Veteran music composer MK Arjunan, popularly known as Arjunan Master, passed away on Monday at his home in Palluruthy, Kochi. He was 84. Sharing the sad news of Arjunan’s demise, sound designer Resul Pookutty tweeted, “My heartfelt condolences …. many of your tunes are etched in my memory, your artistry has shaped up many generations of music lovers! Your absence is a vacuum…. RIP (sic).”

With more than 700 songs under his belt, he was a much-celebrated composer in the Malayalam music industry. Arjunan is also said to have given AR Rahman his first break in 1981 when the latter stepped into music world as a keyboard player for Malayalam movie – Adima Changala.

In 1968, the music maestro debuted in Malayalam cinema with the movie Karuthapournami.

He won his first Kerala state award for the best composer in 2017 for Jayaraj’s Bhayanakam. In 2019, he also bagged Thudi cultural forum K Raghavan puraskaram. The music legend has given hits like Neela Nisheedhini, Kasthoori Manakkunnello, Padatha veenayum paadum, Vaalkannezhuthi vanapushpam choodi and more.