With the untimely death of playback singer Radhika Thilak, Malayalam music enthusiasts are mourning the loss of one of the most loved voices in the film industry.
Some are of the opinion that the singer, despite proving her talent, was not given enough opportunities in Malayalam cinema industry. Radhika's funeral reportedly took place on Monday.
The singer, who has sung about 70 film songs, debuted with "Pulkkodithumbilum" song in the film "Sangha Gaanam" in 1989. Some of the popular films, in which she has worked, include "Ottayalpattalam", "Guru", "Kanmadam", "Ravanaprabhu" and "Pranayam".
'Maayamanchalil' ('Ottayal Pattalam' - 1991), 'Devasangeetham' ('Guru' - 1997), 'Manjakilyude Moolipattunde' (Kanmadam - 1998) and 'Kaithapoo Manamenthe' (Sneham - 1998) are some of her popular songs.
She has also sung 200 light music songs and several devotional songs. She became popular in the 1990s through Doordarshan and Akashavani.
Here are 10 songs to remember deceased playback singer Radhika Thilak:
'Pulkodithumbilum' ('Sangha Gaanam'- 1989)
"Pulkodithumbilum" was the debut film song by Radhika in the 1989 film "Sangha Gaanam". The lyrics of the song were written by M Gopi, while the music was composed by Lohidas.
'Maayamanchalil' ('Ottayal Pattalam' - 1991)
Radhika is most known for the song, "Maayamanchalil", in the 1991 film "Ottayal Pattalam". She had sung the song along with playback singer G Venugopal who is also her relative. The music was composed by Sharreth, while the lyrics were penned by PK Gopi.
'Devasangeetham' ('Guru' - 1997)
Another great song from Radhika was "Devasangeetham" in Guru (1997) that she sung along with KJ Yesudas. The lyrics were written by S Rameshan Nair, while the music was composed by Ilayaraja.
'Aruna Kirana Deepam' ('Guru' - 1997)
"Aruna Kirana Deepam" song was another song from "Guru" that Radhika had sung along with KJ Yesudas. The lyrics were also written by S Rameshan Nair and the music by Ilayaraja.
'Manjakilyude Moolipattunde' (Kanmadam - 1998)
'Manjakilyude Moolipattunde', which is one of the most popular evergreen songs in Malayalam, was sung by Radhika. The lyrics were written by Gireesh Puthencherry, while the music was composed by Raveendran.
'Kaithapoo Manamenthe' (Sneham - 1998)
"Kaithapoo Mananmenthe Chanchalakshi" from 1998 Jayaram starrer "Sneham" is another song to remember the deceased playback singer. The lyrics were penned by Yusufali Kechery, while the music was composed by Perumbavoor G Ravindranath.
'Manassil Mithuna Mazha' (Nandanam - 2002)
'Manassil Mithuna Mazha' in "Nandanam" was also sung by Radhika Thilak along with MG Sreekumar. The lyrics were written by Gireesh Puthencheri, while the music was composed by Raveendran.
'Kanana Kuyilnu' (Mr Brahmachari - 2003)
Radhika is also known for "Mr Brahmachari" song, which she had sung along with MG Sreekumar. The lyrics were again written by Gireesh Puthencheri and the music was composed by Mohan Sithara.
'Vennakkalil Ninne Kothi' (Pattalam - 2003)
"Pattalam" song "Vennakkalil Ninne Kothi" was sung by Biju Narayanan, Radhika Thilak and Vidhu Prathap. The lyrics were penned by Gireesh Puthencheri, while the music was composed by Vidyasagar.
Thirunama Keerthanam (album)
"Thirunama Keerthanam Paaduvanallenkil" is one of the most popular Christian devotional songs in Malayalam. The song was crooned by Radhika Thilak, while the lyrics were wriiten by Father Michael Panachickal and the music was composed by Father Thadevus Aravindath.