A voice that brings a beautiful vulnerability to every song she sings. Love, longing, pain and innocent happiness; it all comes alive. No wonder that listening to Sujatha Mohan’s singing is an intensely emotional experience. She made her Kollywood debut in 1977 with Kadhal Oviyam Kandein, an Ilaiyaraja composition from Kavi Kuyil. Since then, she’s lent her voice to several unforgettable songs in all four south Indian languages. Ranging from melodies like ‘Anbendra Mazhaiyinil‘ to cheerful numbers like ‘Rangola Hola Hola’.
Sujatha Mohan turns 53 today. The magic in her voice still as vibrant and youthful as ever. We’ve compiled a list of 9 beautiful melodies. A toast to her artistry:
1. Kaatrin Mozhi (Mozhi)
Sujatha’s expressive voice makes this song from Mozhi delightful. The lyrics talk about the goodness of silence. Vidyasagar, who has collaborated with Sujatha on many popular songs, used minimal instrumental music for this number.
2. Mazhaye Mazhaye (June R)
A jaunty summer song. The sweetness of Sujatha’s voice combined with the tabla-work makes this a must-listen song.
3. Nenjodu (Kaadhal Kondein)
Sujatha is masterful in this lilting melody from Kaadhal Kondein, a psycho-thriller.
4. Aasai Aasai (Dhool)
One of Sujatha’s best. Vidyasagar is the master of melodies and Shankar Mahadevan and Sujatha’s beautiful rendition made this song an evergreen number. The composition was used subsequently in Priyadarshan’s Bollywood film Hulchul, in 2004.
5. Desingu Raja (Dum Dum Dum)
High notes from Sujatha combined with Karthik Raja’s clever percussion. Absolutely unique.
6. Oru Iniya Manathu (Johny)
This Ilaiyaraja song rises with just Sujatha’s voice. No instruments. That moment when a voice becomes the song itself.
7. Puthu Vellai Mazhai (Roja)
A refreshing, romantic number from AR Rahman’s debut album Roja. Possibly Sujatha’s most famous song. She’s performed this countless times at various events, both in and outside India.
8. Kaatru Kuthirayile (Kadhalan)
Another AR Rahman song. Sujatha brings such pathos into the music that it’s impossible to look away. The accompanying visuals elevate it further.
9. Aathangara Marame (Kizhakku Seemayile)
Riveting beats and the sound of flowing water. This AR Rahman song from the Kizhaku Cheemaiyile lightens the heart.