Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan, also known as (M.S.V.), is a Music Director from South India. He is considered to be one of the versatile and significant composers, he is popularly known as Mellisai Mannar. He has composed for a total of 1200 films composing songs in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu languages. His major works over the past five decades have been in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films.
MS Viswanathan is not just a name of a person. It’s a 50 years history in the field of music. MSV’s music is appreciated and admired by many music composers throughout the World – especially in India. MSV has composed music in many different styles for thousands of songs in different languages in about thousand films which is a “world record”. MSV is an inspiration for anybody who’d like to have music as a career. MSV – a born “genius” is a “university of music”. There are thousands of students graduating everyday from this university.
He has also acted and sung in a few Tamil films.
J Jayalalithaa conferred the Thirai Isai Chakravarthy (“The Emperor of Cine Music”) title on him in August 2012.
Viswanathan Ramamoorthy duo composed music for 90 Tamil films from the film Panam in 1952 till Ayirathil Oruvan in 1965. Thereafter M.S.Viswanathan on his own composed music more than 700 films from 1965 till 2013 including 78 Malayalam films and 29 Telugu films. He reigned supreme in Tamil films from 1965 to 1985 and films with his music released consecutively every year from 1950-1996. He sang under his own composition over 500 songs and in addition sang 200 songs composed by other music directors Ramamoorthy composed for only 19 films on his own after the break up in 1965 till 1986.