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Playback Singer Swarnalatha passed away

IndiaGlitz [Monday, September 13, 2010]

Popular South Indian playback singer Swarnalatha passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Sunday (September 12) following lung related infections. She was 37.

Hailing from Pallakkad, Swarnalatha was interested in singing, even as a three-year-old. After learning Carnatic music from Saroja, she approached MS Viswanathan. She impressed the Mellisai Mannar singing his `Paal Polave' song from 'Uyarndha Manidhan'. After a few days, he called her and gave her first song "Chinnanchiru Kiliye Kannamma" for the film 'Neethikku Thandanai' in 1987 which went on to be a super hit.

After her first break came through MS Viswanathan next break came through Illayaraja with the song

"Malaiyil Yaro Manathodu Pesa" for the film 'Chathriyan'. Both the songs put her on the top.

Later Swarnalatha went on to sing some of the most memorable melodies in the 90s under the baton of Illayaraja and AR Rahman. Her top song in Tamil remains the path breaking "Aattama Therottama" from 'Captain Prabhakaran' by Illayaraja.

She won the National Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the expressive song "Porale Ponnuthayi" from the film 'Karuththamma'. The song also got her the Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1994 apart from Kalaimamani Award.

Swarnalatha has delivered nearly 6,000 songs in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Badaga languages. Just a few of her most memorable songs list would certainly include 'Kucchi Kucchi Rakamma' in Bombay, 'Povomma Oorkolam' in Chinna Thambi, 'Kurukku Chiruthavale' in Mudhalvan, 'Mukkala Mukkabla' in Kadhalan, 'Malai Kovil Vasalil' in Veera, 'Kadhalenum Theevinile' Kadhalar Dhinam, 'Maya Machindra' in Indian, Thirumana Malargal in Poovellam Unn Vaasam, Mel Isaiyae in Mr Romeo and the global hit Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu in Thalapathi

Most of Swarnalatha's best songs were for the maestros Illayaraja and AR Rahman. She has also rendered some prominent Hindi songs for AR Rahman including the big hit 'Hai Rama Yeh Kya Hua' in Rangeela.

IndiaGlitz offers its heartfelt condolences to the family. The loss is irreparable.

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