Thoguluva Meenatchi Iyengar Soundararajan was born on 24th March 1922 in Madurai to Meenakshi Iyengar and Venkatamma. He is fondly called as TMS, even now. Although he is a Sourashtrian, his versatility in Tamil, took him to heights. TMS was not only a playback singer but a wonderful Carnatic Singer too. Chinnakonda Sarangapani Bhagavathar, who worked as a music teacher in Sourashtra Boys High School in Madurai was TMS’ mentor. Arayakkudi Rajamani Iyer taught him Carnatic Music. TMS was popular for imitating MK Thyagaraja Bhagavathar’s voice at the concerts, before his entry to the cinema. Although he had crooned for a lot of heroes, his voice suit “ M G Ramachandran M G Ramachandran was a demigod for his fans. And h >> Read More... ” and Sivaji Ganesan The Honorable Mr. Ganesan was the second son in hi >> Read More... perfectly. Not only for MGR and Sivaji he had also lent his voice to the next-gen actors including “ Rajinikanth 'Rajinikanth' is the name that is known in >> Read More... ” and Kamal Haasan.

It is exciting to hear that the legendary singer had crooned more than 10138 songs in 3162 movies. He has sung in 11 languages including all the southern languages and Hindi. Besides singing under the composition of other music directors, he had composed the music for a movie, Bala Parikshai. His first song came in the year 1946 when he was 24 and his final song was in 2010 with his colleague, “P Susheela.” Although TMS’ voice was majestic, it was not good in high pitches, during his initial stages and that’s the reason why the music directors rejected him. It was Sundar Rao Nadkarni Bio coming soon... >> Read More... , a popular director, who suggested him to SM Subbaiah Naidu M. V. Subbaiah Naidu, born in the era of British w >> Read More... . Subbaiah Naidu gave him an opportunity to sing a few songs in MK Thyagaraja Bhagavathar’s style and that was the turning point in TMS' career. He had sung a lot of songs under the music composition of MS Viswanathan and Ramamurthy. He had also acted in a few films including Pattinathar and Arunagirinathar. TMS tied the knots with Sumithra in 1946. He had six children; three sons and three daughters.

He had sung for MGR till 1978 and for Sivaji till 1995. In 2003, he received the honorary Padma Shri for his service to the music and cinema industry. The Tamilnadu government had honored him with Kalaimamani award. Besides these awards, he had received a lot of awards and honors from overseas too. In 2016, the Indian Government released stamps for ten legendary singers and TMS was one among them. TMS died in 25th May 2013 at his 91. 

L. R. Eswari

Lourde-Mary Rajeshwari Eswari, aka L.R. Eswari, is an eminent playback singer of South Indian movie industry. She was born on December 1939 in Chennai to Anthony Devraj and Regina Mary Nirmala. She comes from a Roman Catholic Family. Her mother worked as a chorus singer in the movies. She used to go to the studios with her mother and one day got the job to sing in the chorus. Eswari was too talented to be a chorus singer and hence got a breakthrough to become a lead singer. She never took any formal training in music. Mainly she has worked in Tamil and Telugu film industries. In 1958, she made her debut with the song ‘Ivarey Thaan Avarey’ in the movie Nalla Idathu Sammantham. But it was the song ‘Vaarai En Thozhi Vaaraayo’ from the film Paasa Malar (1961) that propelled her to further stardom. Since then she has lent her voice to many compositions in Tamil and Telugu movies. L.R. Eswari is known for her lively and energetic songs that are best suited as dance numbers. She possesses the excellence in different genres of music. She has sung devotional and romantic songs as well. Chellatha and Karpoora Nyagi are some of her devotional songs that were immensely popular amongst the South Indian community. She even sang religious songs in tribute to the Goddess Amman. She provided vocals to many Christmas songs including ‘Deivem Thantha Divya Kumaaran’ and ‘Varuvai Varuvai.’ Eswari has rendered many songs in various genres, and hence her voice can’t be categorized. Her songs were played at weddings as well, ‘Vaarayo Thozhi’ being one of them. She sang folk songs as well which showcases her singing abilities. L.R. Eswari had to change her name to get fame in the music industry. She still is immensely famous among the Telugu audience and her hit Telugu songs include Maayadaari Sinnodu, Bhale Bhale Magadivoi, Le Le Le Naa Raaja and much more amongst others. She even performed duets with other singers and her duet pairing with P. Susheela was loved by everyone. She paired with other vocalists also like P.B. Sreenivas, C.S. Jayaraman, A.L. Raghavan and much more amongst others. L.R. Eswari was honored with several state awards for her contribution to the music industry. She then took a break from music and marked her return in 2011 with the song ‘Kalasala Kalasala’ from the Tamil movie, Osthe. This song was a major hit and became the highlight of this film. She then lent her voice for another song Naa Poondamallida in the same year. In the year 2013, she provided vocals for a Kannada song in the film, Victory. This song also received a great response from the audience. She was last seen lending her voice to the song ‘Jaipuril Jaipuril’ for the film, Athithi (2014).

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