Singer Bhavatharini passes away in Sri Lanka at 47

Renowned Indian singer Bhavatharini sadly passed away in Sri Lanka at the age of 47. She was the daughter of noted film composer Ilaiyaraaja.

Singer Bhavatharini passes away in Sri Lanka at 47 f

"Bhavatharini Ilaiyaraaja was one of the nicest people I knew."

The music community mourns the passing of Bhavatharini at the age of 47.

The daughter of the renowned Ilaiyaraaja, the playback singer was in Sri Lanka reportedly getting treatment for cancer.

However, the cause of her death is unknown.

She passed away on January 25, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of musical brilliance.

Her body is set to be repatriated to Chennai on January 26 for the final rites. Bhavatharini is survived by her husband.

After hearing about the news, figures from the music industry expressed their condolences.

Singer Chinmayi Sripaada tweeted: “Bhavatharini Ilaiyaraaja was one of the nicest people I knew.

“Safe travels, lovely girl. I wish and pray for strength to Raja sir, Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja. This is so heartbreaking.”

Actor Prasanna said: “It’s absolutely sickening to know the passing away of Bhavatharini.

“My heart goes out to Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja sir and family. May she rest in peace.”

Industry expert Ramesh Bala said:

“Sad news! Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja’s daughter, singer Bhavatharini passed away in Sri Lanka this evening.

“She was getting treated for cancer. Shocking to hear. May her soul rest in peace.”

Fans also took to social media to pay tribute to the late singer.

One said: “Shell shocked! Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja’s daughter and singer Bhavatharini passed away in Sri Lanka this evening.”

Another wrote: “Sad sad news, shattered to even absorb it fully, what a rare singing talent she was, Rest in Peace.”

A third commented: “She had such a sweet and innocent voice. Rest in peace girl.”

One netizen tweeted: “The voice that forever lives in the heart of people for its innocence and love.

“Have a peaceful journey. Rest in peace Bhavatharini.”

Bhavatharini’s musical journey began with the evocative track ‘Raasaiya’.

She lent her voice to compositions for Ilaiyaraaja, Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja, and collaborated with Deva and Sirpy, showcasing versatility.

In 2002, she embraced composing with the film Mitr, My Friend, continuing with works like Phir Milenge and the Malayalam film Maayanadhi.

Notably, her rendition of ‘Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu’ from Bharathi won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

Her diverse repertoire includes captivating songs in films like Kadhalukku Mariyadhai’, ‘Azhagi’, ‘Friends’, ‘Paa’, ‘Mankatha’ and ‘Anegan’.

As the music fraternity grieves, Bhavatharini’s contributions to music will forever resonate in the hearts of those who cherished her artistry.

She is survived by her husband, R Sabariraj.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”



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