Sunday, December 15, 2013

HH UTHRADOM THIRUNAL MARTHANDA VARMA MAHARAJAH

HH Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharajah of Travancore left this world to heavenly abode today early morning 2.20 AM.He was admitted  at SUT Hospital,Trivandrum on 6 Dec.2013 due to illness.Maharajah was born on 
22 March 1922 and was 91. He was the 55th ruler of Travancore.
He held the title "His Highness Sri Padmanabha Dasa Vanchipala Marthanda Varma Kulasekhara Kiritapathi Manney Sultan Maharajah Raja Rama Raja Bahadur Shamsher Jang Maharajah of Travancore".
He was the younger brother of the last monarch of Travancore Kingdom, His Highness Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma Maharajah who left this world in 1991.
Even though the reigning power was lost, the title of 'Maharajah' was entrusted to 'HH Uthradom Thrunal Marthanda Varma' in 1991.
HH Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma took interest in social activities and participated in many functions.He was a humanitarian and was a patron of several charities and social organisations.He was loved and respected by all the Royal Family members and the common people also.
Travancore Royal Family Members are well known for their simple way of life style.HH Uthradom Thirunal Maharajah also lead a humble,simple and well disciplined way of life in all respects.He visited Lord Padmanabha Swamy Temple everyday morning.
It was 'Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma Maharajah' who annexed the




neighbouring states to his Kingdom and established Kingdom of Travancore.
The Kingdom of Travancore was comprised of most of the  middle and southern Kerala and district of Kanayakumari to the southernmost part of Tamil Nadu.He formed Travancore in A.D. 1741 and surrendered his sword at the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple which is known as 'Thripady Danam' thereby he  gave his Kingdom to the deity.He ruled the Kingdom as 'Padmanabha Dasan'(Servant of Lord Padmanabha) and that custom was followed by all other rulers of Travancore.
Travancore became a powerful Kingdom of Southern India.
Uthradom Thirunal Maharajah was a holder of B.A.(honours) degree  from Travancore University which he acquired with a gold medal.He was having great interest in photography and possessed a large collection of photos taken by him  which throw light to the history of Travancore and Kerala for the last several decades.

Monday, November 11, 2013

MANNA DEY

Legendary playback singer Manna Dey was loved by generations of music listeners and he mesmerised them all with his wonderful golden voice.
Manna Dey was his stage name and  his real name was Prabhat Chandra Dey.He was born to  Purna Chandra Dey and Maha Maya on 1st May 1919 at Kolkata.

His uncle Krishna Chandra Dey was a musician at Mumbai and he worked with him after graduating from Vidyasagar College.He worked as assistant music director with Krishna Chandra Dey and with S.D.Burman.He assisted some other music composers  too and started independently.
Playback singing started in 1942 with the film Tamanna.He sang a duet with Suraiya.The music was by his uncle Krishna Chandra Dey and that song became an instant hit.
He made several hits during 1945-1947 period.
From 47 to 57 music directors like Anil Biswas,Shankar Rai Vyas,S.K.Pai,S.D.Burman,Mohd.Safi, etc regularly utilized him.
Manna Dey established his versatility by singing classical raga  based songs,fusion songs of Indian classical and pop songs,romantic ballads,quawwalis and even fast-paced songs.He became famous after the movie 'Do Bighe Zamin' in 1953 when two of his songs composed by Salil Choudhary became hits.
Manna Dey sang in all Indian languages.His peak playback singing was from 1953 to 1976.
Salil Choudhary worked with Manna Dey from 1953 to 1992 and Manna Dey sang songs for him In Hindi,Bengali and Malayalam films.

During 1953 to 1969 he rendered 708 Hindi songs.As a playback singer he sang over 3500 songs in Hindi,Bengali,Gujarati,Marathi,Malayalam,Kannada and Assamese films.
His last song was 'Hamari hi mutthi mein ' for 1991 film 'Prahar'.
Manna Dey was one among the quartet of four popular great singers, 'Mukesh,Mohd.Rafi and Kishore Kumar'.
Manna Dey married  Sulochana Kumari  who hailed from Kerala in Dec.1953.With her encouragement he sang  his first Malayalam song which was composed by Salil Choudhary for  the film 'Chemmeen'.That film earned National Award  and Gold medal as Best film of that year in India  and the song 'Manasa maine varoo'  earned huge popularity.That song is still loved by Kerala people.
Manna Dey's wife Sulochana Kumari  predeceased him and he is survived by two daughters.

His association with Shankar Jaikishan and Raj Kapoor produced many hits.
Songs like 'aye  mere pyara watan', laaga chunri me daag', 'poocho na kaise', 'zindagi kaisi hai paheli', 'yeh dosti' , 'ek chatur naar', yeh raat bheegi bheegi' are all hits well remembered.
He received National award as Best Male singer in 1969 for  Hindi film 'Huzur'.
In 1971 he received National award as Best Male singer for Bengali film 'Nishi Padma' and Hindi film 'Mera Naam Joker'.
He got 'Padma Shri' in 1971 and  ' Padma Bhushan'  in 2005.
He was given 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' in 2007.
He got Filmfare Lifetime achievement award in 2011.
Manna Dey left  this world at the age of 94 on 24 Oct. 2013.
Selected Filmography
Tamanna
Valmiki
Andolan
Bootpolish
Shree 420
Chori Chori
Post Box 999
Navrang
Bombai ka Babu
Barsaat ki raat
Bewaqoof
Kalpana
Kabuliwala
Love in Tokyo
Waqt
Teesri Kasam
Pyar kiya ja
Upkaar
Raat aur Din
Neel Kamal
Aamne Samne
Mera Nam Joker
Anand
Budha Mil Gaya
Anubhav
Bawarchi
Seeta aur Geeta
Shor
Zindagi
Hindustan ki Kasam
Soudagar
Zanjeer
Bobby
Jai Santoshi Maa
Deewar
Mehbooba
Anurodh
Minoo
Satyam Sivam Sundaram
Kranti
Karz
Lawaris
Prahaar

Friday, October 4, 2013

P.B.SREENIVAS

Prathivadhi Bhayankara Sreenivas, who was famous as P.B.Sreenivas and fondly known as PBS was a veteran playback singer in Kannada,Telugu,Tamil,Malayalam,Hindi and Tulu languages.He had sung more than 3000 songs in a career span of more than 50 years.
Sreenivas was born in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh State.
He possessed gentle sweet voice which moved our hearts and soul with overwhelming emotions which contained in that songs. He was a brilliant singer who could sing expressively and give life to the songs.He was equally marvellous in  singing with ease melancholy,romantic songs,happy or sad songs and all with perfection.Music directors were very much impressd  about his ability to provide the needed emotions,pitch perfection  and rendering  with correct note.
P.B.Sreenivas entered film industry as a playback singer by singing a couple of lines for  the Hindi film 'Mr.Sampath, based on R.K.Narayan's novel in 1952 with the help of his father's friend 'Eamani Sankara Shetty' who composed music for that film.
Then he got chance for singing in the famous Tamil  hit film 'Veera Pandya Katta Bomman' for Gemini Ganesan.The song "Inbam Pongum Vennila"  with P.Susheela received accolades for him.Films 'Adutha Veettu Pen' and 'Kappalottiya Thamizhan' boosted his fame and he became an established playback singer.
He sang many songs for 'Gemini Ganesan' which  the voice was most suited to that actor and like that for the superstar Raj Kumar in Kannada he sang the largest number of songs.He has sung the largest number of songs in Kannada language.
He entered Kannada film field by singing in the movie 'Jataka Phala' in 1953.
P.B.Sreenivas sang several devotional songs and his melodious voice which carried the realm of divinity touched the hearts of devotees."Sharada Bhujanga Stothram,Venkiteswara Suprabhatham,Mukunda Mala,Shri Mallikarjuna Stothra, Purandaradasa compositions" are all widely admired.
PBS could speak,read and write eight languages fluently including English and Urdu.He was a poet also and wrote poems and Ghazals too.His rendition in all languages were with amazing clarity.
His entry to Malayalam films was in 1955 with the film 'C.I.D'. under the music composition of Br.Lakshamanan.
In the same year the song 'Mahal Thyagame' in the movie 'Harischandra' was an instant hit.He then became an established playback singer in Malayalam films and sang for films like " Minnunnathellam Ponnalla,Minnal Padayali,Aana Valarthiya Vanampadi,Unniyarcha,Arappavan,Viyarpinte Vila,Palattu Koman,Christmas Rathri, Krishna Kuchela,Seetha,Kandam Becha Kottu,Nadodikal,Palattu Koman,Rebecca,Sreerama Pattabhishekam,Kalanju Kittiya Thankam,Snapaka Yohannan,Kuttikuppayam,Ezhu Rathrikal,Kodungallooramma,Vidhi,Kannur Deluxe,Swapnadanam,Raju Rahim,Purappadu" etc.
Some of his hits in Malayalam are :-
Song in 'Rebecca'  - "Iniyoru Janmamundo"
song "Baliyalla" - music by K.Raghavan
song "Niranja Kannukalode"- in the film 'School Master'
Song "Veedayal Vilakku"-  film 'Chettathi'
song "Avalude Kannukal" - film Kattu mallika music M.S.Baburaj
song "Kizhakku Kizhakkorana" - film 'Thriveni' music Devarajan
The song "Mamalakalkappurathu" - is an eternal song of which lyrics are by
P.Bhaskaran and music by M.S.Baburaj
Song  " Inakkuyile Inakkuyile" - is another melodious song.

In Tamil,  song "Kalangalil Aval " -film 'Pava Mannippu'
 Song  'Aval Paranthu Ponale'- film 'Paar Magle Paar'
'Padatha pattellam'-  Veera Thirumagan
'Inbam Pongum Vennila' - film Veera Pandiya Katta Bomman
song 'Pothigai Malai' - film Thiruvilayadal
song 'Paal vannam Paruvam' - film 'Paasam'
song 'Yar yar yar Avar yaro' film 'Pasa Malar'
song 'Kannale Pesi' film 'Adutha veettu Pen'
song ' Roja Malare' duet with P.Susheela in 'Veera Thirumagan' 

songs  " Nilave ennidam nerungathey"  and "Mayakkama Kalakkama"
are all widely admired hit songs.
Some of his famous Tamil films are "Kappalottiya Tamizhan,Sumai Thangi,Anbalippu,Idhaya Kamalam,Paasam,Policekaran Magal,Amma Enge,Kavitha,Annavin Aasai,Engal Selvi,Shanti,Yarukku sondham,Ootty varai Uravu" etc

PBS passed away at his Chennai residence on 14 April 2013 due to heart attack.He was 83.



He is remembered also for his gentle and nice  behaviour to all.He was simple,humble and gentle mannered always.May his soul rest in peace.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

V.DAKSHINA MOORTHY

V.Dakshina Moorthy, better known as Dakshina Moorthy Swamy or just 'Swamy' was a renowned Carnatic Musician and Music director of Malayalam Films.He has composed music for several Tamil Films and also for some Hindi films.He composed music for more than 125 films( for more than 850 songs) during a long span of 50 years.
Dakshina Moorthy Swamy was the son of D.Venkitaraman Iyer and Parvathy Ammal and was born at  Alapuzha on 9 December 1919.His mother was also a musician who knew several 'Keerthanams' and taught him many Thyagaraja Keerthanams in his childhood age itself by finding out  his intrinsic musical talents.At the age of ten he started to learn Carnatic music under Venkitachalam Potti of Thiruvananthapuram.He had his arangetram (first public programme) at Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Swamy Temple when he was 13 years old.He continued tutelage under Guru Venkitachalam Potti  after completing S.S.L.C course.
Later Swamy stayed for more than 3 years at 'Vaikom' teaching some students.During that period he was a regular visitor at the 'Vakom Dakshinamoorthy Temple' and became a firm devotee of 'Lord Shiva' of that temple.
From 1942 onwards he visited Chennai several times to perform musical programmes for 'Madras AIR station.'In 1948 he got chance to compose a 'Sloka'(Four lined hymn) for the Malayalam film 'Nalla Thanka' which was produced by M.Kunchacko and K.V.Koshy.From that year he settled at Mylapore in Chennai.
The heroes of 'Nalla Thanka' movie was Augatine Joseph and Vaikom Mani.Augastine Joseph, was also a singer who also sang songs for that film.Today's famous playback singer K.J.Yesudas is his son.Yesudas sang large number of songs composed by Dakshina Moorthy Swamy.Vijay Yesudas -son of K.J.Yesudas sang songs under the music direction of 'Swamy'.Vijay's daughter 'Ameya' sang a song which was composed music by Swamy for the film 'Shyama Ragam'.This is a rare and amazing acquaintance which delights the music lovers.
After 'Nalla Thanka' Swamy composed music for films like 'Jeevitha Nauka,Navalokam,Viyarpinte Vila,Sree Guruvayoorappan,Kadamattathachan' etc and thus became an established music director.
The duo between  lyrics writer Sreekumaran Thampi and Dakshina Moorthy produced large number of super hit songs.
Songs like "Uthara Swayamvaram Kathakali Kanuvan"
"Manohari Nin Manoradhathil"
"Kakkathamburatty Karutha Manavatty"
"Hridaya Sarassile Pranaya Pushpame"
"Asoka Poonila vidarum Gramam" etc are examples.
Some other hit songs of Dakshina Moorthy Swamy are
"Kakka Kuyie Chollu Kai nokkanariyamo"
"Innale Neeyoru Sundara Ganamayen"
"Paattu Padi Urakkam Njan Thamarapoom paithale"
"Kattile Pazhmulam Thandil ninnum"
"Chitra sila palikal kondoru"
"Pulayanar Maniyamma Poomulla Kavilamma"
"Gopi Chandana Kuriyaninju"
"Chandanathil Kadanjeduthoru Sundari Silpam"
"Karkoondal Kettilenthinu Vasana thailam"
"Tharaka Roopini Neeyennum ennude"
"Swapnangal Swapnangale Ningal"
Dakshinamoorthy effectively used Carnatic raagas for his film songs such that they all possesses the 'bhavas' effectively mingled in them.He used the most appropriate tunes best suited for those lines and the songs will remain eternal for ever.
His disciples included N.C.Vasantha Kokilam,Kaviyoor Revamma and Kalyani Menon.
He was 'Guru' to singers like P.Leela,P.Susheela.Brahmanandan and also music director Ilaya Raja.
Swami was not suffering from any diseases at the time of death but had only normal old age problems.Death occurred around 6.30 P.M. at his residence in Mylapore,Chennai on Friday,2 August 2013.
May his soul rest in peace.


Monday, May 20, 2013

THOPPIL BHASI

Thoppil Bhasi was a famous playwright,screenwriter,film director,social activist,legislative assembly member,politician, writer  etc from  Kerala State.He was born at 'Vallikunnam' in Kerala on 8 April 1924.
He joined Trivandrum Ayurveda College after passing 'Sasthri Course.While studying at that college he was student leader who conducted strikes for student causes which the students of modern times are enjoying at present.
He passed the Ayurveda Course 'Vaidya Kalanidhi' securing top rank.Thoppil Bhasi but turned out to be a politician, writer and film director instead of becoming a Doctor.
He worked for Indian National Congress initially but associated with the Communist movements of Kerala in the 50's and had to  work in exile also  for the party.
He was one of the main founder of K.P.A.C Drama Troupe Kayamkulam.
He wrote 'Ningalenne Communistakki' drama which was staged as the second drama of K.P.A.C.It was inaugurated on December 6, 1952 at Chavara.The socio political play influenced the society highly and helped the communist movements to popularize in a large  scale.The drama was banned in 1953 but lifted the ban after two months.That drama was staged for more than 6000 times in Kerala and all over India.Thoppil Basi had to live long years in exile and suffered imprisonment also for his political activities.Later he served as legislative member twice.
Thoppil Basi wrote more than 106 screenplays for Malayalam films which might be the largest.He wrote several dramas which were all staged by K.P.A.C.
Many of his dramas were made films later on.'Ningalenne  Communistakki' was 
filmed by Udaya Studios in 1972.Its screenplay and direction was performed by Thoppil Bhasi.Sathyan,PremNazir,Ummer,Jayabharathy etc acted in it.
He directed thirteen Malayalam films which were all super hit."Ningalenne




Communistakki,Sarasayya,Oru Sundariyude Kadha,Enipadikal,Madhavikutty,Chakravakam,Ponni,Mucheettukalikkarante Makal'Missi,Sarvekallu,Yudhakandam,Mochanam,Ente Neelakasam" were the films directed by him.
Sarasayya was a popular drama written by him and staged by K.P.A.C. When it was filmed in 1971 Thoppil Bhasi wrote screenplay and performed direction.Sathyan,Madhu,Sheela,Adoor Bhasi,Alummoodan etc acted it.It won Kerala State film award as Best film.
'Mucheettu Kalikkarante Makal' was a film based on Vaikom Muhammad Basheer's novel in the same name.Screenplay and direction was performed by Thoppil Bhasi.'Enipadikal and Madhavikutty' were also based on famous novels and 'Sarvekallu' was film version of his own drama.
Thoppil Bhasi received Kerala Sahithya Academy Award and Kendra Sahithya Academy Award.
Thoppil Bhasi lead a simple life.His contributions to the society in various aspects will be ever remembered.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

KALAMANDALAM RAMANKUTTY NAIR

Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair, who was the living legend of 'Kalluvazhy Chitta' in its purest form expired on March 11, 2013 at the age of 87.
Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair was born at   'Vellinezhy' of Palakkad District in an ordinary family.There were no Kathakali artists in the family but the people of Vellinezhy were highly  involved in arts and cultural activities.
Ramankutty Nair was attracted to Kathakali Dance while he was a school student itself and expressed his desire and ambition in his family.Kathakali 
Guru 'Pattikkamthodi Ravunni Menon' trained him  at his residence and later when he joined Kerala Kalamandalam in 1940, and   the same Ravunni Menon was his main teacher there also.
After  vigorous training at Kalamandalam  he became  a Kathakali teacher of Kerala Kalamandalam from 1948 onwards.Later he became the Principal of Kerala Kalamandalam and retired from that Institution in that position in 1985.




Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair earned accolades for his characters like 'Hanuman,Parasuraman, etc.He had provided his own contributions for the 
improvement of 'Parasurama' character as we see today.
He was also very brilliant to enact characters like 'Keechakan,Ravanan' etc also.
After retirement he served as Chairman of 'Sadanam Kathakali Academy'.He had performed on stages all over India and abroad.He was active on stage up to the age of 85.
On May 15, 2009 he celebrated his 'Sathabhishekam' in a grand function held at Cherpulassery.
He wrote his autobiography in the name 'Thiranottam'.
Kalamandalam Ramankutty Nair was recipient of several awards like 'Padma Bhushan' from Government of India.He was recipient of 'Kendra Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award' , 'Kalidasa Samman' from Govt. of Madhya Pradesh,
Award from Kerala Government' etc.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

VELOOR KRISHNAN KUTTY

Veloor Krishnan Kutty was the most popular humorist in Malayalam.This is 
just a personal opinion since otherwise it would become a controversial argument.In Malayalam Literature Kunchan Nambiar is considered the best Satirist Poet who wrote in Malayalam and 'Manipravalam'(a mixture of Malayalam and Sanskrit).He  started the new art form 'Thullal' and started Thullal  
varieties 'Ottan Thullal,Seethankan Thullal and Parayan Thullal'.We can guess that he had immense Knowledge about Malayalam and Sanskrit Languages and the Hindu Epics Ramayana,Mahabharata etc.Comparing him with Veloor Krishnan Kutty  or any other humorist is not wise.
Later E.V.Krishna Pillai and Sanjayan became popular writers and well known satirists.Their depth of Knowledge was also  vast.V.K.N. also belonged to that category.
From the 50's   some of the the most impressed humorists among the common people were 'Vanakkutty,Thomas Pala,Veloor Krishnan Kutty, P.Subbaiah Pillai,
Vellor Krishnan Kutty,C.V.Ananda Bose.I.A.S&P.C.Sanal Kumar.I.A.S
Krishna Poojappura,Sukumar,P.C.Sanal Kumar I.A.S, etc' and out of these Veloor Krishnan Kutty is still very popular and his books are widely read throughout Kerala by young and old.He had published more than 150 books which consists of Novels,Collection of short stories,collection of essays etc.
Veloor Krishnan Kutty was born in Veloor of Kottayam District.He had his studies at C.M.S. College Kottayam and took Journalism as his profession.He worked with 'Deepika' of Kottayam and later became editor of 'Deepika Weekly'.
He was a column writer of Deepika in the pen name 'Pathra Paarayanan' for eight years.




Dr.George Marangoly  and Veloor Krishnan Kutty

Veloor Krishnan Kutty effectively utilized his essays and short stories for criticism against evils in the society  humorously which struck the targets always.When Kunchan Nambiar wrote his poems utilizing the characters of Ramayana and Mahabharata as Kerala people and  as if the places mentioned in those epics were in Kerala, Veloor Krishnan Kutty made many of his characters similar to them.Examples are Dussasana Kurup,Mandodari Amma, Panchali Amma,Damayanti, and so on.His  Characters 'Masappady Mathu Pillai'  and 'Arimpara Devasya' earned the love of all readers as well as the book 'Akhila Kerala the Vayassan's club'.
Veloor Krishnan Kutty received Kerala Sahitya Academy Award for his book 'Vela Manasilirikkate' in 1974.He was recipient of several other awards also.
His books 'Masappadi Mathu Pillai, Panchavadippalam and Ambili Ammavan' were made in to films.
Veloor Krishnan Kutty died on 22 Aug 2003 at the age of 74.

Monday, January 28, 2013

G.ARAVINDAN

G.Aravindan was a genius person with diversified talents in various aspects like Cartoons,Painting,Screenplay and Film Direction,Carnatic and Hindusthani Music,  Music Composing   etc.
G.Aravindan was  born on 21 January 1935 at Kottayam to famous Advocate/Writer M.N.Govindan Nair.He took his degree in Botany from C.M.S. College Kottayam and got employment in Rubber Board.While working in Rubber Board he lived  in several places of Kerala  including Calicut,Kottayam and Trivandrum where all he was involved in the cultural activities and earned friendships and contacts with  eminent personalities.
'Ramu' main cartoon character of Aravindan
He was an expert in oil painting and water colour paintings.He was very talented in cartoons and from the early 60's he started a cartoon page in 'Mathrubhoomi Weekly' which was published as 'Cheriya Manushyarum Valia Lokavum' consecutively for more than 15 years.His cartoon series received much acclaim and appreciation widely and he gained name and fame.Through his cartoons he effectively conveyed his cogitations,inveterate beliefs and viewpoints to the society.
From the childhood itself he was trained in Carnatic music.Later while staying at Calicut he learned Hindustani Music  from Saratchandra Rai.
Aravindan had  reading as his  main hobby and he was interested in films also.He used to attend the International film festivals from 1952 itself  when it was initially started in India.He had acquaintance with Drama Experts like C.N.Sreekantan Nair,Kavalam Narayana Panicker etc and Film Directors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, John Abraham etc also.When 'Chitralekha Film Society' was started in Trivandrum under the leadership and guidance of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, he was also an active member in it.
In 1974 G.Aravindan directed a film 'Utharayanam' which was writtten by Thikkodiyan.He also followed the path of experimental or Parallel Cinema which concentrated on realistic and artistic perspectives.The film 'Utharayanam' earned state and Central awards.It was selected for several film festivals Nationally and Internationally.
In 1977 he was bold enough to present  a part of 'Ramayana'  in his own view point and visuals under the title 'Kanchana Sita'.Sree Rama and Lakshmana were portrayed indifferently  which received much criticism.The character Sita never appears on the screen but shown as the nature or breeze.Those period witnessed nice 'art films' presented by directors like P.A.Bakkar,Adoor Gopalakrishnan,Aravindan,John Abraham etc which dramatically changed the  scenario which prevailed till then.
Afterwards he directed films "Thambu, Kummatty,Esthappan,Pokku Veyil,Chidambaram,Oridathu,Vasthuhara"  and several documentaries also.
Some of his documentaries also received awards.






G.Aravindan was the  music Director for films 'Ore Thooval Pakshikal,Yaro Oral,Esthappan,and Piravi'.He got Kerala State Award as  Best Music Director for film  'Ore Thooval Pakshikal'.

He directed  a drama 'Kali' of C.N. Sreekantan Nair and  one  drama 'Avanavan Kadamba'  of Kavalam Narayana Panicker.
G.Aravindan got Kerala State Best Director Awards for 'Utharayanam' in 1974,
'Kanchanasitha' in 78, 'Thampu in 79, Pokkuveyil in 81, 'Chidambaram' in 85,
'Oridathu' in 86,Vasthuhara  in 1990.He got National award for 'Kanchana Sita,Thambu, and Oridathu'.Film 'Kummatty' was selected as Best Children's film in 1979.'Chidambaram' was selected as Best Film in National level.
Aravindan was a deep thinker and perfectionist who never deviated from his perspectives.He never grumbled or hankered for more.He did not opt for commercial gains in his films.Being a musician also  he did not include unnecessary song scenes in his films  but preferred to employ  the tranquillity of silence rather than sounds.He always stayed firm with his convictions.
Aravindan left this world on March 15, 1991.His contributions to different fields of art and culture  including cinema will be ever remembered.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

M.S.GOPALAKRISHNAN

The legendary violinist M.S.Gopalakrishnan left this world on Thursday 
3 Jan 2013.
The veteran artiste was 82 years old and had been admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.
He was an exponent of both Carnatic and Hindustani music and his musical
contributions spanned for seven decades.
By the demise of this extraordinary talented prodigy Indian music world
loses another towering icon.
He was one of the two sons of Paravur Sundaram Iyer. His father was a member of the musical court of Travancore Maharaja and was also an expert violinist.M.S.Gopalakrishnan's first Guru was his father itself.His brother also got trained in violin from his father and became well known violinist in the name 'Paravur M.S.Andandaraman'.
His father Paravur Sundaram Iyer was famous for his own style of  using violin which is famous as 'Paravur Style'.He handled a peculiar mode  in which bowing and fingering of the instrument was done with a unique style which was handed over to M.S.Gopalakrishnan.M.S.Gopalakrishnan 
followed this style precisely well and amazingly easy  always with a smile on his face.He was an excellent perfectionist who handled the instrument to produce very minute notes also with  much expertise belying his concentration by raising his eyebrows slightly.
M.S.Gopalakrishnan's father had moved with his family to Chennai when
the children were very young.They  were staying at Mylapore.MSG's first performance was at the age of eight and the first performance in front of a large audience was at the age of sixteen.
He had carved a niche for himself as a solo violinist, but had accompanied 
all the great vocalists such as Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar,Alathur Brothers,G.S.Balasubramanyam,Madurai Mani Iyer etc etc for many decades.
He was recipient of Padma Shri Award in 1975, 
                                   Padma Bhushan  in 2012
                                   Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award in 1978
                                   Kendra Sangeeta Natak  Academy Award in  1982.



He was also recipient of 'Kalaimamani Award'  from Tamil Nadu Government, Sangeeta Kalanidhi Award etc.