Folk singer and actor Paravai Muniyamma passes away

Brunilde Fioravanti
Марта 29, 2020

Folk singer and actress Paravai Muniyamma died in Madurai on Sunday. Paravai was 83. According to TNM, she was suffering from age-related illnesses. Her one-liners and their delivery gained cult status and continue to be a part of Tamil pop culture.

Paravai Muniyamma was born in Madurai. Muniyamma's remark "idha thaan rathiri poora okandhu ottikittu irundhiya" is a favourite among audiences. She also starred in Kovil, Devathaiyai Kanden, Thoranai and Thamizh Padam among others. She was last seen in the horror drama Sathura Adi 3500 (2017). She was awarded the Kalaimamani in 2019 by the government of Tamil Nadu. Being a folk singer, she would also sing folk songs impromptu while waiting for the food to cook.

The symbol of Tamil folk music, Muniyamma was not keeping well since 2016, when the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, late J Jayalalithaa granted her an aid of Rs 6 lakh and a Rs 6000 pension scheme.

Parvai Muniyamma is survived by a son and two grandchildren.

Muniyamma made her acting and singing debut in Tamil cinema in the 2003 blockbuster movie "Dhool" starring Vikram and Jyothika in which her performance as a glib grandmother received as much praise as her climax song "Singam Pola" which is still a crowd favorite. Muniamma's daughter-in-law, who was a pillar of support for her, passed away in 2015.

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