Legendary playback singer T.M. Soundararajan was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai after suffering a kidney-related ailment. The singer, who is often referred to as the ‘on-screen voice’ of the legendary MGR and Sivaji Ganesan, is credited with having played a crucial role in the late MGR’s ascendance to the throne of the chief-ministership of the State.
The many philosophical, patriotic and other songs that TMS had rendered for MGR proved crucial in taking MGR’s views on socially relevant issues to the public and to his fans. TMS has also sung many sobre and philosophical songs for Sivaji Ganesan, who was MGR’s contemporary hero throughout the sixties and seventies.
Hailing from Madurai, TMS is one of those thousands of Sowrashtra-based persons who migrated to Tamil Nadu some centuries back and made Tamil Nadu their home. His Tamil diction and pronunciation was of the highest possible quality and was widely appreciated by music lovers, music directors and members of the general public. He has also sung songs for superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijayakanth and Sathyaraj.
Last year, TMS sang the Chemmozhiyaana Tamil Mozhi song which was composed by Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman on the eve of the World Chemmozhi Conference organized in Coimbatore by the previous regime. TMS fell ill yesterday and was immediately rushed to the Kaliyapa Hospital in Chennai’s Raja Annamalaipuram. Doctors attending to him said that his kidneys have been affected.
TMS is presently recuperating in the Intensive Cure Unit of the Hospital.
Let’s pray for his speedy recovery!