A golden voice falls silent

Veteran playback singer T.M. Soundararajan passed away in Chennai on Saturday. The nonagenarian ruled the hearts of his fans with his mellifluous singing for decades. A pictorial tribute to the legend ... Compiled by Saraswathy Srinivasan

A Great Golden Voice become silent. Feel like crying.

Wow what a voice and what a man. His voice is immortalised Tamil film songs. I read his interview way back in 1989 in "The Hindu" as to how he built his career in Tamil Film Industry. He use to use bicycles to go to recording theaters and he was applauded for bringing life to carnatic style music singing to hit tamil film songs. I think he was appreciated by "Semmangudi" Sreenivasa Iyer as well.

All of his songs are cleanly rendered and will be eternal. I learnt lot of songs just by listening to him on radio/television.

Even now his songs are being sung by newcomers in television shows. He give full life to the songs.

I have to name a few out of his best.

1. Isai Kettal puvi asaindadhum

2. Paattum Nane

3. Sindhanai Sei Maname

4. Pullanguzhal Kodhutha

5. Yen pirandhai Magane(After loss of his son)

6. Adi Ennadi Rakkamma

7. Iravinil Attam

8. His evergreen Lord Muruga Songs and many many more.RIP

from:  Harish Vembu
Posted on: May 30, 2013 at 22:11 IST

It is a great loss. I listen to his songs last 40 years and still not
boring. When I am tired, his songs are boosters. You get energized
when listen to the golden voice. I can list 100 of songs which cannot
be imitated even by other singers. What a soul touching voice to suit
the nature of Tamil Language from city to villages. When his songs
played, I stop from walking and stand and listen to his songs. Seeing
me my kids also enjoy Paramsivan Kazhuththilirunth paampu kettathu
song and the remember the lyrics also.

May his soul rest at the feet of Lord Muruga.

from:  Murthy
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 12:34 IST

its 100 percent true the he sings like MGR and sivaji ganeshan, an example nan anai ittall .... for MGR and palum palum pazhamum kai kalil yendhi... for sivaji ganesh,a singer beyond comparison,once I and my cousin was sitting near the light house beach for a cool breeze in the eve just above the platform ,my cusin told me see who is sitting next to you, to my wonder its the legedry Tms,some kind of happiness comes to our mind when we utter the word tms, its double when we see him personally ,he has given immense happiness to millions by his special voice for decades we are blessed that we lived along with him.

from:  cha.mohan
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 12:59 IST

Legends like TMS do not die. They live on as long as humanity exists. I have never seen TMS in person. However, I feel that I know him as well or even better than my dearest family members. I have spent more time in TMS company over the past 40 years of my life than probably anyone else (perhaps, with the exception of the great Mohd. Rafi). I feel so deeply indebted to the legends of Indian film music such as TMS. Without a doubt, TMS occupies a very high place in the pantheon of Indian music.

from:  Varadhan
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 05:38 IST

What a personality! TM Soundarajan is a person of par excellence in his
caliber of voice and melody! An unparalleled personality in achievement
and attainment in his six decade of professional Tamil film play back
singer! We salute him!

from:  Srinivasan Bhoopalan
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 23:36 IST

A great singer who has sung several thousands Tamil songs and ruled the
Tamil Cinema industry for over 40 years. Even though he did not get
proper recognition from both state and central governments for his
achievements, he has several thousand ardent fans including hundreds of
singers who follow his path and sing only his songs.

from:  Suvakumaran
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 17:59 IST

Definitely, one of the most talented play back singer in tamil cinema for decades. He could change his voice accordingly for stalwarts like MGR and Sivaji Ganesan. Wonderful singer, will be missed, but his songs will remain in memory for ever.

from:  Neddy
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 15:01 IST

Tamil film music was fortunate to have a voice like the one late TMS sir had, pristine, manly and uncompromisingly sruthi-aligned.

He should be considered ,without an iots of doubt, the 'pithamagan' of Tamil film music, and even though he was a Sourashtrian by birth ,his Tamil diction was better than even some of the best Tamil singers of any era. His songs for MGR and Sivaji are some of the best in film music and it continues to sway masses even to this day. His best songs are best sung by him only and none of even the best singers of today can even attempt to sing and do justice to them.

His mellifluous voice brought joy to millions of music lovers all over the world and his songs on Tamil deity Murugan are a class apart in devotional music singing. A great era in Tamil film music has ended with the passing away of PBS and TMS.

May his great musical soul rest in peace and continue to inspire many aspiring singers....

from:  K.S.Ranganathan
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 07:13 IST

The song Pon Ondru Kandaen by the legends T.M.S and P.B. Srinivas, is my
all time favorite. A confluence of the two magicians' work. They always
live in our Heart.

from:  Karthik S
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 00:51 IST
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