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Kollywood's new voice

Binni Krishnakumar is making waves with her debut number in "Chandramukhi"



SUCCESSFUL DEBUT Binni Krishnakumar

It's showtime in the best traditions of Kollywood. In pin-drop silence, a audience awaits the climax in "Chandramukhi". With the opening lines of the song, "Ra ra", the screenplay comes alive as events race to a dramatic denouement in which the music plays as important a role as the histrionics.

The voice behind the song? Binni Krishnakumar, who makes her debut in Tamil film music with this superhit number. How did she get her break? "I owe it to music director Vidyasagar. He happened to listen to my CD and liked my voice. I was so excited to get a call from his studio. His encouragement enabled me to give my best. It was a dream debut for a new comer." It's evident from the word go that only a trained classical vocalist could have done full justice to this song. About her musical training and background, she says, "My siblings and I were trained in classical music even as children, and now we are all into performing and teaching. In 1989, I received a gold medal and the title, "Kala Tilakam", conferred by the Government of Kerala in a State-wide competition for youth. There's been no looking back ever since. I have completed my M.A. and M. Phil in music, and am currently working on my Ph.D thesis. I'm indebted to my gurus Neyyatinkara Mohanachandran, Tiruvizha Surendranath and Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna."

A homemaker, full-time teacher and performer, she is all praise for her husband, Krishnakumar, a well-known classical musician. "It's his unstinting support that keeps me going." Forthcoming projects a number in the Arjun starrer, "Aanai".

LALITHA KRISHNAN

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