‘Jwalamukhi’, a Malayalam music video conceptualised by seven mothers, wins hearts


Seven moms synergised their artistic abilities to compose, rating, sing, choreograph and edit a Malayalam music video of a lullaby, ‘Jwalamukhi’, which is successful them accolades.

Released by actor Mammootty on his Facebook web page on June 21, the video and tune have received many hearts with its soothing music, melodious rendition and articulate choreography.

Media skilled Smitha Nambiar, who composed the poem, admits that she was thrilled by the reception to the tune. “I was in Dubai and my four-year-old daughter, Vaidehi, was with my parents in Kerala. Both of us were missing each other. I have never missed a birthday of hers and I had planned to be back in India by May, for her birthday falls on May 27. However, the lockdown came into force and flights were cancelled and I had to be in Dubai till the resumption of flights. She was quite disappointed,” remembers Smitha.

Although each of them used to speak over video calls and Vaidehi used to ship her mother voice notes, Smitha longed to be together with her daughter. “There was an ambiguity about when the flights would resume and when I would be able to be with her and that was really getting to me. Moreover, when there is work, there is hardly any time to mope for too long. The lockdown aggravated the sense of despondency,” remembers Smitha, who’s now in quarantine in Kerala.

One night, whereas watching a video of her daughter, Smitha feared she was on the verge of a meltdown. She felt she needed to do some venting to beat her storm of feelings and that’s when she put pen to paper to put in writing a lullaby for Vaidehi.

“I got up from bed and wrote down all that was in my heart. When I read the lines, I quite liked what I had written in that spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions. I did not want to change a single word. I sent the lines to my friend Sajna Vinish, an assistant professor of music at Government College for Women, Thiruvanathapuram. I requested her to tune it for me as a lullaby and she agreed to do it without any hesitation,” says Smitha.

Sajna learn and re-read the traces and stayed with it for 3 days earlier than arising with three totally different tunes for the traces. Smitha selected her composition in Neelambari raga they usually fine-tuned it over WhatsApp and innumerable calls. “Smith and I were in sync with what we wanted to do with the lines and I sent her a rendering with just the shruthi of the tanpura. Smitha decided that she enjoyed that (version) the best and we chose to do away with any kind of orchestration,” explains Sajna, an achieved singer and musician.

Smitha remembers how the suggestions she bought for the quantity was all constructive and she or he was overwhelmed. “Mammootty sir also told me that he enjoyed the music and that the words were sensitive and soaked in emotions,” says Smitha.

That is when she determined to contact an artist pal to make a video with digital drawings. In the meantime, Susmitha Chakkungal from Chennai advised Smitha that some day she needed to bounce to the poem. Smitha additionally felt that it will be higher to make a music video with moms expressing the poem by dance.

She fashioned a WhatsApp group with Sushmita and Purnima Balasubramaniam from Chennai, Anusri S Nair from Thiruvananthapuram and Seethalakshmi from Kochi. Suggestions and concepts flew forwards and backwards among the many ladies and Smitha determined that they might comply with a monochromatic color palette of black with pink highlights.

Each of the dancers choreographed the poems, danced to it, recorded it and despatched it to Soumya Sagar, Smitha’s sister-in-law, who did the modifying. As Smitha factors out, even the recording was an fascinating train as they needed to do virtually all on their very own.

“Finally, what happened is that all seven of us have daughters and it became an ardent expression of our dreams and wishes for our daughters to go forth and shine and be a beacon of light,” says Sajna.

By a completely happy probability, the video turned a mums’ venture and “each of us is thrilled with it,” says Smitha.

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