MS’ first movie was Sevasadanam released in 1938 when MS was 22 years old.
In the Hindu FrontLine article titled ‘A progressive film-maker’ , S Viswanathan writes
“Subramanyam introduced a number of artists to a career in films, foremost among them being the Carnatic music stalwart M.S. Subbulakshmi.
Seva Sadhanam championed the cause of women’s equality. Based on a novel by Premchand, the film was a bitter attack on the dowry system”
It was jointly produced by K Subramanyam and Sadasivam.
Songs from Sevasadanam (Sources : sangeethapriya.org and Youtube)
1.Guha Saravana Bhava (Ikaparam) in Ragam Simhendramadhyamam; Composer:Papanasam Sivan. It has a lovely tisram in the charanam.
Decades later, Guha Saravana Bhava in a concert
2. Needucharana in Ragam Kalyani;Composer: Pallavi Gopala Iyer
Decades later, Needucharana in a concert
3. Enna Seiven in Ragam Shriranjani;Composer:Papanasam Sivan
4. Un uruvam Kal unri
6. Youtube Link – Shyama Sundara in Ragam Thillang (Tune is based on the Bhajan Shyama Sundara that MS had learnt from Pt Narayan Rao Vyas)