L. R. Eswari

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L. R. Eswari
(எல். ஆர். ஈஸ்வரி ఎల్ ఆర్ ఈశ్వరి')
Born Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Genres Playback singing, Carnatic music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1950s-current

Lourde-Mary Rajeswari Eswari (L. R. Eswari) (Tamil: எல். ஆர். ஈஸ்வரி Telugu: ఎల్ ఆర్ ఈశ్వరి) is a veteran playback singer of the Tamil movie and Telugu movie industries. She also sang in other languages like Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu, and English.[1] She has won Kalaimamani, the Tamil Nadu's state award for her contributions to the film industry.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Chennai into a Roman Catholic family to Anthony Devraj and Regina Mary Nirmala. Her ancestors were from Paramakudi near Madurai. Her full name is Lourde-Mary Rajeshwari. Since there was already another established singer with the name of M.S.Rajeshwari her name was abbreivated into L.R.Eshwari. She did not have any formal training in singing. Her mother was a chorus singer in films. Eshwari used to accompany her mother to the studios and soon began singing in the chorus herself, but quickly got a break to lend her voice as lead-singer. Her first break came from Sri K.V.Mahadevan in 1958 in the movie 'Nalla Idaththu Sammandham', her first solo song recorded in this movie was 'ivarey thaan avarey'. But major recognition came from the song 'vaarai en thozhi vaaraayo' from the movie 'paasa malar' (1961) sung under the baton of Viswanathan-Ramamurthy, which composers explored and exploited her vocal abilities to the maximum extent possible over the next 20 years.

Career[edit]

She sang under the direction of famous composers like M.S.Viswanathan,T.K.Ramamoorthy, K. V. Mahadevan,Veda,V.Kumar,Shankar-Ganesh,G.K.Venkatesh Ilayaraja and Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan. Her unique voice was considered to be suited for peppy numbers in the movies, be it a dance tune, folk song or a devotional track. Her song "Vaarayo Thozhi" from Paasa Malar was a popular choice for wedding music.

She has also recorded many devotional albums in praise of the Goddess Amman which were hugely popular among the Tamil community and were played in many temples. Her "Chellatha" and "Karpoora Nayagi" numbers has won her a lot of fame among devotees. She sang Christmas songs "Varuvai Varuvai" and " Deivam thantha divya kumaaran" composed by Dr Anand Chellappa. She has won the Kalaimamani Award and other states awards. Her Hindi song uduthi hi chidiya from the film pistonwali, music by satyam shows her ability. She sang romantic songs filmed on heroines as well as cabarets filmed on dance-artistes and also folk songs.

She made her everlasting impression in Telugu film industry with her husky and peppy numbers. Till date most of her songs are very popular among the Telugu audience. Her notable hits include "Masaka masaka Cheekatilo" from Devudu Chesina Manushulu, "Maayadari sinnodu" from Ammamaata, "Bhale Bhale magadivo" from Marocharitra, "Arey yemiti lokam" from Anthulenikatha, "Le le le naa raaja" from Premnagar, "Malle puvvulu pillagaalulu" and "Theesko coco cola esko rammusoda" etc.

Perhaps she and P.Susheela were the most popular female-duet-duo ever, they complimented each other perfectly in terms of voice and style, and sang very many popular duets in their times – unadhu malar, chiththira poovizhi, ninaithaal sirippu, thoodhu sella etc.. They seemed to share a perfect chemistry and out-did each other line after line, apparently providing each other inspiration all along the song.She sang a popular duet "Gudilona naa swamy koluvai unnadu " with S. Janaki in a Telugu movie Idalokam for music of Chakravarthy,which remains a top hit till date. She rendered several duets with S Janaki in Kannada movies as well.

She sang innumerable duets with all the leading male singers also – T. M. Soundararajan, A. L. Raghavan, P. B. Sreenivas, S.P. Balasubramaniam, K. J. Yesudas, J. P. Chandrababu, C. S. Jayaraman, S. C. Krishnan, Thiruchi Loganathan, A. M. Rajah, Seerkazhi Govindarajan,Malaysia Vasudevan, & Jayachandran.

She also sang duets with female singers with most notably with P. Suseela, S. Janaki, Vanijayaram K. Jamuna Rani, M. S. Rajeswari and Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi.

Re-entry[edit]

After a long break, she made her re-entry through a rocky peppy Tamil Song "Kalasala Kalasala " from Movie Osthi 2011. Within few days of this song release, it has became a super hit and reached music box office top ratings,she sang the new Tamil song "Naa Poondamallida per puspavallida" from thadaiyara thakka 2012. She has also sung a recent Kannada Song for the movie Victory, the song name is 'Yakka Nin Magalu Nanage'. In 2013 she sang the duet song "Thagadu thagadu"with T.Rajendar for the movie Arya surya. In2014 she sung a song "Jaipuril jaipuril" for the movie "Athithi" music by Baradwaj.

Notable songs[edit]

Tamil songs[edit]

Song Tamil movie
Muthukulikka Vareegala Anubavi Raja Anubavi
Mappillai Ragasiyam Arangketram
Adi Ennadi Ulagam Aval Oru Thodar Kathai
Enna Solla Enna Solla Babu
Kangalum Kavadi Enga Vittu Pillai
Puthi Sigamani Iruvar Ullam
Chithirai Poovizhi Ithayathil Nee
Yenna Poruthamadi Kanavan
Aadavaralaam Aada Varalaam Karuppu Panam
Malarendra Mugam Indru Kaadhalikka Neramillai
Enthan Nenjam Yaarai Kathalithal Pothuma
Kathal Penney Kathalithal Pothuma
Maapillai Vanthan Kaveriyin Kanavan
Avala Ivala Mannathi Mannan
Aval Oru Kathanayagi Moondru Mudichu
Singapore Machan Naam Moovar
Pirantha Idam Thedi Naan Aanaiyittal
Dhukkaththilum Nalla Idathu Sammantham
Oh Lakshmi Neela Vanam
Nee Ninaithal Nilave Nee Satchi
Inimai Niraintha Ulagam Ninaithale Inikkum
Naam Oruvarai Oruvar Oruvar
En Vaalibam Ennum Mahligaiyil Paalkudam
Vaarayo Thozhi Paasa Malar
Sonnathellam Nadanthiduma Padha Kaanikkai
Ithazhai Virithathu Roja Pattanathil Bootham
Kaalgal Nindrathu Poojaikku Vantha Malar
Ithu Margazhi Matham Praptham
Sala Sala Kathottam Praptham
Raja Veetu Pennanalum Raja Veetu Pillai
Manamagale Marumagale Saradha
Lilli Lali Jimmy Selvam
Vennila Mugam Selvamagal
Pennai Parthum Shanthi Nilayam
Pushpa Raagam Thani Kudithanam
Naanoru Kaathal Thavapputhalvan
Kottai Mathir Mele Thirudan
Ivalavuthan Ulagam Ulagam Ivalavuthan
Ada Sarithan Podi Uyira Maanama
Savale Samali Uyira Maanama
Enge Enge En Manathu Vaaliba Virunthu
Ammamma Kannathil Kannam Vallavan Oruvan
Palinginal Oru Mahligai Vallavan Oruvan
Kathodhuthan Naan Velli Vizha
Allipanthal Kaalgal Vennira Aadai
Nee Emppathenna Vennira Aadai
Pattathu Rani Sivandha Mann
Pondamalli Thadaiyara Thaakka
Kalasala Kalasala Osthe
Ranipettai Rani Tamilselvanum Kalaiselviyum

Telugu songs[edit]

Year Telugu film Song
1965 Pandava Vanavasam Mogali Rekula Sigadaana
1967 Ummadi Kutumbam Jigi Jigi Jigelumannadi Chinnadi
1968 Bandipotu Dongalu Gandara Ganda Shoggadivanta
1970 Kathanayika Molla Naane Cheluve Kannadiki
1970 Lakshmi Kataksham Andala Bommanu Nenu Chelikada
1971 Prem Nagar Le Le Le Naa Raaja
1972 Tata Manavadu Nookalammani Nene Nee Peekani Nokkettane
1973 Devudu Chesina Manushulu Masaka Masaka Cheekatilo
1973 Jeevana Tarangalu Nandamaya Garuda Nandamaya
1974 Nippulanti Manishi Welcome Swagatam Chesta Ninne Paravasam
1976 Anthuleni Katha Are Emiti Lokam
1978 Maro Charithra Bhale Bhale Magadivoi Bangaru Naasaamivoi
1978 Pranam Khareedu Bandameeda Undi Gundodi Debba
1979 Andamaina Anubhavam Ananda Thandavame Adenuga Aa Shivudu

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singer L.R. Eswari felicitated". The Hindu. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 

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