NEW DELHI/KOCHI: Gayathri Sreekrishnan, who was a popular playback singer during the budding stages of Malayalam cinema, passed away at New Delhi on Sunday. She was 85.Gayathri’s debut as a film singer was through the movie- Rarichan Enna Pouran- which was released in 1956. Her first solo song was Thekkunnu nammaloru chakka vaangi from the same movie. Another song from the movie- Nazhiyuri paalu kondu that she sang along with Santha P Nair was a super hit. Rarichan Enna Pauran is a 1956 Malayalam film written by Uroob and directed by P. Bhaskaran.Gayathri was also a voice artist in Kozhikode Akashavani. She also presented Balalokam programme for children on the radio. She is the wife of Carnatic flautist G S Krishnan who was also the station director of Akashavani. She was staying with her son G S Rajan at New Delhi.