M. S. Viswanathan

M. S. Viswanathan (born June 24, 1928) (or M.S.V.), is a popular south Indian music director for five decades. He is popularly known as "Mellisai Mannar" (Tamil, for "The King of Light Music"). His major works are in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. He has also acted and sung in a few films. Despite his Keralite background, he established a … Read More


Early life Ilaiyaraaja was born into a poor rural family in Pannaipuram, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, India, as the third son of Ramaswamy and Chinnathayammal. Growing up in a rural area, Ilaiyaraaja was exposed to a range of Tamil folk music. At the age of 14, he joined a travelling musical troupe headed by his elder stepbrother, Pavalar … Read More

A R Rahman

‘Music, like religion, has a soul. If you get this right, you can have different arrangements’ Coming from south India, he says, he lived in a shell. But A R Rahman has broken many religious and linguistic barriers since. Now he is on a spiritual journey, inspired by Sufism. In an interview on NDTV 24 X 7’s Walk the Talk, Rahman tells Shekhar … Read More

S.P. Balusubrahmanyam

Balusubrahmanyam took to singing as a hobby during his childhood. He developed an interest in music very early in his life, and had studied notations and learnt to play instruments such as harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father.He is also a classical singer,learnt classics in his early childhood with his mothers co operation. … Read More