Radha Jayalakshmi

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Radha and Jayalakshmi
ராதா ஜெயலட்சுமி
Genres Carnatic music
Occupations vocalist

Radha and Jayalakshmi, popularly known as Radha Jayalakshmi (Tamil: ராதா ஜெயலட்சுமி), were Indian Carnatic music vocalist duo as well as playback singers in films in the 1940s and 1950s, before they became music teachers. The person who does the playback singing is Jayalakshmi but was named as Radha Jayalakshmi in the cine field. Actually, Radha was her cousin sister and singing partner on the stage performances. They were early singers in the trend of duo singing in Carnatic music, which started in the 1950s, with performers like Soolamangalam Sisters, and later continued by Bombay Sisters, Ranjani-Gayatri and Priya Sisters.[1]

The duo was awarded the 1981 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Carnatic Music - Vocal, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama [2] Vidushi Jayalakshmi died in Chennai on 27 May 2014.[3]

Early life and training[edit]

Radha and Jayalakshmi were from G. N. Balasubramaniam school, where they learned classical vocal music from the noted vocalist and teacher himself.[4]

Career[edit]

She had rendered her 'ringing' trained, cultured sweet voice in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada movies from the late 1940s till the end of the 1950s. In the 50s, many music directors gave her memorable songs, including K. V. Mahadevan, S. M. Subbaiah Naidu, G. Govindarajulu Naidu, T. G. Lingappa, G. Ramanathan, Vedha, C. N. Pandurangan, S. Balachander, S. V. Venkatraman, Chittor V. Nagaiah, H. R. Pathmanaba Sastiri, Viswanathan Ramamoorthy. On rare occasion she had movies in her credit in the 1960s.

In Deivam, Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan had Radha and Jayalakshmi to render ‘Thiruchendooril Por Purindhu’, the song set in Thiruthani. This is perhaps the only film song to be sung by Radha of the duo.

Now they have stopped giving performances. But they are good teachers. They have performed throughout India. Shanmukhapriya and Haripriya, popularly known as the Priya Sisters, were their students.[5]

Death[edit]

Jayalakshmi, one of the duo, passed away, aged 82, in Chennai on May 26, 2014.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Playback Singer In Tamil[edit]

Year Film Song Music Co-Singer
1948 Ithu Nijama Madarellam S. Balachander S. Balachander
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Vidhiyin vilaivaal [7] S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1951 Kaidhi Be Happy S. Balachander
1952 Kanchana Charana Pankajam S. M. Subbaiah Naidu [8]
1952 Kanchana Vela cheyyu S. M. Subbaiah Naidu [8]
1952 Kanchana Etham Pottu S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1952 Kanchana Pazhaniappa Nin patham S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1952 Jameenthaar Madhuvai Parugum Vandu G. Ramanathan
1952 Moondru Pillaigal Malai Thiritha Magarasi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu P. Leela & N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1952 Panam En Vazhvil Puthu Paadama Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
1952 Puratchiveeran Oh Alai Mothum
1952 Thai Ullam Poochendu Nee Ponvandu Naan Chittor V. Nagaiah T. A. Mothi & N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1952 Thai Ullam Pokkiri Payale Chittor V. Nagaiah
1953 Inspector Aasai Mounamaai G. Ramanathan
1953 Manithanum Mirugamum Jagam Yaavum G. Govindarajulu Naidu
1953 Manam Pol Mangalyam Manam Pola Adepalli Rama Rao
1953 Manam Pol Mangalyam Andru Ododi Vandhu Adepalli Rama Rao
1953 En Veedu Pongalo Pongal Chittor V. Nagaiah Ghantasala
1953 En Veedu Solla Vallayo Chittor V. Nagaiah
1953 En Veedu Boomiyile Oru Chittor V. Nagaiah M. L. Vasanthakumari
1953 En Veedu Vathabi Ganapathim Chittor V. Nagaiah
1953 Poongkothai Thenoorum Paarijaatha
1953 Solaimalai Raani Anaiya Jothi C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah
1953 Solaimalai Raani Anbaana Mozhi Pesum C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah
1954 Mangalyam Ninaithaaley Inbam Tharum K. V. Mahadevan
1954 Mangalyam Ottumiru Ullanthanai Vettuvathu K. V. Mahadevan
1954 Manohara Kathal Kondaadugiraar S. V. Venkatraman
1954 Manohara Singara Paingkiliye Pesu S. V. Venkatraman A. M. Rajah
1954 Manohara Vazhvatho Mathu S. V. Venkatraman
1954 Ratha Pasam Jagam Yaavumey M. K. Athmanathan
1954 Koondukkili Paar En Magale Paar Paar K. V. Mahadevan
1954 Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari Madhumalar Ellam T. G. Lingappa
1954 Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari Vennilavum Vanum Pol T. G. Lingappa
1954 Edhir Paradhathu Jegam Ezhum Neeye C. N. Pandurangan
1955 Mullaivanam Engiruntho Ingu Vantha Rathiye K. V. Mahadevan T. M. Soundararajan
1955 Mullaivanam Sariyendru Neeye Oru Vaarthai Sonnal K. V. Mahadevan T. M. Soundararajan
1955 Mullaivanam Putham Puthu Malarey Kurunagai Puriyum Vennilavey K. V. Mahadevan
1955 Mullaivanam Nainaithaale Inikkudhadi K. V. Mahadevan
1955 Menaka Manampola Ini Vaazhalaam C. N. Pandurangan & Vedha K. R. Ramasamy
1955 Menaka Kanavu Ninaivaagum C. N. Pandurangan & Vedha
1955 Valliyin Selvan Mangalam K. V. Mahadevan
1955 Town Bus Ponnaana Vaazhve Mannagi Pomo K. V. Mahadevan M. S. Rajeswari & Thiruchi Loganathan
1955 Town Bus Nenjam Uruguthey K. V. Mahadevan
1957 Magadhala Naattu Mary Jeya Jeya Aiyame K. Rani
1957 Samaya Sanjeevi Aanantham Tharuvathu Sangeethemey G. Ramanathan
1957 Thanga Malai Ragasiyam Aanantham Puthu Aanantham T. G. Lingappa Jikki
1957 Sarangadhara Ethukkithanai Modi G. Ramanathan
1958 Manamaalai Nadanamaadinaar Vedha P. Leela
1958 Bhoologa Rambai Kannalar Ingu Varuvaar C. N. Pandurangan
1958 Bhoologa Rambai Amba Arul Purivaai C. N. Pandurangan
1958 Bhoologa Rambai Gangatharaney C. N. Pandurangan
1958 Bhoologa Rambai Aasai Nenjame C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah
1958 Anbu Engey Kaya Pazhama Sollu Raja VedhakannE en kaNmaNiyE.... amutha UthilE kumutha malar pOlE
1958 Kaathavaraayan Kanne En Kanmaniye.... Amudha Ootrile Kumudha Malar Pole G. Ramanathan Ghantasala
1959 Maragadham Maalai Mayangugira Neram S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1959 Maragadham Punnagai Thavazhum S. M. Subbaiah Naidu T. M. Soundararajan
1959 Maragadham Kanukkulle Unnai Paaru S. M. Subbaiah Naidu T. M. Soundararajan
1959 Maragadham Aadinaal Nadanam Aadinaal S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1959 Manimegalai Manathai Kavarntha G. Ramanathan Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1959 Sivagangai Seemai Muthu Pugazh Viswanathan Ramamoorthy S. Varalakshmi
1959 Minnal Veeran Kannodu Kanninai Nokki S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1960 Ponni Thirunaal Nattukkor Thanthaiyadi K. V. Mahadevan Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1960 Irumbu Thirai Enna Seithaalum S. V. Venkatraman
1960 Raja Bakthi Kaliyuga Malarmaran G. Govindarajulu Naidu
1961 Bhagyalakshmi Varalakshmi Varuvaai Amma Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
1961 Bhagyalakshmi Palingu Manappandhalile Viswanathan Ramamoorthy
1961 Akbar Azhagin Nila S. V. Venkatraman
1962 Indra En Selvam Aaraaro Aaraaro H. R. Pathmanaba Sastiri & C. N. Pandurangan
1962 Indra En Selvam Thellathelindha Thenamudhe H. R. Pathmanaba Sastiri & C. N. Pandurangan
1962 Avana Ivan Vaaranamayiram S. Balachander
1962 Konjum Salangai Brahman Thaalam poda S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1963 Arivali Vaazhiya Needoozhi S. V. Venkatraman P. Leela
1966 Motor Sundarampillai Maname Muruganin Mayilvahanam
Kathal Endral Enna
Thulli Thulli Vilaiyada
M. S. Viswanathan
1969 Kaval Deivam Maiyal Migavum Meerudhe G. Devarajan
1971 Athi Parasakthi Kokku Parakkum Intha K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Athi Parasakthi Thanthaikku Manthirathai K. V. Mahadevan
19 Odi Vilaiyaadu Pappa Pachai Kuzhandayadi Kannil Paavaiyandro Chandramathi Krishnamurthy[disambiguation needed] Seerkazhi Govindarajan
19 Amman Arul Akilamellam vilangum
19 Nathayil Muthu Aadu Raadhe Seerkazhi Govindarajan
19 Nalla Veenaiyithe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sisters in song". The Hindu. January 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. 
  3. ^ "Vidushi Jayalakshmi is no more". 
  4. ^ "GNB, the good friend". The Hindu. May 23, 2003. 
  5. ^ "We owe it to Radha-Jayalakshmi". The Hindu. Apr 4, 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Carnatic singer dead in Chennai". The Hindu. May 28, 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ezhai Padum Paadu 1950". The Hindu. Nov 2, 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "Old gold". The Hindu. March 21, 2010. 

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