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Show evokes the everlasting appeal of Devarajan’s songs

Staff Reporter

PHOTO: K.K. Najeeb

HONOURING: Playback singer P. Jayachandran paying tribute to his mentor G. Devarajan at a programme in Thrissur on Saturday. —

Thrissur: Playback singer P. Jayachandran and music director Johnson paid tributes to their mentor G. Devarajan at a programme organised by the Bharathan Foundation here on Saturday.

Devarajan’s wife Leelamani lit the traditional lamp to inaugurate the show to the accompaniment of Natesh Shankar singing the composer’s famous song, ‘Thunchanparambile Thathe’.

The Bharathan Foundation dedicated the programme to film director P.N. Menon. Devarajan had composed music for Menon’s films ‘Chembarathi’, ‘Gayatri’, ‘Darsanam’, ‘Mazhakkar’ and ‘Chayam’. The legendary composer had also written the score for films directed by Bharathan, Menon’s nephew, including ‘Guruvayur Kesavan’, ‘Aniyara’, ‘Nidra’, ‘Rathinirvedam’ and ‘Parankimala’.

In all, 30 songs of the composer were presented at the show. P. Jayachandran sang his favourites, ‘Manjalayil Mungithorthi’, ‘Thottene Njan’, ‘Ishtapraneswari’, ‘Mallika Banan Thante’ and ‘Manathu Kannikal’.

The other songs presented included ‘Padmatheerthame Unaroo’, ‘Ezhusundara Raathrikal’, ‘Kayamboo’, ‘Priyasaki Gange’ and ‘Priyathama’. The show included a few songs from famous Malayalam plays.

The other singers were Kallara Gopan, Viswanathan, Reena, T.S. Sreerekha and Indulekha. The programme noted that Devarajan was one of the first composers in Malayalam whose oeuvre defined light music in its true sense, broadening the emotions of the medium.

The composer’s versatility was amazing. His corpus included revolutionary songs (‘Oro Thulli Chorayil Ninnum’, ‘Nashtapeduvan Vilangukal’), love songs (‘Shanghupuzhpam Kannezhuthumbol’, ‘Ariyunnilla Bhavan’, ‘Priyathama’, ‘Manikya Veenayumayen’) , folk songs (‘Ellarum Padathu’, ‘Mele Manathe Neeli Pulayikku’), boat songs (‘Kattadichu’, ‘Kaithapuzha Kayalile’), devotional numbers (‘Devi Kanyakumari’, ‘Polthinkal Kala’), lullabies (‘Omanathinkalin Onam Pirannappol’), songs that extol the beauty of Nature (‘Puzhakal Malakal’, ‘Ethra Manoharamee Bhumi), humorous songs (‘Marunno Nalla Marunnu’, ‘Pappi Appacha’) and songs in the Western mode (‘Ullasapoothirikal’, ‘Pushpadalangalal’).

K.J. Jesudas has breathed life into a few memorable Devarajan songs. They include ‘Kayamboo’, ‘Padmatheerthame’, ‘Venchandralekhayorapsara Sthree’, ‘Arikil Nee Undayirunnenkil’, ‘Pathinalam Ravudichathu’, ‘Manikyaveenayumayen’, ‘Mangalam Nerunnu Njan’, ‘Swargathekkal Sundaramanee’, ‘Parijaatham’, ‘Kothumbuvallam’, ‘Puthooram Veettil’, ‘Muthumani Palungu Vallam’, ‘Devalokarathavumayi’ and ‘Mayajalaka Vathil Thurakkum’. P. Susheela was Devarajan’s favourite singer. “No other singer has sung my compositions as perfectly as she did,” the composer told an interviewer in 1994.

The show evoked the everlasting appeal of Devarajan’s songs.

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