Tamil Singers

T.M.Soundararajan

T.M.Soundararajan - TMS as he is called profoundly in tamil music industry has sung thousands of rocking film songs for MGR, Sivaji and all other actors of old time. He is also known as "Simma Kuraloan" and most famous for his own Murugan songs.

T.M. Soundar Rajan (TMS) the monarch of melody, whose emotion-laden voice once reigned over the length and breadth of South India, is celebrating his 61st year in playback singing. His fans aver that words are insufficient to shower encomiums on this unassuming singer. M.K. Tyagaraja Bhagavathar, P.U. Chinnappa and P.A. Chellappa were TMS’ predecessors but TMS’ entry into tinsel town changed the scenario. His voice made every musical note radiant and it changed the concept of film music.

Initially for Sivaji sir C.S.Jayaraman used to sing,ex:Kaaviyama nenjil Oviyama song.But for one movie M.S.V has asked T.M.S to sing for Sivaji,but Sivaji didnt accept this.The T.M.S said that he would sing the songs and the Sivaji can accept them only if he is satisfied,if not he can continue with C.S.Jayaraman. But after hearing,Sivaji said T.M.S is the permanent singer for him.

He has also sang so many devotional songs on lord Muruga.Ex:Karpanai endralum karchilai endralum kandhane unnai maraven.This song only brought Kavignar Vaali to Tamil Cinema.Initially Vaali sir was an artiste (drawing artiste),he use to draw pictures and will write some quotes below that picture.Once he sent that to T.M.S by writing that Karpanai endralum..T.M.S only encouraged Vaali to come to chennai and said that he has a bright future in Tamil Cinema.

He also has sung many songs for T.Rajendar's music.Ex:En Kathai mudiyum neramithu, Naanoru Raasi illa Raja,Noolum illai vaalum illai,Amaithikku Peyar Thaan Santhi etc.He also has sung some songs for Rajni(ex:Amma nee sumantha pillai from Annai Ore Aalayam).

Recently he was felicitated in Madurai by Mr.Azhagiri and Co.Last year when he was singing in stage he couldnt make up his voice for 3 songs,but he made it on the 4th song,such a confident man.

 “In my childhood, the film industry was dominated by songs based on classical music; it was rendered in a slow relaxed manner. I have tremendous grasping power and a magnificent musical memory. I could sing, within no time, songs rendered by MKT and PUC. I am a disciple of Karaikkudi Ramunaj Iyenagar, nephew of the legendary Pucci Sreenivasa Iyengar. Within two years, I learnt many varnams and kirthanams. I could notate any piece of music and could sing all the three octaves with ease,” he said.

“In my childhood, the film industry was dominated by songs based on classical music; it was rendered in a slow relaxed manner. I have tremendous grasping power and a magnificent musical memory. I could sing, within no time, songs rendered by MKT and PUC. I am a disciple of Karaikkudi Ramunaj Iyenagar, nephew of the legendary Pucci Sreenivasa Iyengar. Within two years, I learnt many varnams and kirthanams. I could notate any piece of music and could sing all the three octaves with ease,” he said.

He recalled that it was a struggle to get a break. “I knocked the doors of destiny and I got my first assignment in ‘Krishna Vijayam,’ released in 1946. Initially, my songs were in the Bhagvathar style and then I adopted open- throated high pitch singing and that became a hit,” said TMS. The rest is history. He conquered the the Tamil film world in no time.

TMS was introduced to AIR, Thiruvananthapuram, by mridangam maestro Palani Subramania Pillai, in the late Forties. He rendered a Malayalam song for the film ‘Raaga Sangamam.’

His songs have stood the test of time because TMS gave a unique touch to those songs. In the four decades between the Fifties and the Eighties, his songs, especially with MSV, Kannadasan and Vaali, ruled the waves. “MSV is a great creator of music. His tunes are matchless and it is very difficult to imagine such a flow of music,” he remarked.

TMS has the uncanny gift to delve deep into the mood of the story and the composer. The way he imbued each song with the exact mood and meaning, which went beyond the lyrics, caught the attention of actors like Sivaji Ganesan and M.G.R.

 

Immortal songs of TMS

 

* ‘Pattatthu Rani…’ – (Sivanthamann)

* ‘Yengay Nimmathi…’ – (Puthiya Paravai)

* ‘Manithan maarivittan…’ – (Paava Mannipu)

* ‘Pattum naanae bhavavum naanae…’ – (Thiruvilaiyadal)

* ‘Madhavi pon mayilal…’ – (Iru Malargal)

* ‘Yaarukkaka…’ – (Vasantha Maaligai)

* ‘Puthiya vaanam puthiya bhoomi …’ – (Anbe Vaa)

* ‘Olimayamaana ethirkaalam …’ – (Pachhai Vilakku)

* ‘Devanae ennai paarungal …’ – (Njana oli)

* ‘Madras nalla Madras…’ – (Anubhavi Raja Anubhavi)

* ‘Paalum pazhamum kaikalial aenthi…’ – (Paalum pazhamum)

* ‘Paar makalae paar …’ – (Paar makalae paar)

* ‘Malarnthum malaraatha …’ – (Paasamalar

T.M. Soundararajan to sing for Rahman! When legends meet, it's melody that's produced! Old-timers and youngsters alike will soon get to hear T.M. Soundararajan's voice in A.R. Rahman's next album. This information was revealed by TMS himself, who is all excited to sing for Rahman. T.M. Soundararajan said that it is never too old to sing and practises every day even at age 84. He refused to reveal any more details about his album. TMS is making a comeback after a long time in Valiban Sutrum Ulagam, directed by A.R. Lalithasamy with music composed by none other than M.S. Viswanathan