Biennale Music: Melodious songs prompt patients to hum along with Sathish

Kochi, August 31: When Sathish Kumar rendered old-time song ‘Oru Pushpam Mathramen’, many in the audience began syncing their lips and humming along with the noted ghazal singer on stage, making it a group concert in effect.

The young vocalist thus took the patients, bystanders and others assembled at Cochin Medical College, Kalamassery, to vintage music of stalwarts today when Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) organised its famed ‘Arts and Medicine’ programme in association with Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre Ltd and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra.

The small but spirited crowd at the 80th edition of the weekly cultural programme went down memory lane as they joined the popular golden hit of the late M S Baburaj from the 1967 Malayalam movie ‘Pareeksha’. In fact, every song at the concert turned out to be among the personal favourites of the listeners.

Particularly thunderous was the applause when Sathish, also known as Kumarji, recreated ‘Suruma Ezhuthiya’ from ‘Khadeeja’ and ‘Innale Mayangumbol’ from the movie ‘Anweshichu Kandethiyilla’—all of them released in 1967. 

The youngster also delivered hit numbers of non-Malayali icons Mohammed Rafi, Ghulam Ali and Manna De during the hour-long show that overall featured 11 songs.

Sathish, who hails from Chengannur in central Travancore, is currently learning ghazal music in Bengaluru.


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