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‘I am in a trance’

G. JAYAKUMAR

Vijay Yesudas has won the Kerala State Award for the best male playback singer for the song ‘Kolakuzhal viliketto’ (‘Nivedyam’).


Shwetha and I did a lot of hard work to perfect the song, the words.


Photo: H. Vibhu

In his father’s footsteps: Vijay Yesudas.

“The award was quite unexpected. I’m in a trance after hearing the news,” said Vijay Yesudas reacting to the news that he had got the Kerala State Award for the best male playback singer for the song ‘Kolakuzhal viliketto’ (‘Nivedyam’).

He added: “I never expected the song to be a hit. But over the months after the recording, it caught on with the public and they began to hum the lyrics. That’s when you become happy. They’re recognising you. I’m obliged to Jayettan (music director M.Jayachandran) and Lolithadas Sir (director of ‘Nivedyam’). Shwetha and I did a lot of hard work to perfect the song, the words. Especially a word like ‘Kolakuzhal;’ to many it would otherwise sound ‘Odakuzhal.’ And it syncs well with the tune.”

Anniversary present

Vijay pointed out that he had got his first award on his first wedding anniversary on January 21.

Lavishing praise on the song that got him the prestigious award Vijay felt that the romantic lyrics and feel of the song were enriched by the catchy tune and aesthetic song picturisation.

“I’m glad that I could achieve something, that too when Appa (K.J.Yesudas) and a couple of other veterans are in the field. And I still remember Jayettan telling us that he got the tune while praying at the Guruvayoorappan Temple. So he had dedicated the tune to the Lord. In a way, this is the lord’s blessing.”

Expressing his happiness at the award, Yesudas said: “Naturally, any father would be happy. More than that, as a singer, he is being recognised and I’m happy. And I’m happy that the tradition lives on, I inherited my musical skills from my father and now my son takes over. But this is only a small step; a stepping stone to many more laurels in life. He has to strive harder.

“And I’m delighted that Shwetha, whom I consider my grand-daughter, too has got the award for the best female playback singer and that too for the same song.”

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