Radha Vishwannthan, daughter of M.S. Subbulakshmi dies at 83

Bengaluru: Radha Vishwanathan, daughter of legendary musician M.S. Subbulakshmi, who was on stage for nearly five decades with him has died on Tuesday night in Bengaluru.

“My mother Radha Vishwanathan breathed her last on Tuesday, 11.50 p.m. on January 2. She was suffering from pneumonia for the last few weeks but was mentally very active,” said her son V. Shrinivasan.

He added, “It was unbelievable to see my mother pass away to the strains of a beautiful bhajan. She asked my daughter Aishwarya to sing one of the famous numbers of MS, Sriman Narayana and as the song treaded on the words Sripadame Sharanu in the Charanam, my mother bid a permanent goodbye.” said an emotional Mr. Shrinivasan.

Speaking of her later mother he said she had taken a music class just two weeks ago to her granddaughter Ms. Aishwarya.

Ms. Vishwanathan was taking music classes to her granddaughter after shifting to Bengaluru from Chennai along with her son.
“My grandmother has taught me nearly 700 compositions and has asked me to carry on with the rich MS legacy,” Ms. Aishwarya said.

Radha Vishwantna was born at Gopichettypalayam in Tamil Nadu in 1934 and was two years old when M.S. Subbulakshmi married Sadashivam.

In one of her interviews, she was reported saying, “My world was my MS Amma to me, she guided me not just in music, she was the light to my path of life.”

Late Vishwantna is survived by her sons V. Chandrashekar and V. Shrinivasan along with daughters-in-law Sikkil Mala Chandrashekar and Geetha Shrinivasan and granddaughters S. Aishwarya and S. Saundarya reported Hindu.