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Deepa unplugged

Malayali singer Deepa Miriam skyrocketed to fame with ‘Kangal Iraandal…’



ON A HIGH Deepa Miriam

If you were a fan of devotional music or album music in Malayalam and Tamil, chances are that you would have come across the name of Chennai-based singer Deepa Miriam.

Or so that was the case until the ‘Kangal Iraandal’ phenomenon happened. The singer’s mellifluous rendition of the Tamil chartbuster from the movie ‘Subramaniapuram,’ catapulted her into the limelight and endeared her to music buffs across South India. Malayalis had all the more reason to cheer because another one of their own had made it big in Kollywood.

City roots

As it happens, the once little known Deepa, an engineering graduate whose roots are in Pattom but who was brought up in the Gulf, had already sung the song ‘Then Kudicha Nilavu’ for music director Vijay Antony in the movie ‘Naan Avanillai’ and in the film ‘Malarinum Melliya’ for music director Soundaryan, before ‘Subramaniapuram,’ happened.

“James Vasanthan, the music director of ‘Subramainapuram’ is a friend of my husband, N.I. John. He had heard my songs and invited me to sing a demo of ‘Kangal Iraandal,’ which he promised that he would try and show to this new director [M. Sasikumar]. I waited and waited until I had almost given up when he called me for the recording. I am told that Sasikumar liked it on the spot. James himself was a dream to work with. He gave me and my co-singer, Bellie Raj, the freedom to improvise,” says a visibly thrilled Deepa about her break.

“What I enjoyed most about song was the freshness of the composition and the amazing authenticity with which 1980’s Madurai was recreated. On the day of the audio release, the heroine, Swati, came up to me and said that she had decided to do the film only after hearing that song. What more motivation can a singer want?’ adds Deepa who was in the city for a show on Amrita TV.

Currently Deepa is deluged by offers from Tamil and Telugu cinema and is working on 30 projects with another five in the pipeline. She has already sung with Hariharan for music director G.V Prakash’s ‘Seval’ and for Srikanth Deva’s next venture. And in Mollywood? “I would love to, if they call me,” quips the singer. Sing on Deepa…

NITA SATHYENDRAN

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