Wednesday, July 25, 2012


K.P.Udayabhanu is the senior most playback singer in Malayalam who was
born at Tanur in Palakkad District to parents M.S.Verma and Ammu Neythyaramma on 6 June 1936.He spent his childhood days  in Singapore since his father was employed there but returned in 1943  due to his  father's demise when Udayabhanu was only seven years old.
He lived with his Uncle K.P.Appukkutta Menon afterwards.
K.P.Kesava Menon, Indian Freedom Movement Leader and Founder,Chief Editor
of 'Mathrubhumi Daily' was also his Uncle.
Udayabhanu was trained in Carnatic Music,Light Music etc at Thyagaraja Sangeetha Vidyalaya in Kalpathy of Palakkad where he was enrolled as a student.Music Experts like Palaghat Mani Iyer ,Flute Krishna Iyer, M.D.Ramanathan etc were the instructors there.
Kalamandalam Gopi and Udayabhanu
Although trained well in Carnatic Music,  Udayabhanu was inclined to light music and playback singing.After completion of academic education he joined
All India Radio, Calicut Station as an announcer.That job enabled him for  contact with eminent celebrities of cinema field and literary field also.K.Padmanabhan Nair,Santha P. Nair,Thikkodiyan,P.Bhaskaran and K.Raghavan all helped him to enter in to cinema playback singing.He was lucky enough to sing several unforgettable melodies in Malayalam.He sang songs in other south Indian language Films also.
During his career at All India Radio he could compose numerous songs.Light music and light classical music songs composed by him earned good repuatation.He got recognition from Govt. of India in this regard.
Udayabhanu sang the song 'Enthinithra Panchasara' for film 'Nayaru Pidicha
Pulival'  in 1958 for the first time as a playback singer.He sang another song

 with P.Leela 'Velutha Penne' in that film.The music composer was K.Raghavan.
His songs "Anuraga Nadakathil (Ninamaninja Kaalpadukal), Kanana Chayayil(Ramanan),Thamara Thumbi Vaavaa(Puthiya Aakasam Puthiya Bhoomi) etc  are still super hits.He sang more than 60 songs which are all
highly popular among music lovers.
Udayabhanu composed music for two Malayalam films 'Samasya' and "Mayilpeeli'.The song of Samasya 'Kili Chilachu' sung by Yesudas which was penned by O.N.V.Kurup earned appreciation.
Udayabhanu married Vijayalakshmi who was daughter of Sri.Govinda Menon from Thalassery.She died in the year 2007.Their son Rajeev Udayabhanu 
is a reputed travel Agency owner.
In 1984 Udayabhanu formed a music troupe in the name 'Old is Gold' and they conducted 'Ganamela' in all parts of India and  so many foreign countries such as USA, Canada,Singapore,Europe and all Gulf countries.
He is member of Kerala State Sangeet Nataka Academy
He is member of Kerala Kala Mandalam
Member of Board of Studies(Music)Calicut University
Member Film Censor Board (3 times)
Member-Audition Board Govt of India-All India Radio
He was honoured by Kerala Govt. for outstanding contributions to Malayalam
Film Industry in 1981.
Kerala Sangeet Nataka Academy Award in 1987
Honoured by Govt. of India AIR for outstanding contribution to broadcasting in Kerala-1999.
Kerala State Award for the Best Music Director in 1982.
National Award for  excellence in Music Direction -1995
Kerala Sangeet Nataka Academy Fellowship-2004
Central Sangeet Nataka Academy Award for Creative Music-2002
Padma Shri from Government of India in 2009.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Kaviyoor Dr.CK. Revamma was a great Carnatic Vocalist who proved her talents and
excellence as a playback singer,teacher and administrator.
She was born at Kaviyoor of Tiruvalla Taluk  on 14 April 1930 and started to learn music  from the tender age of eight.She had her first public performance at the age of 16.
She was very good at music studies and received first Rank for Music B.A. and
Music M.A. Degree Courses.She  passed 'Ganabhooshanam course' from Trivandrum Music College also.
She became lecturer at Govt. Women's College Trivandrum and later  became the  Professor and Head of that Department.
She conducted  research in music and received  Ph.D (Doctorate Degree) in Music from Kerala University.She was the first person to get Doctorate Degree for music from Kerala University.
She was able to undergo post doctoral studies in musicology in the United States of America with a scholarship.She served as visiting Professor at several Universities in the United States.After coming back to India from the United States she became the Principal of Thrissur Govt. College.She retired as
Deputy Director of Collegiate Education.
She  could serve as the member of the Board of Studies of Kerala University,Calicut University and M.G.University also.
This extraordinary unparalleled  Music Scholar was able to do  only lesser
number of Carnatic Music Public performances because she was a dedicated
teacher who could not spare much time.But when ever she had her musical
performances  publicly and had her music  program  on  All India Radio music lovers were thrilled to listen to it and enjoy those   scintillating performances.
Kaviyoor Revamma was one of the first Playback Singers of Malayalam Films.
She sang for more than 20 films during the span of 1950- 1962.
During those period the number of film releases were less.
Revamma had her debut in Malayalam playback singing through the film
'Sasidharan' of 1950.She sang the song 'Anandame' which was penned by 'Thumpaman Padmanabhan Kutty, and also the hit duet song 'Neeyen Chandrane' with Vaikom Mani.'Parameswari''' was another solo song of Revamma in that film.
Then she sung a song 'Varika Varika' which the lyrics was of 'Abhayadev' for the film 'Chechi'.Another song in that film was 'Aasha thakarkkayo'.Yet another song 'Kalitha Kalamaya'   in that film was also  sung by Revamma.
In the super duper hit of those times 'Jeevitha Nauka' (1951) she sang famous songs 'Thornnidumo Kanner', "Gathiyethumilla" , " Pasiyal Uyir Vaadi" etc
and duet songs with Mehboob and V.Dakshina Moorthy.The lyrics of this film were of Abhayadev and Music by Dakshina Moorthy.
In the film 'Raktha Bandham' , "Yachakan, 'Kerala Kesari' etc also she sang songs.
P.Bhaskaran wrote songs for film 'Navalokam' which was composed by Dakshinamoorthy and Revamma's songs 'Malayala Malarvadiye' and 'Aananda Ganam Padi' were  popular.
The song 'Deivame Karuna Sagarame' which she sung with ' Kozhikode Abdul Khader'  was very much popular and was of  the film 'Achan'.Another  famous song
'Jeevitha naadam' sung by Revamma was also from  that film.
In 1952 she sang a duet 'Chinthayil Neerunna' along with    film Actor  turned 'Jose Prakash ' for the film 'Visappinte Vili'. Jose Prakash entered the film field as a Playback singer for the film 'Sariyo Thetto' which was written and directed by  Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair. He selected acting as his career  and neglected playback singing when  became famous as an actor.Ambika(old) had her debut in that film in a small role.
She sang a song 'Karayathennomana Kunje' and a duet 'Kulirekidunna Katte' with A.M.Raja for that film.She had several hits with A.M.Raja during those period.P.Leela,Jikky Krishnaveni and Revamma were known as the  'Singing Trio' of Malayalam Films during the 50's.
In the debut film 'Marumakal'(1952) of Prem Nazir also Revamma was a playback singer.The song 'Jagadeeswara' was of Marumakal written by Abhayadev and composed by P.S.Divakar.Song 'Oh Mayathe Ee Madukara Vasantham' was  another song of  this film which  was also  sung by Revamma along   with Sebastian Kunju Kunju Bhagavathar.
Songs 'Amma thaan paaril aalambame'  and 'Theliyoo nee pon Vilakke' were  from film 'Amma'."Pichakapoo Choodanum" was a song from the  film 'Velakkaran(53).
'Sukhame Sukhame' song was  of the  film 'Pon Kathir', 'Adi Thozhunnu'  song was a popular song  from the   film 'Avan Varunnu'

'Painkiliye Vaa'   was of the  film 'Kaalam Marunnu'  and these songs   were all very popular  popular in those days.
She sang songs in films " Lokaneethi, Kidappadam, Harichandra,Mariakutty,Mudiyanaya Puthran etc.In the year 1962 she  sang
the song 'Murali Mohana Krishna' for the film 'Puthiya Aakasam Puthiya Bhoomi' along with P.Leela.
Kaviyoor Revamma herself discontinued playback singing to concentrate fully on her teaching profession and music research.
She passed away at Kollam on 13th  May 2007.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Padmashri Dr.S.Seerkazhy Govindarajan was a very famous Maestro of Carnatic Music.He earned fame  as an actor,Playback singer also.He was
exceptionally good in singing devotional songs and his such songs in Tamil,Telugu,Kannada and Malayalam were very much popular.He could convey
the expression and feeling of devotion through his velvet voice for the devotional songs.In Carnatic concerts also since most of the songs are devotional compositions, he was able to spread the devotion utmost to the
music lovers.
Seerkazhi Govindarajan was born at Seerkazhy  in Tamilnadu State on 19 Jan 1933 to parents Siva Chidambaram and Avayambal.His talents in music was
intrinsic and he had his first public performance at the age of eight at the Tirupurasundari Temple on the occasion of Gnana Paal festival.

He joined Devi Natakasabha as a child artiste and then at Modern Theaters,Salem but left acting field and joined Tamil Isai College,Madras because of his flair for music.He graduated from there earning 'Isaimani' degree.
For higher studies in music he then joined at Central College of Carnatic Music,at Madras.He passed from there and received the degree 'Sangeetha Vidwan'.During the course he was staying at the house of his music Professor
'Thiruppampuram Swaminatha Pillai' and was getting 'Gurukula' type tutelage 
also.Thus he could grab  deep knowledge and intricacies of Carnatic music.
During the period 1951-52 he participated in several musical competitions and won medals and certificates.He got certificates from Madras Music Academy and Ranjini Sabha also.
Thus Seerkazhy Govindarajan became a known Carnatic vocalist and he conducted music concerts in all major cities of India like Delhi,Bombay,Calcutta,Madras,Bangalore,Ahmedabad,Trivandrum,Tirupathi,Hyderabad etc and also in every nook and  corner of the country.
Seerkazhy Govindarajan had concerts in foreign countries such as U.K.,U.S.A.,Canada,France,Germany,Switzerland,Malaysia,Singapore,Srilanka,
Mauritius,Nepal etc and earned appreciation and applause.
Meanwhile his recording of concerts and  devotional songs got much popularity and became top sellers so that he became the first singer  to receive Golden Disc from the recording companies.
He sung  thousands of playback songs for films.
He sung in films like Adutha Veettu Penn,Oli Vilakku,Karnan,Kumudam,Agathiyar,Veerapandya Kattabomman,
Raja Raja Cholan,Varuvan Vadivelan,Deivam,Policekaran Magaal,
Kadhal Payanam,Mahabali(Malayalam),Vannakkili,Anbulla Maan Vizhaiye,
Kandan Karunai,Naan Anayittal,Kongunattu Thangam,En Annan,
Raja Rajan(Telugu &Tamil),Justice Viswanathan etc.
Seerkazhi Govindarajan acted in the title role as 'Agathyar' which was a blockbuster film and box office success.
In the 70's a devotional music record in Malayalam earned huge popularity in Kerala 
which contained four Guruvayoorappan songs.The songs were 1)Saranam Sree
Guruvayoorappa Nin Azhakiya Paadam thozhunnen Kai Kooppi(2)Narayana
Namo Narayana Narayana Enna naam Ennum Parayanam Cheythal labhikkum
kshemam Narayana namo Narayana (3) Bhagavane Venugopala sarva bhangamellam akatti mangalam nalkane (4)Guruvayoorappa thuna neeye
ennu Karuthi njan ennum kai Thozhunnen.
These songs are still loved by music lovers.
Seerkazhi Govindarajan received so many awards,certificates,titles and honorary doctorate also.He was given Central Sangeetha Nataka Academy
Award and  he was given Padma Shri from Government of India in 1983.
He will be ever remembered for his devout, powerful voice,clear diction,

expressive rendering  by  stressing emotions and feelings fully.His ringing voice was unique in quality.He was a
humanitarian and had done several concerts for charity purposes.He donated large amount for temple works and for poor children's welfare.His son
Seerkazhi Siva Chidambaram is a famous Carnatic Musician.
Seerkazhi Govindarajan passed away on 24 March 1988.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


M.S.Subbulakshmi was a highly blessed Carnatic  exponent  who earned fame
all over India and abroad  and spread the greatness,richness and purity of
Carnatic and Hindustani music all over the Globe.She could earn the highest civilian award  of Asia and the highest civilian award of India as well.
M.S.Subbulakshmi was born in Madurai, of Madras Presidency  on 16 Sept 1916.
Her mother was also a  music exponent and a regular stage performer.
M.S.Subbulakshmi  started to learn music from a very early stage from her mother. Then Dr.Semmangudi Sreenivasa
Iyer taught her Carnatic music and  subsequently Pandit Narayanrao Vyas Hindustani music.
She was also taught by other eminent Gurus like Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer,Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyenkar etc afterwards.Special coaching was given to  her for Sanskrit.
Her first public performance was at the age of 11 at Rockfort Temple,Tiruchirapally.At the age of 17 she had a prestigious performance at Madras Music Academy which gave her much accolades and helped  to get boosted  her fame and career.From  the age of 10 her recorded music songs in different languages  were made
available by HMV Recording Co.  of India.She used to sing devotional songs and bhajans in all the important languages of India and music records  which were released  met  great demand.
Her devotional songs in Hindi,Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam,Punjabi,Gujarati,Bengali Marathi, etc all earned great  name and fame.
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said in praisal that "Who am I, a mere
Prime Minister before a Queen, a Queen of Music".
Her renditions of bhajans include the chanting of "Bhaja Govindam,Lalitha Sahasra Namam,Vishnu Sahasra Namam,Venkiteswara Suprabhatham etc.
She  could perform Carnatic music concerts all over India and also performed
music concerts in England,U.S.A,Canada,Other European countries and Far East countries.She  could travel abroad widely as the Indian Cultural Ambassador.
Scene from film 'Sakunthala'
She got chance to perform at UN General Assembly  on UN day in 1966,Royal Albert Hall in London in 1982,Festival of India,  Moscow in 1987 etc.
M.S.Subbulakshmi got fame all over India easily because she acted and sang 
songs in a few films in her youthful days.She acted in four  Tamil films and Hindi version of one of them was shown all over India which was a super hit.
In her debut film 'Sevasadanam' she acted as a poor girl married to a rich old man.It was directed by K.Subramanyam and she acted along with F.G.Natesa Iyer,Jayalakshmi and Rampiary.
She acted in the film 'Sakunthala' afterwards in lead role opposite G.N.Balasubramanyam.
Her next film was 'Savitri' in which she played the male role as Saint Narada.
This film was a box Office super hit.Her sanskit bhajan 'Bruhi Mukundethi' in
this film was a very popular hit in South India.
M.S.Subbulakshmi then acted in the tiltle role of film 'Meera' in which she
portrayed the Rajasthani poetess and Saint 'Bhakta Meera'.This film was made
in Hindi also in the name 'Bhakta Meera'  and M.S. became a popular name all over India.The songs and the The
film mesmerized the public and the film was a super duper hit.
The 'Nightingale of India' Sarojini Naidu exclaimed M.S. as the 'Nightingale of
India' and  she said that M.S. was a great woman artiste of India who moved the hearts of millions through her songs.
M.S.Subbulakshmi stopped her public performance after the death of her husband 'Kalki Sadasivam' in 1997.

'Bkakta Meera'
M.S.Subbulakshmi was honored with a large number of awards,certificates, titles,University Degrees   etc.
She received Padma Bhushan in 1954
Sangeet Natak Academy Award was given in 1956
Sangeet Kalanidhi title was given in 1968
Highest Civilian Award of Asia, Raman Magasaysay Award in 1974
Padma Vibhushan was given to her in 1975
Kalidas Samman in 1998
Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1990
The highest Civilian Award of India "Bharat Ratna" in 1998
She was honored as the court singer of  Thirumala Tirupathi  Devasthanams.
She was given honorary Doctorate from several Universities.
She raised more than 10,000,000 rupees for charity through concerts.She also
donated royalty of her best sold records for charity.
M.S.Subbulakshmi passed away on 11 Dec 2004 at Chennai.