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P.Leela (b. 1933)

Together with P. Susheela, Leela is one of the main South Indian singers, with many hits since the late 40s in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. Born in Chittor, North Kerala. Film début in Kankanam (1947); broke through with songs in Gunsundari Katha (1949). Playback singer in more than 400 films. Has been on a long-term contract with Columbia Gramophone, releasing over 250 records for their label. Made numerous radio appearances in Madras.