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Down music lane

P.K. AJITHKUMAR

Talented singers breathed life into the evergreen compositions of B.A. Chidambaranath at a function in Kozhikode to mark his first death anniversary.



Mellifluous tribute: Madhu Balakrishnan and Vinita sing a song under the baton of Rajamony.

When playback singer Madhu Balakrishnan rendered ‘Manda mandam nidra vannen…,’ (sung by K.J. Yesudas in the film ‘Chekuthante Kotta’), the audience at Tagore Centenary Hall in Kozhikode was mesmerised.

The occasion was a homage to B.A. Chidambaranath, the man who composed that song and several other evergreen melodies. The show, to mark his first death anniversary (August 31), was another reminder of the remarkable talent of a music director who is regarded as one of the pioneers in Malayalam film music.

His son Rajamani, a composer who is better known for his background scores in nearly 700 films in 10 languages, was the conductor of the programme.

“I am happy that I could conduct the show here in Kozhikode because this city was dear to my father. He worked in All India Radio Station, Kozhikode, for 10 years. It was difficult to select the songs for this show because he had composed so many fine melodies,” said Rajamani.

Golden songs

‘Karayunno puzha…’ (‘Murappennu’), ‘Nidra than neerazhi…’ (‘Pakalkinavu’), ‘Attuvanchi kadavil…’ (‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’),) and ‘Swargavathil…’ (‘Kanatha Veshangal’) were some of the film songs that were sung. Besides film songs, Chidambaranath’s popular devotional ‘Gangayaru pirakkunnu…’ and ‘Isai njnanam…’ a Tamil composition, was also sung.

Trivandrum Krishnakumar, his wife, Binny Krishnakumar, Devanand, Satheesh Babu, Vinitha, Vijitha, Vineeth (the winner of this year’s Gandharva Sangeetham contest on Kairali TV) and Suresh Dutt were the singers who breathed life into the golden songs of Chidambaranath.

Krishnakumar recalled that Chidambaranath had played the violin for a Carnatic music concert he had given. “That was his last concert. Six months after that concert, he passed away,” said Krishnakumar.

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