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Harshamo Dukhamo
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Harshamo Dukhamo

Harshamo Dukhamo

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Nine poems penned by former minister and Communist leader Binoy Viswam, are set to tune and sung by Priya R. Pai. Most of the poems are on Nature. The album begins with one on Konnapoovu (Golden Shower) which of late blooms out of time, much before Vishu, and die rather early. The poet tries to imagine if these flowers are striving to tell something about global warming, the extreme heat.

There are poems on the forest, which the poet says are so much more than just trees, mud and stones; on the Nila, the river, that is dying and is a pointer to the State’s environmental disaster; Binoy sings of the stars, the clouds as seen from the window of an aircraft, the blue sky beyond. In all these poems the poet searches for a meaning.

The pick of the poems are those on love and human relationships. There’s one in which Binoy writes about how tears that disturbed his sleep, which he finds, are companions of love; another one is about the pangs of separation, while in another the poet talks about waiting to get back home, to his beloved.

The best of them is perhaps the one that begins ‘Enn padasekharam…’ This poem is about the woman, your companion in this journey of life. One who has sacrificed so much, waited for you, shed tears for you. The poet realises her worth stating that anyone who cannot is not a human being. There appears to be a sense of fatigue in the lines which say that the poet’s words have come to an end, he is now ready to listen to her with his head in her lap.

Priya’s voice and singing serves to enrich the mood of the poems. She has consciously refrained from turning these poems into songs. She has used minimum orchestral backup, with some haunting flute pieces to back up the lines.

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