Singers from Kerala are developing with singles and covers throughout this lockdown


“I have been keeping myself sane with music at my home,” says playback singer Anju Joseph. With stage exhibits out of the query and film initiatives solely ready within the wings because of the pandemic, Anju has been on an “experimental” mode at her residence at Kanjirapally in Kottayam. Recently, she introduced out one other cowl video, this time a fab tackle the track ‘Kari raavin’ from Pranayakalam, that includes drummer Akhil Babu of the band Madras Mail, the primary from her new collection ‘Pranthu’ on her YouTube channel.

“For the past three years, I ran a series of covers under the rubric SOLO, which stands for Songs on Love on Saturdays as all the tracks were posted on Saturdays. The selections were all soft, sweet numbers. This time, I wanted a change to beat the lockdown blues,” says Anju. Her earlier cowl was the soothing lullaby ‘Kilukil pambaram’ from Kilukkam, launched final week.

This lockdown interval, many singers from Kerala have been developing with covers of in style tracks and indie singles which are gaining traction in social media. With stay-at-home protocols in place, the musicians say they try and put the time to good use to create music with minimal assets, typically throughout the 4 partitions of their rooms.

An unique quantity that grew to become the discuss of the city for its comedian attraction is actor-dancer Neeraj Madhav’s rap track ‘Panipaali’ that was lapped up by netizens. Neeraj additionally launched an EP titled ‘Jungle Speaks’ that includes three songs, all composed throughout the lockdown interval. Singer-composer Gowry Lekshmi got here out with the official video of her single ‘Kandittum kanathe’ that options Crishna of the band Masala Coffee. In the music video ‘Kaalam’, a part of the Hope collection, Job Kurian pays a homage to his great-grandmother whom he by no means noticed in actual life.

Some singles touched upon themes instantly associated to the pandemic, like Thiruvananthapuram-based rock band Thekkan Chronicles ‘Onnayidum Lokam’, an ode to celebrating the spirit of togetherness for humanity in these testing occasions. ‘Chaavunadappaattu’, which was composed by Dawn Vincent, sung by John P Varkey and written by lyricist Anwar Ali, captures the plight of migrant labourers throughout the lockdown.

If these tracks endeavour to both ship a message or discuss solemn points associated to the pandemic, musical group Vocal Trio that includes playback singers Zia ul Haq, Sachin Raj and Sudheesh Kumar determined to take a light-hearted have a look at the “funny side effects” of the lockdown with their ‘I Miss U Da — Porotta Song’. “We wanted to look beyond the doom and gloom (of the pandemic) and felt it would be interesting to express musically how many Malayalis have been missing their favourite porotta. It was also a way to keep our music going,” says Sachin.

Singer Kavya Ajit’s single ‘Naam Onnu (We are One) — A Survival Story’, which premièred on Friday, seems to be at how Kerala stood robust throughout the two devastating floods and goals to ship the message that the State will tide over the pandemic as nicely. Kavya additionally performs the violin for the track. The music video is directed by Vishnu Udayan.


Like Anju, a number of different artistes took to rendering covers of yesteryear favourites. Actor-singer Remya Nambeesan, identified for her frequent dulcet cowl renditions, not too long ago introduced out her model of ‘Jalashayyayil’ from 2008-film My Mother’s Laptop and ‘Kanaka munthirikal’ from the award-winning film Punaradhivasam.

Aparna Rajeev in a still from her cover of 'Kathiripoo Kanmani'

Aparna Rajeev in a nonetheless from her cowl of ‘Kathiripoo Kanmani’  
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Another cowl that has gained discover is Aparna Rajeev’s ‘Kathiripoo kanmani’, initially crooned by KJ Yesudas and KS Chithra. “I was already planning to do a cover when a production house approached me for their segment called Songberry. The best part was they gave me the freedom to pick a track of my choice,” says Aparna. Calling the quantity from Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu “one of my all-time favourites”, the singer says she selected it as “this is a song that doesn’t often feature in stage shows but is still a hit.” The no-frills music video, which options her two children, was shot at Aparna’s residence within the capital metropolis.


While many singers borrowed Malayalam chartbusters for covers, Mridula Varier got here out along with her rendition of the AR Rahman’s Tamil melody ‘Unakkaka’ from the Vijay-starrer Bigil. Shot on telephone at her residence in Kozhikode, it has her nephew, Aryan Varier, on the piano. “The video was done with limited resources but given the pandemic situation, there’s at least the satisfaction of having done a music work, no matter how small,” says Mridula. The singer is already engaged on her subsequent cowl, ‘Oru mezhuthiriyude’ from Vishudhan.

It’s not simply skilled artistes who’ve been retaining themselves busy with music however the aspiring ones too. When music director M Jayachandran invited home-shot variations from younger singers of his soulful quantity ‘Vathikkalu Vellaripravu’ from Sufiyum Sujathayum, he obtained a flood of responses. The composer, who not too long ago launched his YouTube channel, has been posting choose entries on his Facebook web page and YouTube channel to understand and promote younger abilities.

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