Well known Malayalam music composer MK Arjunan, who has composed music for over 700 songs in 200 films and regarded as the original master of melody in Malayalam films, passed away at his home in Palluruthy on Monday at the age of 85.
Arjunan Master, as he was fondly called, received his first lessons in music when his mother sent him and his brother to the Jevakarunyananda Ashram, Palani, when their father passed away when he was just six months old.
He began his career by composing music for the small-time amateur play and soon he was a sought-after name among the amateur troupes in Kerala.
Despite setting the score for hundreds of songs, the master composer had to wait until 2018 to receive his first state award — after 50 years since he began his career – for the movie ‘Bhayanakam’
Arjunan master is also credited with giving music maestro AR Rahman the first break when he played keyboard for the 1981 film ‘Adimachangala’.