Biennale show: Vintage Hindi & Malayalam songs brighten up Onam air


Kochi, Aug 26: If vintage Hindi and Malayalam film songs form ideal balm for the mind, then noted singer Saritha Rehman used their potential best before patients by soulful rendition at Government General Hospital in Ernakulam today.

The hour-long recital had a dash of the season’s flavour too, as it was hosted as part of Onam special ‘Arts and Medicine’ Programme organised by Kochi Biennale Foundation along with Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre Ltd and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra.

At the 79th edition of the popular series held every Wednesday, the programme began with Saritha crooning the popular Hindi melody Ehsaan Tera Hoga from the 1961 movie ‘Junglee’. The vocalist, who is greatly fond of M S Baburaj, subsequently came up with the song Akaashathile Nandini Pashuvinu from the movie ‘Agniputhri’ (1967) composed by the legendary composer-musician.

Saritha, who has performed in more than 300 shows, is the daughter of Chavakkad Rehman, who is also a noted musician. Having done her graduation in music, she is currently learning Hindustani music. Her mother, Abida Rehman is also a singer.

“Even though I have performed many concerts, this event is special for me,” she said during the show. “The initiative to give healing touch through music therapy is admirable.”

Saritha also enthralled the listeners with old hits of iconic vocalists Lata Mangeshkar and P Sushila among others. 

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