Mano Murthy was born in Bangalore in Karnataka, India. He is a leading composer, music director, instrumentalist and network engineer. He works in the Kannada film industry. Murthy developed an interest in music from his childhood. When he was an undergraduate student at the UVCE in Bangalore Institute pursuing electrical engineering, he played drums.
For his higher studies and graduation, he went to the USA at Davis University, Stanford University and the University of California. Mano Murthy was an entrepreneur in California who co-founded three firms. He was also a programmer in the famous company Microsoft. His career in films started in the year 1995. He composed music for the movie America! America!
Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar directed the film. The songs in this film became famous especially America America and Nooru Janmaku songs. In 2001, he composed music for the movie Nanna Preethiya Hudugi. It was also directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar.
In 2003, Mano Murthy composed song for the movie directed by
Kavitha Lankesh titled Preethi Prema Pranaya. The film won the National Award, and Mano Murthy won South Cine Fans Awards for Best Music Director 2003-2004. In 2004, he was the music composer for the film
Joke Falls directed by Ashok Patil. The movie was a big hit. In 2006, he composed music for the film
Mungaru Male. He received the Karnataka State Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. In 2007, he was the music composer for the film Milana. Mano Murthy again won the Filmfare and also Suvarna Film Award for Best Music Director
. He was the music composer for the films Cheluvina Chittara, Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige, Geleya,
Ee Bandhana in the same year. In 2008, Mano Murthy composed music for the Telugu film Vaana and also for the films Moggina Manasu, Madesha, Bombaat, Haage Summane. In the year 2009, he was the music composer for the movies Olave Jeevane Lekkachaara, Manasaare, Gokula and Januma Janumadallu. He also composed a studio album by
Sonu Nigam titled
Neene Bari Neene in the same year. He was the music composer for the movies Pancharangi, Parijatha, Ale, Abhinetri,
Mast Mohabbat and Lifeu Ishtene. He was also the producer of the film
Madha Mathu Manasi in the year 2016.
Mano Murthy has won more than ten awards. He was the judge of many reality shows like the Saagardaache Saothaswara, Fresh Voice of Karnataka and some others. His recent venture, Allegro Systems, an IP security provider was attained by Cisco Systems