Arav Rishik, a music director who debuted with Chemistry of Kariyappa, seems to have hit the jackpot. The music he composed for this film, featuring Tabla Nani, Sanjana, Suchendra Prasad and Chandan Acharya, went on to become a success. That is not all, the film directed by Kumaar, not only won accolades for its humour and acting prowess, but Arav stood out with his background score and the three songs, which have also become ear worms. In fact, the songs became popular in the virtual world even before the film was released, especially “Shoka Geetha”, which garnered the most hits online.
With Chemistry of Kariyappa, Arav’s career as a music director was launched. His music has been appreciated not just by audiences, but members of the film fraternity too. “As this was my first film, I gave it my all. I was also given a lot of freedom when it came to creating the music,” says Arav.
Born and brought up in Bengaluru, Aarv took to music naturally. “My father, the late S Lokanathan, started off as a drummer with playback singer Manjula Gururaj’s orchestra. Later, he started his own orchestra called Blue Birds. As a child I would accompany him to most of his performances. I grew up with music and musical notes were all around me. My mother gifted me with my first keyboard when I was 14,” smiles Arav, who adds that he trained under the legenadry keyboard teacher — James Sebastian — who has also been “instrumental in training Sadhu Kokila and Hamsalekha on the keyboards”.
Once Arav completed his class 10 examinations, he took to music full time. “As my keyboard teacher taught me all the nuances of music, I got totally hooked to it,” says Arav, who then joined another orchestra and performed across the city during festivals. After a year of working with other orchestras, Arav decided it was time to take over his father’s orchestra and during one of his performances, he met music director V Manohar. That meeting initiated Arav’s musical journey into films. He started working with K Kalyan and V Manohar. “A few other beginners and I would create tunes for their music bank,” he says.
Later, he met Hamsalekha and still works for the legendary composer as a key board programmer. Arav even calls him his mentor. Now that Arav has arrived on the music scene of the Kannada film industry, he looks forward to making more music.