Malaysia Vasudevan died today ,20th February 2011 at 1.00 PM at a pvt hospital, Chennai.
Malaysia Vasudevan was a Tamil singer who was born in Malasiya.He moved to India and found a career as a singer and actor in stage plays. Later, he started singing for movies and, to date, has nearly 8,000 songs in Tamil and over 4,000 songs in other South Indian languages to his credit. He has also acted in nearly 85 films. His first song was for the film “Delhi to Madras”. He then did a stint with M S Viswanathan and was eventually sought by Ilaiyaraja and Bharathiraja to sing in the film "16 Vayathinile". He has also sung few songs in Hindi. He has been awarded Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Government.
Veteran Tamil director A.P. Nagarajan christened him as "Malaysia Vasudevan". He has worked with many music directors such from M.S.Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraja, Shankar-Ganesh,Deva, A R Rahman to Vidhayasagar. After T.M.Sounderajan, he was called as ghost voice for Sivaji Ganesan.
He has also acted in a good number of Tamil films. Some of his films include Mudhal Vasantham (with Sathyaraj),Oomai Vizhigal (with Vijaykanth), Kathanayagan (with Pandiyarajan) Oru Kaidhiyin Diary (with Kamalhaasan), Jallikattu,Thiruda Thirudi, Amaidhippadai, Povae Unnakaga, Punnagai Desam, Kokki etc.
Besides acting in films, he has acted in good number of tele serials. He son Yugendran Vasudevan has acted in many film in Tamil and other languages. His daughter Prasantini is a playback singer. She has sung songs like "Mundhinam" in the movie Vaaranam Ayiram and other songs.