The films/cinemas in India have provided a wondeful platform for music. Film music had a far greater reach than any other medium. Initially the film songs had a strong classical touch. Gradually a lighter tone was introduced, leading finally to the current fast hard music. There is a belief that film music is substandard. Through the ages, however, the film industry greats (composers, lyricists, singers) have produced several masterpieces, gems that would continue to give pleasure to generations to come. Every regional language has its share of greats.

In this section, I am providing a list of old Tamil film songs - listing & lyrics. I am working gradually on this section. Please check for updates. The information has been collected from lyrics' books, my audio collection and audio related sites on the net.

(Whenever in doubt, I have marked the text in red & would appreciate any assistance from knowledgable people in providing correct details.)


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Singers

AL Raghavan
A M Raja
Balamurali Krishna
Chidambaram Jayaraman
D Sunderarajan
GN Balasubramaniam
Ghantasala
JP Chandrababu
Kovai Sundarajan
KR Ramasami
Master Maharajan
M K Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
M S Viswanathan
NS Krishnan
PB Srinivas
Ponnusami
PU Chinappa
Raghunath Panigrahi
SC Krishnan
SP Balasubramaniam
SV Subbiah Bhagavathar
Seergazhi Govindarajan
TA Mothi
TM Soundararajan
TR Mahalingam
TS Durairaj
Tiruchy Loganathan
VN Sundaram
Yesudas
AP Komala
Baby Kasturi
Balasaraswathi R
Bhanumathi P
Jamuna Rani
J Jayalalitha
Jikki
KB Sunderambal
K Rani
L R Easwari
M L Vasantha Kumari
MS Rajeswari
MS Subbalakshmi
NC Vasanthakokilam
PA Periyanayaki
P Leela
P Madhuri
P Susheela
(Radha) Jayalakshmi
Rajalakshmi
Rathnamala
S Janaki
S Varalakshmi
Sulamangalam R Rajalakshmi
TK Kala
TS Bhagavathy
TV Rathnam
Vani Jayaram
Vasantha

Music Directors

Adi Narayana Rao P
AM Raja

Aswathama
CN Pandurangan
CR Subbaraman
CS Jayaraman
Dakshina Moorthy
Dhandapani Desikar
G Devarajan
T Govindarajulu Naidu
G Ramanathan
Ghantasala
KV Mahadevan
Kunnakudi Vaidhyanathan
Kunnakudi Venkatrama Iyer
MB Srinivasan
MS Viswanathan, TK Ramamurthy
MS Viswanathan
Naushad
Papanasam Sivan
Pendyala Nageswara Rao
R.Govardhanam
R Parthasarathy
R Sudarsanam
S Rajeswara Rao
SM Subbiah Naidu
SV Venkataraman
Shankar Ganesh
Thuraiyur Rajagopala Sharma
T Chalapathi Rao
TG Lingappa
TM Ibrahim
TR Pappa
V Kumar
Vedpal Verma
Master Venu

Lyricists

Aathmanadhan
Alangudi Somu
Avinasi Mani
Ayyasami
Bharathidasan
C A Lakshmanadas
C S Roya Sundaram
E Ra Pazhani Sami
Ekalaivan
Janakam Kavi Kunjaram
KD Santhanam
KP Kamakshi
KS Gopalakrishnan
Ka Mu Sheriff
Ku Ma Balasubramaniam
Kambhadasan
Kannadasan
Kusa Krishnamurthy
Kuyilan
M S Subramaniam
Mu Karunanidhi
Malliam Rajagopal
Maruthakasi A
Mayavanathan
Muhavai Rajamanickam
Muthulingam
MP Sivam

PK Muthusamy
Na Kamarasan
Nellai Arulmani
NM Muthukoothan
Panju Arunachalam
Papanasam Sivan
Pattukkotai Kalyanasundaram
Poonguyilan
Poovai Senguttuvan
Pulamaipithan
Rajagopalaiyer
Roshnara Begum
K Sarangapani
Seetharaman
SD Sundaram
Sundara Vadyaar
Suradha
TN Rajappa
Thamizh Mannan
Thanjai Ramaiah Das
Udumalai Narayanakavi
Ulundurpettai Shanmugam
Vaali
Vichitra
Villiputhan
V Lakshman


Some of the sites that I have referred for this section
http://www.raaga.com/
http://www.hummaa.com/
http://www.tfmpage.com/
http://www.musicindiaonline.com/
http://www.dhool.com/


Related Sites
http://msvtimes.com/

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