Veteran South Indian singer Sangeetha Sajith, who has sung over 200 film songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages, passed away at the age of 46, in Thiruvananthapuram early morning on Sunday, May 22.
She was suffering from kidney related ailments, and was even undergoing treatment for the same at her sister’s residence where she was died.
Sangeetha, who hails from Kerala, started her playback singing debut in 1992 with with SA Chandrasekhar’s Tamil film Naalaiya Theerpu. Her song ‘Thanneerai Kadhalikum’, composed by maestro AR Rahman for the Prabhu Deva film Mr Romeo, was quite popular during the mid 1990s. She has lent her voice to several melodious Malayalam songs such as ‘Ambili Poovattam Ponnuruli’, composed by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri for the 1998 Malayalam film Ennu Swantham Janakikutty.She has also rendered a number of other popular songs including ‘Dhum Dhum Dooreyetho’ for the 2007 film Rakkilipattu, ‘Alare Govinda’ for Kakkakuyil (2001) starring Mohanlal, and ‘Odathandil Thalam Kottum’ for Mammootty’s Pazhassi Raja (2009). She was active in the industry until last year, when she sang the theme song of the Prithviraj Sukumaran starrer Kuruthi, composed by Jakes Bejoy. She had also sung the song Thalam Poyi for director Sachy’s Ayyappanum Koshiyum in 2020.
Sangeetha had sung Jnanapazhathe Pizhinth in front of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the Tamil Nadu Government Film Awards ceremony.
Jakes Bejoy paid his tribute to Sangeetha on Facebook, mentioning the two songs she had sung for him. “You were always so sweet and warm. It was a privilege I could work with you on this track,” he said in another post, sharing a link to the song ‘Thalam Poyi’ alongside. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and veteran singer KS Chithra also condoled Sangeetha’s death.
Sangeetha’s funeral will take place at the Shanthikavadam public crematorium in Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday evening.