THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ending the rumours regarding the arrival of the Oscar-winning music maestro A R Rahman to the city to present a musical performance at the inaugural function of the 35th National Games, the Games organisers have announced the arrival of another ‘super star’ band for the function. According to them, ‘Lalisom’ will be the main attraction at the inaugural to be held in January.
“The remuneration for A R Rahman team is around Rs 4.8 crore. As our plan is to complete the opening and closing ceremony with a budget of Rs 15 crore, we are planning to replace the Rahman show with Lalisom as the remuneration for the Rahman team exceeds our budget,’’ said sources.
Lalisom is the first ‘star band’ from Malayalam which has the national award-winning actor Mohanlal as the lead singer.
The band was formed as part of celebrating the 36 years of the acting career of the super star. Noted music director Ratheesh Vega is another key person of this innovative band.
When contacted, Ratheesh said the band has not yet taken any decision regarding the performance at the inaugural ceremony as Mohanlal is now out of station. “He is now on an Antarctican trip. So, the final decision regarding the function will be taken only once he reaches here,” he said.
Lalisom is a band which performs selected songs from Mohanlal films.
“The band will be having some noted songs from his famous movies, including one from his debut film ‘Thiranottam.’
In the two-hour-long programme, the audience will get a chance to recollect some noted songs that his movies have gifted you during the last 36 years,” said Ratheesh.
He said the band will not play just Malayalam songs as the actor has acted in numerous languages, including Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
“The opening song will be crooned by Mohanlal himself and he will perform other selected songs, along with other singers (who are not the playback singers who originally sang the songs). All the songs will be presented after re-orchestration, without losing their original feel. All of us, including Lal sir, has started practising,” said Ratheesh.