Chennai, January 26, 2024
In a sorrowful turn of events, renowned playback singer Bhavatharini Raja, daughter of the legendary music maestro Ilayaraja, breathed her last in a hospital in Sri Lanka after battling a prolonged illness. The 47-year-old singer, who had been receiving treatment in Sri Lanka, passed away ahead of the scheduled concert by the Ilayaraja troupe.
The Ilayaraja troupe was in Sri Lanka for a concert scheduled on January 27 and 28, where music enthusiasts were eagerly anticipating the performance. Family sources revealed that Bhavatharini had been in Sri Lanka specifically for medical treatment.
Bhavatharini Raja marked her debut in the music industry with the soulful track “Masthana Masthana” in the 1995 movie “Raasaiyya,” composed by her father Ilayaraja. Her mesmerizing voice and immense talent quickly gained her recognition, and she went on to make significant contributions to the Indian music industry. Bhavatharini won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2000 for her song ‘Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu’ from the movie ‘Bharathi’. She made her debut as a singer in 1995 in the movie ‘Raasaiya’ and sang several hit songs in her career
One of her notable achievements was winning the Best Playback Singer award for her rendition of the song “Mayil Pola” from an undisclosed film.
She was reportedly diagnosed with stones in her gall bladder, which was later confirmed to be stomach cancer. She was receiving Ayurvedic medical treatment in Sri Lanka. As per reports, her family will take her mortal remains back to Chennai from Sri Lanka for her final rituals.