Tamil Musician and Singer Bhavatharini Dies of Cancer in Sri Lanka on 25 January; 47 Year old daughter of Maestro Ilaiyaraja won Indian National award for song “ Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu”

Janani K

Music director Ilaiyaraaja’s daughter and playback singer Bhavatharini died of cancer on January 25. According to reports, she went to Sri Lanka to get treated for liver cancer. However, she died at around 5 pm in Sri Lanka.

Her body will be brought to Chennai tomorrow, January 26, where the final rites will take place. She is survived by her husband. Bhavatharini was 47 years old.

She is the daughter of Ilaiyaraaja and sister of Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja. She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback singer for Tamil song, ‘Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu’ from ‘Bharathi’.

Ilaiyaraaja’s daughter, Bhavatharini’, was a playback singer and music composer. For the past six months, she had been treated for liver cancer. Recently, she was taken to Sri Lanka to get further treatment, where she died at a private hospital.

More details about her funeral are still awaited.

Bhavatharini made her debut as a singer with ‘Raasaiya’. From then, she sang songs for her father, Ilaiyaraaja, and brothers, Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja.

She had also sung songs for composers Deva and Sirpy.
In 2002, she turned composer for Revathy-directed ‘Mitr, My Friend’. She then composed for ‘Phir Milenge’ and a handful of films. Her last music album was for the Malayalam film, ‘Maayanadhi’.
She sang songs in Tamil films, such as ‘Kadhalukku Mariyadhai’, ‘Bharathi’, ‘Azhagi’, ‘Friends’, ‘Paa’, ‘Mankatha’ and ‘Anegan’, amongst others.

Courtesy:India Today