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Sahaya Sheelan Shadrach (born 24 March 1966) known by his screen name Sadhu Kokila, is an Indian musician, actor, comedian, film director and producer, and an occasional screenwriter and lyricist who works in Kannada cinema.
As a composer, he is a two-time recipient of the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director, which he won for Rakshasa (2005) and Inthi Ninna Preethiya (2008).
As an actor, he has received multiple nominations and awards in the category of Best Comedian in the South Indian International Movie Awards.
Sadhu Kokila was born Sahaya Sheelan on 24 March 1966 into a Tamil Nadar Christian family of Natesh and Mangala in Bangalore in the Indian State of Mysore (now Karnataka). He was born to a family of musicians with his father being a violinist in a music band of the Karnataka Police Department, and his mother and sister being playback singers.
Sadhu Kokila's brother Layendra is also an actor. Kokila studied at St. Joseph's Indian High School, Bangalore. He was given the stage name Sadhu Kokila by Upendra, the director of Sheelan's debut film Shhh!
Kokila began his career as a musician after he was taken to musician Kasturi Shankar by his brother. He is also one of the fastest keyboard players in India.
Kokila married Saleena in 1993. They have two children together, Suraag and Srujan.
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