Markose’s music marks 100th episode of Biennale weekly show
Kochi, Dec 30: The weekly ‘Art and Medicine’ show by Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) completed its 100th episode today—and came a full circle when it was inaugurated by the same personality who had performed an identical role in its debut edition: former Union Minister K V Thomas, MP.
At its regular venue in Government General Hospital, Ernakulam, the senior parliamentarian lauded the efforts of KBF for initiating this novel programme that had its start on January 31, 2014, when a sudden flourish of music broke the gloomy quiet of its ambience and brought cheer among passing patients and hospital staff. The event is organised in association with Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre Limited and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra.
Today, at the milestone hour, noted playback singer K G Markose performed at the hospital, beginning with two Christian devotional songs and later switching over to some masterpiece songs of iconic K J Yesudas.
“Music did influence the public even during India’s tumultuous period of freedom struggle in the first half of the last century. It helped the country attain independence,” said Markose said before his concert. “I believe that arts including music is a miracle and has the power to transform the mindset.”
The crowd applauded to his words—and later to his rendition when Markose crooned ‘Ayiram Padasarangal Kilungi’ from the 1969 movie ‘Nadi’ and ‘Devadaru Poothu En Manasin’ from the movie ‘Enginey Nee Marakkum’ (1983).
K A Hussain, Secretary of Mehboob Memorial Orchestra, Kochi delivered the welcome address. Others who spoke were former special officer at Government General Hospital Dr Junaid Rahman and noted Ghazal singer Umbayi besides Bonny Thomas of KBF.
Across its 100 editions, ‘Art and Medicine’ has featured artistes from a range of age and genre varying from school students to professional musicians.
With the successful completion of 100 editions of the show, patients, bystanders and hospital staffs have almost enjoyed their favourite vintage and new hit songs. The songs of veteran singers including Yesudas, K Jayachandran and S Janaki apart from Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh among a string of other celebrities were recreated by the singers who participated during the who set of shows.
The events were also peppered with many art shows during which the internationally-noted artists actively participated by sketching caricatures and portraying the in-patients in the canvasses.
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