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Bhavatharini, an Indian playback singer and the daughter of “Isaignani” Ilaiyaraaja, passed away at the age of 47 (January 25, 2024) due to liver cancer in Sri Lanka. Bhavatharini was known for her soulful vocals and unique voice, which won her the National Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu” from the Tamil film “Bharathi” in 2000.

She began her career in playback singing at the age of 8 with the song “Thithithey Thaalam” from the Malayalam film “My Dear Kuttichathan,” composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Her first full-fledged singing role was in the song “Masthana Masthana” from the Tamil film “Raasaiyya”. Bhavatharini also made significant contributions as a music composer, debuting with the film “Mitr, My Friend” in 2002. She later composed music for several films, including “Phir Milenge,” and her last music album was for the Malayalam film “Maayanadhi”.

In addition to her illustrious career, Bhavatharini hailed from a family deeply rooted in the music industry. She was the sister of Yuvan Shankar Raja (YSR) and Karthik Raja, both well-known composers, and was married to R. Sabariraj, an advertising executive. Bhavatharini’s contributions to South Indian cinema, both as a singer and a composer, spanned various languages and styles, making her a versatile and respected figure in the industry.

Her other notable singing projects included songs in Tamil films like “Kadhalukku Mariyadhai,” “Azhagi,” “Friends,” “Paa,” “Mankatha,” and “Anegan.” Some of her notable works as a music director include “Mitr, My Friend,” “Phir Milenge,” “Amirtham,” “Porida Pazhagu,” and “Kalvargal.”

1Film(movie) NameSong Name
1990AnjaliAnjali Anjali Song
1990AnjaliSomething Something Song
1990AnjaliIravu Nilavu Song
1990AnjaliVaanam Namakku Song
1990AnjaliMotta Maadi Song
1994Sethupathi IPSAnathai Endru Song
1995RaasaiyyaMasthana Masthana Song
1995Chandralekha (1995 film)Anal Thanil Vaadidum Song
1996Irattai RojaUnnai Vidamaaten Song
1996Katta PanchayathuOru Chinna Manikuyilu Song
1996Karuvelam PookkalPallaakku Vanthirukku Song
1996AlexanderDesam Yaavum Pesukindra Song
1996AlexanderNadhiyoram Veesu Thendral Song
1997UllaasamMuthae Muthamma Song
1997UllaasamYaaro Yaar Yaaro Song
1997Kadhalukku MariyadhaiEnnai Thalatta Song
1997Kadhalukku MariyadhaiIdhu Sangeetha Thirunalo Song
1997Kadhalukku MariyadhaiO Baby Song
1997Nerrukku NerThudikindra Kadhal Song
1998Kaathala KaathalaLaila Laila Song
1998Kaathala KaathalaMadonna Paadala Nee Song
1998PoonthottamNew Year Song
1998Kangalin VaarthaigalIndha Kadhal Song
1998Kangalin VaarthaigalNenjathin Geetham Song
1998Kadhal KavithaiAlai Meedhu Vilaiyaadum Song
1999Ponnu VeettukkaranIlaya Nilave Song
1999ThodarumOru Thulir Song
1999ThodarumOru Thulir Song
1999TimeThavikiren Thavikiren Song
1999AnnanKanmanikku Vazhthu Female Song
1999Manam Virumbuthe UnnaiKoottu Kuyila Kaattil Vittu Song
1999Manam Virumbuthe UnnaiIlavenir Kaala Panjami Song
1999Poovellam KettupparPoothathu Song
2000Kadhal RojavaeSirithale Chinna Minmini Song
2000Kakkai SiraginilaeGayathiri Ketkum Song
2000BharathiMayil Pola Ponnu Onnu Song
2000Karisakattu PooveMamarathula Oonjal Song
2000Karuvelam PookkalPallaakku Vanthirukku Song
2000IlaiyavanNilavil Amuthu Song
2001DheenaNee Illai Endraal Song
2001FriendsNee Illai Endraal Song
2001Manadhai ThirudivittaiThendral Varum Vazhiyai Song
2001AzhagiOliyile Therivadhu Song
2001AzhagiDamakku Damakku Dum
2002En Mana VaanilMuthu Muthu Song
2002RamanaaVaanam Adhirave Song
2002Solla Marandha KadhaiEdho Onnu Song
2002Punnagai PooveEno Uyirmele Song
2003Pudhiya GeethaiMercury Poove Song
2005Oru Naal Oru KanavuKaatril Varum Song
2005Adhu Oru Kana KaalamKili Thattu Song
2006Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai IrukkirathuKanavae Kalaigirathe Song
2006Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai IrukkirathuElaiyudhir Kaalam Song
2007ThaamirabharaniThaliye Thevai Illai Song
2010GoaYezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum Song
2011MankathaKannadi Nee Song
2013BiriyaniBiriyani Song
2014Irumbu KuthiraiPenne Penne Song
2015AneganAathadi Aathadi Song
2018RK NagarAdiye Vasamaakkavaa Song
2021MaanaaduMeherezylaa Song