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Tune in to Kalyani

Kalyani Nair, the new playback singer, is wowing listeners



MUSICAL FUTURE New voice, Kalyani Nair PHOTO: MAHINSHA

Kalyani Nair, the schoolgirl who created waves after she appeared in an episode of `Symphony' on Kairali TV, is all set to try her luck as a singer in tinsel world. Just back after a recording of the title song of the Malayalam version of the Tamil serial `Selvi,' Kalyani Nair was all smiles in her newly-acquired apartment in Chennai. An undergraduate student of Economics in Ethiraj College, she says, "Chennai is the right place for music. There is so much variety here - from jazz and rock to Carnatic and film music and now I can concentrate on my studies and music without compromising on either." Although offers poured in after her programme on TV, she decided to wait for a couple of years before becoming a full-fledged playback singer. In between, she sang for Vidyasagar in `Pattalam,' `Parthiban Kanavu' and `Thendral' (Tamil).

Golden oldies of Lata, Asha and Geeta Dutt are her favourites. No wonder then that she was invited to sing for the Salil Choudary and Raj Kapoor nites held in Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram respectively.

"I was very nervous when I first sang for `Parthiban Kanavu.' But in Vidyasagar sir's set, the response to newcomers is very encouraging."

A native of Thiruvananthapuram, Kalyani did her schooling mostly in North India as her father Colonel U.G. Kumar was posted in different places in India. She had the chance to learn Hindustani music and at 12 she gave a ghazal concert at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. She started learning Carnatic music only recently.

"And now at Chennai, my teacher is Binny Krishnakumar and that has helped me a lot," Kalyani adds.

Hariharan described her voice as one with a bright future as she sang with him at a function that was organised to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Kalyani sang for Vidyasagar in `Satyam' and `Kochi Rajavu,' and for Ouseppachan in `Thaskaraveeran,' and the popular `Moollai Thirugum' in `Kana Kande,' a song that is on the lips of every music lover in Chennai. She has also sung its Telugu version and a song in Kodeekoteswar Rao's `Azhake.'

And her plans? Is it music or economics? She shrugs and says, "as and when it comes."

SHOBHA NAIR

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