A versatile singer, he modulated his voice to suit the two stars perfectly; a listener could identify the star in the film through TMS’s songs even without watching the movie!
T.M. Soundararajan or TMS, the well-known playback singer, who was the voice of two megastars of Tamil Nadu — MGR and Sivaji Ganesan — died in Chennai on Saturday. He was 90.
T.M. Soundararajan’s contribution to South Indian film music is priceless. The veteran singer is the recipient of this year’s Swaralaya Award.
T.M. Soundararajan, popularly known as TMS, is a living legend among film music lovers. The nonagenarian singer, in a career that has spanned decades and several generations of filmmakers, has sung songs of all genres and for audiences of all kinds. Classical, folk, western or popular, everything turns mellifluous at the touch of his magical voice. He has sung for just about all the actors who dominated the scene during the last five decades in South Indian cinema such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Jaishankar, Rajkumar and A. Nageswara Rao, to name a few, thus lending voice to the dreams and yearnings, and also angst and anger of several generations of film viewers in the post-independence era.