Something remarkable has been happening in South India over the last few decades. It was slow at first, almost imperceptible. But now, it is undeniable.

Music composers are becoming multilingual at an unprecedented pace. There is a visible shift in how music gets created, adopted, recreated, shared, consumed, the works. Composers, to row safely through this musical wave, have adapted by creating music across South Indian languages.

They launch in one language, say Tamil, then move to creating music in another, say Malayalam, then test waters in a third, say Telugu.


Karthik S

Karthik is a communications professional who, after two decades of being in 'employment', recently discovered the joy of being an independent consultant. He loves music, sci-fi and Bengaluru's weather. Despite not being trained in any form of music, he has been a vocal music fan, through his websites on music plagiarism ( and music reviews ( His music-related tweets are at @milliblog.

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