Singer Swarnalatha passes away at 37

She was 37 and a spinster. Introduced into Tamil cinema in 1982 as playback singer by the musical genius Ilayaraja through the film “Neethiku Thandanai”, Swarnalatha has dazzled with her haunting melodies in over 500 films, including Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and Punjabi, in her short but brilliant musical career, film industry sources said.

Hailing from Palakkad in Kerala, Swarnalatha has won several awards, including the National Award in 1996 for her song “Porale Ponnuthayi” in the Tamil film “Karuthamma”.

A large number of film personalities paid homage to Swarnalatha after her body was brought to her residence here.

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