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Nostalgia spices up Gurupuja

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MACTA honours Sarada, Jesudas and Adoor Gopalakrishnan



FELICITATING THE VETERANS: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presenting `ponnada' to Adoor Gopalakrishnan, K.J. Jesudas and Sarada at the Gurupuja ceremony of the Malayalam Cine Technicians Association in the city on Sunday.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: If veteran actors and directors are on stage, can nostalgia be far behind?

For the generation-now audience that packed the Senate Hall today for the 11th `Gurupuja' ceremony of Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA) - to honour K. J. Jesudas, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and `Urvashi' Sarada - nostalgia provided the pep and the fizz for the lengthy evening.

Veteran actor Madhu struck the note for the evening when he said in his presidential address that honouring `gurus' was fast becoming a forgotten affair in the country and State today. Mr. Madhu recounted how Mr. Jesudas took just Rs. 100 as remuneration for a song recorded for Madhu's first movie. "That remuneration went straight to Velankanni as an offering," said Mr. Madhu. The actor had the audience in splits when he wondered how Ms. Sarada, born in Andhra Pradesh, could have become so much of a `Malayali pennu' in films. "Generations ago, some Tenali Raman must have gone from here to Andhra Pradesh," he said without cracking a smile even as the audience guffawed.

"I sometimes wish Prem Nazir had acted in Adoor's Swayamvaram," continued Mr. Madhu, "he might have won a Bharath award. But he was very busy those days. Not that he backed out, he has given dates for films on Februrary 29, 30 and 31."

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy presented a `Ponnada' to Mr. Jesudas, Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Ms. Sarada. Later `Gurudakshina' and "Aksharapranamam' were offered to the trio.

Replying to the felicitation Mr. Jesudas requested directors and producers to ensure that their films had some good songs, good scenes and dialogues. The evening's journey of nostalgia was brought to a close by Ms. Sarada who talked about her signing up for `Swayamvaram,' her experience of acting with Madhu, how Kerala and Malayalis made her what she is today. And yes, she did not forget to set the record straight about her `Malayala thanima.' "Madhu sir is always like this, making people laugh without he himself laughing, she said smilingly, "but sir, don't blame my forefathers, my grandfather was a Malayali."

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