Popular Indian playback singer K
S Chitra's 8-year-old daughter drowned to death on Thursday morning in a
Dubai villa, Gulf News has learnt.
Famous playback singer K S
Chitra's only daughter Nandana, 8, died in a swimming pool mishap in
Dubai on Thursday. It is learnt that Nandana fell into the swimming
pool attached to the Emirate Hills villa and died. Though she was
rushed to a private hospital her life could not be saved. The body of
Nandana will be brought to Chennai on Thursday night at around 9.
Chitra had gone to Dubai along with her family members to take part in a stage show by A R Rahman.
It is after 15 years that Chitra was blessed with a daughter. Nandana was blessed with her name by Sri Satya Sai Baba.
Chitra is in the city to attend a
tribute concert titled A R Rahman Special Hits on Thursday evening. She
along with her daughter Nandana was residing at a private villa in
Emirates Hills, where the incident took place.
Nandana was a child with special needs, born to the singer after being childless for several years of her marriage.
The child was rushed to Cedar
hospital in Jebel Ali at around 9am after she was found lying in the
pool, an official at the hospital said.
"Although the doctors tried to
revive her, we could not save her," he said. The body was moved from the
hospital to Shaikh Rashid hospital around 12.30pm for embalming.
Sources close to the family said that they are trying to fly the body
back home in India on Thursday night.
"Chitra was taking a bath. When
she came out she saw Nandana lying in the pool," the source said, adding
that the singer is devastated having lost her only child.
Meanwhile, the concert will go ahead as planned at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
"It has shocked us but as of
now, the concert will happen because thousands of tickets have already
been sold," said Shyam Mohammad of event organiser Media Factory. "We
are trying to help Chitra chechi in every way possible. Right now I am
trying to arrange everything for her return home. She had come with her
daughter and husband to Dubai day before yesterday."
Gulf News was told that the
award-winning singer had chosen to stay at her sister's home instead of
staying with the rest of the troupe at a hotel arranged by concert
organisers. The concert features performances by celebrated Indian
musician A R Rahman's musical troupe and three of his sisters.