Radhika Thilak, that Gentle Sweetness, is gone much before her time
by Elizabeth Menon

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Radhika Thilak, that Gentle Sweetness, is gone much before her time

Radhika Thilak, that Gentle Sweetness, is gone much before her time
Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of this beautiful singer who was liked by everyone who met her or heard her songs! She was only 45 when she succumbed to her illness at a hospital in Kochi on Sunday 20 September, around 8:00PM(IST)! 'Kaithappoo manamenthe Chanchalaakshi ...' (Sneham,1998), 'Manjakkiliyude ...' from 'Kanmadam', 'Thirunamakeerthanam Padvanallenkil ...' and 'Devasangeetham ...' from 'Guru' will be the songs that come to everyone's lips when we think of this beautiful, gentle singer! Her voice has that magnetic quality with a gentle halo and she always looked so serenely beautiful with a voice to match! Her stage shows were spectacular and the one with Yesudas when they sung 'Puthan Valakkare' from 'Chemmeen', for the 'Sathyan Foundation' is legendary!

My favourites of Radhika: 'Manjakkiliyude..' fron 'Kanmadam', 'Ente ulludukkum kotty..' (Deepasthambham Mahaashcaryam) Arunakirana Deepam and Deva sangeetham (Guru), Maya Manchalil (Ottayal Pattalam), Kaithapoo Manamenthe (Sneham), to name a few from around 70 of her film songs -- she has sung many light songs and she was also a great presence on the Radio station 'Akashavani' and Doordarshan. 'Thirunamakeerthanam paduvanallenkil Naavenkkenthinu ...' is the beautiful song by Radhika Thilak, from the album that shares the same name, takes you to the Celestial planes! This song was solely responsible for the record sale of the album that was released in 1992 -- words of Fr. Michael Panachikkal to Sunny Stephen's music in Radhika's gentle voice makes it sheer delight!

I remember what my friend told me years ago after she she attended a concert in Dubai, where Radhika Thilak was on stage with Yesudas: "Radhika Thilak is a great singer in her own right and made her mark even in the presence of Yesudas..."! I didn't know Radhika then, but admired her singing ever since! Radhika Thilak's gentle sweetness will always stay with us along with her beautiful songs! My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter Devika. May you Rest in Peace with our love!

'Ente ulludukkum ketty..' (Deepasthambham Mahaashcaryam) with Yesudas:Yousafali Kechery and Mohan Sithara https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOcyU2nojPs

'Kaithappoo manamenthe Chanchalaakshi ,,,' (Sneham) Yousafali and G Raveendranath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxKAcz8-bd4

'Mayamanchalil Ithuvazhiye pokum...': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGipXcgAisk'

Arunakirana Deepam' 1997:S Rameshan Nair and Ilayaraja: Yesudas and Radhika Thilak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu6GMZ0VZsM

'Karutha Penne ..': stage show by MG Sreekumar and Radhika: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7qpOGZxokg&index=1&list=RDU7qpOGZxokg

Devasangeetham Guru 1997 KJ Yesudas, Radhika Thilak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E7kit0asw0

'Thiruvaathira thiranokkiya... Kanmadam (1998): Gireesh Puthencherry anf Raveendran: M G Sreekumar and Radhika Thilak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeeI_sXOtc0

'Manjakkiliyude ...' from 'Kanmadam':https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jqS-zJXcfI

Yesudas & Radhika Thilak on stage, singing 'Puthan Valakkare' from ' Chemmeen' - Live Stage Performance; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcQc-gcx3OE

© E Menon



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