Was it Divine will that it started to drizzle as M.S.Viswanathan’s mortal stays left his home for the ultimate journey? Listening to his compositions over the previous few days with pals was a revelation. He had drawn out the perfect from his singers and orchestra gamers. Each track was able to touching hearts of fanatics and the uninitiated.
The improvements in rhythms (two examples: ‘Thedi Varum Deiva Sugam’ and ‘Vizhiye Vizhiye Unakenna Velai’) music depicting the temper of the character, title rating conveying the story of the movie all got here to him naturally. His compositions had one thing particular. Even the method of reinventing himself was spontaneous. MSV is a present of god, relatively a personification of the saptaswara devathas.
A few of his shut associates shared their recollections. Excerpts.
Madurai G. S. Mani (vidwan): It was precisely 58 years in the past (July, 1957,) that I first met MSV at a movie manufacturing home, the place he was working as music composer. That morning I had carried out on the radio and was was pleasantly stunned when he praised the recital. Straight away he requested if I might be part of him. I had no such plans, however I gave him a spontaneous nod. From then on, it was non- cease work with him throughout composing and recording classes.
Viswanathan was a workaholic. I used to be awestruck by his focus, as he listened to administrators whereas they narrated the scenario for songs and his capability to churn out a number of tunes very quickly. Navarasas have been at his beck and name. He was supremely gifted in emoting the lyrics of Pattukottai, Kannadasan, Pulamai Pithan, Marudakasi and Vali to call a couple of. Nothing disturbed his focus at work. I’ve accompanied MSV to a number of evening reveals on the New Elphinstone theatre in Mount Highway. The interval was bonus time for the tea boys. Every boy was given Rs.10 as tip. These have been the times when a sq. meal value 0.75 paise or at most a rupee. To my pleasant chiding, he replied, “Mani I’ve labored as a tea boy in theatres and I do know their difficulties. That’s why I’m beneficiant.”
He would go away no stone unturned throughout re-recording and he had the perfect musicians at his command. He was a trendsetter in that he used a number of overseas devices throughout recordings. There was an enormous piano in his home and later I realised his prowess in enjoying it. Viswanathan diligently gave the higher hand to devices solely throughout interludes between Pallavi and Charanam of a track. Every rating of his, had one thing distinctive. To sum all of it up, I really feel that it was Mozart reborn in India because the maestro, M.S.Viswanathan.
Y.G. Mahendran (actor): I grew to become his slave the day I noticed ‘Kadalikka Neramillai.’ This movie left an indelible impression on me. (YGM sings some snatches). Regardless of his busy schedule, MSV additionally carried out on stage. On one event, a present was organised at Raja Annamalai Mandram by my father, YGP. That day our automobile broke down as we have been getting back from Chidambaram. My brother and I have been adamant that we must always attain Chennai to attend his present. We created such a ruckus on the highway to the embarrassment of my father, that he packed us off in a lorry that took us straight to Esplanade the place the mandram is located. That was a memorable expertise.
Not one of the music composers in India used whistle in songs. MSV had determined to have your entire tune of a track whistled. Kannadasan got here to know of this and protested towards MSV’s novel concept on the units of the movie wherein Sivaji was appearing, as he felt it denied him a possibility to pen a track. Sivaji Ganesan intervened and the remaining is historical past. The track is ‘Neerodum Vaigayilay’. Kannadasan wrote it in 15 minutes. Taking cue from this I paid my tribute to MSV by whistling a few of his hits and launched them as a CD. His refrain utilization was at all times on a unique aircraft. He named them ‘Aaravaara Peigal’ after they sang his track, ‘Satti Suttadada’. We, the followers, are harm that he acquired no nationwide recognition. The one solace was the particular honour given to him by Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha alongside Ramamurthy, a couple of years in the past.
M.S.V.Vaidy (msvtimes.com): I’m hooked on his songs, which I’ve been listening to since 1969. I used to be operating a meals courtroom in one of many software program firms the place I performed solely MSV songs on my public handle system. This turned one other fan of his, Sriram Lakshman, a software program engineer, into my good friend. Though I used to be craving to fulfill the legend, I didn’t know the way. It was Sriram who lastly took me to fulfill MSV in 2006 and a particular bond grew between us until his loss of life. I began visiting his home recurrently and we frolicked collectively speaking about his songs.
Ramakrishnan, Ramkumar, Sabesan, all onerous core MSV followers, joined me in internet hosting an internet site, MSVTimes.com, devoted to his music. We determined to go it alone as we by no means bought any assist from the movie business. In December 2006, one other MSV admirer, Cho.S. Ramaswamy inaugurated it. MSV was not computer-savvy and innocently puzzled whether or not he must pay for the photograph on the positioning. Until the tip he by no means bought the pronunciation proper, calling it pot.com or dom.com. Since then, musicians who’ve labored below him have been honoured in MSV’s presence throughout the anniversary.
Nanjappa Reddiar, throughout one anniversary, didn’t flip up and MSV grew to become stressed. He pressurised me to take him to Reddiar’s home and half method by means of the perform we left. At Reddiar’s home, they exchanged their emotions with tears and with out speaking. MSV gave him the award. Subsequent day, Reddiar handed away.
The recollections of lengthy drives in and across the metropolis and its periphery with MSV in my automobile and his songs enjoying on the system are nonetheless recent.
His music was past time, caste, creed and race. It was the large poster of MSVTimes.com that lined him as he was taken out in a procession for cremation.
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