37 year old, Swarnalatha, a known name in the South Indian film industry passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010. She died at Chennai’s private hospital at 11:20 am. The sources claim the reason for her death to be the lung infection.
Daughter of KC Cherukutty and Kalyani had music flowing in her veins. She was taught music by her father at the initial stage, who himself was a distinguished harmonium player and then took formal training in the Carnatic music.
Swarnalatha rose to fame with her song ‘Chinnanchirukiliye Kannamma’ in the film Neethikku Dhandanai in late 1980’s. The credit for this goes to the Music Composer of the film, MS Viswanathan who actually made her sing to his tunes.
The people best remember her for a song in the Hindi movie, ‘Rangeela’ starring Urmila Matondkar and Jackie Shroff, ‘Hay rama yeh kya hua’. The music of the film was composed by the Oscar winning musician AR Rahman.