Devi Sri Prasad (pronounced [ˈdevi ˈʃriː ˈpɾasaːd]) is an Indian composer, lyricist, singer-songwriter, and performer. Populary known by his initials DSP, he is best known for his work in Telugu films. He also worked in few Tamil films. He is a recipient of nine Filmfare Awards, eight of which are Best Music Director – Telugu and one Special Award for Best Background Music, five CineMAA Awards – Best Music Director, five SIIMA Award for Best Music Director (Telugu) and one Nandi Award for Best Music Director. He is one of the highest paid music composers in Tollywood. In a span of 20 years, he has worked on over 100 films. Devi began his music career in 1997, by composing one of the eight tracks in the studio album Dance Party. He composed the soundtrack of Anandam in 2001, by which he made breakthrough in Tollywood and Telugu music. In the same year, he made his Tamil debut by composing the film score and singing two songs of Badri. Devi also choreographed a song in the 2015 film Kumari 21F. The then Governor of Illinois has announced, 26 July 2014 as the "Devi Sri Prasad Day" in Illinois.