Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Governor K. Rosaiah condoled the death of eminent playback singer T.M. Soundararajan on Saturday.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said, TMS, who entered the Tamil film world with the song ‘Radhe nee ennai vittu pogathaedi,’ had sung more than 10,000 film songs. He had also sung a few songs in Telugu and Malayalam films.

TMS had also sung several devotional songs in praise of Lord Muruga. He was an unparalleled singer. The Chief Minister recalled that during her tenure in 2001-06, TMS was awarded the Padma Shri.

In a message, the Governor said the veteran playback singer was ‘known for his rich voice and had stirred the audience by imitating the voices of most of the heroes he sang for.’

“His death is an irreparable loss to the Tamil film industry and Tamil music world in particular,” he said.

DMK president M. Karunanidhi said his association with TMS went back to the days he penned the script for the film Mandirikumari.

TMS’ mellifluous voice, Tamil pronunciation, emotional songs and his ability to match the voice of the heroes he sang for brought him fame. The State government conferred the title ‘Kalaimamani’ on him in 1974.

DMDK president Vijayakant said TMS’ death was an irreparable loss.

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