Legendary Tamil playback singer Uma Ramanan died on Wednesday, May 1st, in Chennai. She was 69 years old. The popular singer was known for her collaborations with music maestro Ilayaraja.

The sad news broke yesterday that the singer passed away after battling with an undisclosed illness. However, details about her funeral are yet to be revealed. The talented singer left behind a grieving family – her husband, AV Ramanan, and son, Vignesh Ramanan.

Uma’s career spanned over three decades, a testament to her talent and dedication. It all began with the song ‘Mohanan Kannan Murali’ by SV Venkatraman in 1977. After honing her skills in classical music under Pazhani Vijaylaxmi, Uma’s path crossed with AV Ramanan. Ramanan, in search of a talented singer for his stage shows and concerts, found his match in Uma. Their collaboration flourished, leading to a partnership in life as well.

Uma collaborated with IIlayaraja on several memorable songs, including Aagava Vennilave, Oru Jeevan Alaithathu, Poonbathave Thal Thiravai, Poopalam Isaikum, and many others.

Uma Ramanan’s contributions to Tamil music are not just significant, they are profound. Her melodious voice and captivating performances have left an indelible mark on the hearts of listeners. Her legacy, as a true icon of Tamil playback singing, will endure for eternity, forever etched in the annals of Tamil cinema.