganas and Chindu Bhagavatam . I would write, sing and perfect it further.”

  • After completing high school in Warangal, he moved to Hyderabad for further studies. There, he unsuccessfully attempted to work as a singer for the Doordarshan channel. It was his friend Srinathanna who suggested that he focus on writing rather than singing.
  • He debuted in the Telugu film industry with director Muppalaneni Shiva’s film Taj Mahal (1995). It was Muppalaneni Shiva who suggested that Chandrabose only use his last name for the screen instead of his full name.

    An old picture of Chandrabose

    An old picture of Chandrabose

  • Chandrabose and Suchitra made acquaintance on a flight while travelling from Chennai to Hyderabad in 1998. The two had a hard time convincing their parents for marriage as Suchitra is older than Chandrabose and they belong to different castes. Suchitra hails from a Brahmin family, and Chandrabose belongs to a backward-class family.
  • In 2004, he worked with the music composer A. R. Rahman on the popular Telugu song Pedave Palikina from the science-fiction romantic comedy film Naani.

    Chandrabose and A. R. Rahman

    Chandrabose and A. R. Rahman

  • Other prominent songs which he has penned include Mounamgane Edagamani from Autograph (2004), Namasthe Namasthe Neeku Namasthe from Samba (2004), Panchadhara Bomma Bomma from Magadheera (2009), Sai Ante Thalli from Shiridi Sai (2012), and Kani Penchina Ma Ammake from Manam (2014).
  • He garnered massive popularity for the 2018 soundtrack Rangasthalam of the Telugu film of the same name, which included the hit songs Jigelu Rani, Entha Sakkagunnave, and Ee Sethithone.
  • He is the lyricist of the popular Telugu songs Ooh antava and Srivalli from Pushpa – The rise (2021).
    Srivalli from the film Pushpa - The rise (2021)
  • The song Naatu Naatu from RRR (2022) earned him international recognition and numerous accolades, including the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award. The song competed with the nominees Carolina by Taylor Swift, Hold My Hand by Lady Gaga, BloodPop and Benjamin Rice, and Lift Me Up by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson to bag the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 2023.
    Naatu Naatu from RRR (2022)

    Naatu Naatu from RRR (2022)

    On 12 March 2023, Naatu Naatu won an Oscar beating the nominees Rihanna’s Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Lady Gaga’s Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, This Is A Life from Everything Everywhere All At Once, and Applause from Tell It Like A Woman.

  • In his career, which spans over 25 years, he has penned nearly 3600 songs for more than 850 films.
  • While talking about his bad habits in an interview, he revealed that earlier he used to smoke and eat Pan Parag, but later, he stopped consuming both. [3]Sakshi