Veteran music composer MS Viswanathan passed away this morning in a Chennai hospital. He was 87.
MSV, as the musician is famously called, was not keeping well for quite some time now and was undergoing treatment for various age-related medical issues. Although MSV had shown signs of recovery a few days back, his condition only deteriorated later.
MSV has composed music for more than a thousand films in the South Indian language industry. His debut musical composition was for the 1952 film Panam starring Sivaji Ganesan.
When it came to music, Shri MS Viswanathan was always ahead of his time. Condolences to his family & his several admirers: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 14, 2015
From his collaboration with fellow composer Ramamurthy, MSV has produced many memorable tracks. Some of MSV’s best works include Paasa Malar, Enga Veettu Pillai and Sumaithangi.
MSV and known filmmaker K Balachandran’s combination has produced some timeless classics. MSV, who is a recipient of various esteemed awards such as the Kalaimamani, has received tributes from eminent members of Bollywood and South Indian film industry alike.
Viswanathan’s demise has left a huge void in the music industry, say most people.