The legendary music director V Dakshinamurthy Swami (94), passed away in his sleep at his home in Mylapore in Chennai on Friday evening. He was truly a legend in south Indian music and has tuned nearly 1000 songs in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi.
Swami as he was affectionately called died due to old age related problems. Swami was more popular in Malayalam where he was one of the icons along with Devarajan and Baburaj in the 60’s and 70’s. In 1989 he retired from film music .
In Malayalam he scored music for nearly 125 films and his combination with lyricist Sreekumaran Thambi had resulted in hit music. Who can forget “Hridaya Sarasile Pranaya Pushpame” from the Yesudas-Thambi-Swamy combination from Padunna Puzha?
Dakshinamurthy a Guruvayur Bhakthan has composed music for four films based on Guruvayurappan. He has also a regular at Vaikkom temple. His evergreen compositions include Swapnangal... Swapnangale ningal...(Kavyamela), Pattu padiyurakkan njan...(Seetha), Uthara swayamvaram...(Danger Biscuit), Kattile pazhmulam...(Vilaykku Vangiya Veena) and Vathil pazhuthilooden...(Idanazhiyil Oru Kalocha).
Dakshinamurthy was guru of many singers and music directors including Ilaiyaraja, P Susheela, Kalyani Menon and many others. He was instrumental in giving big break to RK Sekhar his assistant and father of AR Rahman to Malayalam music.
In 1971 he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director and in 2003, he received the coveted 'Sangeetha Saraswathi' award . He made a comeback to Malayalam 19 years after retiring from music with Mizhikal Sakshi (2008) and composed four songs at the ripe old age of 90.
Dakshinamurthy Swamy was truly an evergreen music director. May his soul rest in peace.