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Hindu Singer Swarnalatha passes away (09/12/2010)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on September 12, 2010

By Moviebuzz | Sunday, 12 September , 2010, 18:48

One of the most popular voices of the 90’s, Swarnalatha passed away today morning (September 12) at a private hospital, due to lung problems. The singer was just 37 at the time of her death.

The Chitoor in Palakkad district of Kerala born singer has been a favourite of AR Rahman and Ilayaraja and has sung some of their early chartbusters. Harris Jayaraj tweeted- “I was shocked hearing the sudden demise of Swarnalatha. May her soul rest in peace and god bless her family”

Her major plus was that she could sing a melody for AR Rahman like Poralle Ponnuthayi in Bharathiraja’s Karuthamma for which she got the National Award for the best playback singer (1995) and at the same time belt out a fast peppy Mukabala, Mukabala in Kathalan . She has sung some of ARR’s hit numbers in the 90’s

Similarly under Ilayaraja, she has sung the fast and peppy Aattama Therottama in Captain Prabhakar a rage during those days. Remember earlier Swarnalatha has sung the melodious Povomma Oorkolam in Chinna Thambi for which she got the Tamil Nadu State Award for best playback singer. In short Swarnalatha was one of the most versatile singers of her times. During the later half of 2000, she faded out due to lung complications. She has also sung songs in Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi.

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(Source: 09/2010 –

Further Links (Related Articles)

Playback Singer Swarnalatha passes away

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