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M. S. Viswanathan (b. June 24, 1928) (or M.S.V.), is a popular south Indian music director for five decades. He is popularly known as "Mellisai Mannar" (Tamil, for "The King of Light Music"). His major works are in Tamil and Telugu films. He has also acted and sung in a few films.

Viswanathan was born to Subramanian and Narayani Kutti (or Naanikutii), in Manayangath house (from which one of his initials is derived) in Ilappulli village in Kerala, India in 1928. He lost his father when he was four. He was saved by his grandfather when his mother decided to kill him and herself as an escape from abject poverty and lack of support. He sold foodstuff in a movie theater during his childhood and later learned music from Neelakanda Bhagavathar. He gave his first stage performance stage in Trivandrum, when he was 13 years old.

Of Malayalee origin, he settled as a prolific film music composer in the Tamil film industry. His first score is for the film Panam (1952). He dominated film music composing in the South Indian film industry during the 1960s and 1970s and composed scores for over 1000 films. His achievements range from introducing fresher melodies, style and orchestration approaches to incorporating various genres of what is now called world music into Indian cinema music. He sung over 500 of his own songs, as well as those of other music directors like V. Kumar, Shankar Ganesh, Ilayaraaja, Gangai Amaran, Deva and A. R. Rahman. He also scored music for many non-film albums and for political campaigns. He also acted in many films and television series.

He often worked with the well-known Tamil poet and lyricist Kannadasan. In recent times, Viswanathan has focused on composing devotional music.

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Sundararajan on M S Viswanathan:
22 Oct,2011 at 11:49 PM
mellisai mannar truly mannathi mannar of the light music.no one can match him or catch him
Rengasamy on M S Viswanathan:
25 Sep,2011 at 10:53 AM
Sir,

I always listen your songs only and i am one of the member in MSV times. com and participate in the anniversary celebration of MSVtimes.com and I also met you in all the functions. I really thankful to god to give such wonderful this generation to me for listening your remarkable songs and it's a great varaprasadam to me. I do not know in my next generation whether will i see such wonderful musician like you and this generation sufficient for me. Will pray with God to keep you in Good health and happy life for long time. Endrum your Rengasamy
Sampath.k on M S Viswanathan:
04 Sep,2011 at 07:19 PM
Eppothum Mellisai Mannar M.S.V. Padalgal saga varam perttavai. athil mayangathavar yavarum illai. Ippothum Naan getpathu M.S.V. avargalin padalgal mattume Anudan K.sampath, Tiruvannamalai
Ifthikar on M S Viswanathan:
24 Jun,2010 at 07:31 AM
Dear Sir,

Many many happy returns of the day.

Anpudan,
Julius on M S Viswanathan:
28 Mar,2009 at 11:00 PM
MSV is perhaps the only Composer with all the ingredients required for a Music Director. He is full-fledged in the sense that his compositins were perfect, from the introduction, melody and the background interludes, besides the re-recording scorings. Was rated very high by Directors like Bhimsingh, Tirulok Chander, Sridhar and Balachander. Will be hard to find one like him. I am an ardent fan of his. Julius, Chennai

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