Legendary music composer MS Viswanathan (87) passed away today (July 14) in Chennai. Reports say that for the past few months, the music composer was treated for age related ailments and by today (4.30 AM), he has passed away. MSV composed music for over 1,700 films and has worked with four Chief Ministers — NTR, MGR, M. Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa.
MS Viswanathan was fondly called Mellisai Mannar (The king of light music) and he has composed for more than 1200 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. He was the only film music composer to receive the Tamil Isai Sangam's 'Isai Perarignar' title, usually conferred on professional classical musicians.
MS Viswanathan started composing music by joining hands with violinist Ramamoorthi, the duo was called as Mellisai Mannaragal and together they have composed for more than 100 films. But later they parted away due to unknown reasons.
Viswanathan has given many classic numbers for late Chief Minister and actor MG Ramachandran and almost all the introduction songs from their combinations were big hits.
MS Viswanathan has also composed music along with his next generation musicians including Ilaiyaraaja and Yuvan Shankar Raja. MSV is an inspiration for many music directors and the industry always admired him for his down to earth nature and the composer too known for appreciating young talents.
The composer’s soulful voice in Vidai Kodu Engal Naade for AR Rahman's Kannathil Muthamital will move even a stone heart; he has sung more than 200 songs for other composers including Ilaiyaraaja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Gangai Amaran, Deva and Baradwaj.
Other than composing, MS Viswanathan is also known for his unique acting style and his performances in films like Kadhal Mannan and Kadhala Kadhala have fetched him rave reception. MSV's funeral will be held on Wednesday morning at his residence on Santhome High Road in Chennai
Sify.com conveys its deepest condolences to the bereaved family.