Bhavatharini Raja (23 July 1976 – 25 January 2024) was an Indian actress and singer. She was the only daughter of noted film composer Ilaiyaraaja and sister of Yuvan Shankar Raja and Karthik Raja.[1] Starting her career in the 1990s, she mostly sang songs under the direction of her father and brothers. She was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 2000 for her rendition of the song "Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu" from the film Bharathi, composed by her father Ilaiyaraaja.

Bhavatharini
Born
Bhavatharini Raajaa

(1976-07-23)23 July 1976
Died25 January 2024(2024-01-25) (aged 47)
Other namesBhavatha
Occupations

Career edit

Bhavatharini Raja made her debut as a singer for My Dear Kuttichathan. From then onwards, she mostly sang on albums composed by her father and brothers.

In 2001, she won the National Award for the song "Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu" in the movie Bharathi (the music director was her father).[2]

Bhavatharini turned music director for the 2002 film Mitr, My Friend, directed by Revathi, starring Shobhana. She then forayed into the Telugu film industry with Avuna (2003).[3] She also composed music for Phir Milenge, also directed by Revathi, starring Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan and Salman Khan.[4] In June 2012, she was roped in to score the tunes for Vellachi, a village-based project.[5]

Personal life and death edit

Bhavatharini was married to an advertising executive, R. Sabariraj, son of S.N. Ramachandran.[1] Ramachandran is a former journalist who went into publishing and started Kannan Advertising.[1] Bhavatharani studied at Rosary Matric School in Chennai. This was followed by higher secondary school in Adarsh Vidyalaya, Peters Road, Chennai.

Bhavatharini died from cancer on 25 January 2024, at the age of 47, while being treated for the disease in Colombo, Sri Lanka. [6][7][8][9]

Discography edit

As singer edit

List of Bhavatharini film credits as playback singer
Year Album Song Language Composer Co-singer(s) Notes
1984 My Dear Kuttichathan "Thithithey Thaalam" Malayalam Ilaiyaraaja
1988 En Bommukutty Ammavuku "Kuyile Kuyile" Tamil
1989 Thendral Sudum "Dhoori Dhoori" Yuvan Shankar Raja
1990 Anjali "Something Something"
"Iravu Nilavu"
"Anjali Anjali"
"Vaanam Namakku"
"Motta Maadi"
1994 Sethupathi IPS "Anadhai Endru"
1995 Raasaiyya "Masthana Masthana" Arunmozhi and S.N Surendhar Debut as solo playback singer
Chandralekha "Anal Thanil Vaadidum"
1996 Irattai Roja "Unnai Vidamaaten" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Katta Panchayathu "Oru Chinna Mani"
Karuvelam Pookkal "Pallakku Vanthirukku"
Alexander "Alexander" Karthik Raja Anupama, Mahanadhi Shobana, Yuvan Shankar Raja, S. P. B. Charan
"Nadhiyoram" P. Unnikrishnan
Enakkoru Magan Pirappan "Chum Chum" Karthik Raja
Manikkam "Sundararae Muzhu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Santhanam Theychachi"
"Thottu Sel Idam"
1997 Aravindhan "All The Best" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Ullaasam "Mutthey Mutthamma" Karthik Raja
"Yaaro Yaaryaro"
Thedinen Vanthathu "Aalps Malaikkaattru" Sirpy
Raman Abdullah "En Veettu Jannal" Ilaiyaraaja
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai "Ennai Thalaata" Hariharan Only humming
"Idhu Sangeetha Thirunalo"
"O Baby" Vijay Only humming
Naanum Oru Indian "Un Kadhalan" Unnikrishnan The film was released as Desiya Paravai in 2006
Kadavul "Aadi Sivan Tholil"
Nerukku Ner "Thudikindra Kadhal (Evar Kandaar)" Deva Mano
1998 Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar "Nadanakalarani'" Karthik Raja
Kaathala Kaathala "Madonna Paadala"
"Laila Laila" Hariharan
Kalyana Galatta "Adhaam Yevaal" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Velai "Oyvedu Nilave"
Kizhakkum Merkkum "Akka Nee Sirichcha" Ilaiyaraaja
"Poongaatrae"
Senthooram "Aalamaram"
Kannathal "Amman Pugazhai Paada"
Poonthottam "New Year"
Kangalin Vaarthaigal "Nenjathin Geetham"
"Indha Kadhal"
Kaadhal Kavithai "Alai Meethu"
Kaliyoonjal "Kalyaanappallakkil Velippayyan" Malayalam
1999 Ponnu Veetukkaran "Ilaya Nilave" Tamil
Thodarum "Oru Thulir Onnu"
Time "Thavikkiren Thavikkiren"
Rajasthan "Sorgathil Nikkah"
Annan "Kanmanikku Vaazhthu"
Manam Virumbuthe Unnai "Kutti Kuyilai"
"Ilavenirkaala Panjami" Only humming
Kummi Paattu "Chinna Manasu"
Kaadhal Kavithai "Alai Meedhu"
Poovellam Kettuppar "Poothathu" Yuvan Shankar Raja Cameo appearance; First on-screen appearance
2000 Kadhal Rojavae '"Sirithale" Ilaiyaraaja
Kakkai Siraginilae "Gayathiri Ketkum"
Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal "Palappoomazha" Malayalam
Bharathi "Mayil Pola Ponnu Onnu" Tamil National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Karisakattu Poove "Mamarathula" Unnikrishnan
Karuvelam Pookkal "Pallakku Vanthirukku"
Ilaiyavan "Nilavil Amuthu"
2001 Dheena "Nee Illai Endral" Yuvan Shankar Raja Murugan
Friends "Thendral Varum" Ilaiyaraaja Hariharan
Vaanchinathan "Adi Rendu" Karthik Raja
Usire "Preethisuve Preethisuve" Kannada Ilaiyaraaja
Hoo Anthiya Uhoo Anthiya "Belli Chandiranu" Karthik Raja
Kanna Unnai Thedukiren "Vanji Kodi" Tamil Ilaiyaraaja
Aandan Adimai "Enna Enna Paada"
Manadhai Thirudivittai "Sadugudugudu Aadathey" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2002 Malli Malli Chudali "Vennelalo" Telugu
Azhagi "Oliyile Therivadhu Devadhaya" Tamil Ilaiyaraaja Karthik
"Damakku Damakku Dum"
En Mana Vaanil "Muthu Muthu"
Ramanaa "Vaanam Adhirave"
Solla Marandha Kadhai "Yaedho Onnu"
Album "Muttaikull" Karthik Raja
2003 Puthiya Geethai "Mercury Poove" Yuvan Shankar Raja
Ullam Oh Iyarkaiyai
Punnagai Poove Eno Uyirmele
Pithamagan "Kodi Yethi Vaippom" Ilaiyaraaja
Konji Pesalaam "Konji Pesalaam"
Ragasiyamai "Kangalum Kangalum" Karthik Raja
Three Roses "Anbal Unnai"
"Oh Oh Sexy"
2004 Vishwa Thulasi "Vishwa Thulasi" M. S. Viswanathan
2005 Oru Naal Oru Kanavu "Kaatril Varum Geethame I" Ilaiyaraaja Shreya Ghoshal, Sadhana Sargam, Hariharan
"Kaatril Varum Geethame II" Shreya Ghosal
Karagattakkari "Kattukkili"
Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam "Killi Thattu"
Pon Megalai "Aalapanai"
Ponmudipuzhayorathu "Naadaswaram Ketto" Malayalam
Rightaa Thappaa "Thottuvidu" Tamil Karthik Raja
2006 Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu "Kanavae Kalaigirathe" Yuvan Shankar Raja
"Elaiyudhir Kaalam"
Geeya Geeya "Hrudayadi Kadana" Kannada Bhavatharini
Thaamirabharani "Thaaliyae Thevaiyillai" Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
Kadhale En Kadhale "Maya" Tamil Prayog
2007 Ajantha "Yaaru Hogada Jaaga" Kannada Vijay Yesudas
"Aarum Thodatha Poovil" Malayalam Madhu Balakrishnan
Vasantham Vanthachu "Nenjam" Tamil Oviyan
Anumanaspadam "Rela Rela Rela" Telugu Ilaiyaraaja
Naalaiya Pozhuthum Unnodu "Pesa Paraasa" Tamil Srikanth Deva
2008 Uliyin Osai "Kaalathai Vendra" Tamil Ilaiyaraaja
Dhanam "Kannanukku Enna"
Chakkara Viyugam "Idhu Thaan Chakraviyugam" Karthik Raja
2009 Azhagar Malai "Unnai Enakku" Ilaiyaraaja
Kannukulle "Paattu Ketka"
Paa "Gumm Summ Gumm" Hindi
2010 Avargalum Ivargalum "Enna Thavam Senjiputten" Tamil Srikanth Deva
Ochayee "Kammangaatukulle" Jeevaraja
Goa "Yelelu Thalamuraikkum" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2011 Mankatha "Kannadi Nee"
2012 Aravaan "Unna Kolla Poren" Karthik
Gundello Godari "Nanu Neetho" Telugu Ilaiyaraaja
Maranthen Mannithen (D) "Alaiyodu Alaiyaga" Tamil
Mayilu "Yathe"
Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer "Thappu Thanda" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2013 Biriyani "Biriyani" Tanvi Shah, Vilasini
2014 Anegan "Aathadi Aathadi" Harris Jayaraj Tippu and Dhanush
Irumbu Kuthirai "Penne Penne" G. V. Prakash Kumar
2019 RK Nagar "Adiye" Premgi Amaren Ranjith
2021 Maanaadu "Meherezylaa" Yuvan Shankar Raja
2022 Maamanithan "Pannapurathu" Ilaiyaraaja, Yuvan Shankar Raja Credited as Raja Bhavatharini

Non-film songs edit

Year Album Song Language Composer Co-singer(s) Notes Ref(s)
2005 Thiruvasakam in Symphony "Pooerukonum Purantharanum" Tamil Ilaiyaraaja Ilaiyaraaja The first Indian oratorio ever [10][11]

Serials edit

Year Serial Song Language Composer Television Notes
2007 Suryavamsam Tamil Sun TV Produced by Radaan

As music director edit

Year Title Language Notes Ref.
2002 Mitr, My Friend Hindi
English
Tamil
credited as Bhavatharini Ilayaraaja
2003 Avuna Telugu [3]
2004 Phir Milenge Hindi credited as Bhavatha Raja
additional composer and BGM
[4]
2006 Amirtham Tamil
Ilakkanam
Geeya Geeya Kannada credited as Bhavatharini Ilayaraaja
2012 Vellachi Tamil [5]
Porida Pazhagu Film unreleased
2018 Kalvargal
2019 Maayanadhi

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Ilayaraja's daughter gets engaged". The Hindu. 4 August 2005. Archived from the original on 1 December 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ "48th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b Jeevi (12 December 2003). "Movie review - Avuna..!". Idlebrain.com. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  4. ^ a b ""Phir Milenge"". The Hindu. 3 September 2004. Archived from the original on 21 November 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b Kumar, S. R. Ashok (18 December 2012). "Rural rhapsody". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 February 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  6. ^ "இளையராஜாவின் மகள் பவதாரிணி காலமானார்". Daily Thanthi. 25 January 2024. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  7. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja's daughter and playback singer Bhavatharini dies of cancer". India Today. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  8. ^ "Bhavatharini, daughter of musician Ilayaraja, no more". The hindu.
  9. ^ "இளையராஜாவின் மகள் பவதாரணி காலமானார்". BBC News தமிழ் (in Tamil). 25 January 2024. Retrieved 26 January 2024.
  10. ^ "CD Review: Ilaiyaraaja / Thiruvasagam | Finndian". Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  11. ^ Longman, H (2008). "Thiruvasagam: A Classical Crossover by Ilaiyaraaja, Tamil Mayam". The World of Music. JSTOR 41699841.

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