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Any Time Musician!

Meet V. Ananthakrishnan, the bank officer-cum- music director

Like every other senior bank officer, V. Ananthakrishnan also lives in a world of debits, credits, deposits, advances, targets and deadlines. What makes him different is the fact that he has composed music for two devotional cassettes. The debut album, `Ellam Ellam Ayyappan', which had Jayachandran singing all the songs, was a hit.

"I'm a fan of Jayachandran and I was really lucky to have him sing all the songs in my debut album. He has sung superbly. He even complimented me on my compositions," says Ananthakrishnan, who had been a music buff right from his school days. "After joining the bank, I used to sing on stage and compose tunes as a pastime. Our bank had conducted a `Lalithaganamela' in 1974 for which I composed three songs. My compositions were presented by the SBT Recreation Club in the Yuvavani programme of All India Radio," he says.

"Whenever I get some lyrics, I experiment with various tunes. Once I arrive at a tune, I record it. Though I lack formal training in music, I have always enjoyed singing and composing,"

How does he manage the orchestration?

"I compose the basic outline of the background score and convey this vocally to the instrumentalists. M. G. Anil, who did the orchestration for the album, worked in perfect harmony with me. Anil helped to translate my ideas into reality."

Ananthakrishnan has always been an ardent admirer of such composers as M. S. Viswanathan and R. D. Burman. "Both were original. In Malayalam films, I admire the works of Baburaj. I also listen to a lot of Carnatic music," he says.

Ananthakrishnan does not believe in consciously setting a tune to a specific raga. "When I compose a tune, I do it spontaneously," he says.

Any unforgettable experience?

"Yes. It was during my recent pilgrimage to Sabarimala. When I reached sannidhanam, I heard my album being played. It was a moment of pride, bhakti and fulfilment."

How does he find time for music?

"Yes, it is tough. My job often involves long working hours. But music helps me relax. All my leisure time is devoted to music. I hum to myself and compose tunes whenever I am free," he says.After the success of his debut album, the producers, Pinaki Music, approached Ananthakrishnan again and the result was another devotional album sung by Jayachandran and titled `Lalithasthava'.

Ananthakrishnan looks forward to more assignments. "The success of my two albums have boosted my confidence," says the bank officer.

PRAKASH PARAYATH

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