Singer Kalyani Menon dies in Chennai at 80


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Singer Kalyani Menon, who worked in the South film industry during the 90s with music directors like AR Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja, M Jayachandran and Govind Vasantha, among others, died today (August 2) in Chennai. She was 80. Indian cinematographer Santosh Sivan took to Twitter to offer condolences to the family.


On August 2, singer Kalyani Menon died at a private hospital in Chennai. She was 80. She rose to fame with the Malayalam film Dweepu, directed by Ramu Kariat. Soon after, she sang in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films. Indian cinematographer Santosh Sivan took to Twitter to pay tribute to the singer and offer condolences to her family.

He wrote, “Legend Classical singer Smt Kalyani Menon. RIP She is mother of Rajiv Menon , my deep condolences to the family (sic).”

Here’s the post:


Born in Kerala, singer Kalyani Menon has sung in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. In the 90s, she worked with music directors like AR Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja and M Jayachandran, among others. Some of her popular songs include Omana Penne, Kundanapu Bomma, Phoolon Jaisi Ladki, Vaadi Saathukodi and Kuluvalile. Her last song was Kathale Kathale from Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha-starrer 96 in 2018.

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