MS Vishwanathan – An Incomparable Loss for Music

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The ‘Mellisai Mannar’  MS Vishwanathan (King of Light Music) is no more. Music composer aged 87, died on July 14 at 4.30am. The legend had been undergoing treatment for age related ailments for the past twenty five days at a local hospital in Chennai.

MSV, began his career in 1952 with Tamil film Panam. In the fifties, when music technology was widely unheard of, He introduced  humming, choruses and whistling into his songs. During the seventies he adapted to the changing times by including western music , etc .

Several big singers of today, including S.P. Balasubramanian, Vani Jairam and S. Janaki, were launched by MSV. He worked with fellow composer T.K. Ramamoorthy for over a decade. Much sought after by directors like S.S. Vasan, B.R. Panthalu, K. Balachander, MSV teamed up with poet and lyricist Kannadasan in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Later he worked with poet Vaali. Besides Tamil films, his repertoire includes songs from Telugu and Malayalam cinema. Coming to this generation , He has worked with Yuvan Shankar Raja for the Remake of His yesteryear’s Composition Thillu Mullu .

Major stars from Cine Industry has started paying homage and the cremation will be held on July 15 in Chennai. All Tamil film shoots to be cancelled tomorrow as a mark of respect to the departed legend MSV  . He has been a trendsetter for many compositions ,  its an incomparable loss for the music ,  May the legend’s soul rest in peace – Team WI .

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