T. R. Pappa

T. R. Pappa
Background information
Birth name Sivasankaran
Born 1923
Origin Thiruthuraipoondi, Madras Presidency, British India
Died October 15, 2004(2004-10-15) (aged 81)
Occupation(s) Film score composer, music director
Instruments Violin

Thiruthuraipoondi Radhakrishnan Pappa (Tamil: டி. ஆர். பாப்பா; 1923–2004) was a music director of Tamil, Telugu and Sinhalese movies. He was born in 1923 at Thiruthuraipoondi, Madras Presidency, British India.[1][2][3][4]

Early life

Papa's real name is Sivasankaran, who is from a lineage of musical family. He started training on the violin from early childhood.


Papa started playing the violin in Modern Theatres and Jupiter Pictures. In the late 40s, Papa and T. K. Ramamoorthy were the highest paid violinists for the movies and were always in demand.

Papa became music director for Malayalam film Athmasanthi (1952). The chance was given to him by Joseph Thaliyath Jr of Citadel Film Corporation. This film is dubbed in Tamil under the same title.

Then onwards, Papa went on to compose for many of Citadel films such as Mallika, Vijayapuri Veeran, Vilakketriyaval, Iravum Pagalum and Kadhal Paduthum Paadu.

Papa also composed music for many Sinhalese films. The song Siriyame Sara, sung by H. R. Jothipala is one of the popular hits in Sinhalese.

He worked with singers like T. M. Soundararajan, A. M. Rajah, Seerkazhi Govindarajan, Thiruchi Loganathan, C. S. Jayaraman, S. C. Krishnan, A. L. Raghavan, M. L. Vasanthakumari, P. Leela, Jikki, T. V. Rathinam, A. P. Komala, K. Jamuna Rani, P. Suseela, A. G. Rathnamala, T. S. Bagavathi, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi, A. Nithyakala, S. Janaki, L. R. Eswari, S. P. Balasubrahmaniam, B. S. Sasirekha, S. P. Sailaja.

The singing actors K. R. Ramaswamy, T. R. Rajakumari, P. Bhanumathi, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Madhuram and J. P. Chandrababu also sang memorable songs under his compositions.

As a Nilaya Vidwan of AIR from 1946, Papa accompanied the violin for many great classical vocalists. He composed music for many wonderful devotional albums with Seerkazhi Govindarajan where the song Chinnanjiru Penn Pole dedicated to the Goddess Abirami is notable. Papa scored music for the album Abirami Andhaadhi. Papa has served as the Principal of Madras Music College.

T. R. Ramanna and Papa were classmates in Thanjavur. T. R. Ramanna was in the midst of the making of Arunagirinathar when the music director G. Ramanathan fell ill. Papa was called upon to complete the rest of the songs. T. R. Ramana again engaged Papa for his movies in the early 1970s.

Tamil Isai Sangam conferred the title Isai Perarignar (Great Scholar of Music) on him.


Some of the notable music compositions:


Year Film Language Director Banner Co-Music Directors
1952 Aathmasanthi Malayalam Joseph Thaliyath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1952 Aathmasanthi Tamil Joseph Thaliyath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1952 Mappillai Tamil T. R. Raghunath National Productions N. S. Balakrishnan
1952 Alphonsa Malayalam O. J. Thottan Jeo Productions
1953 Anbu Tamil M. Natesan Natesh Art Pictures
1954 Sandehi Malayalam F. Nagoor Nagoor Cine Productions
1954 Iddaru Pellalu Telugu F. Nagoor Nagoor Cine Productions T. A. Kalyanam & T. K. Kumaraswamy
1956 Aasai Tamil M. Natesan Natesh Art Pictures
1956 Rangoon Radha Tamil A. Kasilingam Mekala Pictures
1956 Rambaiyin Kaadhal Tamil R. R. Chandran Kalpana Pictures
1956 Raja Rani Tamil A. Bhim Singh National Pictures
1956 Kudumba Villakku Tamil F. Nagoor Nagoor Cine Productions
1957 Mallika Tamil Joseph Thaliyath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1957 Deva Sundari Malayalam M. K. R. Nambiar Munna's Films
1959 Thaai Magalukku Kattiya Thaali Tamil R. R. Chandran Kalpana Kala Mandir
1960 Vijayapuri Veeran Tamil Joseph Thaliyath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1960 Kuravanji Tamil A. Kasilingam Mekala Pictures
1961 Nallavan Vazhvan Tamil P. Neelakantan Arasu Pictures
1961 Kumara Raja Tamil G. K. Ramu Sivakami Pictures
1962 Edhaiyum Thangum Idhayam Tamil P. Neelakantan Udhaya Suriyan Productions
1962 Pirandha Naal Tamil K. Narayanan Vijaya Arts Films
1964 Arunagirinathar Tamil T. R. Ramanna Baba Art Productions G. Ramanathan
1964 Sujage Rahasa Sinhala P. Neelakantan
1965 Iravum Pagalum Tamil Joseph Thaliyath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1965 Kaadhal Paduthum Paadu Tamil Joseph Thaliyath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1965 Vilakketriyaval Tamil Joseph Thaliyath Jr. Citadel Film Corporation
1968 Teacheramma Tamil Puttanna Kanagal Subbulakshmi Pictures
1969 Avare En Daivam Tamil C. N. Shanmugam Meenakshi Sundareswar Films
1969 Magane Nee Vazhga Tamil M. Krishnan Nair Subbulakshmi Pictures
1970 Yaen Tamil T. R. Ramanna E.V.R. Pictures
1971 Arutperunjothi Tamil A. T. Krishnaswamy Balu Films
1972 Avasara Kalyanam Tamil V. T. Thyagarajan Subblakshmi Movies
1972 Yaar Jambulingam Tamil M. S. Gopinathan Sri Govindan Films
1973 Maru Piravi Tamil T. R. Ramanna Vijaya & Suri Combines
1974 Vairam Tamil T. R. Ramanna Vijaya & Suri Combines
1980 Kannil Theriyum Kadhaigal Tamil Devaraj–Mohan Raja Meenakshi Films K. V. Mahadevan, G. K. Venkatesh,
Ilaiyaraja & Shankar Ganesh


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