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K.V. Mahadevan dead


By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JUNE 21. Mr. K.V. Mahadevan, veteran music director, considered to be one of the greats of South Indian film music, passed away this morning in the city. He was 83.

Mr. Mahadevan was ailing for a week, family sources said. He complained of ``breathing problems'' in the morning and succumbed later.

A contemporary of Mr. M.S. Viswanathan, KVM has scored music for over 600 films, spanning four decades, after starting his career in the late fifties with Avan Amaran. Health reasons hastened the end of his career in the mid- nineties.

Known for mythologicals such as Sampoorna Ramayanam and Thiruvilayadal, KVM is said to have been a path-breaker in blending classical music with film music and was a `guru' to many music directors.

His hits include Sankarabharanam, Kandan Karunai, Vasantha Maaligai, Vietnam Veedu, Padikkatha Methai and Vaanambaadi.

KVM is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

Jayalalithaa expresses grief

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JUNE 21. The Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa today expressed her deep grief at the death of Mr. K.V. Mahadevan, one of the most distinguished music directors of the South Indian Film industry.

As a frontline music director working in four South Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada - Mr. Mahadevan's tunes, including those composed for several films featuring MGR, were still popular with the people, Ms. Jayalalithaa said.

PM condoles death

PTI reports:

The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee today condoled the death of Mr. K.V. Mahadevan. In his condolence message, Mr. Vajpayee said Mr. Mahadevan, a recipient of two national awards, evolved a style of film music which appealed to both masses and the classes.

His melodious compositions in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films are an enduring legacy of Indian film music, he said.

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