M. K. Athmanathan

M. K. Athmanathan (1925 – 15 July 2013[1]) is a music director and lyricist in Tamil cinema. He was honoured by the Tamil Nadu government with the Kalaimamani award in 1978.

Early lifeEdit

Born in the village Valliyoor in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, India. He started life as a goldsmith but his interest in The arts made him to join the drama troupe of T. K. Shanmugam at the age of 11.[2]


He entered the Tamil cinema in 1954 with the film Ratha Pasam as its music director. He also wrote 3 songs for the film.

He scored music for 20 films and penned lyrics for more than 120 songs.


As music directorEdit

As lyricistEdit


Athmanathan died on 15 July 2013 at the age of 88.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Veteran Music director Athmanathan Passes away!!". Dinamalar (in Tamil). 16 July 2013. Archived from the original on 28 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Lyricist-Athmanathans-7th-dead-anniversary-today" (in Tamil). Dinamalar. 15 July 2020. Archived from the original on 20 January 2021. Retrieved 20 January 2021.