Renowned Carnatic vocalist, Radha Vishwanathan, daughter of iconic classical singer, MS Subbulakshmi, breathed her last today. Eighty three-year-old Vishwanathan, had reportedly developed complications related to breathing following which she was rushed to the Fortis Hospital yesterday morning. However, she succumbed to it and passed away last night. Her son, V Shrinivasan, disclosed this disheartening news on his Facebook page. He wrote, “The voice which sang Amani Manadho Manyo Lokaswami Trilokadruth has now merged with that of her mother (M S Subbulakshmi). The deceased is survived by her sons V Chandrasekhar and Shrinivasan and daughter Subhalakshmi and two granddaughters S Aishwarya and S Saundarya.
She began her music career by accompanying her mother, Subbulakshmi, a Bharat Ratna recepient, during her concerts both within the country as well as abroad, for decades together. The legendary singer had a history of Tuberculosis Meningitis since 1982 and would thus develop chest congestion very easily during winter. This time, her condition worsened even under medical supervision and she eventually succumbed to it by 11:50 pm last night. Her son recalls her to be a “fighter till the very end.” She literally fought against health related problems over the last 36 years, but her son and daughter-in-law, don’t ever recall her complaining about the pain she suffered. Shrinivasan’s wife, Geeta, said that she withstood her sufferings with a smile.
Shrinivasan added that they have a lot to learn from her and that she will always be remembered when the Venkatesa Suprabatham, Vishnu Sahasranama and Bhaja Govindam will be played in millions of temples and homes across the world. According to him, the legendary singer’s voice will always remain inseparable from that of her late mother who passed away in December 2004 aged 88.
— With inputs from PTI