|Name Swarnalatha Cherukutty |
Role Playback Singer
|Years active 1987–2010|
|Genres Playback singing, Carnatic music|
Died September 12, 2010, Chennai
Albums Appavanavare, Mukkabla, Konnayur Muthumari
Awards National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Similar People Mano, Anuradha Sriram, P Unnikrishnan, S P Balasubrahmanyam, Malaysia Vasudevan
Parents Kalyani, K. C. Cherukutty
Playback singer swarnalatha singing malayil yaro
Swarnalatha (29 April 1973 – 12 September 2010) was an Indian playback singer. From 1987 onward, she rendered nearly 7,000 songs in many languages including Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi and Badaga.
- Playback singer swarnalatha singing malayil yaro
- Swarnalatha Telugu Hit Songs Jukebox Swarnalatha Telugu Songs Swarnalatha Telugu Old Songs
- Personal life
- Awards and recognitions
- In Ilaiyarajas music
She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her rendition of the song "Porale Ponnuthayi" from the film Karuththamma. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman, under whose musical direction she recorded many memorable songs. Her distinctive voice, which could effortlessly reach high octaves, quickly made her a name to reckon with in the playback music industry.
Swarnalatha Telugu Hit Songs Jukebox | Swarnalatha Telugu Songs | Swarnalatha Telugu Old Songs
She was born in the village Kizhakkaepparra near Athikkode near Chittur, Palakkad, Kerala, to K. C. Cherukutty and Tamil mother Kalyani. Swarnalatha had many brothers and sisters and was the last born of a big family of music lovers. Her father was a good harmonium player and singer. Her mother also had an interest in music. Swarnalatha was trained on the harmonium and keyboard. Swarnalatha's family later moved to Bhadravathi (Paper Town) in Shimoga District, where she had her education. Born in a family of musicians (father K. C. Cherukutty was a singer and harmonium player, while sister Saroja was her music guru initially), Swarnalatha took to music when she was in her teens.
When Swarnalatha was still a child, her family moved to Chennai to seek film opportunities for her singing talent. The first opportunity came from M. S. Viswanathan in 1987, when she performed a duet with K. J. Yesudas, "Chinnanchirukiliye Kannamma" in the film Neethikku Thandanai. Subsequently, many other music directors approached her to perform their songs. She also had the opportunity to work with director P. Venu. She was recruited by legendary musicians like Ilaiyaraaja and A. R. Rahman. She also recorded a few Hindi songs, the most notable one being "Hai Rama Yeh Kya Hua" from Rangeela along with Hariharan.
In telugu, she recorded more songs in the music diresction of 'Vandemataram Srinivas' like andala maavori,yenakoche aavulara,akka akka,balocha etc,.
She was noted as a versatile singer by A.R.Rahman. Mostly he used Swarnalatha in his movies due to extra ordinary voice. She was one of the most versatile singers of her times, as she was able to sing melodies like "Maalayil Yaaro Manathodu Pesa" from Sathriyan or "Porale Ponnuthayi" from Karuthamma as well as Rahman's experimental songs like "Mukkabla" from Kadhalan or "Mottu Vittadha" from Pavithra. Swarnalatha was the first female playback singer to fetch the National Award in A. R. Rahman's music for the song "Porale Ponnuthayi". Once in an interview, she said that she was moved to tears when she finished the recording of this song and received praise from A. R. Rahman. She recorded many other songs with music directors Deva, Vidyasagar, Harris Jayaraj, Anu Malik, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Raj-Koti, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Mani Sharma, Hamsalekha and many others. She sang all the songs of Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum in the movie Anarkali (the Tamil dubbed version of the Hindi movie Mughal-e-Azam) and she was praised by the Bollywood music director Naushad Ali. And also in one interview she was asked what was the best moment in your lifetime? Is that during the National award session, asked by the Interviewer Setu. But nobody expected that she would say not that, but she said that she got appreciations by the legend Noushad ali ji (Hindi music composer) for the songs sung in Anarkali (dubbed version of Mughal-e-azam). Being a non native Hindi speaker her pronunciation in Hindi songs was exceptional unlike other prominent singers from South India who used to render Hindi songs.
Swarnalatha died at a private hospital in Chennai at the age of 37 due to cardiac arrest followed by interstitial lung disease (lung infection) after being admitted because she had difficulty in breathing. The singer had been undergoing treatment for lung infection for over a year and had not recorded for films during the period of infection.
Awards and recognitions
She got National Award from Government of India When she was 21 years old.She won Cinema Express Awards four times.
National Award (Silver Lotus Award)-(Rajat Kamal)
Tamil Nadu State Awards
Cinema Express Awards
In Ilaiyaraja's music
The numbers based on the same tune 'Povomaa Oorkolam' and 'Nee Yengae Enn Anbae' from the film Chinnathambi were huge hits. Songs like these made Swarnalatha the singing voice of Khushbu who was ruling the roost as a Super Star for whom fans had built a temple. Government of Tamil Nadu honoured her with the award of Best Singer for the song 'Povomaa Oorkolam'.
The song 'Raakkamma Kayyathattu' from the film Thalapathi figured in BBC's Hits List of world songs.