Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan
Born: 24 June 1928
Died: 14 July 2015
- He also known as M.S.V., was an Indian music director, composer, and singer.
- He was popularly known as Mellisai Mannar (Tamil for “The King of Light Music”).
- He composed songs for more than 700 Indian films across languages primarily in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films.
- He has also acted and sung in a few Tamil films.
- The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa conferred the Thirai Isai Chakravarthy (Tamil for “The Emperor of Cine Music”) title on him in August 2012 and presented him with 60 gold coins and a new car.
- He composed film music together with composer and violinist T. K. Ramamoorthy from the 1950s to 1965, as Viswanathan–Ramamoorth for 100 Films.
- He had always wanted to be an actor and singer, but was not successful.
- He had a few small roles in stage dramas in the 1940s.
- The composer and violinist T. R. Papa met him, took a liking to him and arranged a job for him as an errand boy for S. V. Venkatraman’s musical troupe in 1942.
- In that company of musicians, he realised that he had the inclination and the potential for composing music.
- He thereafter joined S. M. Subbaiah Naidu and at times assisted him.
- He then joined C. R. Subburaman’s musical troupe as a harmonium player.
- He met T. K. Ramamoorthy and T. G. Lingappa, the two leading violinists at that time.
- T. G. Lingappa also became a renowned music composer on his own in the 1950s.
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