Tribute to MSV would be rare event in Auckland

Tribute to MSV would be rare event in Auckland

Musical evening will bring back golden memories
Venkat Raman
Auckland, October 20, 2019

Lovers of Tamil film songs can expect a scintillating journey back to the golden age of melody at a unique programme due to be held on October 26, 2019 in Auckland.

Ravi Muthumanickam, known for his proficiency in music is presenting an evening devoted to M S Viswanathan, celebrated as ‘Mellisai Mannar’ (King of Light Music) in the Tamil film industry more than 30 years ago.

Ravi said that the programme, titled, ‘Ninaithale Inikkum,’ would be a tribute to the innumerable hits composed by the maestro from the 1950s to early 1970s.

He will be supported several singers and instrumentalists, proving that there is abundant talent among the members of our communities in New Zealand,

The Programme will be held from 6 pm at Mount Albert War Memorial Hall, located on the corner of Wairere Avenue and New North Road, in Mount Albert.

Tickets priced at $10 (free for children) are on sale.

Ravi said that food will be available at the venue at a reasonable price. Further details can be obtained from him on 021-991594 or 021-1996006.

Popular songs expected

Seven years ago (June 9, 2012), Ravi conducted a programme called ‘Nenjam Marappathillai’ at which he rendered many hits including ‘Anbulla Manvizhiye’ (from Kuzhanthaiyum Deivamum), ‘Anru Vanthathum Athe Nila’ (Periya Idathu Penn’), ‘Ayiram Nilave Vaa’ (Adimai Penn), ‘Chella Kiligalam Palliyile’ (Enga Mama), ‘Chippi Irukkuthu Muthum’ (Varumayin Niram Sivappu), ‘Kannanai Ninaikkatha Nalillaiye (Seervarisai), ‘Namma Ooru Singari’ (Ninaithale Inikkum), ‘Nilave Ennidam Nerungathe’ (Ramu), ‘Ponnenna Poovenna  Kanne’ (Aalaigal) and ‘Viswanathan Velai Venum (‘Kadalikka Neramillai’).

“While every song composed by M S Viswanathan have stood the test of time, we have selected songs that are among the all-time favourites,” Ravi said.

One such would certainly be ‘Atho Andha Paravaipola Vazha Vendum’ which he had composed (with Ramamurthy) for ‘Aayirathil Oruvan,’ a 1965 Tamil film. The song was not only the last to be recorded for the film but was also the last song written by Kannadasan for an MGR film and the last film for Viswanathan Ramamurthy as a musical duo.

Immortal Songs

MSV eulogised Kannadasan, saying that he was the only lyricist who could write for every mood in life, be it bitten by the love bug or the sorrow of a betrayed lover.

Many of us remember the nostalgic black and white movies, which featured scores of his romantic and melancholic songs, and would wonder if any of the modern lyricists could juggle between such different genres.

‘Ponal Pogattum Poda’ (picturised on Shivaji Ganeshan in the 1961 movie Paalum Pazhamum) is one the most favourite songs of that generation, evoking the deep hidden pain during the time of irrevocable sorrow of man who believed he had lost his wife. But the song was written out of a real incident in Kannadasan’s life.

About M S Viswanathan

Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan lived until 87 years (he died on July 14, 2015) with a zest for life with unadulterated passion for music.

He started composing music for Tamil films in 1952 in partnership with Tiruchirappalli Krishnaswamy Ramamurthy. Both had worked under renowned music directors of the era, including C R Subbaraman and S M Subbiah Naidu. 

When the Subbaraman passed away unexpectedly, with uncompleted work in many films such as ‘Chandi Rani’ and ‘Devadas, the mantle of responsibility fell on the young shoulders of MSV and TKR. The songs composed by them became instant hits.

‘Panam’ was their first film as independent music directors, on the recommendation of legendary comedian the late N S Krishnan. 

MSV belonged to an era in which lyrics and voice were in the forefront with the instruments taking the backstage. The verses have had deep impact in our minds, diverting us from whatever mood we were in, to the milieu set by the musical number.

To scores of today’s music directors and musicians, he is a pioneer and trailblazer who paved the way with compositions that shine like stars in the musical firmament, defying the passage of time.

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