Swarnalatha is a South Indian film playback singer. Swarnalatha has worked with some of the most well established film composers in the industry, notably Ilaiyaraaja and A. R. Rahman. Songs she has sung on include Povoma Oorgolam from the film Chinna Thambi, and Rakkamma from the film Thalapathi. Both were composed by Ilaiyaraaja. She also sang the song Porale Ponnuthayi from Bharathiraja's 1994 Tamil film Karuththamma, composed by A. R. Rahman. She went on to win the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song in 1995. She has lent her voice to hit songs from films including Thalapathi (1991), Thevar Magan (1992), Karuththamma (1994), Bombay (1995), Indian (1996), and Minsaara Kanavu (1997). She was one of the 'melodious' (eg. Maalayil Yaaro Manathodu Pesa from Satthriyan) as well as 'experimenting' singer (eg. Mukkala Mukkabala of Kaathalan) of her times. She most recently lent her voice to the soundtrack of the film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006). One of her all-time song includes Ennulle ennulle from Valli, a beautiful composition by raaja sir.
Swarnalatha is a one of the greatest singers in the Indian music industry especially South Indian music industry. She has been singing since 1983 with many music directors. She worked with Telugu music directors like KOTI, MM Sreelekha, and M.M.Keeravani. She became famous with her unique pitch in voice.Swarnalatha passed away on 12th sept 2010 at a private hospital in Chennai of lung infected complications. She was 37.