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Life turns lyrical

Actor Sukanya now wields the baton. S. R. ASHOK KUMAR on her debut album "Azhagu"


There's simply no stopping Sukanya. After a successful stint in films (She has done over 80 in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam), the actress, who turned to television for another triumphant innings is now focussed on music. Sukanya recently launched her debut album, "Azhagu," for which she has not only composed the music, but penned the lyrics as well.

Music being the peg for the piece, I wonder, how the scene-stealer in films such as `Chinna Gounder' and `Walter Vetrivel' suddenly took to cutting albums. "I don't really know how it happened. One morning when I was in Thiruvananthapuram to shoot for a serial, the lyric that I've called `Nadu' just came — like water gushing from a faucet. I took my pen and started writing. The music for the lyric too came about subconsciously. When I told my parents, they thought I was joking. But when they saw the lyric, they understood that I was serious. I was inspired to write the second song, `Vela,' a little later. From then on lyrics just came incessantly. The spur to write and compose comes in bouts — at temples and even traffic signals. Sometimes I don't have even a paper and pen to record it, so I store it on my mobile."

So how has the response to her musical debut been? "When I showed my lyrics and sang some numbers, people recognised the ragas and hinted at the swaras too. As far as Carnatic music goes, I had picked up a little because of my tryst with classical dance. Thankfully, all those who ere associated with me for "Azhagu" motivated me. I want to compose music for films. I hope directors help me explore this potential further."

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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