"The true nature of music is bliss"
Beven Elankumaran (based in Los Angeles), is an Australian composer, music producer and multi-instrumentalist with a Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. Primarily working for “Arrested Development” famed composer David Schwartz, Beven also works as a composer for many notable production music companies in LA, New York, London, and Melbourne.
A Magna Cum Laude Graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Beven dual majored in Film Scoring and Electronic Production and Design, completing his studies in 2019. Beven has also completed his Bachelor of Commerce studies at Monash University Australia (2013-2015).
Since October 2019, Beven has been working full-time in Los Angeles for David Schwartz on projects such as “The Good Place” and “Almost Family.” In addition, Beven has worked as an orchestrator, arranger, and assistant for several well-renowned composers within the Bollywood industry, Chennai (India). In particular, he worked with Nivas K Prasanna for many projects and films, some yet to be released.
Beven’s passion for Film Scoring originates from his childhood. As the son of a renowned Indian Classical dancer and being a dancer himself, he cites that his passion for writing music for anything visual was ignited watching theatrical productions and concerts staged by his mother’s “Nadanalaya Academy” dance company. During those years, his upbringing was also immersed with learning of various Indian Instruments such as Mridangam, Carnatic Violin, Konnakol and Kanjira; for all of which he has completed his Arangetram (graduation). Currently, Beven plays the role of composer and choreographer for Nadanalaya Academy and his latest production “Shiva Leelai,” was premiered in March 2019 to much critical acclaim.
Beven is also a classically trained pianist having completed his Grade Examinations for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). During his time at Berklee, he was heavily drawn towards jazz and world music styles, and continues to explore these genres through his compositions.
Additionally, Beven has composed, produced, and directed the dance ballet: “Thai Pongal – remembering Mother Earth,” staged at the Victorian Parliament House. His production “Kumari-Kandam – The Forgotten Land” was staged in Chicago for the World Tamil Conference which gathered over 10,000 people from all over the world. Beven has performed at many prestigious venues for the “Chennai Margazhi Music Season” in 2017. He was also one of the curators for the “Kala Pravasa” show which raised almost $20,000 in funds for the Red Dust charity supporting young people from remote indigenous communities in Australia.
As of present, Beven is serving as the ‘Music Advisor’ for Apple TV’s upcoming TV series “Shantaram.” Keep an eye out for the show, as you may even catch him on screen in a scene or two…
Influences: AR Rahman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Tigran Hamasyan, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more