Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Monday, Feb 06, 2006
Google



Karnataka
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

Karnataka - Mangalore Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Beary lyricist and composer

M. Raghuram

From being a flower vendor, Hanif has brought out 13 music albums


MANGALORE: Starting his life as a flower vendor in the city, he has bloomed just like the flowers he used to sell, into a music composer, songwriter and electronic publisher. With over 500 songs and lyrics to his credit, Hanif has published 13 albums that contain songs and lyrics written by him in Beary language, and perhaps they are the first commercial compositions that have sold over 50,000 copies together. He is proficient in Kannada lyric writing but since the competition is too much, he is concentrating on Beary language.

The beginning was painful for him going from street to street with his basket full of flowers. There was not even a minute of respite before he could sell his flowers to the Muslim devotees who visited the local mazahars. Sometimes when he did not see hope, he used to talk to beggars and share his frugal meals with them. But it was not long before he started drawing inspiration from musicians such as Guru Kiran. In spite of the financial problems, Hanif got hold of the music compositions of Guru Kiran and used to listen to them on a borrowed tape player, though it took a good two years to compose his first song in Kannada and later in Beary language. They were liked by his Beary friends, who encouraged him to be bold and publish them.

He thanks his stars that his parents had sent him to school in Mangalore. His "Beary Baila", one of the first compositions and recordings, sold record 13,000 copies. Yet it was a financial disaster for him. But Hanif borrowed money from his family to record new songs in a local studio and it was a hit as it catered to the new generation of Beary community. But deep inside, Hanif felt that momentary success will ruin his creativity. He came out with "Nande Panjal", a pure poetic work. To his surprise, the release fetched him profits.

Mr. Hanif is planning to continue with his compositions and there are some offers from both Kannada and Beary films to write lyrics.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Karnataka

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Home |

Copyright 2006, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu