In the passing away of legendary South Indian composer MS Viswanathan on Tuesday, cinema has lost an institution in light film music. The man who revolutionised film music in Tamil cinema back in the 1950s was fondly remembered on Twitter by Southern celebrities.
Double Oscar winner AR Rahman took to Twitter to pay his heart-felt condolence to the doyen of light music, Vishwanathan calling him "our beloved melodic genius".
MSV took us to deepest core of Tamil & colorful melodies over past 40 yrs We've lost our beloved melodic genius May almighty bless his soul— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) July 14, 2015
Top-billed Tamil actor Ajith expressed his sympathy for the family, paying respect to the musical genius on Twitter.
Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of legendary Musician M.S.Viswanathan. May his soul rest in peace.— Ajith | #Thala56 (@ajithFC) July 14, 2015
In his condolence note, actor Vishal mentioned how MS Viswanathan's death was a "great loss to the industry".
A legend has passed away. M s Viswanathan. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family. A great loss to the industry— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) July 14, 2015
Actor Vikram Prabhu expressing his grief, mentioned how in Viswanathan's death, yet another legend had moved on, possibly alluding to the death of another pillar of South cinema, K Balachander, December 2014.
Film writer Gopi Mohan paid his respects to the late composer recalling his favourite Viswanathan melodies.
Popular for composing music in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, MSV started his career as a composer for the 1952 film Tamil Panam starring Sivaji Ganeshan.
He is a recipient of Kalamamani and several other music awards.
MSV is survived by four sons and three daughters. His last rites will be performed on Wednesday.