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On a different groove

K. PRADEEP

Pradeep Palluruthy has made himself heard with the song ‘Vethyasthanam oru barberaam Balane…’



Making his mark: Pradeep Palluruthy’s ‘Vethyasthanam oru barberaam Balane…’ has catapulted him to fame.

His ‘Vethyasthanam oru barberaam Balane…’ catapulted him to fame. Pradeep Palluruthy has finally found a slot for himself. He has now sung in 25 films and almost all of his songs are hits. Starting off as a ‘track singer,R 17; Pradeep cashed in on the song ‘Pandimelam…’ in the film ‘Rajamanickam.’ The song, like the film, became popular.

First break

“Before ‘Rajamanickam’ I had sung two lines in the song ‘Thakita thakadimi…’ in the film ‘Thommanum Makkalum.’ ‘Rajamanickam’ was initially Renjith Sir’s project. He had, in fact, done all the preliminary work before opting out of it. I had finished singing the track for the song, the only one in the film.

“There was a discussion among the film makers as to who should sing the final version. That was when Renjith Sir asked the others to retain my voice” recalls Pradeep.

Despite a rocking debut, Pradeep had to wait for more than a year for his next song. “This was a difficult phase. I used to sing a lot of parody songs. In fact, I have recorded more than 4,500 songs in this genre. I was also busy on the ganamela circuit and in a couple of television shows. Once the ‘playback singer’ tag got affixed, I found most of these offers drying up.During this time, Alex Paul instilled a lot of confidence in me.”

The film ‘Classmates,’ however, brought about a change in fortunes. The song, ‘Vote oru theranjedup adukkumpam…’ with M. G. Sreekumar became popular and there was no looking back.

A diploma holder in mechanical engineering, singing is Pradeep’s first love. “I started off singing Tamil songs for a Kochi-based group called Kochi Voice. Later, during my polytechnic days in Kozhikode, I used to be a regular with Beats Orchestra”

There is nothing that Pradeep has not tried to make himself noticed as a singer. He studied Carnatic classical for five years from Palluruthy Ramankutty Bhagavathar, sang for amateur drama troupes, ballets, accompanied kathaprasangam artistes and even joined a band of traditional villupaattu artistes. “Looking back, all this proved useful. It helped me keep my family going and also exposed me to varied forms of music.”

It was this experience that Pradeep used when music director M. Jayachandran wanted him to give a special feel to the song ‘Vethyasthanam oru barberam Balane…’ in the film ‘Kathaparayumbol.’

“The scene was explained. Jayachandran Sir asked me to sing, adding some elements from kathaprasangam. That was when all those years of singing in varied styles helped. Frankly, it is this song that has really marked my identity.”

Now, Pradeep and his brand of songs are much sought after for stage shows. When most aspiring singers usually turn out into clones, Pradeep has cut a path for himself.

He will be heard in forthcoming films such as ‘Parthan Kanda Paralokam,’ ‘Chembada,’ ‘Omkaaram,’ ‘Naxalite,’ and ‘Mayakazcha.’

“I know that it won’t be easy for me to break away from the brand of singing that I have been identified with, but I look forward to some of the songs that I have sung lately. There is especially one song in the film ‘Bodyguard,’ my 25th film, in which Ousehachan Sir has given me a lovely melody. Maybe this will be another turning point,” rounds off Pradeep.

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