S. M. Subbaiah Naidu

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S. M. Subbaiah Naidu (SMS) (Telugu: సుబ్బయ్య నాయుడు) (15 March 1914 – 26 May 1979) was a South Indian composer, conductor, and orchestrator. He was one of the oldest music directors. He worked as an in-house music composer for Pakshiraja Studios and well associated with S. M. Sriramulu Naidu. SMS also worked with many films under Jupiter Pictures and Central Studios.

Career life[edit]

He is fondly known as "Sangeethaiya" in the south Indian film industries. He somehow had never changed his trend of composing much from the beginning days. He is well versed in the Indian music but never showed interest in foreign tunes and music.

His contribution is invaluable. Not only he is a composer, but also very good conductor, orchestrator, and what not. He is considered as O. P. Nayyar of South India. His tunes were very catchy and his songs instant hits. He has made J. P. Chandrababu a great singer in the song Kunguma Poove Konjum Puraave. He would leave no stone unturned to bring the best of his singers. Till date, the best of S. Janaki is Singaara Velane Deva which was composed by him. He innovated the concept of voice with Nadaswaram.

He worked with singers like C. S. Jayaraman, T. M. Soundararajan, Ghantalasa, A. M. Rajah, Thiruchi Loganathan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, V. N. Sundaram, T. A. Mothi, P. B. Sreenivas, S. C. Krishnan, A. L. Raghavan, M. L. Vasanthakumari, P. A. Periya Nayaki, P. Leela, Jikki, P. Suseela, T. V. Rathinam, K. V. Janaki, A. P. Komala, K. Jamuna Rani, Radha Jayalakshmi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, S. Janaki and L. R. Eswari.

The singing actors P. U. Chinnappa, C. Honnappa Bhagavathar, N. C. Vasanthakokilam, U. R. Jeevarathinam, T. R. Rajakumari, K. R. Ramaswamy, Chittor V. Nagaiah, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Madhuram, P. Bhanumathi, S. Varalakshmi and J. P. Chandrababu also sang memorable songs under his compositions.

Trivia[edit]

  • In 1947, SMS was the first music composer in Tamil film industry who had introduced playback singing for Rajakumari. Thiruchi Loganathan sang "Kasinimel Nangal", a playback song for M. N. Nambiar. It is notable that it is MGR's first movie as a hero.
  • In 1948 under SMS's composition, Kannadasan wrote his first song "Kalangathiru Manamey Un Kanavellan Nanavagum Oru Dinamey" for Kanniyin Kathali sung by K. V. Janaki. The film was released in 1949.
  • His all-purpose assistant, M. S. Viswanathan at Jupiter Pictures later became the musician of Tamil films. As his assistant, M. S. Viswanathan practised composing tunes when SMS was not around.[1] When MGR was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. S. Viswanathan had organised a programme to honour his "master" SMS. SMS was a very close friend of MGR.

Works[edit]

Some compositions of S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, include

Filmograpy[edit]

Year Film Language Director Banner Co-Music Directors
1942 Manonmani Tamil T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres G. Ramanathan
1946 Sri Murugan Tamil M. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures S. V. Venkatraman
1946 Valmiki Tamil Sundar Rao Nadkarni Central Studios S. V. Venkatraman
1947 Kanjan Tamil Kovai C. Aiyamuthu & T. R. Gopu Jupiter Pictures
1947 Rajakumaari Tamil M. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures
1947 Kundalakesi Tamil G. Ramanathan
1947 Kannika Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1948 Abhimanyu Tamil M. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1948 Mohini Tamil M. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1949 Kanniyin Kaadhali Tamil K. Ramnoth Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1949 Velaikaari Tamil M. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1950 Beedala Paatlu Telugu S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1950 Sri Krishna Vijayam Tamil M. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures S. V. Venkatraman & C. S. Jayaraman
1950 Dhikambara Saamiyaar Tamil T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres G. Ramanathan
1951 Marma Yogi Tamil M. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1951 Rakthabandham Malayalam M. R. Vittal S. N. Ranganathan
1952 Kanchana Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1952 Kanjana Malayalam S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1953 Ponni Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1954 Malaikkallan Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1954 Aggi Ramudu Telugu S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1954 Taskaraveeran Malayalam S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1954 Bettada Kalla Kannada S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1954 Soorasena Sinhala S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1956 Vazhvile Oru Nal Tamil A. Kasilingam Mercury Films C. N. Pandurangan & T. G. Lingappa
1958 Nadodi Mannan Tamil M. G. Ramachandran Emgeeyar Pictures N. S. Balakrishnan
1958 Annaiyin Aanai Tamil Ch. Narayana Murthy Paragon Pictures
1958 Thirumanam Tamil Valampuri Pictures Limited T. G. Lingappa
1959 Maragadham Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1959 Athisaya Penn Tamil M. V. Raman Raman Productions
1959 Nalla Theerppu Tamil T. Prakash Rao Sri Productions
1961 Thirudadhe Tamil P. Neelakantan A.L.S. Productions
1961 Sabarimala Ayyappan Malayalam S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1962 Konjum Salangai Tamil M. V. Raman Raman Productions
1962 Muripinche Muvvalu Telugu M. V. Raman Raman Productions
1963 Kalyaaniyin Kanavan Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1963 Aayiram Kaalathu Payir Tamil T.S.D. Pictures
1964 Thaayin Madiyil Tamil Adurthi Subba Rao Annai Films
1965 Aasai Mugam Tamil P. Pullaiah Mohan Productions
1966 Naam Moovar Tamil Balan Pictures
1967 Pandhayam Tamil M. K. Movies
1967 Uyir Mel Aasai Tamil Ayappan Productions
1967 Shabash Thambi Tamil Balan Pictures
1967 Raja Veettu Pillai Tamil Mohan Productions
1967 Sundara Moorthi Nayanaar Tamil Kandhasami Productions
1968 Mutthuchippi Tamil Mohan Productions
1968 Naalum Therindhavan Tamil Sri Balajee Combines
1968 Panakkaara Pillai Tamil
1969 Aindhu Latcham Tamil Sudha Movies
1969 Mannippu Tamil Mohan Productions
1970 Thalaivan Tamil Thomas Pictures
1970 Sinegidhi Tamil Sudha Movies
1970 Vairaakkiyam Tamil
1971 Thanga Gopuram Tamil P. L. Mohan Ram Pictures
1971 Therottam Tamil Shasti Films
1972 Badhilukku Badhil Tamil Vijaya Productions Private Limited
1972 Jakkamma Tamil Vijaya Chitra Films
1973 Muthuchippi Tamil M. Krishnan Mohan Productions
1975 Hotel Sorkkam Tamil Sudha Movies
1976 Kula Gowravam Tamil
1978 Kaviraaja Kaalamegam Tamil T.N.R. Productions
Pennai Vaazha Vidungal Tamil
Aalai Kandu Mayangathey Tamil
Ilangeswaran Tamil

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