Veteran Malayalam music director M.G. Radhakrishnan, composer of
many evergreen melodies, passed away at a private hospital on
Friday(June 2) following a prolonged illness.
Radhakrishnan was suffering from illness since last year. He was
in a critical condition since last week and was undergoing
treatment for liver problems. He died at 70 and is survived by his
wife and a son and daughter.
Playback singer K.S. Chithra was introduced in the film industry
by this veteran composer as he offered her an opportunity to sing
for the movie Attahasam. He was a specialist in light
Radhakrishnan started his career by singing his first song for
the Malayalam movie Kallichellamma in 1969. But, he
realized his interest and strength lies in music direction so he
debuted as a music director with the 1978 movie Thampu,
which was directed by Aravindan. He has scored music for over 30
Malayalam films in his almost three decade long music career.
Leading directors such as Priyadarshan, Bharatan, Padmarajan,
Venu Nagavally, Fazil, and Shaji Kailas preferred him as the music
director of their films. He composed music for his last film
Anandabhadram by Santosh Sivan in 2005.
Filmmaker Priyadarshan showed his last respect to the composer
saying, “He composed the music for my first film. I am probably not
wrong saying that Radhakrishnan has composed the maximum number of
music for my films. We all feel that he did not get due
Most of the films, which had music by M.G. Radhakrishnan"s
became all-time hits of the Malayalam movie industry. This includes
films like Agnidevan, Manichithrathazhu etc. He won Kerala
state films award twice in 2001 and 2005 for best music director.
He also earned the Asianet film awards for best music director in
the same year.