"maadugal sekku suthi varuvathu pola iruntha cinema paadalgalilum
vasanangalilum ilakkiya nayathai puguthivitta silaril ivarum
oruvar". This is how he was described by a famous reviewer.
Suratha is the short form for Subburathina dhasan. (i.e. dhasan
of Bharathi dhasan.) Rajagopalan was his real name. Was born
in 1921 in a village near Thanjavur. His first film song
was "Aadum oonjalai pole alayaaduthe" in "En thangai"(1951).
Apparently the film shoot was done outdoors(when it was really
costly to do do) just to suit the lines.
His famous songs:
amuthum thenum etharkku - thai piranthaal vazhi pirakkum
vetrilai podaamale vaai
sivantha pachchai kiligal - Amarakavi
kannil vanthu minnal pol - naadodi mannan
vasantha kaalam varumo - marakka mudiyumaa
aadi adangum - neer kumuzhi
pennukku melaadai - naanal
He has written many literary works including Thodaatha vaalibam,
uthattil uthadu, amuthum thenum, echil iravugal, vetta velicham.
He has penned about 50 songs. "Netru indru naalai" is
apparently his last.
"Vaarthai koottangalukkum, verum varnanaigalukkum idam koduppathai
kuraithu paadalgalil ennangalai kootti poda vendum. appothu thaan
oru ilakkiya pthagathin mel cinema puthagamum saaynthukollum
anthasthai pera mudiyum" - Suratha.