Playback singer tickles nostalgia at biennale music show


Kochi, Sep 9: When noted singer Renuka Girijan crooned an old-time KPAC drama song tuned by the yesteryear lyricist-composer duo Vayalar-Devarajan, the mood seeped in as strong nostalgia for each Malayali in the audience.

Besides ‘Thalaku Meethe Shoonyakasham’ from the 1962 play ‘Ashwamedham’, Renuka, who is a two-time state award winner for theatre songs, belted out almost a dozen of songs ranging from vintage multi-lingual hits to other popular KPAC theatre songs. All these, at the 81st episode of popular ‘Arts and Medicine’ programme organized by Kochi Biennale Foundation in association with Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre Ltd and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra at Government General Hospital, Ernakulam, today.

The hour-long concert began with a prayer song following with renowned playback singer P Madhuri’s ‘Innenik Pottu Kuthan’ from 1977 movie ‘Guruvayoor Keshavan’. Later Renuka delivered a Tamil ditty ‘Unnai Kaanatha Kannum’ and the all-time Hindi hit ‘Ajaare Pardesi’.

Renuka, who is a music teacher by profession, have won many accolades including Sangeetha Nataka Akademi award for light and classical music in 1972 and 1990 respectively. She has sung for no less than 12 Malayalam movies.

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