Kunnakkudi Ramaswami Vaidhyanathan (born 1935) started working as a violinist in Modern Theatres in the late 40s; his prowess on the violin there elicited high praise from even GR. Not surprising, considering that KV had played the violin for the revered Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Aiyangar at the tender age of 11! KV also accompanied the Soolamangalam Sisters and later Seergazhi Govindarajan in their concerts. It was APN who hastened KV’s re-entry into tfm by incorporating KV’s ‘thiruppankundRathil nee sirithaal’ into kandan karuNai. And when APN fell out with KVM, it was Kunnakkudi Vaithyanathan he turned to. Starting from vaa raja vaa (1969), KV commenced his chequered career as a music director. Recognition came soon enough; he bagged the TN State Government Award for the Best Music Director in 1970 for his score in thirumalai thenkumari. He composed music for around 22 films, two of them (padhinettaam padi & ulaa vandha nila) remaining unreleased.
While it is so easy to pour scorn on KV’s work in films like kaNkaatchi, vaazhaiyadi vaazhai, raja raja chOzhan and navarathiNam; his achievements in deivam, thiruvaruL, raga bandhangaL and thOdi ragam stand timeless testimony to his profound talents. ‘aasai manathil kOttai katti’, ‘vendRiduvEn, naataiyum naadhathaal vendRiduvEn’, ‘yEduthandhaanadi thillaiyilE’, ‘ezhudhi ezhudhi pazhagi vandhEn’, ‘kaavalukku vEluNdu’, ‘muththamzhil paada vandhEn’, ‘life is a flower’ are all silken threads that wove themselves vibrantly into the rich tapestry of tfm in the 70s.
Besides these songs, Jayalalitha's voice mouthing dialogues finds place in few other songs. ...., ‘avargaL mannargaL…en adimaigaL’ (mannargaL vaNangum silaiyaanEn/anbu thangai), ...will always be remembered.
SGRK wrote:Such meticulous research and such wonderful writing style. Raju Bharatan is jujubi.
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