Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Adding soul to music - Swarnalatha

This singer is no longer with us but her voice never failed to melt our soul. A pretty young singer who passed away due to health issues;has contributed immensely in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam industry.

Listen to Swarnalatha Songs on Raaga.com

Swarnalatha 's  'Povoma oorvolam' speaks volumes about her unique pitch she possesses. Not many singers have managed to captre the essence that Swarnalatha did through her songs. Be it Illayaraja or Rahman, Swarnalatha has done her best for both the stalwarts. Some of the best songs that cannot go unnoticed that she has sung for the Maestro include - 'Aattama Therottama' from Captain Prabhakar, ''Kuyil paatu' from Chinna Maapilai, 'Maadathila kanni' from Veera and ofcourse 'Rakkama Kaiyathattu' from Thalapathi.

Moving ahead to Rahman songs by Swarnalatha, the best songs would include - 'Evano Oruvan' from Alaipayuthey. The feel that she has brought out via this song is impeccable. Even the music director himself once said that he could not think of anyone else better to have sung this song. Swarnalatha- Rahman combination has been brilliant considering she pulled off 'Akkadanga naanga' from Indian, 'Usilampatti penkutti' from Gentleman, with ease. Although her best track one could say that brought her to extremem levels of popularity was 'Mukkala muqabula laila' from Kadhalan. And in this best songs list we cannot forget adding 'Ai Rama' - a classic piece from the movie Rangeela, a very difficult song in terms of its notes structure and the pitch that it has been structured in.

Swarnalatha has also contributed in the Malayalam film industry and her best tracks include - "Pottukuthedi Pudavachoodedi" from Ravana Prabhu and "Balla Balla Ballare" from Punjabi house.

One can say, there is never a replacement for her - her versitlity, her dedication that she attaches with her profession or her emotion that she conveys through each of her songs.