Biennale music show invokes Baburaj songs on 37th death anniversary


Kochi, Oct 7: When a big-time ‘Babukka’ enthusiast asked the musician couple to sing a film from an old-time Malayalam movie, it only highlighted how much the crowd had moved away from their glum present typical of patients and their helpers.

Thus was rendered ‘Thaamarakumbilallo mamahridayam’—a vintage composition of M S Baburaj—at the 86th episode of the weekly ‘Arts and Medicine’ Programme hosted by Kochi Biennale Foundation at Government General Hospital in Ernakulam, this time coinciding with the 37th anniversary of the melody-maker (1921-78).

Overall, the concert, which was organised in association with Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre Limited and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra, saw noted pair Megha S and Sijimon coming out with a string of vintage Baburaj compositions as tribute to the legend.

If ‘Thamara Kumbilallo’ from 1967 movie ‘Anweshichu Kandethiyilla’ was one among them, the hour-long show also served the audience with numbers such as ‘Thaliritta Kinakal’ from ‘Moodupadam’ (1963), ‘Suryakanthi Suryakanthi’ (sung by S Janaki from the 1965 movie ‘Kaatu Thulasi’) at the start. These were followed by songs requested—and paid heed to, much to the happiness of the gathering at the venue.

Baburaj’s all-time hits like ‘Suruma Ezhutiya’ and ‘Thaane Thirinjum Marinjum’ also lent the air a breeze of balm.

The concert, subsequently, was also spiced with some new chartbusters including ‘Malare’ from the movie ‘Premam’ and ‘Olanjali Kurivi’ from the movie ‘1983’.

Megha, a postgraduate and third-rank holder in Music from RLV College at Thripunithura, has won several reality show awards, while Sijimon is a professional singer and businessman.

 

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