S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Subburayulu Munuswami Subbaiah Naidu 
15 March 1914
|Died||26 May 1979 65)(aged|
|Other names||SMS |
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.
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. 
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. 
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
|1946||Sri Murugan||Tamil||M. Somasundaram||Jupiter Pictures||S. V. Venkatraman|
|1947||Kundalakesi||Tamil||Bomman D. Irani||K. S. S. Pictures||G. Ramanathan|
|1947||Rajakumari||Tamil||A. S. A. Sami||Jupiter Pictures|
|1947||Kanjan||Tamil||Kovai C. Aiyamuthu & T. R. Gopu||Jupiter Pictures|
|1948||Abhimanyu||Tamil||M. Somasundaram & A. Kasilingam||Jupiter Pictures||C. R. Subburaman|
|1948||Mohini||Tamil||Lanka 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||Tamil||M. 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. Vittal||S. 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||Tamil||A. Kasilingam||Mercury Films||C. N. Pandurangan & T. G. Lingappa|
|1957||Bettada Kalla||Kannada||S. M. Sriramulu Naidu||Pakshiraja Studios|
|1957||Surasena||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|
|1961||Sabarimala Ayyappan||Malayalam||S. M. Sriramulu Naidu||Pakshiraja Studios|
|1961||Sabarimala Ayyappan||Tamil||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||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||Tamil||C. P. Jambulingham||Balan Pictures|
|1967||Pandhayam||Tamil||A. Kasilingam||M. K. Movies|
|1967||Raja Veetu Pillai||Tamil||Dada Mirasi||Mohan Productions|
|1967||Sabash Thambi||Tamil||C. P. Jambulingham||Balan Pictures|
|1967||Sundaramurthi Nayanar||Tamil||K. Somu||Kandhasami Productions|
|1967||Uyir Mel Aasai||Tamil||C. P. Jambulingham||Ayappan Productions|
|1968||Chakkaram||Tamil||A. Kasilingam||Annai Films|
|1968||Muthu Chippi||Tamil||M. Krishnan||Mohan Productions|
|1968||Naalum Therindhavan||Tamil||C. P. Jambulingham||Sri Balajee Combines|
|1968||Panakkara Pillai||Tamil||C. P. Jambulingham||Annai Films|
|1969||Aindhu Laksham||Tamil||G. Ramakrishnan||Sudha Movies|
|1969||Mannippu||Tamil||M. Krishnan||Mohan Productions|
|1969||Pennai Vazha Vidungal||Tamil||R. Devarajan||Vijaya Chithra Films|
|1970||Thalaivan||Tamil||P. A. Thomas & Singhu Muthu||Thomas Pictures|
|1970||Snegithi||Tamil||G. Ramakrishnan||Sudha Movies|
|1970||Vairakiyam||Tamil||A. Kasilingam||Annai Films|
|1971||Ilangeswaran||Tamil||V. T. Arasu||Shasti Films|
|1971||Thanga Gopuram||Tamil||M. S. Solaimalai||Mohan Pictures|
|1971||Therottam||Tamil||V. T. Arasu||Shasti Films|
|1972||Bathilukku Bathil||Tamil||C. P. Jambulingham||Balan Combines|
|1972||Jakkamma||Tamil||M. Karnan||Vijaya Chitra Films|
|1973||Muthu Chippi||Tamil||M. Krishnan||Mohan Productions|
|1975||Hotel Sorgam||Tamil||G. Ramakrishnan||Sudha Movies|
|1976||Kula Gouravam||Tamil||Peketi Sivaram||Balan Movies|
|1978||Kaviraja Kalamegam||Tamil||G. R. Nathan||T.N.R. Productions|
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