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    Film Poets of Yesteryears

    While Kannadhasan and Vali are quite well-known to the younger generation, there existed many more Kavignars whose contributions to film music cannot be denied. Some of thier songs are reappearances even today.

    Hope that old timers will share thier knowledge on these personalities.
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    Let me begin this thread with the grand old man of Tamil Film Songs, who brought manmadha leelai into Tamil songs.

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    பாபநாசம் சிவன் - Papanasam Sivan
    September 26, 1890 - October 10, 1973


    He received his formal music training from Noorani Mahadeva Bhagavatar and Samba Bhagavatar. He was also highly influenced by the famous singer Konerirajapuram Vaidyanatha Iyer.
    He was born in Polaham, Tanjavur district, Tamilnadu.

    A famous composer, Sivan was also known as Tamil Thyagayya. Using Classical South Indian as a base, Sivan created numerous hits popularised by M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and M. S. Subbulakshmi.


    Source: http://www.carnatica.net/composer/papanasamsivan.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papanasam_Sivan
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    Next, we bring someone from Vinnodum Mugilodum!

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    Udumalai Narayana Kavi
    1899-1981


    He was born to a poor family in Poolavadi, a small village in Udumalpet taluk, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India. He is remembered for writing several lyrics that were used in the freedom movement in his early days and between 1950 to 1972, he wrote popular lyrics for several Kollywood movies.


    You can read about him in Manisekaran's thread: http://www.tfmpage.com/my/mani/unk.html


    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udumalai_Narayana_Kavi
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    Sinthanai sei maname

    From Sangili Aanda Puram, a boy aged 6 or 7 had joined a drama troupe. In this drama troupe, there was a Tamil tutor (Vaathiaar) who taught drama and Tamil to the young charges. One day, at the stage, that boy from Sangili Aanda Puram was acting in the role of a young widow. And by carelessness on that day, he was wearing a blouse.

    In that era, wearing blouse by widows was rather inappropriate according to societal norms. At the end of the scene, that Tamil tutor harshly caned the young boy; ‘Can you be so careless and unrealistic in your profession?’

    Guess who was that young charge, who received such a beating? Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan. Who was that cane-loving tutor? Most respectful and admired elder and great poet, K.D.Santhanam


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    K.D.Santhanam


    Source: http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...ct=clnk&gl=myi
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    Who really wrote the song Paattum naane baavamum naane?
    Was it....

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    Ka. Mu. Sheriff
    September 26, 1890 - October 10, 1973



    Read this for detailed explanation:
    http://www.tfmpage.com/my/lyricist/sheriff.txt

    He wrote songs for over 100 movies. His birthplace is Abiviruthi
    eeswaram. He used to write and recite poems in young age itself.

    More here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=my
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    Thoongaathe thambi thoongathe

    Kalyanasundaram-Sridhar combination hit the jackpot subsequently in the successful movie Kalyana Parisu [1959, Venus Pictures; again starring Gemini Ganesan]. As detailed above by director Sridhar’s reminiscences, PKS wrote 8 lyrics for this triangular love plot, and all of them became great hits. This movie had the optimal mix of tear-jerking scenes, tasteful songs and a parallel comedy track of husband-wife team K.A. Thangavelu- M. Saroja pair.

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    Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram
    (1930-1959)


    Quote Originally Posted by Kannadhasan
    “Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram had died. Cannot believe it! Is he? That young guy who was only 29 years? Was he the one who died? Even in dream, believable events occur. Did this unbelievable event really occur? Only 25 months had passed since he got married! Five month old baby cannot even utter the word ‘Appa’ to him.

    Had he taken a long sleep, leaving behind the baby and his young, naïve wife? What a travesty! Grim Reaper, what did you do?

    Why you wished to drink the young blood of that poet and approached him? Where is the ever-smiling young face? Where are the two eyes that challenged the thoughts? Where is the great poet who welcomes us with a smile? Has he died? Won’t he return again? My writing hands and pen shake and fumble! The hand that’d write his glory has to announce his death.


    Source: http://www.sangam.org/2010/04/Kalyan...m.php?uid=3916
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    I can't find any information of popular lyricist Maruthakasi.
    Guys please help me....

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    Maruthakasi
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    Maruthakasi was the only lyricist who was considered as lyricist at that time because he was the one who wrote lyrics in perfect tamil
    to vivasayi vivasayi in normal language as well. he could adapt both the styles with perfection.

    Ennai vittu odi poga mudiyuma - i like his lyrical beauty in that.

    His son Marutha barani is into dubbing/remake and his daughter in law is um(TV serial actress/dubbing artist) who used to act in films.. like sister to rajnikanth in naan mahan alla

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    all others were called Poets .. kavi ka mu sherrif, ulundhur pettai shnamugam, udumalali narayana kavi etc

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    Hi,

    You can add the following to the long list:

    Kambadasan, Ku Ma Balasubramaniam, Ku Sa Krishnamurthy, Alangudi Somu, Athmanathan, Thanjai Ramaiahdas, Seetharam (Dingiri Dingale song is his composition), Kothamangalam Subbu (author of the famous novel Thillana Mohanambal), Vindhan (a good short story writer encouraged by the great Kalki), Kalki himself (he has penned songs in Meera and some other films), to name a few others.

    Regards

    Ramaswamy

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