Legendary playback singer Vani Jairam passed away

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Padma Bhushan awardee legendary playback singer Vani Jairam passed away on February 4.  Vani Jairam was found dead at her residence in Chennai. 

An overview of the news

  • Vani Jayaram has sung in more than a dozen languages including Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Hindi and Bhojpuri.

  • She was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, ahead of Republic Day this year.

  • Jairam started her singing career in Bollywood and got her first break in the Hindi film Guddi (1971) directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

  • The song 'Bole Re Papihara' from this film brought her fame.

  • Born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu to a family of classically trained musicians, Jayaram's career began in 1971.

  • She has lent her voice to playback songs for over a thousand Indian films and recorded over several thousand songs.

  • She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer thrice.

  • She also won state government awards from the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

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