Dr I.S. Murugesh popularly known as Meesai Murugesh is the son of a great 'thavil' vidhwan (an expert percussionist) Subramaniam Mudaliar. Young Murugesan started playing the 'Kottankuchi' (coconut shell), alongside great musicians like K.P. Sundarambal, M.K.T. Bhagavathar, T.M. Soundarajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan and other famous Tamil Carnatic singers of those days. During his 40 years in M.S. Viswanathan's music troupe, he has played instruments that he himself has invented, for songs in all regional languages. The Kadaasankari, Ekthaar, Mungoes, Dukhitharan are some of the instruments he has invented. His career spans over 100 films and he is famous for his roles in Vijay's Poove Unakkaga, Kamal Hassan's Unnal Mudiyum Thambi, Sathyaraj's Amaidhi Padai, Pandiarajan's Aan Paavam and much more. He earned the name "Meesai Murugesan" after sported a thick moustache in his first film Sugamana Raagangal. He entered into Tamil industry in the year 1988.
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