M.S Viswanathan is a legend in Tamil cinema. Before Illayaraja it was MSV who was the flagbearer of black and white films of the early years. He was also a playback singer. It is his birthday today. On this special occasion let’s look at 10 interesting facts about this legendary music director.
1. He has composed songs for more than 700 films and was popularly known Mellisai Mannar MS Vishwanathan.
2. He was given the title “Thirai Isai Chakravarthy” on 2012.
3. He composed music with T.K Ramamoorthy from 1950 – 1965 as Viswanathan – Ramamoorthy for 100 films.
4. He worked as an office boy for Jupiter Pictures in the 1940’s earning Rs 3 per month.
5. MSV was very close to actor Chandrababu and performed his last rites after Chandrababu’s death.
6. The Viswanathan – Ramamoorthy duo rejoined after 29 years of separation for Sathyaraj’s Engirundho Vandhaan in 1995.
7. His debut feature film was Thala Ajith’s Kaadhal Mannan.
8. He won the Filmfare lifetime achievement award.
9. He has collaborated with both Illayaraja and Yuvan Shankar Raja.
10. He was instrumental for bringing Western Music and Disco to Tamil cinema.