Radha Vishwanathan, daughter of yesteryear legendary Carnatic singer MS Subalakshmi, passed away at the age of 83 yesterday in Bengaluru due to an ailment at a private hospital. Radha Vishwanathan is said to have admitted into the hospital after she developed breath related issues and the singer breathed her last late in the same night. “The voice which sang ‘Amani Manadho Manyo Lokaswami’, ‘Trilokadruth’ has now merged with that of her mother (MS Subbulakshmi),” her son V Shrinivasan posted on his social networking page. Known to be a very popular carnatic vocalst, Radha Vishwanathan is survived by sons V Chandrasekhar and Shrinivasan and daughter Subhalakshmi and two granddaughters S Aishwarya and S Saundarya. Many religious places across Indian play the ‘Venkatesa Suprabatham’, ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ and ‘Bhaja Govindam’ which was rendered by btoh Radha Vishwanathan and her mother MS Subbalakshmi. Many celebrities from the music and film industry expressed their condolences to the family and paid tribute to the legendary singer Radha Vishwanthan, who has contriubted immensely to the Carnatic music over all these years.
Shreenivasan, younger son of Radha Vishwanathan, said that his mother has a history of Tuberculosis Meningitis since 1982 and fought the disease with great courage. Shreenivasan further added that his mother’s voice is inseparable from that of MS Subalakshmi forver. Radha Vishwanthan had accompanied her mother, MS Subbalakshmi to many concerts and performances where she learnt all the nuances of the art form and went on to become another legend in the Carnatic music industry. The last rites of Radha Vishwanathan were performed in Bengaluru in the presence of her family and relatives. MS Subbalakshmi, her mother, passed away in December 2004 and was 88 years old at the time of her demise. MS Subbalakshmi was a Bharat Ratna awardee and was given the award for her contribution to the field of music.