The new year, Vishu, began on a tragic note for Indian playback singer K. S. Chitra after her eight year old daughter drowned in a in a swimming pool in Dubai. Nandana, Chitra’s daughter, was immediately rushed to a hospital, where she was declared dead.
Singer Chitra, 47, was in Dubai as part of A. R. Rahman’s music show in Sharjah. Chitra and her family were staying in a villa at Emirates Heights where the accident happened.
Nandana was born to Chitra and husband Vijayashankar after 15 years of their marriage, in 2002. Despite Nandana’s special condition, Chithra had brought her up like a normal child, and Nandana was a Class I studying in Chennai. Nandana’s body will be brought to Chennai where the last rites will be conducted.
Chitra, popularly known as “South Indian Nightingale”, completed three decades as a playback singer in January this year. She has rendered more than 15,000 songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Oriya, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali and Punjabi films, including songs in films like Rang De Basanti, Parineeta and Aks. She has won six National Film Awards (in four different languages), five Filmfare Awards and more than 30 different state film awards.