In the year 2002 Sri. Nagathihalli Chandrashekar asked Stephen Prayog to work as a Music Director for his forthcoming Movie "Paris Pranaya". Stephen composed 8 songs for this movie. In particular, two songs, "Rome Rome"(sung by Sonu Nigam) and "Krishna Ne Begane Baaro"(sung by Shreya Ghoshal) turned out to be popular crowd pullers. His work was broadly appreciated by the Local Press and Media and Stephen went ahead to bag his First State Award for the Best Music Director.
For Stephen Prayog that was just a beginning as a second Award was on its way.
While working for a Kannada Movie, by the name "Santhosha" directed by Sri. MR Ramesh (Director of the Film "Cyanide"), another public figure was sitting silently and observing Stephen Prayog's work. He was known to Stephen as Mr. Ramesh's Guru. He was none other than Mr. R.V. UdhayKumar (a versatile Tamil Film Director who has 9 Box Office Hits to his credit including the movie "Yejamaan" starring Mr. Rajinikanth). He was so impressed by Stephen's style of work that he immediately asked Stephen if he was interested in composing Music for a Tamil Movie. And that too his next Directorial venture by the name "Karka Kasadara".
Stephen with Kannadasan award Surprised by Mr. UdhayKumar's move, both Mr. Ramesh and Stephen were awe struck. Mr. Ramesh leapt up and requested Stephen to not miss this opportunity and assured Mr. Udhaykumar that he could rely and trust Stephen completely as he had the capability to tread something great. Stephen Prayog couldn't believe in his thoughts and readily agreed and made no mistakes in doing that as the songs for that movie composed by him went on to become a massive hit for that year. Especially the Numbers "Nuthana…" and "Minmini Kangal…" were blockbuster record hits. Yet again he lived upto expectations. It didn't stop there as Stephen Prayog went on to win the Kannadasan Award for the Best Debut Music Director for that Tamil film.