Ram Sampath is an Indian musician, music composer, and music producer. He is the husband of the Indian singer and music composer Sona Mohapatra.
Ram Sampath was born on Monday, 25 July 1977 (age 46 years; as of 2023) in Bombay (now, Mumbai). His zodiac sign is Leo.
He grew up in Chembur, Bombay. He did his schooling from Mumbai’s Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School. Born into a family with a musical background, Sampath developed a great interest in Carnatic music at a very young age. While in school, he learnt Carnatic music for eight years. After completing his schooling, Sampath got himself enrolled in Mumbai’s R. A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics to pursue a course in Commerce. Ram joined a rock band in his college days in which he played keyboard. At the age of 16, Sampath started visiting music studios in order to find a chance to compose. In 1994, he got an opportunity to compose music for the beauty pageant Femina Miss India 1994.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Ram Sampath was born to a Tamilian father and Kannadiga mother.
Parents & Siblings
Ram sampath is the son of Sampath Ramanujam and Asha Acharia. Both his parents were inclined towards music. He has a younger sister, Mona Sampath Khan.
Ram Sampath met Sona Mohapatra (singer) in 2002, while Mohapatra was working as a brand manager at Marico Limited, a consumer goods company. They were introduced to each other by the film director Ram Madhvani. The duo tied the knot on 16 January 2005.
Ram Sampath started his career by composing jingles for TV advertisements. He has worked on the music of the commercials of brands like Airtel, Docomo, Thums Up, Pepsi, and The Times of India.
He has also composed music for films like Let’s Talk (2002), Khakee (2004), and Luv Ka The End (2011).
Sampath received huge popularity for composing music for the hit track ‘Bhaag D.K. Bose’ from the film “Delhi Belly” (2011). In 2008, he collaborated with the Australian rock band INXS to record Indian version of their songs “God’s Top Ten,” “Devil’s Party,” and “Afterglow.” He has also performed in many stage shows.
In 2009, he made his television debut by judging the singing reality show “MTV Rock On: Season 1.”
In 2008, Sampath filed a case against the producers of the film Krazzy 4 (2008) for copying the music composed by him. Later, the Bombay High Court ruled that two songs from the film including the title track were plagiarised. The songs copied the hook phrase from an advertisement of Sony Ericsson that was composed by Sampath. The court ordered a stay on film’s release after which the case was settled outside the court. The producers of the film paid Sampath Rs. 2 million, and then the film was released with the songs.
- Mirchi Music Award for ‘Best Background Score of the Year’ for the film “Delhi Belly” (2011)
- Mirchi Music Award for ‘Indie Pop Song of the Year’ for the TV show “Satyamev Jayate” (2012)
- Ram loves to travel and read books in his leisure time.
- He is often spotted drinking alcohol on various occasions.
- Sampath’s grandfather, T. V. Ramanujam, founded the Shanmukhananda Hall in Sion, Mumbai.
- In July 2020, Sona Mohapatra revealed that her husband was targeted by ‘illitrate self-important gang.’ The actress said that it took Sampath two years to recover from depression caused by the gang.
- During an interview, Sampath shared that his first toy was an LP player. While talking about it, he said,
My parents tell me that from the age of two, I would mount my own LP and play it myself. I was always interested in an album’s sleeve and was always intrigued by the process of record making. There was this one album that had the band, the producer and the engineer sitting on this big console at the back of the LP sleeve and it intrigued me. I started composing at the age of eight. I had a two-in-one and would record and would write my own words. By the age of 12, I was clear I wanted to be a composer.”