K. V. Mahadevan - In Memorium


Pic K. V. Mahadevan, or "mAmA" as he was popularly known among his colleagues, has a special place in South Indian film music. He started his career as a happy composer with 'Anandhan' in 1942, contributed immensely for nearly half a century, before surrendering in 1990 with 'muruganE thuNai'. During this period he scored music for about 250 Tamil movies. The special features of his compositions were: giving primary importance to lyrics and composing music that is perfectly suited to lyrics; always keeping a base in the South Indian music systems; and giving independence to singers and other assistants to freely contribute ideas for improving his compositions. Death may have carried him away from us, but the many wonderful melodies that he has left behind will never allow our memories about him to be washed away. As a tribute, here we present a token collection of some of his best songs.

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aaiyram nilavE vaa (adimai peN) oru naaL pOdhumA (thiruviLayaadal)
amudhum thEnum (thai piranthal vazhi pirakkum) mayakkum maalai pozhudhE (kulEbagaavali)
naan anuppuvadhu (pEsum deivam) gnaayiru enbathu (kaakkum karangaL)
Erikkarayin mElE (muthalaaLi) aahaa nam aasai (thaaikku pin thaaram)
radhE unakku kObam (kulamagaL raadhai) oruththi oruvanai (saaradha)
pOi vaa nadhi alayE (pallaandu vaazhga) thookkanaam kuruvi koodu (vaanampaadi)
unnai arindhaal (vEttai kaaran) irandu manam vEndum (vasantha maaLigai)
thOL kandEn (idhayak kamalam) engirundhO vanthaan (padikkadha mEdhai)
solla cholla (kandhan karuNai) kannedhirE thOndrinaaL (iruvar uLLam)
maanallavO kangaL (needhikku pin paasam) un kannil neer vazhinthaaL (vietnaam veedu)
puththam puthiya puththagamE (arasakattaLai) poonthEnil kalandhu (EnippadigaL)
pasumai niraindha (raththathilagam) O veNNila (raani samyukthA)
entha oor enRavanE (kaattu rOja) gangai karai thOttam (vaanampaadi)
malargaL nanaindhana (idhayak kamalam) maraindhirundhu (thillaana mOganaambaaL)

maanasa sanchararE (shankaraabharanam) shankarA naadha (shankaraabharanam)

KVM page on TFMP
KVM page on PPP
An extensive selection of KVM songs at dhooL!
K.V.M Obituary Thread