Radha Jayalakshmi

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Radha and Jayalakshmi
ராதா ஜெயலட்சுமி
Born 1932
Died Jayalakshmi - May 27, 2014(2014-05-27) (aged 82)
Genres Carnatic music
Occupation(s) 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 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.

On rare occasion she had movies in her credit in the 1960s and 1970s.

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]

Music composers she sang for[edit]

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, M. S. Gnanamani, Adepalli Rama Rao, G. K. Venkatesh, G. Devarajan and Shankar-Ganesh.

Playback singers she sang with[edit]

She sang immemorable duets mostly with T. M. Soundararajan, Seerkazhi Govindarajan and A. M. Rajah. Others are T. A. Mothi, Ghantasala, S. Balachander, Thiruchi Loganathan, K. R. Ramaswamy and Pithapuram Nageswara Rao.

She also sang duets with female singers with most notably with P. Leela and Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi. Others are M. L. Vasanthakumari, N. L. Ganasaraswathi, T. V. Rathinam, K. Rani, S. Varalakshmi and Jikki.

Death[edit]

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

Filmography[edit]

Playback singer[edit]

Year Film Language Song Music Co-Singer
1948 Ithu Nijama Tamil Madarellam S. Balachander S. Balachander
1950 Ezhai Padum Padu Tamil Vidhiyin Vilaivaal[7] S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1950 Prasanna Malayalam Sukritharaaga M. S. Gnanamani Prasad Rao
1950 Prasanna Malayalam Kaayikasoubhaagyam M. S. Gnanamani
1950 Prasanna Malayalam Dhavalaroopa M. S. Gnanamani
1950 Prasanna Malayalam Bhaarathamaatha Paripoorna M. S. Gnanamani
1950 Prasanna Malayalam Aagathamaay Madhukaalam M. S. Gnanamani
1951 Kaidhi Tamil Be Happy Be Cheerful Be Jolly S. Balachander
1952 Kanjana Malayalam Charana Pankajam S. M. Subbaiah Naidu[8]
1952 Kanjana Malayalam Vela Cheyyu S. M. Subbaiah Naidu[8]
1952 Kanchana Tamil Etham Pottu S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1952 Kanchana Tamil Pazhaniappa Nin Paadham S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1952 Jameenthaar Tamil Madhuvai Parugum Vandu G. Ramanathan
1952 Moondru Pillaigal Tamil Malai Thiritha Magarasi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu P. Leela & N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1952 Panam Tamil En Vazhvil Puthu Paadama Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
1952 Puratchi Veeran Tamil Oh Alai Modhum Shankar-Jaikishan
1952 Desabhakthan Malayalam Oh Athimodamaarnna Shankar-Jaikishan
1952 Thai Ullam Tamil Poochendu Nee Ponvandu Naan Chittor V. Nagaiah T. A. Mothi & N. L. Ganasaraswathi
1952 Thai Ullam Tamil Pokkiri Payale Chittor V. Nagaiah
1953 Inspector Tamil Aasai Mounamaai Pesidum Kanngalum G. Ramanathan
1953 Manidhanum Mirugamum Tamil Jagam Yaavum G. Govindarajulu Naidu
1953 Manam Pol Mangalyam Tamil Manam Pola Adepalli Rama Rao
1953 Manam Pol Mangalyam Tamil Andru Ododi Vandhu Adepalli Rama Rao
1953 En Veedu Tamil Pongalo Pongal Chittor V. Nagaiah Ghantasala
1953 En Veedu Tamil Solla Vallayo Chittor V. Nagaiah
1953 En Veedu Tamil Boomiyile Oru Chittor V. Nagaiah M. L. Vasanthakumari
1953 En Veedu Tamil Vathabi Ganapathim Chittor V. Nagaiah
1953 Poongodhai Tamil Thenoorum Paarijaatha P. Adinarayana Rao
1953 Solaimalai Raani Tamil Anaiya Jothi C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah
1953 Solaimalai Raani Tamil Anbaana Mozhi Pesum C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah
1953 Ponni Tamil Azhagum Gunamum Ulla Pennukku S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1953 Ponni Tamil Paambodu Pazhagalaam Pennmani S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1953 Ponni Tamil Aadi Paadu Paappaa S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1953 Ponni Tamil Aaduvome Oonjal Aaduvome S. M. Subbaiah Naidu P. A. Periya Nayaki, Radha
& A. P. Komala
1954 Mangalyam Tamil Ninaithaaley Inbam Tharum K. V. Mahadevan
1954 Mangalyam Tamil Ottumiru Ullanthanai Vettuvathu K. V. Mahadevan
1954 Manohara Tamil Kadhal Kondaadugiraar S. V. Venkatraman
1954 Manohara Tamil Singara Paingkiliye Pesu S. V. Venkatraman A. M. Rajah
1954 Manohara Tamil Vazhvatho Mathu S. V. Venkatraman
1954 Manohara Telugu Pranaya Vilasamule S. V. Venkatraman
1954 Manohara Telugu Vana Mahosthavam S. V. Venkatraman Jikki & Pithapuram Nageswara Rao
1954 Ratha Pasam Tamil Jagam Yaavumey M. K. Athmanathan
1954 Koondukkili Tamil Paar En Magale Paar Paar K. V. Mahadevan
1954 Koondukkili Tamil Vaanga Ellorume Serndhu Ondraagave K. V. Mahadevan T. M. Soundararajan, V. N. Sundharam
& K. Rani
1954 Pona Mchan Thirumbi Vandhan Tamil Odam Pole Namadhu Vaazhvu Odanum C. N. Pandurangan & M. S. Viswanathan V. N. Sundharam
1954 Pona Mchan Thirumbi Vandhan Tamil Aadhaaram Nin Paadham Ambigaiye C. N. Pandurangan & M. S. Viswanathan
1954 Kalyanam Panniyum Brammachari Tamil Madhumalar Ellam T. G. Lingappa
1954 Kalyanam Panniyum Brammachari Tamil Vennilavum Vanum Pol T. G. Lingappa
1954 Edhir Paradhathu Tamil Jegam Ezhum Neeye C. N. Pandurangan
1955 Mullaivanam Tamil Engirundho Ingu Vandha Radhiye K. V. Mahadevan T. M. Soundararajan
1955 Mullaivanam Tamil Sariyendru Neeye Oru Vaarthai Sonnal K. V. Mahadevan T. M. Soundararajan
1955 Mullaivanam Tamil Putham Puthu Malarey Kurunagai Puriyum Vennilavey K. V. Mahadevan
1955 Mullaivanam Tamil Nainaithaale Inikkudhadi K. V. Mahadevan
1955 Menaka Tamil Manampola Ini Vaazhalaam C. N. Pandurangan & Vedha K. R. Ramasamy
1955 Menaka Tamil Kanavu Ninaivaagum C. N. Pandurangan & Vedha
1955 Valliyin Selvan Tamil Mangalam K. V. Mahadevan
1955 Nalla Thangai Tamil O Seemane Thirumbi G. Ramanathan
1955 Nalla Thangai Tamil Kaniyaadha Manam Kaniyaadha G. Ramanathan
1955 Town Bus Tamil Ponnaana Vaazhve Mannagi Poma K. V. Mahadevan M. S. Rajeswari & Thiruchi Loganathan
1955 Town Bus Tamil Nenjam Urugudhey K. V. Mahadevan
1956 Gomathiyin Kaadhalan Tamil Ambigapathi Nadagam G. Ramanathan T. V. Rathinam & P. Leela
1957 Magadhala Naattu Mary Tamil Jeya Jeya Aiyame R. Parthasarathi K. Rani
1957 Samaya Sanjeevi Tamil Aanantham Tharuvathu Sangeethemey G. Ramanathan
1957 Thangamalai Ragasiyam Tamil Aanantham Puthu Aanantham T. G. Lingappa Jikki
1957 Sarangadhara Tamil Ethukkithanai Modi G. Ramanathan
1957 Thaskaraveeran Malayalam Maayaamoham Maaraathe Nee S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1958 Manamaalai Tamil Nadanamaadinaar Vedha P. Leela
1958 Boologa Rambai Tamil Kannalar Ingu Varuvaar C. N. Pandurangan
1958 Boologa Rambai Tamil Amba Arul Purivaai C. N. Pandurangan
1958 Boologa Rambai Tamil Gangatharane C. N. Pandurangan
1958 Boologa Rambai Tamil Aasai Nenjame C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah
1958 Bhooloka Ramba Telugu O Manohara C. N. Pandurangan A. M. Rajah
1958 Anbu Enge Tamil Kaya Pazhama Sollu Raja Vedha
1958 Kaathavaraayan Tamil Kanne En Kanmaniye.... Amudha Ootrile Kumudha Malar Pole G. Ramanathan Ghantasala
1959 Maragadham Tamil Maalai Mayangugira Neram S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1959 Maragadham Tamil Punnagai Thavazhum S. M. Subbaiah Naidu T. M. Soundararajan
1959 Maragadham Tamil Kanukkulle Unnai Paaru S. M. Subbaiah Naidu T. M. Soundararajan
1959 Maragadham Tamil Aadinaal Nadanam Aadinaal S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1959 Manimekalai Tamil Manathai Kavarntha G. Ramanathan Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1959 Manimekalai Tamil Varuga Varuga Sugumaaraa G. Ramanathan P. Leela & A. P. Komala
1959 Sivagangai Seemai Tamil Muthu Pugazh Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy S. Varalakshmi
1959 Minnal Veeran Tamil Kannodu Kanninai Nokki S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1959 Odi Vilaiyaadu Pappa Tamil Pachai Kuzhandayadi Kannil Paavaiyandro Chandramathi Krishnamurthy[disambiguation needed] Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1960 Vimala Telugu Neeli Vennela Kaya Sage S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1960 Vimala Telugu Kannullo Nee Bomma Choodu S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Ghantasala
1960 Vimala Telugu Kaavaave Amma Devi S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1960 Vimala Telugu Kannula Beluke Song S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Ghantasala
1960 Ponni Thirunaal Tamil Nattukkor Thanthaiyadi K. V. Mahadevan Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1960 Bhaktha Sabari Telugu Rama Manomohana Pendyala Nageswara Rao
1960 Irumbu Thirai Tamil Enna Seithaalum S. V. Venkatraman
1960 Raja Bakthi Tamil Kaliyuga Malarmaran G. Govindarajulu Naidu
1960 Ranadheera Kanteerava Kannada Karunada Vairamudi Kanteerava G. K. Venkatesh Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1960 Ranadheera Kanteerava Kannada Enna MogavaBhoodaana G. K. Venkatesh
1961 Bhagyalakshmi Tamil Varalakshmi Varuvaai Amma Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
1961 Bhagyalakshmi Tamil Palingu Manappandhalile Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
1961 Akbar Tamil Azhagin Nila S. V. Venkatraman
1961 Sabarimala Ayyappan Malayalam Ashrithayaamen S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
1962 Indra En Selvam Tamil Aaraaro Aaraaro H. R. Pathmanaba Sastiri & C. N. Pandurangan
1962 Indra En Selvam Tamil Thellathelindha Thenamudhe H. R. Pathmanaba Sastiri & C. N. Pandurangan
1962 Avana Ivan Tamil Vaaranamayiram S. Balachander
1962 Konjum Salangai Tamil Brahman Thaalam Poda S. M. Subbaiah Naidu Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1962 Bhoodaana Kannada Bhagyada Lakshmi G. K. Venkatesh
1963 Arivaali Tamil Vaazhiya Needoozhi S. V. Venkatraman P. Leela
1964 Oraal Koodi Kallanaayi Malayalam Veeshuka Nee Kodumkatte K. V. Job
1966 Motor Sundaram Pillai Tamil Maname Muruganin Mayilvahanam M. S. Viswanathan
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Malayalam Maayaanadanavihaarini G. Devarajan P. Leela
1969 Kaval Deivam Tamil Maiyal Migavum Meerudhe G. Devarajan
1971 Aathi Parasakthi Tamil Kokku Parakkum Indha K. V. Mahadevan
1971 Aathi Parasakthi Tamil Thandhaikku Mandhiratthai K. V. Mahadevan
1973 Dheivam Tamil Thiruchendooril Por Purindhu Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan Radha
1973 Nathayil Muthu Tamil Aadu Raadhe Shankar-Ganesh Seerkazhi Govindarajan
1973 Nathayil Muthu Tamil Raama Raama Jeya.... Ragupathi Raagava Raajaaraam Shankar-Ganesh
1973 Amman Arul Tamil Akilamellam Vilangum Shankar-Ganesh Radha
19 Tamil Nalla Veenaiyithe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sisters in song". The Hindu. 30 January 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. 23 May 2003. 
  5. ^ "We owe it to Radha-Jayalakshmi". The Hindu. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Carnatic singer dead in Chennai". The Hindu. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ezhai Padum Paadu 1950". The Hindu. 2 November 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "Old gold". The Hindu. 21 March 2010. 

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