3 December 1928-24 June 1992 was one of the greatest Carnatic music vocalists
of the 20th century. He was awarded the Madras Music Academy's Sangeetha
Kalanidhi in 1989. He was born in Sirunangur, a village in the state of Tamil
Nadu. He followed the footsteps of his father Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer
who was also a Carnatic singer. Besides studying with his father, he was also
a disciple of Melattur Sama Dikshitar. Maharajapuram Santhanam was also a
distinguished composer. He wrote many songs on Lord Murugan and Kanchi
Shankaracharya, His Holiness Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamigal (Maha
Periyavar). He was the Principal of Ramanathan College in Sri Lanka. Later he
came and settled in Chennai. The songs which were popularised by
Maharajapuram Santhanam are,"Bho Shambo" (Revati), "Madhura
Madhura" (Bagheshri), both composed by Swami Dayananda Saraswati,
"Unnai Allal" (Kalyani Raga), "Sadha Nin Padhame gathi, Varam
onnru" (Shanmukhapriya), "Srichakra Raja" (Ragamalika),
"Nalinakaanthimathim" (Ragamalika),"Ksheerabdi kannike"
(Ragamalika) among others. The Maharajapuram Santhanam Day is celebrated on 3
December every year. He died in a car accident near Chennai on 24 June 1992,
which also killed hisgranddaughter and wife. His sons Maharajapuram S.
Srinivasan, Maharajapuram S. Ramachandran, and his primary disciple Dr. R.
Ganesh are now carrying on his musical tradition. His other most
popular songs are Purandaradasa kritis: "Narayana ninna" (Shuddha
Dhanyasi) and "Govinda ninna". His rendition of "Vilayada ithu
nerama muruga" was without parallel. His renditions were full of
Bhakthi. In Chennai, Griffith Road in T.Nagar was renamed as 'Maharajapuram
Santhanam Salai' in honor of Maharajapuram Santhanam, by Karunanidhi and
Stalin. The street has the famous Krishna Gana Sabha and Muppathamman Temple.