The renowned playback singer TM Soundararajan is no more leaving a big space which cannot be replaced by any other musician or human being. The noted singer has left this world in his home in chennai at around 3.45 in the afternoon today (saturday). The singer was undergoing treatment for various illness for the past several months and was 91 years old during his sad demise. Thuguluva Meenatchi Iyengar Sounderarajan, 1923 in Madurai, had sung songs especially in tamil for the past 6 decades an has been a inevitable presence in the south indian film industry by singing about 10000 songs.
TM Soundararajan has been the voice of evergreen heroes of tamil film industry like MGR and Sivaji Ganeshan and world recognizes him for the same. The singer had made his debut in the film industry in the year 1950. His most famous songs were
The singer has also sung few songs in other south indian languages like Kannada and Malayalam but later on he had concentrated more on tamil songs. In the year 2003 he has been honoured by Indian Government by awarding him the Padmashree and the state government’s “Kalaimamani”. He had also made his mark in the field of devotional songs, acted in some films and has been producer of some tamil films. Voice modulation was his forte, allowing the veteran to sing for more than one person in a particular song in films such as “Bama Vijayam”, making him an instant household name among fans.
A noted and admired singer sung lastly in the theme song of the World Classical Tamil Conference in 2010, composed by AR Rahman. Yesteryear colleagues and others from Tamil cinema industry paid homage at his residence inchennai.