Music director V. Dakshinamurti, who dominated the Malayalam film world and has to his credit a handful of immortal Tamil melodies, died here on Friday. He was 92.

Known as Dakshinamurti Swami in the film world, he had a strong foundation in Carnatic music.

Dakshinamurti’s mastery over the raga structure often found eloquent expression in his songs. Nanda Nee En Nila , a madhuvanthi raga song, exemplifies a typical of his composition. In Tamil, he scored music for only nine films. The songs such as Aandavan Illa Ulagam Yethu and Nallamanam Vazhga in Oru Oothapu Kan Chimitugirathu and Nanda Nee En Nila and Oru Kathal Samrajyam in Nanda En Nila continue to mesmerise the listeners.

“He is the definitive patriarch of Malayalam film music,” said Malayalam lyricist Rafeeq Ahmed, who worked with him recently for an upcoming movie “Shyamaragam”.