Robbing the sheen out of the ongoing ‘Margazhi Festival’ or the annual Carnatic concerts, famed vocalist and playback singer Nityashree’s husband, Dr Mahadevan committed suicide by jumping into the slushy river Cooum on Thursday.
Known for her mellifluous voice, Nithyashree is the granddaughter of legendary vocalist DK Pattammal, one among the famed feminine trinity trio of carnatic music. The other two were MS Subbulakshmi and ML Vasanthakumari.
On reaching the Kotturpuram bridge close to his home in a posh car driven by a driver, he alighted from the vehicle, claimed up the railings and jumped into the river around 1 pm. He was seen talking over the mobile while getting down but the attempts of the driver to prevent him proved unsuccessful, police and eyewitnesses said.
Family dispute is said to be the reason forcing him to take the extreme step and he had come to the bridge straight from home.
A doctor by profession, he had given up practice and was managing the classical vocalist’s career and the couple were said to be having problems often. The couple has two school-going daughters.
On being alerted, police and a rescue team rushed to the spot and fished out the body, which was sent for post-mortem at the Royapettah Government Hospital. Doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Soon rumours spread that the singer too had attempted to commit suicide and was hospitalised. But, neither family sources nor the police, who visited her house, confirmed it.
It has sent shockwaves among the music fraternity and cast a shadow on the music fest, which draws a huge NRI crowd, who make it a part of their calendar.
The vocalist had a hectic schedule and has been performing at various concerts and was to perform on Thursday evening as well.