South Indian playback singer Swarnalatha passed away due to lung
infection on September 12, 2010, in Chennai. She breathed her last
at 11.20 am on Sunday at a private hospital.
The 37-year-old singer was born in Palakkad, Kerala, to K. C.
Cherukutty and Kalyani. Music was in her blood as her father was
also a noted harmonium player. She learnt her initial musical
lessons from her father and later she learnt Carnatic music.
She gained popularity in the late 1980s through the film
Neethikku Dhandanai with the song 'Chinnanchirukiliye
Kannamma'. Legendary music director M.S.Viswanathan introduced her
with this film. She won numerous awards in her career, including
two Tamil Nadu state awards for the song 'Povomma Oorkolam' from
Chinna Thambi and 'Porale Ponnuthayi' from
She had sung in all the South Indian languages as well as Hindi
films. AR Rahman's 'Hai Rama Yeh Kya Hua' from the movie
Rangeela was one of her notable songs in Hindi.
We at Oneindia express our deepest condolences
to her family and friends.