Music Legend M.S. Viswanathan Dies At 88


The veteran and the legendary music composer MS Viswanathan died at 4:30 am on Tuesday. His compositions surpassed the limits of number of music categories and denied to remain with the music traditions. He passed away at the age of 88.

As of now, his family has fours sons and three daughters. The widely known singers and composers AR Rahman and Ilayaraja have also worked with him.

The music legend is named as ‘MSV’ by the Tamil film industry. He was admitted to the Fortis Malar Hospital for some problems related to aging like breathing, etc.

“He passed away around 4.30 am on Tuesday,” as told by a family to IANS.

MSV will not just be remembered for his evergreen songs that he composed, but also for the state song which he gave to the Government of Tamil Nadu – Neerarum Kadalodutha. He has been a great part of the Tamil music industry.

Other than him, none has achieved the success which he did in his lifetime. He was a very diverse composer with 1,700 films in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada on his name. Moreover, he has worked with four CMs – NT Rama Rao, MG Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa. His music career began with the Tamil film Panam released in 1952 starring Sivaji Ganeshan.

MSV’s partnership with another composer TK Ramamurthy is well known. They both have composed the music for over 86 films in over a decade. Their paths separated in the year 1965. Paasamalara, Sumaithaangi, Server Sundaram, Aayirathil Oruvan and Enga Veetu Pillai are the names of some of the best films of their association.

After they separated, MSV got lucky and became even more successful than before. The hit single songs of MS Viswanathan include Bama Vijayam, Galatta Kalyanam, Deivamagan, Moondru Dheivangal, Rickshawkaran, Bharatha Vilas and Ulagam Sutrum Valiban.

He is better known as ‘king of light music’. He has also contributed to Malayalam film industry. Manthrakodi, Babu Mon, Ullasa Yathra and Amme Anupamea includes the list to name a few.

While in Telugu, his composition’s list has Tenali Ramakrishna, Anthuleni Katha, Idhi Katha Kaadu, Aakali Rajyam and Maro Charitra.

The association of MSV and K Balachander resulted in the formation of several evergreen and hit classic songs.

MSV’s wife, Janaki died in the year 2012. Just over a year, composer TK Ramamurthy, his best friend passed away. He has several awards to his name like Kalamamani and music awards.

The last rites of MSV’s death are to be performed on 15th July, Wednesday morning.


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