T. R. Pappa

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T. R. Pappa
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Background information
Birth nameSivasankaran
Born3 July 1922[1]
OriginThiruthuraipoondi, Madras Presidency, British India
Died15 October 2004(2004-10-15) (aged 82)
Occupation(s)Film score composer, music director

Thiruthuraipoondi Radhakrishnan Pappa (3 July 1922 – 15 October 2004) was an Indian music director of Tamil, Telugu and Sinhalese films. He was born in 1923 at Thiruthuraipoondi, Madras Presidency, British India.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Papa's real name is Sivasankaran, who is from a lineage of musical family. He started training on the violin from early childhood. His father had inability to pay tution fees his education was stopped in middle. He was trained by Siva Vadivelu Pillai who joined in National movie tone cinema company, as fiddle player to some movies Seemanthini 1936 Parvathi Kalyanam 1936 and this life of carrying instruments ended in 1938.

After he joined as a helper to S.G. Kasi Iyer, elder brother of great Kittappa. In 1941 most of the citizens was flying to other towns due to fear of Japanese Bombing Jupiter Pictures was shifted to Coimbatore, M.S.Viswanathan went with S.V.Venkatraman who is famous music director on those days. Kalki`s daughter Ananthi, Sadasivam`s daughter Radha were dancers, jointly made dance Programmes, M.S.Viswanathan as Playback Singer along with Papa Violin.


Papa started playing the violin in Manonmani Modern Theatres and Kannagi,Kubera Kusela,and Maha Maya Jupiter Pictures. In the late 40s, Papa and T. K. Ramamoorthy were the highest paid violinists for the movies and were always in demand.

Papa became music director for Malayalam film Athmasanthi (1952). The chance was given to him by Joseph Thaliyath Jr of Citadel Film Corporation. This film is dubbed in Tamil under the same title.

Then onwards, Papa went on to compose for many of Citadel films such as Mallika, Vijayapuri Veeran, Vilakketriyaval, Iravum Pagalum and Kadhal Paduthum Paadu.

Papa also composed music for many Sinhalese films. The song Siriyame Sara, sung by H. R. Jothipala is one of the popular hits in Sinhalese.

He worked with singers like T. M. Soundararajan, A. M. Rajah, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, Thiruchi Loganathan, C. S. Jayaraman, S. C. Krishnan, A. L. Raghavan, M. L. Vasanthakumari, P. Leela, Jikki, T. V. Rathinam, A. P. Komala, K. Jamuna Rani, P. Suseela, A. G. Rathnamala, T. S. Bagavathi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, A. Nithyakala, S. Janaki, L. R. Eswari, S. P. Balasubrahmaniam, B. S. Sasirekha, S. P. Sailaja.

The singing actors K. R. Ramaswamy, T. R. Rajakumari, P. Bhanumathi, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Madhuram and J. P. Chandrababu also sang memorable songs under his compositions.

As a Nilaya Vidwan of AIR from 1946, Papa accompanied the violin for many great classical vocalists. He composed music for many wonderful devotional albums with Seerkazhi Govindarajan where the song Chinnanjiru Penn Pole dedicated to the Goddess Abirami is notable. Papa scored music for the album Abirami Andhaadhi. Papa has served as the Principal of Madras Music College.

T. R. Ramanna and Papa were classmates in Thanjavur. T. R. Ramanna was in the midst of the making of Arunagirinathar when the music director G. Ramanathan fell ill. Papa was called upon to complete the rest of the songs. T. R. Ramana again engaged Papa for his movies in the early 1970s.

Tamil Isai Sangam conferred the title Isai Perarignar (Great Scholar of Music) on him.


Some of the notable music compositions:


Year Film Language Director Banner Co-Music Directors
1952 Aathmasanthi Malayalam Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1952 Aathmasanthi Tamil Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1952 Alphonsa Malayalam O. J. Thottan Jeo Productions
1952 Mappillai Tamil T. R. Raghunath National Productions N. S. Balakrishnan
1953 Anbu Tamil M. Natesan Natesh Art Pictures
1954 Iddaru Pellalu Telugu F. Nagoor Nagoor Cine Productions T. A. Kalyanam & T. K. Kumaraswamy
1954 Sandehi Malayalam F. Nagoor Nagoor Cine Productions
1955 Surangani Sinhala Cyril P Abeyratne Ceylon Theatres Ltd.
1956 Aasai Tamil M. Natesan Natesh Art Pictures
1956 Graha Devatha Malayalam F. Nagoor Nagoor Cine Productions
1956 Kudumba Vilakku Tamil F. Nagoor Nagoor Cine Productions
1956 Raja Rani Tamil A. Bhim Singh National Pictures
1956 Rambaiyin Kaadhal Tamil R. R. Chandran Kalpana Pictures
1956 Rangoon Radha Tamil A. Kasilingam Mekala Pictures
1956 Surathali Sinhala Cyril P Abeyratne Ceylon Entertainments
1957 Deva Sundari Malayalam M. K. R. Nambiar Munna's Films
1957 Mallika Tamil Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1959 Thaai Magalukku Kattiya Thaali Tamil R. R. Chandran Kalpana Kala Mandir
1960 Kuravanji Tamil A. Kasilingam Mekala Pictures
1960 Subhadra Sinhala S R Charlie & Cyril P Abeyratne C P A Producers
1960 Sundara Birinda Sinhala T. Yoganandan Ceylon Entertainments)
1960 Vijayapuri Veeran Tamil Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1961 Kumara Raja Tamil G. K. Ramu Sivakami Pictures
1961 Nallavan Vazhvan Tamil P. Neelakantan Arasu Pictures
1962 Ethaiyum Thangum Ithaiyam Tamil P. Neelakantan Udhaya Suriyan Productions
1962 Seemaan Petra Selvangal Tamil S. Ramakrishnan Paramu Films
1964 Arunagirinathar Tamil T. R. Ramanna Baba Art Productions G. Ramanathan
1964 Sujage Rahasa Sinhala P. Neelakantan
1965 Iravum Pagalum Tamil Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1965 Kathal Paduthum Padu Tamil Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1965 Vilakketriyaval Tamil Joseph Thaliath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1968 Teacheramma Tamil Puttanna Kanagal Subbulakshmi Pictures
1969 Avare En Daivam Tamil C. N. Shanmugam Meenakshi Sundareswar Films
1969 Magane Nee Vazhga Tamil M. Krishnan Nair Subbulakshmi Pictures
1970 Yaen? Tamil T. R. Ramanna E.V.R. Pictures
1971 Arutperunjothi Tamil A. T. Krishnaswamy Balu Films
1972 Avasara Kalyanam Tamil V. T. Thyagarajan Subblakshmi Movies
1972 Yaar Jambulingam Tamil M. S. Gopinathan Sri Govindan Films
1973 Maru Piravi Tamil T. R. Ramanna Vijaya & Suri Combines
1974 Vairam Tamil T. R. Ramanna Vijaya & Suri Combines
1996 Enga Chinna Ponnu Tamil


  1. ^ Ramachandran, T. M. (22 January 1966). "No believer in compromise!". Sport and Pastime. Vol. 20. p. 42.
  2. ^ A lyrical journey across four generations in cinema
  3. ^ With music till the last

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