MSV, as he was fondly called by the members of Tamil filmdom, was undergoing treatment at Fortis Malar hospital for old-age related ailments and breathing problem.

"He passed away around 4.30 am on Tuesday," a family source said. Popular for composing music in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam industries, MSV started his career as a composer for 1952 film Tamil 'Panam' starring Sivaji Ganeshan.

MSV was popular for his collaboration with fellow composer TK Ramamurthy. The duo composed music for 86 Tamil films during their association of over a decade. Having started composing together in 1952, they split up in 1965.

Some of their best films include 'Paasamalara', 'Sumaithaangi', 'Server Sundaram', 'Aayirathil Oruvan' and 'Enga Veetu Pillai'. Post the separation, MSV went on to become more successful.

Viswanathan's solo hits include 'Bama Vijayam', 'Galatta Kalyanam', 'Deivamagan', 'Moondru Dheivangal', 'Rickshawkaran', 'Bharatha Vilas' and 'Ulagam Sutrum Valiban'.

MSV is survived by four sons and three daughters. His last rites will be performed on Wednesday.

 

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