Music composer MS Viswanathan passes away

Legendary Tamil film music composer M S Viswanathan, who was being treated at a private hospital for geriatric disorders, passed away Tuesday morning. He was 87.

Updated: Jul 14, 2015, 08:44 AM IST

Chennai: Legendary Tamil film music composer M S Viswanathan, who was being treated at a private hospital for geriatric disorders, passed away Tuesday morning. He was 87.

M S Viswanathan was affectionately called ‘MSV’ and ‘Mellisai Mannar’ by his fans and the film fraternity.

 ‘MSV,’ a household name in Tamil Nadu, had scored music for hundreds of films, including Tamil and other languages and his association with iconic lyricist of yesteryear ‘Kaviyarasu’ Kannadasan is legendary in giving evergreen songs.

His brilliant partnership with Ramamurthy, also a music composer, is historic as the duo produced super hit songs. Together they had the famous creditline of ‘Viswanathan-Ramamurthy.’

‘Sonnathu Needhana’ (Nenjil Oru Alayam), ‘Viswanathan Velai Vendum’ (Kadalikka Neram Illai), ‘Kettavarellam Padalam’ (Thangai) are among MSV's all time favourites that are still popular in Tamil Nadu.

Viswanathan's journey began with Panam (Tamil, 1952) and his career graph continued to be on the rise for decades after that.

(With PTI inputs)