S. M. Subbaiah Naidu

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S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Subburayulu Munuswami Subbaiah Naidu [1]

(1914-03-15)15 March 1914
Died26 May 1979(1979-05-26) (aged 65)
Other namesSMS [2]
Occupationmusic composer
Years active1942–1978

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


Early life

Born in 1914 in Kadaiyanallur, Subburayalu Munusami Subbiah Naidu had an unhappy childhood. He ran away from home with dreams of finding his fortune in Singapore, but ended up working in drama troupes such as those of Jagannatha Aiyer and Nawab Rajamanickam Pillai. Finding himself drawn more to music than acting, SMS learned music from masters such as Rajagopala Iyengar and Subramaniya Bagavathar. When the company's play Baktha Ramadas was made into a movie, SMS worked on the music for the movie as well. [3]

Career life

He is fondly known as "Sangeethayya" 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 Western tunes and music.

SMS worked jointly with other composers on a few movies in the early 1940s. He then composed music for the first movie in which MGR played the hero Rajakumaari in 1947. All through the 1950s, SMS continued to compose memorable songs in the movies that came his way. Films such as Ezhai Padum Padu (1950), Kanchana (1952) and Malaikkallan (1954) helped him to consolidate his place among the front-ranking composers of the decade. There were also Thirumanam, Maragadham, Nadodi Mannan and the magnificent classic Konjum Salangai.

While he was composing music for Rajakumaari at Central Studious, SMS made the acquaintance of the hero MGR. This laid the basis for a lifelong friendship between the two, which was further strengthened during the making of Marma Yogi and Malaikkallan. When MGR turned producer and director with Nadodi Mannan, he invited SMS to compose the songs, along with N.S. Balakrishnan who had composed 2 songs. Later, when the fortunes of SMS were on the decline in the 1960s, MGR secured for his friend a few opportunities such as Thaayin Madiyil, Aasai Mugam and Thalaivan. [4]

As the 1960s progressed, SMS engaged in a few projects towards the end of the 1960s such as Naam Moovar, Raja Veetu Pillai, Uyir Mel Aasai, Sabash Thambi, Panakkara Pillai, Naalum Therindhavan, Chakkaram and Mannippu.

In the 1970s, opportunities were few and far between Snegithi, Vairakiyam, Therottam and Thanga Gopuram.

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. Sundharam, T. A. Mothi, P. B. Sreenivas, S. C. Krishnan, A. L. Raghavan, M. L. Vasanthakumari, P. A. Periyanayaki, P. Leela, Jikki, P. Susheela, T. V. Rathnam, 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. Ramasamy, V. Nagayya, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Madhuram, P. Bhanumathi, S. Varalakshmi and J. P. Chandrababu also sang memorable songs under his compositions.



Some compositions of S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, include


YearFilmLanguageDirectorBannerCo-Music Directors
1946 Sri Murugan TamilM. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures S. V. Venkatraman
1947KundalakesiTamilBomman D. IraniK. S. S. Pictures G. Ramanathan
1947 Rajakumari Tamil A. S. A. Sami Jupiter Pictures
1947 Kanjan TamilKovai C. Aiyamuthu & T. R. Gopu Jupiter Pictures
1948 Abhimanyu TamilM. Somasundaram & A. Kasilingam Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1948 Mohini TamilLanka Sathiyam Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1949 Velaikaari Tamil A. S. A. Sami Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1949 Kanniyin Kaadhali Tamil K. Ramnoth Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1950 Krishna Vijayam TamilM. Somasundaram Jupiter Pictures C. S. Jayaraman
1950 Digambara Samiyar Tamil T. R. Sundaram Modern Theatres G. Ramanathan
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1950 Beedala Paatlu Telugu S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1951 Marma Yogi Tamil K. Ramnoth Jupiter Pictures C. R. Subburaman
1951 Rakthabandham Malayalam M. R. VittalS. N. Ranganathan
1952 Kanchana Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1952 Kanchana Telugu 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
1956 Vaazhvile Oru Naal TamilA. KasilingamMercury Films C. N. Pandurangan & T. G. Lingappa
1957 Bettada Kalla Kannada S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1957Surasena Sinhala S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1957 Taskaraveeran Malayalam S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios C. Ramchandra
1958 Aalai Kandu Mayangathe Tamil
1958 Annaiyin Aanai Tamil Ch. Narayana Murthy Paragon Pictures
1958 Nadodi Mannan Tamil M. G. Ramachandran Emgeeyar Pictures N. S. Balakrishnan
1958 Thirumanam Tamil A. Bhim Singh Valampuri Pictures Limited T. G. Lingappa
1959 Anaganaga Oka Raju Telugu M. G. Ramachandran Emgeeyar Pictures N. S. Balakrishnan
1959 Athisaya Penn Tamil M. V. Raman Raman Productions
1959 Maragadham Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1959 Nalla Theerpu Tamil T. Prakash Rao Sri Productions
1960 Vimala Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1961 Jebu Donga Telugu P. Neelakantan A.L.S. Productions
1961 Thirudadhe Tamil P. Neelakantan A.L.S. Productions
1961Sabarimala AyyappanMalayalam S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1961Sabarimala AyyappanTamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1962 Konjum Salangai TamilM. V. RamanRaman Productions
1962 Muripinche Muvvalu TeluguM. V. RamanRaman Productions
1963 Aayiram Kalathu Payir Tamil T. S. Durairaj T.S.D. Pictures
1963 Kalyaniyin Kanavan Tamil S. M. Sriramulu Naidu Pakshiraja Studios
1964 Thaayin Madiyil Tamil Adurthi Subba Rao Annai Films
1965 Aasai Mugam Tamil P. Pullaiah Mohan Productions
1966 Naam Moovar TamilC. P. JambulinghamBalan Pictures
1967PandhayamTamilA. KasilingamM. K. Movies
1967 Raja Veetu Pillai TamilDada MirasiMohan Productions
1967 Sabash Thambi TamilC. P. JambulinghamBalan Pictures
1967 Sundaramurthi Nayanar TamilK. SomuKandhasami Productions
1967 Uyir Mel Aasai TamilC. P. JambulinghamAyappan Productions
1968 Chakkaram TamilA. KasilingamAnnai Films
1968 Muthu Chippi Tamil M. Krishnan Mohan Productions
1968Naalum TherindhavanTamilC. P. JambulinghamSri Balajee Combines
1968 Panakkara Pillai TamilC. P. JambulinghamAnnai Films
1969 Aindhu Laksham TamilG. RamakrishnanSudha Movies
1969 Mannippu Tamil M. Krishnan Mohan Productions
1969 Pennai Vazha Vidungal TamilR. DevarajanVijaya Chithra Films
1970 Thalaivan Tamil P. A. Thomas & Singhu MuthuThomas Pictures
1970 Snegithi TamilG. RamakrishnanSudha Movies
1970 Vairakiyam TamilA. KasilingamAnnai Films
1971IlangeswaranTamilV. T. ArasuShasti Films
1971 Thanga Gopuram TamilM. S. SolaimalaiMohan Pictures
1971 Therottam TamilV. T. ArasuShasti Films
1972Bathilukku BathilTamilC. P. JambulinghamBalan Combines
1972 Jakkamma Tamil M. Karnan Vijaya Chitra Films
1973 Muthu Chippi Tamil M. Krishnan Mohan Productions
1975Hotel SorgamTamilG. RamakrishnanSudha Movies
1976 Kula Gouravam Tamil Peketi Sivaram Balan Movies
1978Kaviraja KalamegamTamilG. R. NathanT.N.R. Productions

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