Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa attended her first film based event after taking over as CM last year. All roads led to the venue of Jaya TV’s 14th anniversary celebrations last night in Chennai.
The event was held to honour MSV the Mellisai Mannan who was conferred the titled Thirai Isai Chakravarthy by the CM. The title was chosen through voting by the public via the TV channel. The veteran was also gifted 60 gold coins along with his musical partner TK Ramamurthy. Together, the duo had ruled the film industry’s musical domain for decades.
In her address Jayalalithaa described Viswanathan as the only musician who still regains supreme in film industry after composing music for over 1000 films in five languages- Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Jayalalithaa said : “ MSV has the ability to compose music with just three and also over 300 instruments. “
The chief minister slammed the centre for not giving due recognition to the duo MS Viswanathan-Ramamurthy.
Said Jayalalithaa : “ I had sent the recommendation for Padma awards for Viswanathan and TK Ramamurthy last year but being hostile towards our government the centre rejected it. A day will soon come when my word will be honoured, and then I will ensure that these composers get the awards.”
The audience was treated to a grand live rendition by an orchestra, of MSV and Ramamurthy’s old hits. Apart from the CM who was seen enjoying the music, the who’s who of the film industry was spotted tapping their feet to the music. The list included Rajinikanth, Kamal, K Balachander, Bharathiraaja, AVM Saravanan, Vijay, Suriya, Simran Sivakumar, Prabhu, Vijayanthi Mala, Saroja Devi, Sarathkumar, Radhika, Ilayaraja, Suhasini, Sowcar Janaki, and Ramkumar amongst others.
Veteran singers TM, PB Srinivas, Vani Jairam and P Suseela were also honoured.