TM Soundararajan

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PTI | May 25, 2013

Singer TM Soundararajan was the number one choice of Tamil cinema icons MG Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan. He died in 2013 at the age of 91. Soundararajan was survived by his wife and two sons.

Often hailed as the "uncrowned king" of Tamil cinema, TMS, as Sounderarajan was fondly addressed, had rendered over 5,000 cinema and devotional songs and had been awarded various honours including the Padmashri and the state government's "Kalaimamani".

A highly respected singer hailing from Madurai, Soundarajan had last sung in the theme song of the World Classical Tamil Conference in 2010, composed by AR Rahman.

TMS was also known for his soul-stirring devotional songs, especially on Lord Muruga, with his most famous " Ullam uruguthayya" (The heart melts) instantly evoking devotion even to this day.

He had also starred in some films. However, Soundararajan dominated the playback scene for nearly four decades in which he almost sang for all leading heroes of Tamil cinema.

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