Iconic Tamil Singer Uma Ramanan passes away at 72


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Another star has fallen from the world of music. Veteran singer Uma Ramanan who is notable for her playback singing in the Tamil film industry took her last breath on Wednesday in Chennai. 72 years old at the time of her passing, she is known for her collaboration with music composer Ilaiyaraaja and other prominent composers. With her mellifluous voice and incredible talent, the singer has conquered the hearts of a lot of music admirers from all over the world. Let’s look back into her music joinery with respect for her soul. 

Early Life and Career of Uma Ramanan

Trained under Pazhani Vijayalakshmi, Uma Ramanan’s journey in music began with incredible guidance. For her beautiful voice, she easily attracted a lot of music producers which finally led to making a debut in 1977 with the song ‘Mohanan Kannan Murali’ for the film ‘Sri Krishna Leela.’ The breakthrough song of her career came in the form of a soul-stirring rendition of ‘Poongathave Chocha Thakavai’ from the film “Nizhalgal,” where she first collaborated with music composer Ilaiyaraaja. The duo later became one of the golden musical duos of the Tamil music industry as they collaborated on more than 100 songs that became iconic in Tamil cinema. With this song, she depicted her vocal prowess along with making her establish herself as a sought-after playback singer. 

By joining forces with Ilaiyaraaja she gave music lovers songs like ‘Bhoopalam Isaikkum’ from ‘Thooral Ninnu Pochchu,’ ‘Ponn Maanae’ from ‘Oru Kaidhiyin Diary,’ ‘Aagaya Vennilave’ from ‘Arangetra Velai,’ ‘Aanandha Raagam’ from ‘Panneer Pushpangal,’ and  ‘Kanmani Nee Vara’ from ‘Thendrale Ennai Thodu,’ among others.

Moreover, she also worked with other renowned composers like MSV, Shankar-Ganesh, T Rajender, Deva, SA Rajkumar, and Vidyasagar. Talking about her last recorded song, it was “Kannum Kannumthan Kalandaachu” composed by Mani Sharma for the film “Thirupaachi.”

In her long illustrious career spanning over three decades, Ramanan lent her voice to over 6,000 concerts. She never failed to make the audience awe with her emotive performances. 

After the news of her death was announced her numerous admirers including her friends from the industry mounted her death. Veteran Malayalam singer KS Chithra shared a note that read, “Extremely saddened to hear about the passing away of singer Uma Ramanan ma’am. May her soul rest in peace and My Condolences to the family. Om Shanti.”

Meanwhile, one fan wrote, Woke up to the sad news of the passing away of singer Mrs Uma Ramanan. What a singer! Om Shanthi Mam.” Another fan marked her voice as “ethereal” and also shared gratitude for making the music industry prosperous. 

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