The great legend and Bharata Ratna recipient – M.S.Subbulaksmi’s daughter Radha Vishwanadhan passed away. She was 83 years old and survived by her sons V. Chandrashekar and V. Shrinivasan; daughters-in-law Sikkil Mala Chandrashekar and Geetha Shrinivasan; and granddaughters S. Aishwarya and S. Saundarya. “She had been suffering from pneumonia for the past few weeks” her son V. Shrinivasan declared. She breathed her last in Fortis hospital, in Bengaluru on Tuesday night at 11.50 p.m. on January 2nd, 2018. The cremation took place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. She blended her voice with Late M.S. Subbulakshmi for nearly five decades on stage.
Radha Vishwanadhan – M.S.Subbulaksmi’s daughter Is No More
As an old adage goes-the blessed is the person who dies with a smile on one’s face. This saying is entirely accurate when we heard the news of Radha Vishwanathan’s demise. It is really amazing to find such legends these days. While her granddaughter Aishwarya was singing one of the famous numbers of M.S.Subbulaksmi, “Sriman Narayana” and as the song trodden on the words “Sripadame Sharanu” in the Charanam, Mrs. Radha Vishwanadhan bid a permanent goodbye to the world. She was mentally active until her last breath.
Born at Gopichettypalayam in Tamil Nadu in 1934, she always used to say,” My world was my MS Amma to me, she guided me not just in music, she was the light to my path of life.” Mrs. Radha Vishwanadhan had taught nearly 700 compositions to her granddaughter – Ms. Aishwarya and recommended her to carry on with the rich legacy of Mrs. M.S.Subbulaksmi.
When we go back and refresh our reminiscences, the ex-president and great scientist Abdul Kalam learned his Carnatic music under the tutelage of Late Mrs. M.S.Subbulaksmi.
Abdul Kalam never missed to mention an opportunity to say, “I have two mothers; one is my own mother who brought me to this world and the second is Mrs. M.S.Subbulaksmi and my sister is Mrs. Radha Vishwanadhan.”
Her voice had been unequivocally unified along with M.S.Subbulaksmi’s voice people get to listen every day in mornings ‘Venkatesa Suprabatham’, ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ and ‘Bhaja Govindam.’ In these most famous Bhajans, Mrs. Radha Vishwanadhan’s voice was well-jelled: inseparable from the voice of her legendary mother Mrs. M.S.Subbulaksmi. Needless to say, these Bhajans are being played in millions of temples and homes across the world. Indianlens.com extends its solace to the family of Mrs. Radha Vishwanadhan and prays – “May her soul rest in peace.”