Popular Tollywood musician Sri, whose full name is Kommineni Srinivasa Chakravarthy, died at his residence in Hyderabad on Saturday, 18 April. He was suffering from some kidney-related ailment for a long time.
Sri, who was born on 13 September 1966, was the son of veteran music composer K Chakravarthy (Kommineni Apparao). He did his BE in Industrial Engineering from Manipal University. Later, he started his career as a singer and was the lead anchor for the Gemini TV show "Anthyakshari", which was aired in 1995 and was big hit show of the year.
Debuted as music composer with "Police Brothers" in 1993, Sri composed music for several hit Telugu movies such as "Gayam", "Money", "Money Money", "Sindhuram", "Ammoru", "Anaganaga Oka Roju", "Aavida Maa Aavide" and "Little Soldiers".
After a short hiatus post his mother's death in 2000, Sri started his second innings as music director in Telugu film industry. With Chantigadu in 2003, Sri went on to compose music for movies such as "Neeke Manasichhanu", "Kaasi", "Sahasam" and "Aadu Magaadra Bujji".
"Chandamama Lo Amrutham" was his last work as a musician. He had also lent his voice for the popular song, "Jagamanta Kutumbam Naadi" in "Chakram". Later, he had to take another break from the industry due to lack of offers.
Sri is survived by his wife and son Rajesh Chakravarthy. His cremation is expected to take place on Sunday, 19 April.