S.V.Venkatraman - Profiles of Music Director

Sozhavanthan Varadharajan Venkatraman also known as SVV. Sozhavanthan Varadharajan Venkatraman was born on 25 April 1911 to Varadharajan Iyer and Lakshmi Ammal. His uncle took responsibility for his upbringing from the age of three, at which time his father had died. Although he displayed an aptitude for music from an early age, his school education ended at the fourth standard.

In order to pursue his passion for music he felt it necessary to go to Madras. The first stage of that journey saw him land at [[Chintadripet. There he was heard singing by the head of a drama troupe, who offered him a job as a stage artist-singer-musician. He learnt to play the harmonium but had no formal training in Carnatic music.

Subsequently, he acted in five films, during a fight scene in one of which his left hand was broken. It was in this state that A. V. Meiyappa Chettiar found him at the Cubbon Park, Bangalore. He was invited to Madras as music director for Chettiar's next film, ‘'Nanda Kumar.

The films for which he composed music, apart from Nanda Kumar, include Tahsildar, Valmiki, Manonmani, Kannagi, Nandanar, Meera (Tamil and Hindi), Naga Panchami, Sri Murugan, Manohara (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi ), and Irumbu Thirai.

He worked with actors such as C. N. Annadurai, M. G. Ramachandran, M. Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha and N. T. Rama Rao. Many popular composers including M. S. Viswanathan, T. K. Ramamoorthy, and G. K. Venkatesh worked with him.

All leading playback singers of the time from P. U. Chinnappa Bhagavathar and G. N. Balasubramaniam to M. M. Dandapani Desikar and T. M. Soundararajan lent their voices to his tunes. Carnatic music legends D. K. Pattammal and M. L. Vasanthakumari also came under his baton. His last assignment was Sri Krishna Leela. He also proved his prowess as a singer in a few films.

He scored the music for the famous Bhaja Govindam sung by M. S. Subbulakshmi and Vadavaraiyai Mathakki, Mudiondrum Moolangalum and a few Mahakavi Bharathiyar songs that she made famous. He set to tune Narayaneeyam and Guruvayur Suprabhatam rendered by Trichur Ramachandran and Papanasam Sivan's Sree Rama Charitha Geetham sung by Sirkazhi Govindarajan.

He tuned Mahakavi Bharathiyar songs and Karpagambal Andhadi for M. M. Dandapani Desikar. He was composer for All India Radio's Serndhisai, Vadhya Vrindha and many other music ventures. Music for Voice of India by Mahatma Gandhi's son had been scored by him. SVV married Saraswathi at the age of 28 in 1939. The couple had four sons and four daughters. He died in his sleep on April 7, 1998 at his residence in Palavakkam.