Iconic Tamil music composer Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan (MSV) died on 14 July 2015 following a brief illness. He was 87. He is survived by four sons and three daughters.
In the Tamil film music world, no other composer was as diverse as Viswanathan. He had composed music for over 1700 films in Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada and worked with three Chief Ministers MG Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa.
Born in Elapulli in Palghat district, Tamil Nadu, he entered the film world as a child artist starring as the Bala Murugan in the film Kannagi, produced by Jupiter Pictures in Tiruppur. MSV's career in the film world started with the Jupiter Studios in Tirupur as an office boy.
MSV was popular for his collaboration with music composer T K Ramamurthy. The duo composed music for 86 Tamil films during their association of over a decade. Some of their best films include Paasamalara, Sumaithaangi, Server Sundaram, Aayirathil Oruvan and Enga Veetu Pillai.
The MSV-Kannadasan combination also proved a great success in devotional music. The album Krishna Ganam bears testimony to this.
He was the only film music composer to receive the Tamil Isai Sangam's Isai Perarignar title, usually conferred on professional classical musicians.
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