Deva (birth name: Devanesan Chokkalingam) was born on 20th November, 1950 in Tamil Nadu, India. He works as film composer and music director mostly in Tamil film industry. He plays instruments like guitar, keyboard, harmonium and piano. He is active in the industry from 1988 till now. He has also worked in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films.
Deva debuted in the film Manasukkeththa Maharaasaa in 1989. He has composed music to a total of more than 400 films during his 20 years music career. He is known as the "Father of Gaana Genre" in Tamil film industry.
He has worked in many blockbuster movies like Basha, Annamalai, Vaigasi Poranthachu, Suriyan, Sendhoorapandi, Aasai, Arunachalam, Nerukku Ner, Vaali and many more.
He received Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for the film Vaigasi Poranthachu in the year 1990. In 1992, he received Tamil Nadu Government's Kalaimamani Award. In 1995, he again received Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director for the movie Aasai.