For the students and teachers of Saraswathi Vidyalaya, Vattiyoorkavu, the week began with a musical bang. They were in for a treat on Monday morning when the popular two-man band Colonial Cousins dropped in for a brief visit to interact with the students.
The duo, comprising renowned singer Hariharan and singer-composer Leslie ‘Lezz’ Lewis, took the stage to loud cheers and applause from the students.
“Who is the best singer here?” asked Hariharan, and after much coaxing from his friends, Mohammed Wajil of Class XI stepped forward. Though visibly nervous, he belted out a popular number from the Tamil movie ‘Varanam Aayiram’, and the duo joined in. After Wajil, Paravthi R C of class X got her turn and sang a well-known Hindi song.
“You have to be sure of what you want to do in life by the time you’re in class X and work to achieve that end,” Hariharan advised the students.
Lezz’s word of counsel was more along the musical path. “When you listen to music, listen with your heart and not your mind,” he said.
They tried to leave the stage without singing anything, but the students were having none of that. Giving in to the students’ demand for a song, the Colonial Cousins gave their rendition of ‘Krishna nee begane’, one of their most popular songs of all time.
The musicians were in town to seek blessings at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple here before the release of their new album, by placing a copy at the feet of the deity. Their fourth album, after a hiatus of over a decade, is titled ‘Colonial Cousins Once More’ and the official launch will be held in Mumbai on October 27. The Colonial Cousins were in the city as guests of the Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma Foundation.