Aayiram paadasarangal kilungee..
Aaarum kaanathe olavum theeravum
The music director of that song, Devarajan Master, a stalwart in Malayalam Film/stage Music, passed away yesterday night in Chennai.He was 79 years old. He was hospitalised after suffering a minor stroke last thursday. He came back home yesterday after showing improvement in the health . Later he had a major stroke at 11:30 in the night and passed away before reaching the hospital.
Devarajan Master had composed music to more than 300 movies. His debuted in 1951 by composing music for stage, Ponnarivalambiliyil Kanneriyunnole for KPAC. First movie he composed music was Kalam Marunnu (1955). He became a legend for generations of music lovers, his compositions, Sanghupushpam, Sanyasini, Sanghamam to name a few, became evergreen hits. Most of his hit songs were written by Vayalar Ramavarma and the combination of Vayalar-Devarajan was synonymous with beautiful songs.
Since his debut in the film `Kaalam Marunnu’ in 1955, Devarajan went on to traverse a whole gamut of tunes that have turned immortal. His genius as a composer lay in his ability to blend harmoniously the best from folk, Carnatic, Hindustani and traditional music. Devarajan was one of those rare musicians who never desired to go on a beaten track. He preferred to take a different route every time he set out to tune songs. There is perhaps no one who has created songs of such astounding variety as Devarajan. And all this began at a time when there was no effective promotion of talent, nor all those machineries for propagating talent.[Immortal tunes his forte]
He had won Kerala State Award for Best Music Director 5 times.
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