T. V. Rathnam

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T. V. Rathnam
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T. V. Rathnam in late 1940s
Background information
Birth nameTenkasi Vallinayagam Rathnam
Born1930
Origin Tenkasi, Madras Presidency, British India
DiedOctober 17, 1984(1984-10-17) (aged 53–54)
Madras
Genres Film music (playback singing), Indian classical music
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocalist

Tenkasi Vallinayagam Rathnam (Tamil : தென்காசி வள்ளிநாயகம் (டி.வி.) ரத்தினம்) (1930 - 17 October 1984) [1] hailed from Tenkasi, Madras Presidency, British India. She was a playback singer for Tamil films.

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Early life

Born in Tenkasi to Vallinayagam Pillai and Aavudai Ammal in 1929. Rathnam had learned music from the age of seven under a guru called Ramalinga Aachari, and gave her first full-fledged concert in Sri Lanka. She became a drama artiste and film artist as a child. Pursued her tutelage under Vidhwan Ramnad Krishnan at the age at 12 which paved way for playback singing later.

Married to Visvanathan Pillai in 1947.

Then she moved on to playback singing in the Tamil film industry.

Career life

She was 10 years old when she acted in Bhaktha Chetha in 1940 for the Madras United Artitstes. She then acted as the child Kannagi in Kannagi in 1942 for the Jupiter Pictures and also sang her own song. In the meantime, she had continued her training under Ramnad Krishnan, and later trained under Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar.

Rathnam was a much sought after singer in the late 1940s and 1950s. She became popular with the film music directors of that era who had worked with her repeatedly and in that glorious period TVR rendered a staggering variety of challenging songs.

Rathnam became famous by her songs in Miss Malini (1947) by the Gemini Studios. She also had a rare chance in Ponmudi (1950) by Modern Theatres when the music director the great G. Ramanathan had sung the songs by his composition, himself. He had chosen TVR to pair him as the female singer for him. [2]

Music composers she sang for

Playback singers she sang with

She had many solo songs but also sang with other singers. She sang along duets with G. Ramanathan, M. M. Mariappa, T. A. Mothi, Thiruchi Loganathan, C. R. Subburaman, A. M. Rajah, T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, S. C. Krishnan, P. B. Sreenivas, S. V. Ramanan, V. J. Varma, V. T. Rajagopalan and S. V. Ponnusamy.

She also sang duets with female singers with most notably with P. Leela, A. P. Komala, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, K. V. Janaki, T. R. Bhagirathi, Jikki, K. Jamuna Rani, Radha Jayalakshmi, A. G. Rathnamala, Udutha Sarojini, M. L. Vasanthakumari, P. Susheela, L. R. Eswari, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, Gomathi, Swarnalatha and G. Kasthoori.

The singing actors she sang with were T. R. Mahalingam, K. R. Ramasamy and K. S. Angamuthu.

Filmography

Playback singer

YearFilmLanguageSongMusicCo-Singer
1940 Bhaktha Chetha Tamil Mohana MuralidharaaV. S. Parthasarathy Iyengar
1942 Kannagi TamilMaalaakinen Swaami S. V. Venkatraman
1944 Dasi Aparanji TamilKaanavendum Kayilaiyai M. D. Parthasarathy & S. Rajeswara Rao
1947 Miss Malini TamilJegame Oru Chiththira Salai S. Rajeswara Rao & Parur S. Anantharaman
Sri Saraswathi Namosthuthe
Paadum Radio Buttonai Thiruppi Vittaa
Senthamizh Naadu Sezhithidave
Mylapore Vakkeelathu
1947 Rajakumari TamilPaattil Enna Solven Paangi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu K. V. Janaki
1948 Chakradhari TamilThaalo Thaalo.... Kanne Thaalelo M. D. Parthasarathy
Vaa Vaa Ambuliye
1948 Mohini TamilVasandha Maalai Neram S. M. Subbaiah Naidu & C. R. Subburaman M. M. Mariyappa
1948 Vedhala Ulagam TamilVelaar Vizhi Maadhai Manam Seiya R. Sudarsanam
Gopiyar Konjum Ramana
1949 Inbavalli TamilNaadhaa En Aasai Neere G. Ramanathan T. R. Mahalingam
1949 Navajeevanam TamilAasai Anugraha Maaraa S. V. Venkataraman
1949 Velaikaari TamilAda Varuvaayaa Kannaa C. R. Subburaman
Laali Laali suba Laali Laali P. Leela
Vaazhiya Needoozhi Paguttharivaalar K. V. Janaki
Ulagatthile Unnadhamaai Uyarndha
1950 Krishna Vijayam TamilBageeradhi Ennadi Aniyaayam Idhu S. M. Subbaiah Naidu P. Leela, K. V. Janaki, T. R. Bhagirathi & K. S. Angamuthu
Vaasuki Paambu Thaampaki T. M. Soundararajan
1950 Parijatham TamilVaan Nilavae Mana Mohana S. V. Venkatraman & C. R. Subburaman T. R. Mahalingam
Maaya Chirrippile
Madhiyaa Vidhiyaa C. R. Subburaman
Thane Varuvaaradi
Enadhannai Unnai Peidhe
1950 Ponmudi TamilNeela Vanum Nilavum Pol G. Ramanathan G. Ramanathan
Van Mazhaiyindri Vadidum Payir Pola G. Ramanathan
Aruyire Premai Amudha Variyil G. Ramanathan
Meikadhal Arumbu Vazhvinile Poothathe Indre G. Ramanathan
En Prema Rooba... Inbathin Ellai Idhuthana
1950 Vijayakumari TamilKondaadum Suba C. R. Subburaman P. Leela
1951 Marmayogi TamilManathukisaindha Raajaa S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Ah... Inbam Iravil Amaidhiyile
1952 Andhaman Kaidhi TamilAnju Rooba Nottai Konjam MinnE Maatthi G. Govindarajulu Naidu
Mayangaadhe Madhi Mayangaadhe
Inbam Neruma En Vaazhvil Inbam Neruma
College Padippukku Goodbye A. P. Komala
Padipodu Nalla Panbumirundhal
Ennaasai Kannaatti Unnai
Aasai Kili Pol Pesum A. P. Komala
Aiyaamaare Unga Kaiyaale A. P. Komala
1952 Panam TamilIdhayathai Irumbaakki ....Manamudaiyorai Manidhargal Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
1952 Jameenthar TamilEnakkum Unakkum Isaintha G. Ramanathan
1953 Manithan TamilMeesai Naraichavan Pendaatti S. V. Venkatraman
1953 Ratna Deepam TamilKandadhu Mudhal Aasai Konden Robin Chatterjee
Yaaro Idhai Sitrinbam Enbaar
Pagaivanukarulvaai
1954 Kalyanam Panniyum Brammachari TamilNaagareegama Idhu Naagareegama T. G. Lingappa
1954 Koondukkili TamilSolla Vallaayo Kiliye K. V. Mahadevan
Aanandhamaai Vaazha Vendume
1954 Manohara TamilNilaavile Ullaasamaaga Paadalaam S. V. Venkatraman T. A. Mothi
Ennai Paar Ennazhagai Paaru
1954 Ratha Kanneer TamilAalai Aaaai Paarkkiraar C. S. Jayaraman
Maalai Itta Mannan Yaaro
1954 Sorgavasal TamilRaajaathi Raajan Namma Raaja Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Sandhosham Theda Vendum Vaazhvile Thiruchi Loganathan
Veeram Serindha Mugam K. R. Ramasamy
1954 Thuli Visham TamilEnnai Ariyaamal Perugudhu Inbamthaan K. N. Dandayudhapani Pillai V. J. Varma
Neengal Varavendum Dhuraiye
1954 Vipra Narayana Telugu Thom Thathaara Thaane Thathiranaa S. Rajeswara Rao
1955 Asai Anna Arumai Thambi TamilIrandha Kaala Vaazhvai Enni K. V. Mahadevan
1955 Gomathiyin Kaadhalan TamilSirpa Kalai Vizhaavin Arpudhangalukkellaam G. Ramanathan P. Leela & Radha Jayalakshmi
1955 Maaman Magal TamilDhevi Neeye Thunai S. V. Venkatraman
1955 Maheswari TamilAlli Veesunga Panatthai Alli Veesunga G. Ramanathan
Aagaaya Veedhiyile.... Paarum Thannaale
1955 Mangaiyar Thilakam TamilKetta Penmani S. Dakshinamurthi
Adhiga Pechuk Kaari
1955 Mudhal Thethi TamilAham Kulira.... Mudhal Thethi Indru T. G. Lingappa
Chinna Chinna Bommai Venum K. Rani
1955Modala Thedi Kannada Modal Thedi Indu T. G. Lingappa
1955 Nalla Thangai TamilO! Seemaane Thirumbi Paarkkum G. Ramanathan
1955 Needhipathi TamilAnbe Nam Dheivam Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Aanandhame Aanandham N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1955 Valliyin Selvan TamilAyiram Kaalatthu Parur S. Anantharaman
Vilaiyaadum Dheivamadi M. L. Vasanthakumari
Panjaayaththukku Vaa Pulle T. M. Soundararajan
1955 Vipra Narayana TamilThom Thathaara Thaane Thathiranaa S. Rajeswara Rao
1956 Aasai TamilKanni Thamizh.... Oviyanin Ullamthanai T. R. Pappa A. M. Rajah
Adi Paadi Odi Aadum Azhagai Paarungga P. Leela
Kanninaar Nalladhaiyaa
1956 Amara Deepam TamilNaadodi Koottam Naanga T. Chalapathi Rao & G. Ramanathan T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan & A. P. Komala
1956 Avar Unarunnu Malayalam Oru Mullappanthalil V. Dakshinamoorthy
1956 Kula Dheivam TamilAanum Pennum R. Sudarsanam
Vaarayo Ennai Paaraayo
1956 Mathar Kula Manickam TamilDenjaru Aiyaa Denjaru S. Rajeswara Rao G. Kasthoori
1956 Moondru Pengal TamilVaanmugil Kanda Vanna Thogai Mayil Pole K. V. Mahadevan T. A. Mothi
Paathokongo Nallaa Paathkongo A. P. Komala
Arul Puriginraal Annai
1956 Naane Raja TamilAanum Pennum Vaazhvinil Inbam T. R. Ramanathan
Pesuvadhaal Inbam Peruaar Undo
1956 Nalla Veedu TamilGovindhan Kuzhalosai KeleerKrishnamurthi
Nagaraja Iyer
1956 Nannambikkai TamilKalyaana Velai Vandhu Kaathirukkudhu S. V. Venkatraman
Anbe Aadhiye
Kaar Mugilin Maeni
1956 Raja Rani TamilThirumana Maagaadha Penne T. R. Pappa
Kaanadha Inbamellaam Kandidalaam Seerkazhi Govindarajan
Aanandha Nilai Peruvom N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1956 Rangoon Radha TamilAyarpaadi Kannaa Nee T. R. Pappa
1957 Aaravalli TamilInge Meesaiyulla G. Ramanathan K. Jamuna Rani
Kummaalam Pottathellaam A. G. Rathnamala
1957 Baagyavathi TamilKannaale Vettaadhe S. Dakshinamurthi S. C. Krishnan
Vennilavin Oli Thanile A. M. Rajah & S. C. Krishnan
1957 Bhale Ammayilu TeluguTheem Thaam Thirana (Thillana) S. Rajeswara Rao & S. Hanumantha Rao M. L. Vasanthakumari
1957 Chakravarthi Thirumagal TamilAthaanum Naanthaane G. Ramanathan S. C. Krishnan
1957 Engal Veettu Mahalakshmi TamilSendhiru Maadhum Kalai Maadhum Master Venu P. Susheela
1957 Iru Sagodharigal TamilTheem Thaam Thirana (Thillana) S. Rajeswara Rao M. L. Vasanthakumari
1957 Rajaputhri Rahasyamu TeluguTaalachinantaa ThappaiteT. M. Ibrahim T. M. Soundararajan
1957 Rani Lalithangi TamilBulbul Jodi Majaa G. Ramanathan S. C. Krishnan
1957 Samaya Sanjeevi TamilThiruvarul Thandhadhu G. Ramanathan
1957 Soubhagyavathi TamilSingaara Velavane Pendyala Nageswara Rao & M. S. Gnanamani
Manjapoosi S. C. Krishnan
Chinna Maamaa Romba
1957 Vanangamudi Tamil G. Ramanathan S. C. Krishnan
1957 Yaar Paiyyan TamilAndha Naalum Vandhu Serum S. Dakshinamurthi
1958 Bommai Kalyanam TamilAasai Vachen Aasai Vachen K. V. Mahadevan Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1958 Maya Manithan TamilPaakku Vetthala.... Iru Manasum Oru Manasai G. Govindarajulu Naidu S. V. Ponnusamy
1958 Nadodi Mannan TamilPaaduppattal Thannaanle N. S. Balakrishnan
1958 Paanai Pidithaval Bhaagyasaali TamilPachadikkettha Kichadi Sambaa S. V. Venkatraman & S. Rajeswara Rao Thiruchi Loganathan
1958 Paattaliyin Sabatham TamilAngiyodu Nijaar Anindhu Vandhaaye O. P. Nayyar P. Susheela
1958 Peria Koil TamilNaan Poren Munnaale K. V. Mahadevan T. M. Soundararajan
Vaazhanum Penngal Vaazhanum
1958 Thedi Vandha Selvam TamilPoovaadai Nee Enakku T. G. Lingappa Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1958 Vanjikottai Valiban TamilVetrivel Veeravel C. Ramchandra Seerkazhi Govindarajan & Thiruchi Loganathan
1959 Amudhavalli TamilJilu Jilukkum Pachai Malai.... Chittukkuruvi Iva Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy A. P. Komala
1959 Aval Yaar TamilAdakkiduven S. Rajeswara Rao S. C. Krishnan
Kannukkazhagaa Penngalai Jikki
1959 Manimekalai TamilAdikkudhu Adikkudhu Unnai Kandu G. Ramanathan V. T. Rajagopalan
Raajaa Nee Thoongalaamaa
1959 Minnal Veeran TamilKokkarakko.... Kutta Veliyaakavaa Vedha S. C. Krishnan
1959 Pandithevan TamilKal Udaithu Malai Pilandhu C. N. Pandurangan & Meenakshi Subramanyam P. B. Sreenivas, A. G. Rathnamala, S. V. Ramanan & Gomathi
1959 Paththarai Maathu Thangam TamilManasa Nallaa Theriyaame G. Govindarajulu Naidu & Tiruvenkadu Selvarathinam
1959SoubhagyavathiTeluguSingaara Nelavane Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1959 Sumangali TamilBodhai Seidha Velai Paadhai Maari Pocche M. Ranga Rao
1959 Veerapandiya Kattabomman TamilMaattu Vandi Poottikkittu G. Ramanathan T. M. Soundararajan
1959 Vaazhkai Oppandham TamilKochimalai Kudagu Malai Ghantasala
1960 Adutha Veettu Penn TamilKaiyum Odala Kaalum Odala P. Adinarayana Rao S. C. Krishnan
1960 Mugguru Veerulu TeluguIddarinee Kattukunte Intenandi T. R. Pappa P. B. Sreenivas & L. R. Eswari
1960 Nammina Bantu TeluguAlu Mogudu Pondu Andamoyi S. Rajeswara Rao & Master Venu P. Susheela & Swarnalatha
1960 Pattaliyin Vetri TamilPendaatti Purushanukku S. Rajeswara Rao & Master Venu P. Susheela & Swarnalatha
1960 Vijayapuri Veeran TamilKokkarikkanum T. R. Pappa S. C. Krishnan & L. R. Eswari
1961 Panithirai TamilMaamiyaarukku Oru Seidhi K. V. Mahadevan Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1962 Vikramaadhithan TamilNilaiyaana Kalai Vaazhgave S. Rajeswara Rao P. Leela
1963 Punithavathi TamilAdi Ammaa PonneHussein Reddy
1964Magaley Un SamathuTamilAvogulaamiyaa G. K. Venkatesh T. M. Soundararajan
1965 Maganey Kel TamilAattam Porandhadhu Munnaale M. S. Viswanathan
1971ArutperunjothiTamilArutjothi Dheivam Ennnai Aandu Konda Dheivam T. R. Pappa
1971IlangeswaranTamilMalar Maalai Kondaadi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1973 Arangetram TamilEnadi Marumagale Unnai Evaradi Pesivittaar V. Kumar
1977 Sri Krishna Leela TamilAnbe Uyarndhadhu Avaniyile S. V. Venkatraman Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi

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References

  1. "T. V. Rathinam".
  2. "Miss Malini 1947" The Hindu

Apart from these songs T V Rathnam has sung many songs. To quote an example she has sung a song ADAKKIDUVEN a duet with S C Krishnan in the movie Aval Yaar.