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A nostalgia-inducing performance

More than two decades after Malayalees first heard it, ‘Akashamake Kanimalar’ elicited a typically warm response again on Wednesday when the timeless classic was rendered for listeners at the weekly Arts and Medicine show organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation at the General Hospital here.

Published: 14th June 2017 10:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2017 06:14 AM   |  A+A-

Singers Binu Damodaran and Nisha Verma performing at Government General Hospital on Wednesday

By Express News Service

KOCHI: More than two decades after Malayalees first heard it, ‘Akashamake Kanimalar’ elicited a typically warm response again on Wednesday when the timeless classic was rendered for listeners at the weekly Arts and Medicine show organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation at the General Hospital here.


Kalabhavan Binu Damodaran, who set the tone for the programme with the acclaimed K J Yesudas number from the 1986 movie ‘Namukku Parkaan Munithirithoppukal’, drew a long round of cheers and applause from the audience.


Binu and fellow singer Nisha Verma led the 174th edition of the programme, which is organised every Wednesday by the KBF in association with Mehboob Memorial orchestra and CAFS (Casino Air Caterers and Flight Services) with the aim of provide solace to patients through therapeutic music.


Spurred by the feedback, Binu went on to croon ‘Chandana Manivathil’ from 1988 movie Marikunnila Njaan (originally sung by G Venugopal). Nisha recreated some old chart-busters including ‘Rajahamsame’ and ‘Moham Kondu Njan’ sung by K S Chitra and S Janaki respectively. Together they sang 14 Malayalam songs.


Vocalist Binu began his career in music after joining Kalbhavan. Later he served as the director of KPAC Music troupe, Kayamkulam. He has marked his presence in many television music shows and albums. Nisha is a playback singer and has been in the industry for the past 25 years. The upcoming edition of ‘Arts and Medicine’ will witness a Ramadan special episode.



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