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Malaysia Vasudevan – We miss you da

Will the flowery breeze return back?
Will it love my song?

Poongaathu thirumbumaa?
Em paatta virumbumaa?

Wind blows in a direction. It cannot turn back on your call. But if the voice of Malaysia Vasudevan calls for it, no doubt it will turn back to carry his majestic voice like a horse carrying its master.

The manly voice which ruled the ears of 1980s and 1990s in Tamil Film songs has disappeared to its natural silence. The Tamil Singer passed away today at Chennai.

Vasudevan was born on June 15 1944 to Sathu Nair and Ammalu Ammai in Malaysia. The family migrated from Othappaalam of Palakad in Kerala. Vasudevan came to India in 1968 to act in a Tamil Film. He searched for chance to sing in films for about 10 years. He was a stage singer in Ilayaraja troupe specializing T.M Soundar rajan songs. He got his first film song in Delhi to Madras in the music of V.Kumar.

Those were the days when the male voice of T.M Soundar rajan was getting aged and S.P Balasubramaniam became very popular in Ilayaraja music. It was Barathiraja film 16 vayathinile which gave a break to this versatile singer. The song Attukkutti muttai ittu reserved for the voice of Jayachandran and Sevvanthi poomudicha chinnakkaa reserved for Balasubramaniam were sung by Malaysia Vasudevan. The unexpected opportunity took him to great heights.

Ilayaraja the music director has given this singer many songs which could not have been any better if sung by others.

Many of his famous songs include Vaan mehangale vaarungal.., Intha minminikku kannil oru minnal vanthathu.., Koil mani osai …Oru thanga rathaththil pon manjal nilavu, Ezhuthuhiraal oru puthuk kavithai..,Pooove ilaya poove..,Malarhale naathswarangal..,Kodai kaalak kaatre, Pon maanaththedi , Pattu vanna Rosavaam, Pattu vannach chelaikkaari , Nilaak kaayuthu.., Alliththantha boomi annai allavaa.. etc.

He was known for his fast numbers. Pothuvaaha emmanasu thangam, Veththalayap pottendi, Maamaavukku kudummaa, Maaman veedu machchi veedu., etc,. Music directors preferred him for many folk type songs. But his melody songs are the ones which are inimitable.

Vasu sang for the young heroes of his time Rajinikanth, Kamal hasan and others. At the same time his voice was suitable to legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan. Vasudevan voice was cultured like those voices which used to sing without mike. His voice may be compared to the voices of TMS, Sirkazhi Govindarajan.

Vasudevan also acted in some films. He was under paralytic attack from 2003.

He was a born Malayalee but died as a Tamil in a sense who contributed more to Tamil than the born Tamils. His pronunciation and mastery in singing Tamil is something a lesson to be learned by young singers.

Some of his songs are evergreen and evoke the periodic nostalgic feelings. For those who love his voice his death brings uncontrollable tears choking the throat. We miss you Vasu…

oru thanga rathaththil
pon manjal nilavu

In a golden chariot
travels one yellow moon