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Singing SENSATION

Thara aims for the stars


THARA THOMAS Moolayil has youngsters dancing to her tunes. She is not only a singer but also a lyricist who writes in English, Spanish and Hindi. She had her own music band at the age of nine and now this 19-year-old student of Communicative English plans to bring out her own album called `Rainbow in the Dark.'

"It is being produced by a business group in Thalassery and we are looking at an all-India release," says Thara who is a fan of Adnan Sami, Alisha Chinai and Sunidhi Chavan.

A trained Carnatic vocalist, Thara has participated in more than 500 stage shows in India and abroad. As the lead female vocalist with a band called `Perfect Strangers' in Kuwait, she became a familiar face in stage shows in that country.

"There were five of us. I was the lead singer. Although there was a boy who was the lead male singer, I used to sing many of his songs too. After I came to India, I used to anchor a programme called `Heartbeats' in Asianet and then a programme called `Lollipops' in Jeevan. The producer of `Ivar,' Santhosh Damadaran, heard me singing at a programme and gave me a break in his film."

Not only did she sing in `Ivar' but she also acted in it. With the song `Ore swaram' becoming a hit, Thara received more offers to act and sing.

Prefer to be a singer

"But I don't think acting is my forte. I would much rather sing," she maintains. Since she had acted in a few movies as a child artiste, facing the camera or the arclights were not a problem. Ticking off the movies on her fingers she says, "My movies as a child artiste include `Minnaram,' and `Aram Thampuram.' I made a cameo appearance in Lenin Rajendran's film `Anayar' as a bride and then donned the greasepaint for `Ivar' and `Rain, rain, come again.' I had to turn down quite a few offers."

Lyricist

Dwelling upon her work as a lyricist, Thara says, "Initially, I used to write and sing only English songs. But now I sing Malayalam and Hindi songs. I wrote the lyrics of `Themmadi Katte' in `Rain, rain...' I had performed with Jassie for a few stage shows and so when he wanted a few snatches of English and Spanish to be written for the song, he contacted me."

Spanish? "Well, my second language was French. It is difficult to explain, but if you know a foreign language, you can write a few lines in another language too. I was able to ... "

K.S. Chitra will also be singing her lyrics in Balabhasker's new album `Heart Beats' while Rajesh Vijayan's latest album has her lyrics in Arabic. The lyrics of the track music in `Wanted' is set to her verse and her album in the making will only have her songs. "Other than a song in Punjabi, all the other songs will be in English."

A fan of Jyotsna, Vidhu Pratap and the younger lot in the Malayalam music industry, Thara candidly says, "I have a style of my own and that is the only reason I receive these offers. If I had tried to mimic someone, why should they choose me. They would prefer the original."

Thara says she likes Jyotsna "as she is able to mould her voice to suit the mood of the song. There is plenty of room for everyone. One should be allowed to experiment. I do slow and fast numbers. I believe I have my own style and that is important."

Her favourite song? `One Moment in Time' by Whitney Houston, she says.

With the strong backing of her parents, Thomas and Annie, Thara is determined to reach for the top. Although Thara is aiming at the stars her feet are planted firmly on terra firma. She says that her ambition is to "go international" but not at the cost of her studies. "I plan to do postgraduate studies in visual communication. This is a difficult field to survive. So you should have something to fall back on."

SARASWATHY NAGARAJAN

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