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Radha Vishwanathan is no more
CHENNAI, January 3: Carnatic vocalist Radha Vishwanathan is no more. She died in Bengaluru last night.

She was 83.

Step daughter of late M.S. Subbulakshmi, Radha accompanied the legendary musician for many years on stage.

"The voice which sang 'Amani Manadho Manyo Lokaswami Trilokadruth' has now merged with that of her mother.

To the gentle strains of "Sriman Narayana" being sung by my daughter S. Aishwarya, my mother Radha Viswanthan shed her mortal coils at the words "Sree Padame Sharanu" after leading a glorious life," wrote V. Shrinivasan, her son, in a Facebook posting.

"She was a fighter right to her end. From the time she fell ill with tuberculosis meningitis after the Festival of India in London in April 1982 till her last breath, for 36 years, she fought against physical adversities but never ever complained about the pain she suffered. She bore her sufferings with a smile. We have lots and lots to learn from her,'' he added. Born at Gopichettypalayam in Tamil Nadu in 1934, Radha Vishwantna was two years old when M.S. Subbulakshmi married Sadasivam and came into the family. She is survived by her sons - V. Chandrashekar and V. Shrinivasan; daughters-in-law Sikkil Mala Chandrashekar and Geetha Shrinivasan; daughter Subhalakshmi; and grand daughters S. Aishwarya and S. Saundarya.

"Amma has now joined her dearest mother Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi, her father T Sadasivam who dearly adored his daughter, her husband G Viswanathan who loved his wife from the bottom of his heart, her dearest Thangam , loving sister Vijaya whom Amma missed terribly, and, last but not the least, the incomparable Visalam.

As the Venkatesa Suprabatham, Vishnu Sahasranama and Bhaja Govindam play out in millions of temples and homes across the world, the voice of Radha will be heard , inseparable from the voice of her legendary Amma,'' Mr. Shrinivasan said. Radha got into the music platform as a four-year-old. “That was the beginning of my musical journey. But later I learnt from Mayavaram Krishna Iyer and GNB’s sishya, T.R Balu,” she had said in an interview to Friday Review of The Hindu sometime in February 2015.