Kalyani Menon dies at 80: Here are 5 hit songs she sang for AR Rahman from movies like Muthu, Alaipayuthey
Popular playback singer Kalyani Menon, mother of cinematographer and filmmaker Rajeev Menon, breathed her last at a private hospital in Chennai on Monday. According to reports, she was undergoing treatment for paralysis.
A classically trained singer, Kalyani had sung over 100 film songs in the Tamil and Malayalam languages. She made her debut as a singer with the 1979 Tamil film Nallathoru Kudumbam, which had music by Ilayaraja.
Kalyani has worked extensively with AR Rahman in several films such as Kadhalan, Muthu, Alaipayuthey, Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya and Ek Deewana Tha among others.
To remember the legend, here are five of his most popular collaborations with AR Rahman.
Kadhalan’s Indirayo Ival Sundariyo
This song, featuring Prabhudeva and Nagma, is from the film Kadhalan, directed by Shankar. The film also featured the late SP Balasubrahmanyam in a key role, which was one of his very rare screen appearances. In the film, SPB played Prabhudeva’s father.
This hit number titled Kuluvalilae is by Rajinikanth and Meena featuring, Muthu. Kalyani was one of the vocalists on the track, which originally featured the vocals of Udit Narayan and KS Chithra.
Alaipayuthey Kanna of Alaipayuthey
This track is by Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey, with R Madhavan and Shalini in the lead roles. Kalyani was one of the vocalists on this track which also featured vocals from Harini and Neyveli Ramalakshmi.
Omana Penne from Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya
Omana Penne is the hit song by Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya by Gautham Vasudev Menon which featured Simbu and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles. The song featured vocals from Benny Dayal and Kalyani, whose lines were in Malayalam.
Phoolon Jaisi Ladki by Ek Deewana Tha
Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya was remade in Hindi as Ek Tha Deewana, starring Pratik Babbar and Amy Jackson.
In the Hindi version of Ek Deewana Tha’s track Omane Penne, Kalyani’s lines from the original have been retained.