Music director Viswanathan passes away

ViswanathanVeteran southern film music composer M.S. Viswanathan died at a private hospital in Chennai this morning. He was 87. He survived by four son and three daughters.

He composed music for over 1,700 films in Tamil, Telugu,Malayalam and Kannada and worked with four Chief Ministers — N.T. R, M.G. R, Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa. He started his career as composer for 1952 film Tamil “Panam” starring Sivaji Ganeshan.

In Telugu, his compositions include “Tenali Ramakrishna”, “Anthuleni Kathaa, “Idhi Katha Kaadu”, “Aakali Rajyam” and “Maro Charitra”.

He starte his career as office boy at Jupiter Studios in Tirupur cleaning the harmonium of the S.M. Subbiah Naidu, the music director and used to struggle for a regular income.

Both Ilayaraja and A.R. Rahman have worked with MSV. HIs funeral will be held on Wednesday morning at his residence on Santhome High Road in Chennai.