C. Aswath

For the actor, see K. S. Ashwath.
C. Ashwath

C. Ashwath
Background information
Native name ಸಿ. ಅಶ್ವತ್ಥ
Birth name Ashwatha Narayana
Born (1936-12-29)December 29, 1936
Origin Chennarayapattana
Died December 29, 2009(2009-12-29) (aged 73)
Genres Bhavageete, Janapada Geete (Traditional Indian light and folk music)
Occupation(s) Singer, composer
Years active 1969–2009
Website cashwath.com

C. Ashwath (Kannada: ಸಿ. ಅಶ್ವತ್ಥ; 29 December 1936 29 December 2009) was an Indian music composer and exponent of Bhavageete ("expressive poetry") in the Kannada language. He was also a singer, and sang many of his own compositions. He was credited with singing Bhavageete songs and making sure that they reached the common man.

Early Life and Education

He was born on 29 December 1939. He graduated in Science from Mysore University( there was no Bangalore university before 1965) and later worked in Indian Telephone Industries for 27 years before retiring as an Executive Engineer in 1992. He started his musical career as a disciple of Devagiri Shankara Joshi in Hindustani music.


Some of his notable compositions include the composition of music for Mysooru Mallige a classic work of noted poet K.S. Narasimhaswamy and his compositions of Kannada saint Santa Shishunala Sharifa's works.

L. Vaidyanathan met C. Ashwath during the recording of the film Kaakana Kote in 1976. This meeting led them on to a strong relationship of almost three decades. Vaidi provided the orchestra for many of Ashwath's compositions, but it was with the film Yene Barali Preeti Irali that the Ashwath-Vaidi duo became collaborators of great music.

The first film he independently scored music was Kakana Kote. Later followed Chinnari Mutha, Santha Shishunala Sharief, Mysoora Mallige, Kotreshi Kanasu, Nagamandala and few other films in Kannada.



Year Film Title Notes
1977 Kakana Kote Arrangement by L. Vaidyanathan
1977 Anuroopa Guest composer along with Rajeev Taranath
1978 Lakshmi Unreleased film
1978 Spandana Arrangement by L. Vaidyanathan
Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
1979 Bhoolokadalli Yamaraja
1979 Doddamane Estate
1979 Ene Barali Preethi Irali Credited as "Ashwath - Vaidi"
1980 Anurakthe
1980 Narada Vijaya
1981 Aalemane
1981 Anupama
1981 Kanchana Mruga
1982 Baadada Hoo
1983 Simhasana
1986 Shanka Naada Arrangement by Guna Singh
1988 Aasphota
1990 Santha Shishunala Sharifa
1991 Mysore Mallige Won Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Kannada
1993 Chinnari Mutha Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
1994 Kotreshi Kanasu
1997 Nagamandala
2001 Mathadana
2003 Singaaravva
2006 Desi
2009 Hongirana


A pioneer of Kannada "Sugama Sangeetha" (light music), the versatile singer had over 75 albums to his credit.

C. Ashwath is a household name in Karnataka. He is, perhaps the only Music Director in Karnataka, to have carved a niche of his own in all three fields that demand music as an element of expression: Theatre, Sugama Sangeetha and movies.

Ashwath has also brought out an album titled "Nesara Noodu" which consists of 21 drama songs of his direction.

In the 1990s, Rajkumar had sung Kuvempu's 'Elladaroo Iru Entadaroo Iru' under the music direction of C. Ashwath, which became very popular.


As both a singer and composer, he was extremely popular in Karnataka and among Kannadigas all over the world. His concert in Bangalore in 2005 was attended by a crowd of almost 100,000 people. He has also given concerts outside India, Melbourne for Melanudi Kannada Sangha and few other places around UK.

On his 70th birthday he celebrated with friends and well wishers in a special way. A function was to be held at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore and Swamiji of Suttur and Virendra Hegde were to felicitate him on the occasion evening followed by singing his popular songs.

The Kannadave Sathya live concert, which was held in Palace Grounds, Bengaluru on 23 April 2005, headed by Ashwath, was the great success which witnessed around a lakh audience for the show. This was the first time a Kannada Musical event was taken place here, while many western and other Indian language programs taken place in the past.


He died on 29 December 2009 on his 73rd birthday. He was suffering from renal and liver failures.[1]


  1. Kannada composer C Ashwath dies Rediff.com. Retrieved on 29 December 2009.

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