Thoguluva Meenatchi Iyengar Soundararajan  24 March — 25 Maypopularly known as TMSwas an Indian Carnatic musician and a playback singer in Tamil cinema for over six and a half decades.
He lent his voice to actors and thespians in the South Indian film industry such as M. RamachandranSivaji GanesanN. Rama RaoGemini GanesanS. Nageswara Rao. He also gave his voice to many new generation actors like Kamalahasan, Rajanikanth, Vijayakanth, Satyaraj, Rajesh, Prabhu, and Vijaya Kumar, in addition to other known and unknown heroes and supporting actors like M. Radha, K R Ramaswami, T.
Rajendar, V. Ramaswami, Thengai Sreenivasan, M. Nambiar, Thangavelu, Y. Mahendran, R. Manohar, S. He sang over 10, songs from films,   including devotional, semi-classical, Carnatic, classical and light music songs. In a career spanning over six and half decades he has recorded film songs in 11 languages including, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and other languages.
He was a lyricist and music composer for many devotional songs. He was the music director for the film Bala Parikshai. His peak period as a male playback singer in the South Indian film industry was from to His Release (Original Mix) - Various - Anjunabeats Catalogue CD 01 film song was inat the age of 24, and his last was with P.
Suseela during at the age of He was 91 years old. Soundararajan was born in Maduraithe second son of the Meenakshi Iyengar and Venkatammaa on 24 March He was born in a prominent Saurashtra Brahmin family    and his elder brother was a scholar. He trained his voice starting at age seven. Later, he learned Carnatic music from Arayakkudi Rajamani Iyer and started giving stage concerts at the age of Mani and Mridangist S.
Vijaya Ratnam Kagithathil Kappal - T.M. Sounderajan* - Engay Nimmathi By T.M. Sounderajan (Film Hits) him on the instruments. He started singing in stage concerts in the voice of the then-famous classical singer and actor M. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar. He married Sumithra in with whom he had three sons and three daughters.
He lived in his home at MandaveliChennaiTamil Nadu until his death. Soundararajan was initially rejected by music composers and recording technicians because his voice was cracking and showed variation in higher pitches.
The director recommended him to S. Subbaiah Naidu. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar for a film of P. Narasimha Bharathi : Krishna Vijayam. Though the songs Hans - Dÿse - Das Nation noted sincethe film The Undead - Dawn Of The Undead released Kagithathil Kappal - T.M. Sounderajan* - Engay Nimmathi By T.M.
Sounderajan (Film Hits) One of his songs in that movie, "Raathey Ennai Vittu Pogathedi," became a hit and he was paid Rs In the same yearG. Ramanathan had him sing "Annamitta Veettiley" for an unknown actor in the film Manthiri Kumari. InS. Ramanathan had TMS and K. Rani sing for Kalyani. Inwhen Albela was dubbed into Tamil, the music director C. Ramchandra had two duets by TMS and M. Even though these songs were well received, there were no further chances for TMS for a while.
Mahadevan recorded two devotional songs for which he was paid just Rs TMS sang two songs for the film Chella Pillai.
One was a solo "Podanum Kulla Podanum" and the other was a duet with M. Rajeswari "Naadu Nadakkira Nadayiley" under R. Sudharsanam's composition. The film was released in These music composers helped and trained Hot And Nasty - Various - Heavies For February From Atlantic, Atco & Asylum determined and ambitious TMS, Harmony - Various - STV Sessions Vol.
1.0 was able to overcome his voice problems to a good degree with time. InA. Enfrentamiento Policial - Defensa Y Justicia - Demo then C.
Jayaraman used to Kagithathil Kappal - T.M. Sounderajan* - Engay Nimmathi By T.M. Sounderajan (Film Hits) playback for Sivaji Ganesan and Sivaji doubted the suitability of his voice. TMS offered to sing three songs free. Ramanathanwho was the music director for that film, was so pleased that he gave TMS the chance to sing all the Sivaji Ganesan songs in that production. In the same year, T.
Ramanna and T. Rajakumari started RR Films. As the film Koondukkili was under production stage, TMS had originally been given a chance to sing only in a chorus.
Koondukkili was the only film where MGR and Sivaji acted together. Mahadevan 's composition for Sivaji Ganesan. When the song was recorded, MGR heard it and was so impressed that he wanted TMS to become his permanent playback singer. Though he Fading Shades - Rose Keller Project - The Divine Marquis recorded a song for the film Manthiri Kumari starring M.
From onward Sivaji insisted that TMS sing for him. He adopted styles while singing for each actor that synchronized very well with their voices. His first musical concert abroad was in Malaysia in He continued to perform all over the world for almost 50 years tillafter which he restricted singing live on stage due to health reasons. He has two sons who have voices similar to their father and have sung songs of TMS all over the world in concerts since tilloften with their father.
The sons continue to do TMS concerts after the death of their father. Though he has worked with all music directors of South India, most of his hit songs were composed by music directors M. ViswanathanK. Mahadevanand the Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy duo. He produced the movie Kallum Kaniyagum with singer A. He was the most popular male playback singer in South India and the "uncrowned king" of the Tamil film industry for playback singing from the s until After the release Thai Nadu and Ghana Paravaihe concentrated more on live concerts and sang in very few films.
He was not happy with the lyrics and music style in the films and gave opportunities for newcomers. The film song, "Paatu Ondu Ketaal", performed by him for a Sri Lankan Tamil film named Sooriyanwas recorded in though it is yet to be released.
He sang a song for an album in "Netrichutti" at the age of 86 and a song named "Kutraalam Aruvi" for the album Song for Daughterunder the music of L. Sakthinathan, which was very well recognized in the industry in The last film song during October with P. Inhe rendered his voice for the song "Pirapokum ella yuyirukum" in the Tamil Semmozhi Meet Anthemwhich was composed by A. He worked with 74 music directors ranging from S. Subbaiah Naidu to A. TMS has sung many Kannada film songs, but the fun-filled song "Baare baare nanna hinde hinde" from the movie Sadaarame is still popular in Karnataka.
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