I lost my best friend: Viswanathan on Ramamurthy

Chennai, April 18 (IANS) Reacting to the demise of 91-year-old veteran composer T.K. Ramamurthy (TKR), musician M.S. Viswanathan (MSV) says he has lost his best friend.

Ramamurthy passed away Wednesday at his residence here after brief illness.

“I feel like I have lost my best friend with whom I had shared so many great memories over the years. Even after we parted ways in the 1960s, we remained friends at heart. I will certainly feel his loss,” Viswanathan told IANS.

Popularly known as Vishwanathan-Ramamurthy duo, they composed music for hundreds of Tamil films in over a decade and a half.

“I suggested that we should work together as a team. Initially, he was not game for it, but I convinced him with great difficulty. We had great memories of working together and when we faced differences, we amicably parted ways,” he said.

“We may have stopped working together, but we were friends at heart and, therefore, we buried all the differences and worked together again. Even though he only used to play the violin, he was a highly proficient musician,” he said.

“He would supervise most of my compositions. He would also conduct most of the recordings at the studio. Since he hailed from a family of musicians, his suggestions were always respected and taken seriously,” he added.

Vishwanathan-Ramamurthy composed chartbusters for films such as “Panam”, “Padmini”, “Raththa Kaneer”, “Pasa Valai”, “Sugam Enge” and “Sorga Vaasal”.

They spilt in 1965 after the release of the Tamil film “Aayirathil Oruvan”.

In 1995, they reunited after 30 years to work for Tamil film “Engirundho Vanthan”.

“Actor N.S. Krishnan introduced us as a team in our debut film ‘Panam’. He suggested that since TKR was senior to me, he would lead me,” said MSV.

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