Tamil folk singer and actress Paravai Muniyamma passed away on Sunday Morning, March 29, at her residence in Madurai at the age of 83. For several years, she has been battling with age-related ailments. She is survived by her son and two grandchildren.
In 2015, she was struggling to meet her basic needs and former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha provided her monitory assistance of Rs 6 lakh when the actor was hospitalised.
Actors Dhanush and Sivakarthikeyan also donated money to take care of her medical expenses. Her last rites will take place today evening at Madurai.
For those unaware, last year, her death rumour surfaced the internet but she rubbished them as speculations by sharing a video from the hospital.
She rose to fame with her song ‘Pola’ from Chiyaan Vikram’s Dhool and was known for her folk songs. Hailing from Paravai in Madurai, she started her career as a singer by performing at temple functions and eventually made her name with local and international concerts under the music troupe Lakshman Shruti. She made her playback singing debut with composer Vidyasagar.
She has acted in over 50 films and mostly portrayed the role of a grandmother. Apart from acting and singing, she also hosted a cooking show on a popular television channel. She has worked in several films such as Kovil, Thoranai, Thamizh Padam, Venghai, Veeram, Maan Karate, among others. She has also performed in more than 200 stage shows worldwide.
May her soul rest in peace!