Biography of T.M.Sounderarajan – Playback Singer
TM Sounderarajan was the famous Playback Singer in Tamil film industry. He was born on 24th March,1923 at Madurai. He was the first singer to introduce the stereo system in tamil songs. He was popularly and shortly called as TMS. TMS is still actively singing for tamil film industry. TMS married in his early age. He was studied only SSLC but his voice of songs were very top all over South India.
Career of T.M.Sounderarajan
TMS had been started his voice at the age of 7 by singing songs. His role model persons were M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar(MKT) and P.U.Chinnappa Bhagavathar. He learn Carnatic music at Sourashtra High School. He started to sing a songs in stage competition at the age of 21.
MKT adviced and noticed him each and every day. By his advice TMS identify and realized himself will be a very famous in film world. His debut song in the film "Mannathi Mannan" on the year 1960. TMS had a powerful voice, good pronounciation and modulation with high pitches.
Film Entry of TMS
TMS given voice to most of the toppest actors like M.G.R, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Rajendran, Jai Shankar, AVM Rajan, Muthuraman, Nagesh etc moreover in South Indian film industry voice by TMS. He sang many devotees song of Lord Muruga on him. TMS worked in Kovai Royal Talkies for a monthly salary of only Rs.50. He started to sing a song from the year 1946 and still active in tamil film industry.
In 1946, S.M.Subbaiah Naidu gave chance for TMS to sing a songs for the "Krishna Vijayam". TMS was improved by him by the songs which was wrote by Bharathidasan. Some years TMS didn't get a chance to sing songs. One day Director Mahadevan requested him to ask a chance in AVM Production. From the Diretor , he got many chances.
Actor Sivaji Ganesan impressed by the voice of TMS has same as his voice. So TMS got the chance to sing all the songs for Sivaji Ganesan. All the songs were instant and greatly hits in tamil film industry. "Konjum Kiliyana Pennai.." song is the first song by TMS for Sivaji Ganesan in the film "Koondukili". So TMS became the permanent singer. TMS maintained his playback for Actor M.G.R and Sivaji till end of 1977 and 1995 respectively. He also song many duet songs with many female toppest singers.
TMS sang more over 10,500 tamil film songs and 2,500 devotional and other language film songs. He also acted in some of the tamil films. Every songs by TMS is very memorable and evergreen melody and he was impressed by his magical voice in South Indian Film industry.
Biodata of TMS
* Full Name: Thugalva Meenatchi Iyengar Sounderarajan (TMS)
* Star Name: T.M.Sounderarajan
* Star Title: Paadagar Thilagam
* Father Name: Mr.Meenatchi Iyengar
* Mother Name: Mrs.Venkatammal
* Date of Birth: 24.03.1923
* Native Place: Madurai
* Birth Place: Madurai
* Community: Sourashtra
* Worked Studios: Kovai Royal Talkies, Central Studios, AVM Productions etc
* Marriage Date: 20.03.1946
* Wife Name: Mrs. Sumithra Sounderarajan
* Childrens: 3 Sons and 3 Daughters
Awards for TMS
* "Padagar Thilagam" Award from Singapore (1957)
* M.K.T.Bhagavathar Lifetime Achievement Award from Tamilnadu
* National Awards for Playback Singing (11 times)
* Filmfare Awards for Playback singing (7 times)
* Kalaimamani Award from Tamilnadu Government
* Tamilnadu State Film Awards (19 times)
* "Pesum Padam Award" from the year 1954 to 1969 continuously (20 times)
* Tamil films Fan Awards (22 times)
* Karuppai Muppanar Recognition Award (1992)
* "Ezhillisai Mannar" Award
* "Isai Kadal" Pattam from Kaviarasan Kannadasan Recognition Award
* Best Indian Playback Singer in 20th century Award from South African Government (1995)
* South Indian "Kural Arasar" from Srilanka Tamil Association (1971)
* P.Susheela Trust Award
* Karmaveeran Kaamaraj Recognized Award
* Arignar Annadurai Recognition Award
* Sourashtra Community Recognition Award at Madurai
* Honoraray Doctorate Award from Srilanka, USA and Tamilnadu
* Tamilnadu Musical Lifetime Achievement Award
* Lifetime Achievement for Shivaji Memorial Award
* Former Chief Minister Dr.Jayalalitha recognition award as a Best Singer
* Lifetime Achievement for M.G.R Memorial Award
* Tamilnadu Chief Minister Dr.M.Karunanidhi Recognition Award
* Former Chief Minister M.D.Bakthavatsalam Recognition Award
* Periyar Ramaswami Naikkor Recognized Award
* Padmashri Award by Indian Government (2003)
* Mega TV Amutha Ganam Recognition Award (2010)
* Raj TV for Raja Geedham Recognition Award