Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said has that she said that she would take all efforts to ensure that music duo M S V and T K Ramamurthy get their due.
Speaking at a felicitation function organised for the veteran music composers, which also marked the 14th anniversary celebrations of Jaya TV, the Chief Minister said, ‘I had recommended their names to the Central government for the Padma Awards last year. But the Centre, which has adverse views against the State government, did not pay heed to that’
Jayalalithaa said, ‘The time will come when she will have a stronger say in such matters.’ She presented gold coins to MSV and Ramamurthy besides a car to each of them. Heaping laurels on them, the Chief Minister said, ‘They even made Carnatic musicians, who do not attach great importance to film music, take notice of their wonderful compositions’.
‘The duo took us to a new world of music and achieved several feats in light music combining tradition with technology’, she added.
On MSV, she said, ‘He was the first to score music with over 3,090 instruments. But also ensured that he can do songs with just three instruments’.
Known for his proficiency in playing the harmonium, keyboard and piano, MSV has sung over 500 songs. By composing tunes for Thamizh Thaai Vazhuthu, he has won the hearts of every Tamilian, she said. On T K Ramamurthy, she said, ‘He hails from a traditional music family. His mastery in playing violin amazes every one. The duo combined to give songs in 1950s and 1960s that are still fresh in our memory.’
The event witnessed Jayalalithaa honouring several musicians including playback singers T M Soundararajan, S P Balasubramanyam, M S Rajeswari, P Suseela among others.