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Monday, April 22, 2013

Veteran film composer TK Ramamurthy passes away

Sri. T. K. Ramamurthy,  of the redoubtable Tamil Film Music Director pair Viswanathan-Ramamurthy passed away in Chennai. He was 92. Together this pair had ruled the roost in the Tamil Film industry for decades scoring magical numbers for as many as 500 films. This sound recording wizard is also an accomplished violin player, apart from his expertise in keyboard and harmonium. He parted amicably from Sri. M.S. Viswanathan (popular as MSV) in 1965 and came together only after 29 years in 1995.

The legendary Tamil film music composer pair TKR and MSVBoth Ramamurthy and MSV were assistants of C.R. Subbaraman, the music director of HMV. Subbaraman died at the age of 28 and it was left to his assistants to complete music for the films he had agreed to score. "The title mellisai mannargal was conferred on them by thespian Sivaji Ganesan at a function organised by Triplicane Cultural Academy to mobilise funds for the Kasturi Srinivasan Library” said Ranimynthan, biographer of M.S. Viswanathan. It was the duo that first set to music the songs of late Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram and their career graph touched new heights when Kannadasan joined hands with them. 

In her condolence message, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said it was an unforgettable experience that she had acted in the film Naan and danced for the song Ammano Samiyo composed by Ramamurthy. She also said Ramamurthy’s contribution to the song Yengay Nimmathi and his solo violin for the song kan pona pokkiley were invaluable. DMK leader M. Karunanidhi also condoled his death. 

It is noteworthy that M.S. Viswanathan was so grief stricken that he mourned the death as a loss of a great friend. "I suggested that we should work together as a team. Initially, he was not game for it, but I convinced him with great difficulty. We had great memories of working together and when we faced differences, we amicably parted ways," he said. MSV quipped further that "He would supervise most of my compositions. He would also conduct most of the recordings at the studio. Since he hailed from a family of musicians, his suggestions were always respected and taken seriously". 

"Actor N.S. Krishnan introduced us as a team in our debut film Panam. He suggested that since TKR was senior to me, he would lead me" MSV concluded.

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