No lockdown on creativity! Kerala musicians come out with productions reflecting the times


Musicians have been hitting all the proper notes throughout the lockdown to comprise the unfold of COVID-19. Social media is flooded with singles and music movies that specific gratitude or have a good time the spirit of all these in the line of responsibility.

‘Dhanyvadam’ (Thank you), launched final month, is a music of gratitude composed and sung by Harish Sivaramakrishnan, lead vocalist of Agam. “It is for us Malayalis who conformed to the lockdown restrictions and stayed at home to keep the virus at bay,” says Rajesh Kadamba, director of the video. “It was the barren premises of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is usually crowded with tourists and pilgrims, which gave me the idea for the song. So I felt that we should thank each other for making social distancing work,” says Rajesh. Written by lyricist and former bureaucrat Okay Jayakumar, it has been filmed by cinematographer Vipinchandran. The digicam captures the temper of the lockdown because it pans the emptied roads, market locations, railway station, parks and seashores.

Playback singer-violinist Kavya Ajit exhorts individuals to not take our lives without any consideration by means of her English observe, ‘Lucky One’. “I believe that we are lucky to be even alive in this unpredictable world and that every day is a blessing. This is the idea that the song stands for,” says the singer. It marks her début as a lyricist and composer. “I also dedicate this to all those people working day and night to keep the situation under control,” she provides. In the video, Kavya is on the violin and Abin Sagar performs the guitar. Her husband, Vidhyasagar Venkatesan, has shot the video at their house in Chennai.

 During the lockdown, a number of composers, singers, instrumentalists, technicians and actors additionally collaborated by way of digital platforms to deliver out new productions. Composer Arun Gopan has come out with two such movies — ‘Enthappo cheyya’ and ‘Kaayangal Nooru’.

Arun Gopan

The former has 90 artistes, which embrace actors of the huge and small display screen, singers and tv anchors. A light-weight-hearted take on the lockdown, the observe, sung by Arun, exhibits how the artistes hold themselves occupied at their houses. “Enthappo cheyya? (What to do now) was a query that each one of us requested ourselves and one another when the lockdown was introduced. Since everybody might simply relate to that thought, director Saheer Abbas ikka and I labored round it. We each needed to stall our first movie venture due to the lockdown,” says Arun.

It was the success of this video that inspired him to launch the second one, a Tamil music, ‘Kaayangal nooru’ (100 wounds), which has main singers from Malayalam crooning the quantity. “Nature is telling us how she is being exploited and the wounds that we keep inflicting upon her,” says Arun. Among the singers are KS Chitra, Madhu Balakrishnan, Sayanora Philip, Sithara Krishnakumar, Harish Sivaramakrishnan, Mridula Varrier, Abhirami Suresh and Amrutha Suresh. Actor Suresh Gopi has rendered a few of the strains in the songs in his trademark fashion. Both songs have been written by Vishnu Raj.

 Another multi-singer observe is ‘Nenjoducherthu vachidam’, composed by flautist Josy Alappuzha. “This is a thanksgiving for all those people who are guarding and protecting us during this pandemic,” he says. Written by Rajeev Alunkal, the observe has Stephen Devassy on the piano. Besides composers Bijibal and Gopi Sunder, Swetha Mohan, Afsal, Najim Arshad, Sayanora, Sithara, Divya S Menon, veteran sound engineer Tennyson and Josy have sung in the venture.

 Mejo Joseph’s ‘Kavalai Karuthalai’ is one other observe that acquired observed throughout the lockdown. Sung by playback singer KK Nishad, it lauds the function performed by the media throughout the viral outbreak.

Meanwhile, ‘Jannat-e-Khas’ composed by Shabin brings alive the magic of qawwali. Seventeen artistes from six cities come collectively on this high-energy observe that’s about “an ideal world filled with love, harmony and peace.”

 Hindustani musicians Krishna Bongane and Nila Madhav Mohapatra are the lead vocalists. According to Shabin, the recording was completed in 4 periods. While vocals and percussion had been recorded in Mumbai, string part was executed in Kochi, bass in Kottayam and the relaxation in Bengaluru.

Looks like the playlist throughout the lockdown is getting enriched each day!

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