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#RIPMSV: Celebs recall Viswanathan hits, pay tribute on Twitter

With the death of music composer MS Viswanathan, South cinema has lost a doyen of light film music. The legendary music director is often called Mellisai Mannar (The King of Light Music). Read celebs reactions to the passing away of an icon.

regional movies Updated: Jul 14, 2015 13:57 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Music director MS Viswanathan, who has over 750 films to his credit, died at a private hospital in Chennai on July 14, 2015. (Gopimohan/Twitter)

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".

Top-billed Tamil actor Ajith expressed his sympathy for the family, paying respect to the musical genius on Twitter.

In his condolence note, actor Vishal mentioned how MS Viswanathan's death was a "great loss to the industry".

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.

MS Viswanathan, who has over 750 films to his credit, died at a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday. He had been undergoing treatment at Fortis Malar hospital for old-age related ailments and breathing problem.

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.

First Published: Jul 14, 2015 13:25 IST