Kollywood's new voice
Krishnakumar is making waves |
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.
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." How is she
coping with all the acclaim and recognition? "It's a humbling
experience. Whenever I go out shopping or to the supermarket, and "Ra
ra" is played, I've seen people pause and listen and that makes my day.
Recently, in Tiruchendur, I was beseiged by fans who wanted to express
their appreciation. People from the U.S., the U.K., Dubai, Singapore
and Sri Lanka have called in to say how much they've enjoyed the song."
Says Binni, "I've sung in Malayalam films, notably "Amrutham", for
composer M. Jayachandran. Also a piece in Mahesh Dattani's "Dance Like
A Man." Forthcoming projects a number in the Arjun starrer, "Aanai".
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