Cerebral Shangrila

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Swarnalatha - RIP

It takes something as shocking as this to get me off my stupor. A brilliant talent cut short by the quirk of fate.

The fact that she hasn't sung much in the last few years makes me suspect that she has been suffering from some kind of an ailment for a long time. I first took notice of her not through the popular " Aatama Ther Otama" but the mellifluous " Maalayil Yaaro Manathodu Pesa" from Kshatriyan. The song is one of Raja's gems - a phenomenal melody that could tranquil and transport you to a different heaven.

Superhit songs such as " Povoma Oorgolam" and " Rakkamma" followed adding more variety to her repertoire. Rahman gave her some wondeful songs such as " Porale ponnuthai" ( for which she won a national award) and " Evano oruvan".

My personal favorite of Swarnalatha is the haunting melody from Rajini's movie Valli , the song " Ennulle Ennulle". Set to the raga Keeravani ( My favorite raga) with fantastic orchestration, the song brought the best out of Swarnalatha. A song that you could hear again and again - anytime of the day.

May her soul rest in peace. I am always envious of artistes because they never die. They continue to live with us through their creative works.



  • Sometimes I wonder if highly talented, creative,uniquely gifted people are meant to have short life. Take examples of Swami Vivekananda, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Hendrix,actor heath ledger who played the villain in the last batman movie,james dean,divya bharathi,nmadhubala

    By Blogger Bala Venkat, at 11:42 PM  

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