Vani Jayaram, 78, a legendary playback singer from the South film industry passed away. She breathed her last at her Chennai home in Haddows Road, Nungambakkam. The National Awardee recipient died due to age-related issues. On this year’s Republic Day, she was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan to recognize her contribution to Indian music for over 50 years.
Padma Bhushan Awardee and Legendary Singer Vani Jayaram Passes Away – Key Points
- Vani Jayaram passed away before accepting the award. Along with this, Vani has also bagged four State Awards, three National Awards, International awards, and many more.
- Her untimely demise came as a shock to the entire film industry. Several South celebs took to their social media handle to mourn her demise and pay respect to her.
- Vani started her career back in 1971. With a career spanning over five decades, she has recorded over 10,000 songs in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, etc.
- She also had her own devotional and private albums. From working with RD Burman to Madan Mohan and OP Nayyar, she has worked alongside legendary composers.
About Vani Jayaram
Vani Jayaram was an Indian playback singer in South Indian cinema. Vani’s career started in 1971 and has spanned over five decades. She did playback for over one thousand Indian movies recording over 10,000 songs. In addition, she recorded thousands of devotionals and private albums and also participated in numerous solo concerts in India and abroad.
Vani has often been the choice for several composers across India from the 1970s until the late 1990s. She has sung in several Indian languages, such as Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Gujarati, Haryanvi, Assamese, Tulu, and Bengali languages.
Vani won the National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer three times and also has won State Government awards from the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat. In 2012, she was honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South for her achievements in South Indian film music.