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TM.Soundararajan
TM.Soundararajan
24-03-1923
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
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TM.Soundararajan Biography

T. M. Soundararajan, is a legendary playback singer from the Tamil film industry for Four Decades. He gave voice to most of M. G. Ramachandran , Sivaji Ganesan, S. S. Rajendran, Jaishankar and Ravichandran songs in Tamil films. Popularly known as "TMS". He is a devotee of Lord Subrahmanya (called Lord Muruga in Tamil) and sang many devotional songs on Him. Even at the Age of 85 years, he is still actively singing for Tamil Film industry and the latest one "Valiban Suttrum Ulagam" along with P Susila is expected to be released in this year .

TMS was born in the Sourashtra community and from Madurai and was the second son of Meenatchi Iyengar. His father was a temple priest who earned a living from the Varatharaja Perumaal Temple, Madurai and also singing in marriage functions. TMS had been training his voice since the age of 7 by singing the songs of M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar (MKT) and P. U. Chinnappa Bhagavathar. TMS studied till SSLC. He first learnt carnatic music from Sarangapani Bhagavathar, a Music teacher from Sourashtra High School. Later he learnt carnatic music from Rajamani Iyengar for two years and started giving stage concerts at 23. He was married much early. As he was singing in stage concerts in the voice of MKT and many called him litte MKT. TMS approached MKT to become his disciple but MKT advised him to shape a separate identity for himself.

To sing in the cinema was always in his mind and through the actor P. V. Narasimha Bharathi, who is also from the Sourashtra community, TMS worked in the Kovai Royal Talkies for a monthly salary of only Rs 50. Then he went over to Coimbatore Central studio to reveal his ability to the then seniors in the field, such as K. R. Ramasamy and P. U. Chinnappa Bhagavathar (PUC). PUC who sensed the talent, recommended him for movies.

TMS had worked for six months in the house of Sunderlal Natkarni, a director in the Central Studios, hoping to get a chance and the director recommended to S. M. Subbaiah Naidu to give TMS a singing chance. In 1950, S. M. Subbaiah Naidu gave TMS sing five songs for the film of P. V. Narasimha Bharathi starrer Krishna Vijayam. The hit song was Raathey Ennai Vittu Odathedi and he was paid Rs 625 for that. In the same year 1950, G. Ramanathan made him to sing Annamitta Veettiley for an unknown actor in the film Manthiri Kumari. In 1951 TMS acted and sang Theeraatha Thuyaralley as a beggar in Devagi again by G. Ramanathan. In 1952, Susarla Dakshinamurthi gave TMS sang two duet songs in Valayapathi which are Kulir Thaamarai Poigaiyai Kanden and Kulungidum Poovilellaam both with K. Jamuna Rani. TMS had the opportunity to sing songs which wrote by Bharathidasan.

Even the songs are well received, there was no further chance for TMS. Then TMS came to the HMV studio where K. V. Mahadevan recorded two devotional songs for which he was paid Rs 80. K. V. Mahadevan requested TMS to go seek chance in the AVM Productions which was looking for new voices. TMS sang two songs for the film Chella Pillai. One was solo Podanum Kulla Podanum and the other is a duet with M.S. Rajeswari, Naadu Nadakkira Nadayiley under K. V. Mahadevan`s composition. The film was released later in 1955.

In 1954, Maruthakasi recommended TMS to sing in Aruna Pictures Thooku Thookki. Till then C. S. Jayaraman used to sing playback for Sivaji Ganesan and Sivaji doubted the suitability of the voice but TMS was willing to sing three songs free. TMS and Sivaji Ganesan were introduced to each other and in the short conversation TMS studied the voice of Sivaji Ganesan. TMS sang Sundari Soundari and Eratha Malaithaniley, imitating the voice of Sivaji Ganesan to the closest possible. G. Ramanathan who was the music director for this film was so much pleased and gave TMS the chance to sing all the songs for Sivaji Ganesan. All the songs were instant and great hits and TMS became famous overnight.

In the same year, meanwhile T. R. Ramanna and T. R. Rajakumari started the RR Films. As the film Koondukkili was under production stage, TMS was given a chance to sing only chorus. It should be noted that Koondukkili was the only film where MGR and Sivaji acted together. Tanjai Ramayah Dass was very impressed with the golden voice of TMS, and he requested the story and dialogue writer Vindhan to give a chance to sing a full solo. TMS had sung Konjum Kiliyana Pennai under K. V. Mahadevan`s composition. That was the first song by TMS for Sivaji Ganesan.

But as the song was recorded MGR heard it, was so much impressed and intended TMS to be his permanent singer. He was used in MGR’s next movie Malaikkallan where TMS sang Ethanai Kaalamthaan Ematruvaar Intha Naattiley written by Tanjai Ramaiyah Dass and composed by S. M. Subbaiah Naidu.

Right from the beginning TMS was excellent at imitating the voices of most of the heroes he sang for. From the early 1960s Sivaji started to insist on TMS to do playback singer singing for him. Since then, TMS was doing playback for MGR and Sivaji till the end of 1970s.

He was the `uncrowned king` in Tamil film industry for playback singing in the 1960s and 1970s. He had sung together with other male singers such as Sirkazhi Govindarajan, P. B. Sreenivas, S. C. Krishnan, J. P. Chandrababu, K. R. Ramasamy, V. N. Sundaram, A. L. Ragavan, K. J. Yesudas and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. He also sung duets with many lady singers such as P. Suseela, P. Leela, Jikki, L. R. Eswari, S. Janaki, Vani Jairam, M. S. Rajeswari, K. Jamuna Rani, M. L. Vasanthakumari, U. R. Jeevarathinam, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, T. V. Rathinam, Radha Jayalakshmi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, Rao Balasaraswathi Devi, A. P. Komala, K. Rani, B. S. Sasirekha and others.

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TM.Soundararajan Fans Reviews (21)

Ellam Siva Mayam TMS sir was my first inspirational guru into singing. I felt that he lead me into music by his divine Voice. Karrpagavalli i remember. I even now sing this song at our temple with passion . You are with us TMS Sir

Annamalay Sanasi, South Africa. Pretoria on 20-01-2018

There is only one singer who sings versatile songs with bhavam and imitating the voices of heroes means that is only and one TMS alone. Carnatic,western,folk,light music and high pitch songs what ever you want, you can see all these from his songs. No body can touch his range so far. One Sun one Moon and only one TMS as rightly said by Shri MSV.

K.N.Gopi, Walajapet on 14-12-2017

Hi Thunga geeth moga jukku oppaii. Main ga dev geeth na jukku jukku oppai.murugan geeth thunga voice super ka say.

vaishnave, trichy on 23-03-2017

THAAI TAMIL's son TMS, no doubt. i like all of his songs sung for MGR and Sivaji Ganeshan. Paar magale paar, Vanthanaal Mudhal Inta Naal Vare... '; ennathaan nadakkum nadakkattume, naan yaar nee yaar ?, nenchum undu nermaiye undu ....., dharmmam thalai kaakkum; Ullam uruguthayya; karpagavallini .... TMS stand equally with Mohd. RAFI in my heart always. His fabulous voice is a great contribution to all TAMILIANS. Wonderful singer of the century. his voice shall remain evermore in the air as long as SUN, MOON, GANGA, KAVERI, KRISHNA, GODAVARI, SARASWATI flows on MOTHER EARTH. my salute, tribute to TMS .......... Balu bbalushree@gmail.com

BALU, Mumbai on 07-10-2016

TMS, the greatest singer in india,lives in our hearts through his songs. A perfect example for ultimately sweet genuine male voice with chaste tamil pronounciation... Only singer in the world to make subtle changes in the voice to suit the voice of actors. Only singer in the World who can put through the emotions of the song in his voice. He can make you weep,cry,laugh,feel the love, feel the devotion,feel the passions through his voice.He is ultimate. Greatest,no one can be compared with him.

B.Sudhakar, S.Kulathur,Chennai on 20-09-2016

When I was very young I been listening his songs and I appreciate,him for the best singer ever ever ever and forever.

theresa .m, on 20-03-2016

I WANT TO CELEBRATE T.M.S.'S BIRTHDAY AND MEMORIYAL DAY EVERY YEAR IN OUR VILLAGE. IAM A TEACHER, BUT ALSO DEEP LOVER OF TMS THE GREAT. I WANT TO MEET THIRU T.M.S.SELVA KUMAR, HIS SON TO GATHER HIS PHOTOS AND DETAILS. PL. SEND ME HIS RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AND MOBILE NO.

s.murugesan, kilvelur on 08-03-2016

TMS ,as he is known and famous ,undoubtedly the number one singer in India.I like his voice, and style of singing .I had an impression when I started listeningto his songs that he was a big made and a hefty person but he was medium built as I saw his photos.I wish him best !

tuan raban, Rome ,Italy. on 23-12-2015

Tms was ever green play back singer. There is only one son and there is only singer in tamil cinema. I am very proud of to think that I lived during tms was in cinima.No singer could be comparable with him. His voice is anmaikural. No singer had such anmaikural. He sang for shilaji. Mgr. Ssr,asokanand sivakumar. He changed his shreeram while sang for shilaji, Mgr.Ssr,asokanand and sivakumar. Tms is a theivapadagar and no singer could give his voice hereafter

Mohan, Thirubuvanam kumbakonam on 13-12-2015

Intha ulegetai vitte marainthalum, neenggal yellam manethilum uyirodu irukindrirgal. Unggal Tattuva, Puratchi, Bakti, Kathal, Malalai, Sogem matrum pale padelgalin kural osai neenggamal en uyir muchi irukkum varai olite konde irukkum.

Kathan Ganasan, Malaysia on 25-07-2015

IAM LOOKING FOR A SONG CALLED I THINK AGAMATHI KOUNDE ITS A KAMATCEE SONG

M.S.JERRY PILLAY, SOUTH AFRICA on 16-04-2015

TMS sir I like ur MURUGAN songs. Sir na indru oru MURUGAN pakthar anathuku karanan ungalin isai varikal. Thank you sir.

sathish, thirunelveli on 23-03-2015

nenga 1ru murai eangal vourku vanthu srimath venkatramana bhagavathar katcheril pangatri iruntheirgal ungaludaya nanbar eanga palar innum irukerargal nengal mattum ean ayya

P.B.Rambabu, Ayyampettai, thanjavor on 14-12-2014

Dear T.M.S sir i am tamilan my name is ebenezer D.O.B 16/02/1961 native chittoor AP. iam MGR Rasigan so many songs part my life ,Your voice

I.EBENEZER, L.B.PURAM (bandapalli)villag on 15-11-2014

TMS Ayya, is my most and most favorite singer since I was 9 years old, I am now 47, but daily never miss to enjoy listening his greatest songs. His tamil pronouns is SUPERB, UNBEATABLE with his combination of Pattukotai Ayya,Kannadaasan Ayya, Vaali Ayya, KVM Ayya, MSV Ayya, Shankar Ganesh Ayya, Ilayaraaja Ayya and all others. I LOVE HIS SONGS. May god Bless Him Forever and ever......

viswanathan, chennai on 03-11-2014

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?????, London on 17-06-2013

I LIKE HIS SONGS FOR MGR AND SHIVAJI

JOJU, on 15-06-2013

Legend in expressive voice.

Govindan, Chennai on 29-05-2013

No other singer sung like TMS the only voice heard most of the film songs in cable TV. May imitate MKT, the name of TMS is spoken by everyone although MKT & PUC are the greatest singers. I wish him to celebrate his Century.

S.BALAKUMAR, Ooty on 02-05-2013

IAM AGED 65.I LIKED CINE SONGS BECAUSE OF TMS. THE STYLE OF HIS SINGING IS EXCELLENT.AND TOUCHED MIND OF ME AND TAMIL MUSIC LOVERS. I HAVE ALL THE SONGS OF TMS EXECEPT SOME SONGS. IF TWO SINGER SUNG, HIS VOICE AND STYLE WIN.I STARTED HEARING HIS SONGS FROM MANTHIRIKUMARI AND MALAIKALLAN. IN DEVOTIONAL SONGS ALSO HE GOT FIRST RANK. I WANT TO MEET HIM BUT I DONT KNOW WHO WILL HELP ME FOR THAT.

S.MAHADEVAN, KORATTUR, CHENNAI-80 on 28-03-2013

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