The soulful playback singer M.S. Rajeswari passed on in Chennai on Wednesday, reported The Hindu. She had been lending her voice for Tamil movies over seven decades. The singer suffered from liver-related ailments for one year, her family members said. She was 85.

Rajeswari was a resident playback singer along with T. S. Bagavathi in AVM Studios, where she started her career. Later, she continued on independently. With her unique voice, Rajeswari, not only sang several songs featuring children but also had been a dubbing artist for child artists in Tamil movies. Rajeswari began singing for films in 1941 with a song in the Tamil film ‘Vijayadasami’. She had continued doing playback in movies till the mid-nineties.

She had recorded more than 500 songs in her career, in several languages, including tracks in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

Rajeswari lend her voice for the song ‘Ammavum Neeye’ in the movie Kalathur Kannamma, which featured Kamal Haasan as a child artist. She sang the maximum number of songs in movies featuring child artist Baby Shamili. Her song ‘Paapa Paadum Paatu’ was very popular. Further her songs featured in several Tamil movies including Sendhoora Devi, Velaikaran, Mudhalali, Naan Petra Selvam and Parasakthi.

In the late 1980s, Rajeswari had notably sung the hit song ‘Naan Sirithaal Deepavali’ in the movie Nayakan. She has sung for Ilaiyaraja, Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy and Shankar-Ganesh, among other music composers.

In 2013, she was felicitated at an event honouring legends of the Tamil film industry as a part of the centenary celebrations. Members of the Musicians Unions and president S.A. Rajkumar condoled her death.

Following her death, many personalities from film industries have been offering their condolences. Her mortal remains will be kept for public viewing in Chrompet, Chennai. As per reports, her funeral will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 4.40 pm.

Here are some tweets condoling her demise:

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