About Reghu Kumar Varma Pootheri
Reghu Kumar (Raghu Kumar; 13 June 1953 – 20 February 2014) was a noted music composer from Kerala, India. His compositions first achieved prominence in the 1980s Born into a prominent Pootheri family at Kozhikode in Kerala on 13 June 1953, Kumar started training in Indian classical music with Carnatic vocals at an early age under the tutelage of Guru G.S.Sreekrishnan. Subsequently he took training in Indian percussion on the tabla under the able guidance of Guru Balasubramaniam of (All India Radio). Fascinated by Hindustani music, started training on the sitar under Guru Vincent (a.k.a. Vincent Master). At the age of 15, Reghu Kumar debuted on stage as an accompanying artist for eminent musicians of Indian classical and Western percussion from all over India. At the age of 16 he was a graded percussionist for All India Radio. He then graduated to grade 'A' music composer for All India Radio. Reghu Kumar made an entry into the film industry as a musician under the guidance of the eminent music arranger/composer R. K. Shekhar (Father of A.R.Rahman). Kumar was married to the actress Bhavani. The couple have two daughters : Bhavana, Bhavitha. Kumar died at the age of 60 on 20 February 2014, due to kidney failure. He was survived by his siblings, Prasanna and Vijayakumar.
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