Guinness Record holder for scoring background music for more than 1000 films in all south Indian languages who is also a music director Guna Singh died in Bangalore of heart attack. He was known for playing flute instrument in a career spanning three decades in cinema. He was taken to St.Martha’s hospital after he complained of heart ailment. He was 65. He leaves behind his wife three sons and two daughters.
Guna Singh a publicity shy personality had come down to Bangalore from Chennai to score background music for ‘Devasura’ Kannada film. The producers of ‘Devasura’ Chandrakanth, Vishwaprasad, directors Jayaramaiah, Sunilkumar Desai, Joe Simon and many musicians were present at St.Martha’s hospital to pay last respect. His body was taken to Chennai on Sunday afternoon for cremation.
An assistant to music directors like M.S.Vishwanathan, G.K.Venkatesh, Ilayaraja, Guna Singh started his career as independent music director from Kannada film ‘Bangalore Bootha’. Later he scored music for Ruthugana, Sanchari, Sakidha Sarpa, Beladingala Baale, Tarka, Utkarsha, Nisharkarsha and others. He excelled in Telugu, Tamil, Oriya, Malayalam and other languages as background music director. For over 1000 films he scored the background music and earned the prestigious certificate from Guinness Book of World Records.
Senior film PRO of Kannada cinema R.Vijayakumar remembers an incident of Gunasingh. It dates back to five years ago. Gunasingh finished his assignment from Chamundeswari Studio and when he was about to catch train to Chennai he was astonished to find that his baggage consisting of number of his flutes was missing. He could not trace his pet companion and this particular tragedy had put him down mentally.
I would like to work till the last breath in me Gunasingh had disclosed to PRO Vijayakumar. He had come to Bangalore on an assignment and going back to Chennai with no breath.