MSV fans association celebrates KVM centenary

By R Chitra Published on May 08, 2018 02:55 PM IST

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Chennai: It was the fans of music director M S Viswanathan who remembered the birth centenary of another musical legend, K V Mahadevan, by organising a tribute to him Sunday at T Nagar.

The show, organised by Mellisai Mannar Fans Association, called Thirai Isai Thilagam K V Mahadevan Centenary, saw the participation of P Susheela - who is said to have sung 2,600 songs for KVM alone, S P Balasubrahmanyam - who got a wonderful break in his career singing for M G Ramachandran in the film Adimai Penn, and a host of dignitaries.

Susheela sang a few numbers and was accompanied by SPB for the Adimai Penn song Ayiram Nilave Vaa. SPB said it was the superb team work of K V Mahadevan and his assistant Pugazhendi that won him the national award for the Telugu film Sankarabaranam.

There were a number of young singers who belted out the beautiful songs of KVM like Solla Solla Inikuthada (Kandan Karunai), Ondre Kulamendru Paduvom (Pallandu Vazhga), Maama Maama (Kumudham), Kaaviama Nenjin Oviama? (Pavai Vilakku), Malargal Nanaidana Paniyale (Idaya Kamalam), Paattum Naane (Thiruvilayadal), which drew great audience appreciation.

Vani Jairam, who was one of the special invitees, sang the Pallandu Vazhga hit number Sorgathin Thirappuvizha and two unforgettable songs from Sankarabaranam - Brochevarevarura and Maanasa Sancharare.

The audience lapped up the audio visual presentation and the songs rendered by Sathya’s Geethanjali troupe.

Many in the younger generation may not be familiar with the name K V Mahadevan or that he was endearingly known as ‘Maama’ in Tamil cinema circles. The audio-visual on Sunday traced his history from his birth in 1918 (he passed away in 2001) at Krishnankoil till his receiving numerous awards, including two national awards for Kandan Karunai and Sankarabaranam. He worked with all the legends of the film world including MGR and Sivaji. He was responsible for introducing L R Eswari as a soloist to Tamil film world. He worked with lyricists like Marudakasi, Kannadasan till Vairamuthu of the present era. He even sang a song in Koondukili, the only movie that MGR and Sivaji acted together.