South Cinema Industry lost one of its shining gems. M S Vishwanathan, the legendary music composer from Tamil who also gave evergreen renditions in Telugu breathed his last at 4:30 am today. He was 88.
Born as Maniyanga Subramanian Viswanathan in Elapulli in Palghat district, MSV’s rose to become one of the musical geniuses that industry had ever seen. He entered tinsel town as a child artist. Not many know that he was considered for playing the child character Kovalan in the film Kannagi in Tamil. As it did not suit the role, he played the role of Bala Murugan instead. This incredible enigma has no family history of music, except that he had the privilege of sitting on the belly of his father Subrmanian and listening to him singing. The passion stayed as a fond memory burst into a pinnacle of success in the latter years.
Apart from rendering timeless hits in Tamil, his main stream, MSV entered the land and hearts of the Telugus with some evergreen musical compositions. His stint began with films such as Tenali Ramakrishna and Anthuleni Katha, proceeding on to give immortal songs in films like Idi Katha Kaadu and Aakali Rajyam. So much so, today’s generation also fondly loves the song ‘Kanne Pillavani‘ pictured on Kamal Haasan and Sridevi.
Rest In Peace, Oh Great Soul..