Thiruvananthapuram | Kerala today paid homage to legendary music composer M S Viswanathan who died in Chennai today.
People from various walks of life including politicians, singers and composers of Malayalam cinema fraternity remembered him as the doyen of film and classical music.
Kerala Assembly Speaker N Shaktan, Minister in-charge of Cinema Affairs, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Culture Affairs Minister K C Joseph were among those who paid their tributes to the legendary composer, who was born in the state.
Popularly known as MSV among his admirers, Viswanathan made his presence felt in Malayalam through Premnazeer-starer ‘Lankadahanam’, released in 1970s. Eswaranorikkal, Nakshatradeepangal, Thiruvabharanam, the songs from ‘Lankadahanam’ are among the ever green popular movie songs cherished by Malayalis.
The scores of Malarambanezhuthiya (Mantrakodi), Suprabhatam (Pani Theeratha Veedu), Swarnagopuram (Divya Darhsanam) and Veenapoove (Jeevikkan Marannu Poya Sthree) also made MSV a household name among music buffs in the state during the period.
His deep and unique voice as a singer had become familiar to Malayali music buffs through the movie Panitheeratha Veedu in which he sang the evergreen song Kannuneer thulliye. Iconic singers K J Yesudas, P Jayachandran and S Janaki had a number of hit songs during the initial periods of their career under his composition.
Vayalar Ramavarma, M D Rajendran, P Bhaskaran and Sreekumaran Thampi were some of the major lyricists with whom he teamed up with in Malayalam.
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