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Walk down Mollywood’s musical lane

Kiran Ravindran’s ‘The Playback In Malayalam Cinema’ tracks the evolution of Malayalam film music

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Devoted to music Kiran Ravindran

‘The Playback In Malayalam Cinema’ could not have had a more opportune release. At a time when Malayalam film songs are enjoying immense popularity among the young and old alike thanks to music shows on myriad television channels and radio stations, Kiran Ravindran’s book has hit the right note. A probable first in English, the compilation tracks the evolution of Malayalam film music, right from the first ‘talkie’ ‘Balan’ up to the latest releases.

A music lover himself, Kiran claims the idea was proposed by the many artistes whom he had interviewed for his pieces in various newspapers. “It was initially planned as a compilation of the interviews. Finally, this seemed to be the better option, as it would cater to all those who have an interest in music,” he notes.

Almost every artiste who has made a contribution to the field, from Muthukulam Raghavan Pillai – the first lyricist of Malayalam film music, to Arjun B. Krishna – the young singer who made waves with his soulful renditions in the fairly recent film ‘Anandabhairavi’ has found a place in the book. Photographs of the artistes in their heyday, including candid shots from the recording studio, make the book an alluring read.

“Details collected from the prints of old gramophone records, chats with the artistes, and interviews with friends and relatives of artistes who have passed away, helped me compile the book,” says Kiran.

Profiles

The second half of the book comprises profiles of the lyricists, music directors and playback singers who have been a part of the Malayalam music industry. “I doubt if the new generation knows the historical aspect of the industry. I didn’t know much either until I began to work on this book,” he adds.

The last segment is an annexure of a list of ragas and ragamalikas along with the film songs that have been composed using them.

“Many artistes in the field were consulted. I compiled the list and checked with Dasettan ( K.J. Yesudas) and others. Dasettan said going through the list reminded him of many songs from yesteryear. I am hoping the list will be of use to music students,” says Kiran.

SAJINI V. SAHADEVAN

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