Prakash Karat, Polit Bureau member of CPI(M) has issued the following statement:
I am deeply saddened to hear the news of passing away of M.S.Viswanathan. He was an outstanding music director, who made a memorable contribution to Tamil music. He came from my village in Palakkad district from a humble background and was a self taught maestro.
I convey my heartfelt condolences to his family members and the music fraternity.