T.M. Soundarajan Dead: Provided the Singing Voice for Tamil Stars

Indian thrush was playback singer for Sivaji Ganesan, MGR

Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness. He was 91.

Soundarajan sang such Tamil hits as “Ponaal pogotum poda” in “Paalum pazamum” and the titular song in “Anbe vaa.”

His voice suited both Ganesan and Ramachandran even though both were rival stars of the 1960s. However, due to a misunderstanding with Ramachandran, the latter discontinued using Soundarajan as his singing voice in the 1970s.

Born in Madurai, Tamilnadu, Soundarajan learned South Indian classical singing at age 7. He gave his first concert at age 23 and then went into singing for South Indian film stars. From 1946 through 2007 he recorded more than 5,000 film and devotional songs, including the famous “Ullam uruguthayya” (The heart melts). His last public perf was the theme song for the 2010 World Classical Tamil Conference, organized by composer A.R. Rahman.

Among the various honors bestowed on him by Tamilnadu state was the Indian government’s Padma Shri for distinguished contributions from artists.

Survivors include a wife and two sons.

More Music

  • chance the rapper 2017 grammys

    Chance the Rapper to Drop New Album This Week

    Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness. He was 91. Soundarajan sang such Tamil hits as “Ponaal pogotum poda” in “Paalum pazamum” and the titular song in “Anbe vaa.” His voice […]

  • Bruno Mars Grammys

    Recording Academy Announces Date, Deadlines for 2019 Grammy Awards

    Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness. He was 91. Soundarajan sang such Tamil hits as “Ponaal pogotum poda” in “Paalum pazamum” and the titular song in “Anbe vaa.” His voice […]

  • Rami Malek Stuns as Freddie Mercury

    New ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer Touches on Freddie Mercury's Sexuality

    Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness. He was 91. Soundarajan sang such Tamil hits as “Ponaal pogotum poda” in “Paalum pazamum” and the titular song in “Anbe vaa.” His voice […]

  • Mammia Mia Here We Go Again

    Film Review: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'

    Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness. He was 91. Soundarajan sang such Tamil hits as “Ponaal pogotum poda” in “Paalum pazamum” and the titular song in “Anbe vaa.” His voice […]

  • Tom Holkenborg Junkie XL

    Junkie XL Moves to ASCAP, Appearing at Film Scoring Workshop

    Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness. He was 91. Soundarajan sang such Tamil hits as “Ponaal pogotum poda” in “Paalum pazamum” and the titular song in “Anbe vaa.” His voice […]

  • Kacey Musgraves Announces ‘Oh, What a

    Kacey Musgraves Announces ‘Oh, What a World’ Tour Dates

    Indian singer T.M. Soundarajan, who provided the singing voice for yesteryear Tamil screen stars such as Sivaji Ganesan and M.G. Ramachandran, died May 25 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness. He was 91. Soundarajan sang such Tamil hits as “Ponaal pogotum poda” in “Paalum pazamum” and the titular song in “Anbe vaa.” His voice […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content