S. V. Venkatraman

Sozhavanthan Varadharajan Venkatraman (Tamil: சோழவந்தான் வரதராஜன் வெங்கட்ராமன்) (25 April 1911 – 7 April 1998), also known as SVV, was an Indian actor, singer, and music director, who was active in the Indian film industry from 1938 to the 1970s.

S. V. Venkatraman
Birth nameSozhavanthan Varadharajan Venkatraman
Born(1911-04-25)25 April 1911
OriginAyyampalayam, Madras Presidency, British India
Died7 April 1998(1998-04-07) (aged 86)
Palavakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

Venkatraman composed the music for Meera, starring M. S. Subbulakshmi. He also composed music for more than 200 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi films.

Early lifeEdit

Sozhavanthan Varadharajan Venkatraman was born on 25 April 1911, to Varadharajan Iyer and Lakshmi Ammal. When he was three years old, his father died, and his uncle took responsibility for his upbringing. He displayed an aptitude for music from an early age, & his school education ended after the fourth standard.

To pursue his passion for music he went to Chintadripet, Madras. There the head of a drama troupe heard him singing, and offered Venkatraman a job as a stage artist/singer/musician. Venkatraman learnt to play the harmonium, but had no formal training in Carnatic music.

During his time in Madras, Venkatraman acted in five films. During a fight scene in one of the films he broke his left hand. While recuperating at Cubbon Park, Bangalore, A. V. Meiyappa Chettiar found Venkatraman and invited him back to Madras to work as the music director for Chettiar's next film, Nanda Kumar.

CareerEdit

Venkatraman composed music for many films, including Nanda Kumar, Tahsildar, Valmiki, Manonmani, Kannagi, Nandanar, Meera (Tamil and Hindi), Naga Panchami, Sri Murugan, Manohara (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi), and Irumbu Thirai.

Venkatraman worked with actors such as C. N. Annadurai, M. G. Ramachandran, M. Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha, and N. T. Rama Rao. Many popular composers, including M. S. Viswanathan, T. K. Ramamoorthy, and G. K. Venkatesh worked with him.

All leading playback singers of the time from P. U. Chinnappa Bhagavathar and G. N. Balasubramaniam to M. M. Dandapani Desikar and T. M. Soundararajan lent their voices to Venkatraman's tunes. Carnatic music legends D. K. Pattammal and M. L. Vasanthakumari also came under his baton. Venkatraman himself also proved his prowess as a singer in a few films. Venkatraman's last assignment was Sri Krishna Leela.

Venkatraman scored the music for the famous "Bhaja Govindam", sung by M. S. Subbulakshmi and worked on songs that she made famous, such as "Vadavaraiyai Mathakki", "Mudiondrum Moolangalum", and a few Mahakavi Bharathiyar songs. He set to tune the Narayaneeyam and the Guruvayur Suprabhatam, rendered by Trichur Ramachandran and Papanasam Sivan's Sree Rama Charitha Geetham and sung by Sirkazhi Govindarajan. He tuned Mahakavi Bharathiyar songs and tuned Karpagambal Andhadi for M. M. Dandapani Desikar. He was the composer for All India Radio's Serndhisai, Vadhya Vrindha, and many other music ventures. Music for the Voice of India by Mahatma Gandhi's son had been scored by him.

Venkatraman worked with singers like T. M. Soundararajan, A. M. Rajah, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, Thiruchi Loganathan, V. N. Sundaram, T. A. Mothi, M. L. Vasanthakumari, P. Leela, Jikki, T. V. Rathinam, A. P. Komala, Radha Jayalakshmi, K. Jamuna Rani, P. Suseela, K. Rani, S. Janaki, and L. R. Eswari.

The singing actors M. M. Dandapani Desikar, G. N. Balasubramaniam, M. S. Subbulakshmi, D. K. Pattammal, P. U. Chinnappa, C. Honnappa Bhagavathar, U. R. Jeevarathinam, N. C. Vasanthakokilam, T. R. Mahalingam, T. R. Rajakumari, Chittor V. Nagaiah, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Madhuram, T. S. Durairaj, and J. P. Chandrababu all sang songs under his compositions.

Personal lifeEdit

Venkatraman married Saraswathi at the age of 28 in 1939. The couple had four sons and four daughters. Venkatraman died in his sleep on 7 April 1998, at his residence in Palavakkam.[citation needed]

FilmographyEdit

Music DirectionEdit

Year Film Language Director Banner Co-Music Director
1938 Nandakumar Tamil Keshav Rao Dhaibar Pragati Pictures
1940 Bhookailas Telugu Sundar Rao Nadkarni Pragati Pictures R. Sudarsanam
1940 Sakunthalai Tamil Ellis R. Dungan Royal Talkies Thuraiyur Rajagopala Sharma
1941 Mani Maalai or Mainarin Kaadhal Tamil Fram Sethna & A. T. Krishnaswamy AL.RM & Company
1942 Kannagi Tamil M. Somasundaram & R. S. Mani Jupiter Pictures
1943 Kubera Kuchela Tamil R. S. Mani Jupiter Pictures Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer, N. S. Balakrishnan & T. R. Ramanathan
1944 Harichandra Tamil K. B. Nagabhushanam Sri Rajarajeswari Films S. Rajeswara Rao
1944 Mahamaya Tamil T. R. Raghunath & Elagovan Jupiter Pictures Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer
1945 Meera Tamil Ellis R. Dungan Chandraprabha Cinetone
1945 Paranjothi Tamil B. S. Ramaiya Shyamala Pictures
1946 Sri Murugan Tamil M. Somasundaram & V. S. Narayanan Jupiter Pictures S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1946 Valmiki Tamil Sundar Rao Nadkarni Central Studios Papanasam Sivan
1947 Meera Hindi Ellis R. Dungan Chandraprabha Cinetone
1947 Thiyagi Tamil Ramjibhai Arya & S. R. Krishna Ayyangar Moorthi Productions T. R. Ramanathan
1947 Mahathma Udhangar Tamil G. Pattu Iyer Sri Kamal Productions
1948 Gnana Soundari Tamil F. Nagoor & Joseph Thaliath Jr Citadel Film Corporation
1948 Gokuladasi Tamil K. Subrahmanyam Neptune Studios
1948 Thirumazhisai Aazhwar Tamil D. S. Kotnis & P. S. Chettiar Sri Kanna Films T. R. Ramanathan
1949 Krishna Bakthi Tamil R. S. Mani Krishna Pictures
1949 Navajeevanam Tamil K. B. Nagabhushanam Rajarajeshwari Films
1950 Laila Majnu Tamil F. Nagoor Balaji Pictures
1950 Ithaya Geetham Tamil Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1950 Paarijatham Tamil K. S. Gopalakrishnan Lavanya Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1951 Vanasundari Tamil T. R. Raghunath Krishna Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1951 Soudamini Telugu K. B. Nagabhushanam Sri Raja Rajeswari Films
1951 Saudamini Tamil K. B. Nagabhushanam Sri Raja Rajeswari Films
1951 Lavanya Tamil G. R. Lakshmanan Eastern Art Productions
1951 Singari Tamil T. R. Raghunath National Productions T. A. Kalyanam & T. R. Ramanathan
1953 Panakkaari Tamil K. S. Gopalakrishnan Uma Pictures
1953 Manithan Tamil K. Ramnoth Jupiter Pictures & Lavanya Movies
1953 Kangal Tamil Krishnan–Panju Motion Pictures Team G. Ramanathan
1954 Karkottai Tamil Kemparaj Productions Kemparaj Urs G. Ramanathan
1954 Manohara Tamil L. V. Prasad Manohar Pictures T. R. Ramanathan
1954 Manohar Hindi L. V. Prasad Manohar Pictures T. R. Ramanathan
1954 Manohara Telugu L. V. Prasad Manohar Pictures T. R. Ramanathan
1955 Maaman Magal Tamil R. S. Mani Mani Productions
1955 Koteeswaran Tamil Sundar Rao Nadkarni Sri Ganesh Movietone
1956 Kannin Manigal Tamil T. Janakiraman Maheswari Pictures
1956 Nannambikkai Tamil K. Vembu & Charlie Film Center
1956 Ondre Kulam Tamil N. Krishnaswamy Triveni Pictures
1958 Paanai Pidithaval Bhaagyasaali Tamil T. S. Durairaj Maragatha Pictures S. Rajeswara Rao
1960 Irumbu Thirai Tamil S. S. Vasan Gemini Studios
1961 Akbar Tamil K. Asif Sterling Investment Corporation
1961 Marutha Nattu Veeran Tamil T. R. Raghunath Sri Ganesh Prasad Movies
1963 Arivaali Tamil A. T. Krishnaswamy A.T.K. Productions
1971 Kannan Karunai Tamil N. T. Rama Rao NAT & Ramakrishna Cine Studios
1977 Sri Krishna Leelai Tamil A. P. Nagarajan C. N. V. Movies

Playback SingerEdit

Year Film Language Song Co-Singer Music
1950 Parijatham Tamil Ulagathukae Unavalikkum Jikki S. V. Venkatraman & C. R. Subburaman
1951 Saudamini Tamil Kaarum Karunaanidhiye S. V. Venkatraman
Vidhiyai Meira Vasama
1953 Manithan Tamil Ulagamellaam Nee Odi S. V. Venkatraman
1953 Kangal Tamil Sinna Penne Vaadi S. V. Venkatraman & G. Ramanathan
Sathiyame Thavaraamale
1954 Manohara Tamil Sandhegam Illai Sandhegam Illai C. S. Pandiyan S. V. Venkatraman & T. R. Ramanathan
Pombalathaanaa Nee Pombalathaanaa C. S. Pandiyan
Radhi Manmadha C. S. Pandiyan
1954 Manohara Telugu Sandeham Ledu Sandeham Ledu C. S. Pandiyan S. V. Venkatraman & T. R. Ramanathan
Adadhanivena C. S. Pandiyan
Rathi Manmatha C. S. Pandiyan
1955 Koteeswaran Tamil Kattikko Thaali Kattikko P. Leela S. V. Venkatraman
1956 Kannin Manigal Tamil Yaen Marandhaai Eesaa S. V. Venkatraman
1956 Nannambikkai Tamil Vaaraamal Irundhiduvaano K. Rani S. V. Venkatraman
Sooriyanum Oru Thozhilaali

ReferencesEdit

  • Randor Guy. "Idhaya Geetham 1950". The Hindu.
  • Randor Guy. "Meera 1945". The Hindu.
  • Randor Guy. "Sakunthalai 1941". The Hindu.
  • Randor Guy. "Panakkari 1953". The Hindu.
  • Special Correspondent. "Kalaimamani Awards Announced". The Hindu.

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