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20 April 1904|
|Died||7 April 1971
K. Subrahmanyam was a key figure behind the establishment of a Madras based Tamil film industry. He started his film career as scenarist and producer, working on P. K. Raja Sandow's silent films like Peyum Pennum. He started Meenakshi Cineton with R. M. Alagappa Chettiar, directing his first film Pavalakkodi, in which the Tamil film star M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar debuted. He made a remarkable shift with the politically emphatic Balayogini, criticizing the caste system prevalent then.
In 1938, he made Sevasadanam, advocating a better deal for woman, the saint film Bhakta Cheta, critiquing untouchability and the war effort film Mana Samrakshnam. His best-known work is the strident nationalistic reformist film Thyagaboomi. Thyagabhoomi was a novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy, which was banned by the British government. He also directed the Malayalam film Prahlada (1941) which was scripted by noted playwright N. P. Chellappan Nair. He is one of the founder of nadigar sangam in 1952
K. Subramaniam married Meenakshi and had children Balakrishnan, S. V. Ramanan, Krishnaswami, Chandrasekar, Lalitha, Bhama, Leela and Dr. Padma Subramanyam . He married S. D. Subbulakshmi with consent of his first wife Meenakshi and blessed with Abaswaram Ramji. He kept both the families together and managed them without any discrimination.. Among his children only S. V. Ramanan, Krishnaswami and Dr. Padma Subramanyam are associated with cinema and dance. His first grandson and son of Bama Sundaram, S.Raghuram followed his footsteps became a very famous legendary dance choreographer in Indian film industry and directed five films and choreographers over 1600 films achieved many awards. His great grand daughter and daughter of S. Raghuram Gayathri Raghuram and Suja manoj we'll know actresses and choreographers in Tamil film industry. Anirudh Ravichandran his great grandson and grandson of S.V. Ramanan well known music director started in very young age. Hrishikesh also great grandson and grandson of S.V. Ramanan new budding actor in VIP acted as Danush's brother.
- Pavalakkodi (1934)
- Balayogini (1936)
- Sevasadanam (1938)
- Thyagaboomi (1939)
- Prahlada (1941) (Malayalam)
- "A progressive film-maker". Frontline. India. 3 July 2004.
- "Film directors Who Made a Difference in Tamil Cinema World". Indolink.com. Retrieved 2016-10-21.