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Tamil Villupattu exponent, Kavignar Subbu Arumugam passes away

Chennai ,Oct 10 (BPNS)

Kavignar Subbu Arumugam noted Villupattu exponent passed away in Chennai on Monday. He was 95.

Villupattu is a folk art of Southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Subbu Arumugam is known as its best exponent and had popularised the art. He had even modernized the singing methods, the texts and is credited to have introduced themes with socially relevant subjects.

Villupattu is generally performed in temples across South Tamil Nadu including in Sudalai Madan, Esakki Amman, and Muthuraman temples during festivals.

He was brought to Chennai by popular comedy artist of Tamil movies, N.S. Krishnan to popularize Gandhiji’s life story.  Noted Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamoorthy’s ‘Maandharul Oru Deivam’ a  book based on Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘My Experiment With Truth’ was used by Subbu Arumugam to popularize the life story of Gandhiji.

Actor, and Director, Kamal Haasan was a great fan of Subbu Arumugam and introduced him in movies through his movie’ Uthama Villain’ in which the artist performs ‘Villupattu’.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin condoled the passing away of the great Villupattu artist. Leader of Opposition Edappadi K. Palaniswami and MNM leader and film star, Kamal Haasan also condoled the passing away of Subbu Arumugam.

He is survived by his wife Mahalakshmi, son Gandhi, daughters Bharathi Thirumugam and Subbulakshmi. Gandhi and Bharathi Thirumugam used to accompany him for the programmes.