Veteran playback singer Vani Jairam has passed away. She was 78. The National Award-winning singer was found dead at her residence in Chennai on February 4. The exact cause of her death has not been revealed yet.
On January 25, Vani was bestowed with Padma Bhushan — the third-highest civilian award of the country by the Government of India.
Born on November 30 in 1945 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Vani came from a family of classical musicians. She gave her first public performance at the All India Radio, Madras when she was 8 years old. However, she started her career in the early 70s and recorded her first Telugu song for the film ‘Abhimanavanthulu‘ (1973).
In her glorious career, she has sung songs in over one thousand Indian movies in various languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada, among others.
Her husband, Jairam, passed away in 2018.
Soon after the news of her shocking death was confirmed, tributes started pouring in.
What is happening here???February 2, K. Vishwanath!!! Today is Mrs. Vani Jairam!!! One of the best singers in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada!!! Always was an exponent of high pitch!!! The void she has left is not only tough to, but to larger extent impossible to fill!!!
— Jaishankar Krishnan (@Jaikri_tweets) February 4, 2023
Can’t accept the hard hitting reality that Legendary Singer Vani Jairam Amma is no more. We miss you Amma. Met her and recorded for my upcoming film “Malai” last August. And I’m shocked to know that she’s no more today.
May Her soul Rest in Peace.
— D.IMMAN (@immancomposer) February 4, 2023
My heart is just breaking. Smt Vani Jairam is no more. Just few days ago she was awarded the Padma Bhushan.
Papihara ab kahaan bolegi :((
Over the years we kept in touch.She used to frequently call and appreciate my debates and feminist work.This was the last pic i took with her. pic.twitter.com/xW1qqH32mq
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) February 4, 2023
Saddened by the demise of legendary singer and Padma Bhushan Awardee Smt. Vani Jairam.
My deepest condolences to her family members and admirers in this hour of grief.
May her soul attain sadgati.
Om Shanti🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/GHZeaVTeQ7
— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) February 4, 2023