Birthday: 1936
Date of death: 29-10-1990

K. Veeramani was born in 1936, to Bagirathi Ammal and M K Krishna Kunjaram Iyer. He was the younger of the two brothers. Their mother Baghirathi happened to be hearing impaired. His family was composed of generational singers, and he and his brother were proud members of the same lineage. Their great grandfather, Kavi Kunjara Bharathigal was a saint and had composed Azhagar Kuravanji, while their grandfather N. KoteeswaraIyer had composed 72 Mela Karta Raga on various deities.

His brother K. Somu was four years elder to him. He was taught Carnatic music from their uncle called Nagamani and were later formally trained by Seerkazhi Sadasivan Pillai. His brother had joined him in training. They began to collaborate and composed music in confluence. Their first piece had been composed for a Mercantile Bank office staff who were staging an amateur play titled Kadhalar Kangal. The troupe wanted Somu to draft the lyrics while both the brothers should produce the music.

Their piece was an instant hit with the audience, and soon the duo became famous. Within the duration ranging from 1952 to 1970, they had compositions of over 500 musical pieces to their credit. At the same time, they also sharpened their skills by training under GS Mani for Carnatic Music and Thanjai Balu for Drama music. The brothers seemed inseparable until one incident split them apart regarding their careers. When Somu joined the Manikanda Bhakta Samiti in 1960, he diverted his skills towards devotional outputs, while Veeramani continued to sing songs for films and ended up joining MSV’s troupe.

On one such performance for MSV, he managed to catch the attention of MGR. He was so impressed by Veeramani’s performance that in 1987, he awarded him the prestigious title of Kalaimamani. His performance in movies like ‘Thani Kudithanam’ and ‘Kandhar Alankaram’ had been greatly praised. In 1971, he too had the call of devotion and started off a life of devotional singing. He began on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala accompanied with MN Nambiar Guruswamy. The brothers had gained so much fame that they had been attributed to over 6000 performances. They traveled excessively not just in India but also reached on foreign lands like Singapore and Malaysia.

The brothers even performed in front of the Tamil Nadu governor, Prabhudas Patwari, which turned out to be their most memorable performance. Veeramani had a rough spell of health, and after thorough check up, it had been detected that he had infections and also blood cancer. What was worse was that his cancer had reached its advanced stages. The last performance the brothers gave as a musical duo was at the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai on September 25, 1990. Following the performance, Veeramani passed away on October 29 of the same year.

K B Sundarambal Tamil Actress

K B Sundarambal

K B Sundarambal was an Indian stage artist, singer, and actor. She was born as Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal, on October 11, 1908, in Kodumudi at the Erode district located in Tamil Nadu. She has been bestowed upon the title of the Queen of Indian Stage, and she also gave stunning performances in Tamil Movies. K B Sundarambal spent her childhood trying to earn money through the tips she received for singing in trains. On one such performance, she caught the eye of a talent scout, FG Natesa Iyer, but some people also speculate that it was a police official by the name of Krishnaswamy Iyer who found out her hidden talents. Despite that, what is definitely known is that by the age of nineteen, K B Sundarambal had become a sensation and a rising star in 1927. Her debut was in a traveling theater troupe that performed Tamil dramas. She made use of this opportunity to sharpen her skills and even started performing in between the acts and entertained everyone with her performance. One of her noted plays still stands to be Valli Thirumanam where she starred opposite ‘S G Kittappa’ and left the audience mesmerized by her stunning performance. She slowly found herself falling in love with SG Kittappa, and they finally got married in the year 1927. It enhanced their performances and made them even more famous. In 1993, due to excessive stress and workload, SG Kittappa fainted on the stage while performing. Everyone tried to revive him, but he soon passed away. He was only 27 years old. The death of SG Kittappa completely devastated SB Sundarambal, and she decided to quit theater and to perform on stage. Despite her firm resolve, she could not manage to stay away from art, and she started to pursue a career as a performing artist in concerts. She later became a political activist before India attained her independence and she participated in a large number of movements dedicated to India’s freedom. As a matter of fact, while Kittappa was still alive, the husband and wife were absolutely influenced by the rise of the Indian National Congress and its fight for Indian independence. They became proper supporters and used their talents to spread awareness about the organization. Even after Kittappa’s death, Sundarambal continued to express her unwavering support towards the cause, even to the extent of recording songs that extolled the struggle and sacrifices made by those fighting for India’s Independence. Her backing for the foundation was so strong that she shed all lavish clothes to start wearing plain Khadi. She had the honor of being the first Indian film artist who later became a part of the legislature when she had been honored by being entered in the Legislative Council meant for the state of Madras, in 1951. She represented Congress. For all her contributions to art, theater, and movies, she had been successfully awarded the glorious Padma Shri in the year 1970. She had also been presented with the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer, which was sponsored by the Government of India. She died on October 15, 1980, at the age of 72.

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