One of India’s most talented singers, Vani Jairam, is no more
Vani Jairam, an experienced playback singer who has performed over 10,000 songs in various Indian languages, passed away in the city on February 4. She was 77 years old.
The legendary vocalist had donated her voice to numerous songs in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Assamese, Malayalam, and Bengali during the course of a career extending more than five decades. With a voice that seamlessly adapted to any setting, she captivated audiences all around the nation.
Jairam was by herself at her apartment when she passed away unexpectedly, according to officials with the Chennai police. When her domestic assistant, Malarkodi, arrived on Saturday morning, she discovered that the apartment was locked from the inside and that no one answered the door when she rang the bell. When she went to her neighbor’s home, they called Uma, Jairam’s sister, and contacted the police. When Uma and other members of the Thousand Lights Police arrived at her residence, they used an additional key to enter the door.
According to police officials, Jairam first appeared to have collapsed and hit her head on a table. Her head bore a small injury scar. The Government Royapettah Hospital received the deceased for a post-mortem. The police have opened an inquiry and are examining this as an unnatural death.
Born on November 30, 1945, under the name Kalaivani, Vani Jairam received her big break with the 1971 release of the Hindi film Guddi, in which she performed a memorable rendition of the song “Hum ko mann ki shakthi dena” for director Vasant Desai. She collaborated with many renowned composers across various cinema industries, including M.S. Vishwanathan, K.V. Mahadevan, Chakravarthy, Ilaiyaraaja, and Sathyam.
The 3rd highest civilian award, “the Padma Bhushan,” will be given to Jairam for her contributions to music. In 2021, she will have worked as a vocalist for 50 years.
“M.K. Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu,” “Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy,” and other prominent figures in the music industry expressed their sorrow and grief at the singer’s passing and complimented her for her contributions to classical music.