THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Veteran playback singer KP Udayabhanu passed away at his residence in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. He was 78.
Udayabhanu has been bedridden for about two years. His wife Vijayalekshmi had died in 2007. He is survived by his son Rajeev Udayabhanu.
Udayabhanu leaves behind more than 60 songs which are still popular among music lovers. His rendition ‘Kananana chaayayil aadumekkan‘ in the film Ramanan transcended generations, morphing itself into a proverbial romantic classic song. Udayabhanu made his debut as playback singer in 1958 with the song ‘Enthinithra Panchasara’ for film ‘Nayaru Pidicha Pulival’ .He sang another song with P Leela ‘Velutha Penne’ for the same film. His songs “Anuraga Nadakathil (Ninamaninja Kaalpadukal), Kanana Chayayil (Ramanan), Thamara Thumbi Vaavaa (Puthiya Aakasam Puthiya Bhoomi) found swift appeal and became super hits.