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MS Subbulakshmi’s daughter vocalist Radha Viswanathan passes away at 83

MS Subbulakshmi’s daughter vocalist Radha Viswanathan passed away on Tuesday at 11.50 pm at Fortis hospital.

music Updated: Jan 03, 2018 15:47 IST
Radha Viswanathan suffered from breathing related complications  and was admitted at Fortis Hospital.
Radha Viswanathan suffered from breathing related complications and was admitted at Fortis Hospital.

Carnatic vocalist Radha Viswanathan, daughter of legendary classical singer M S Subbulakshmi, passed away at a private hospital in Chennai, her family said today.

Radha, 83, developed breathing related complications following which she was admitted to the Fortis hospital on Tuesday morning. She died late on Tuesday night. She had accompanied her mother Subbulakshmi, a Bharat Ratna award winner, during her concerts, including overseas events, for decades. “The voice which sang ‘Amani Manadho Manyo Lokaswami  Trilokadruth’ has now merged with that of her mother (M S  Subbulakshmi),” Radha’s son V Shrinivasan posted on his Facebook page.

Radha is survived by sons V Chandrasekhar and Shrinivasan and daughter Subhalakshmi and two granddaughters S Aishwarya and S Saundarya. Shrinivasan’s wife Geetha said her mother-in-law used to develop chest congestion during winter seasons and this time her condition deteriorated and the end came at 11:50 pm. Shrinivasan recalled that his mother, who had a history of Tuberculosis Meningitis since 1982, was “a fighter right to her end.”

“For 36 years , she fought  against physical adversities but never ever complained about the pain she suffered.She bore her sufferings with a smile. We have lots and lots to learn from her,” he added.

Shrinivasan said, as the ‘Venkatesa Suprabatham’, ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ and ‘Bhaja Govindam’ play out in millions of temples and homes across the world, the voice of Radha will be heard, inseparable from the voice of her legendary mother. MS Subbulakshmi passed away in December 2004 at 88.

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