Veteran sound recordist Sampath dies at 87. Kamal Haasan pays tribute

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Veteran sound recordist Sampath breathed his last due to age-related ailments on May 1 . Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to pay his last respect.

Sound recordist Sampath and Kamal Haasan

Sound recordist Sampath and Kamal Haasan

National award-winning sound recordist Sampath breathed his last at 4:45 pm on Friday (May 1). He died due to age-related ailments. Aged 87, the technician is survived by his wife and a daughter.

He was fondly called as AVM Sampath because of his association with AVM Studio in Chennai. He had seen cinema and sound engineering evolve from direct film recording, magnetic recording, four-track, multi-track, DSR to digital recording.

Kamal Haasan, who had worked with Sampath for several decades, mourned his loss. The Vishwaroopam actor took to Twitter and wrote, “Salute a true technician Sampath sir of AVM. whom I have seen updating himself from my childhood. We spoke about improving industry skills till a few years back. These men dont pass away. They pass on, wisdom. (sic).”

Here’s the tweet:

In his career spanning five decades, Sampath recorded nearly 6,000 songs and had won State Award in 1989, 1991 and 1993. He was also the recipient of National Award for his impeccable work in the Malayalam film Ennu Swantham Janakikutty.

Sampath had joined AVM Studios as an apprentice in 1955 and eventually made his debut as a sound recordist in 1960 with Tamil film titled Parthiban Kanavu.

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