Noted South Indian singer, Kalyani Menon passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Monday at the age of 80.
She is survived by her son Rajeev Menon, who is a famous film director of South India.
Kalyani Menon, hailing from Kerala and settled in Chennai shot to fame by singing in the movie, “Dweep” directed by Malayalam director, Ramu Kariat. Since then she was a regular presence in South Indian movies, including Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
In the nineties, she sang several famous songs under the direction of A.R. Rahman. Family members told IANS that her funeral will take place later.
Previously, AR Rahman opened up about what he thinks about people copying his songs and composition. He said, “People know that now, you know whether it is beat or sound, there are such smart people out there and they want to bring you down. In that era, they thought they can get away with it but it was exclusively shot. In a way, it was flattering for me because copying is definitely flattery.”
AR Rahman continued saying, “At the same time, I did not want to waste my time going behind people for that because there were other people to take care of that stuff. My goal was always to refine myself and go forward and forward and never let any negative things go into my mind whether it is greed or anything. There is so much to do in music, don’t waste your time on hatred, greed, and jealousy. You can go march and just make another tune, make another progression, make another rhythm or story. That is my mantra.”