Film music bigwigs and the differently-abled come together for CCA's silver jubilee concert
During a routine drive to work, film music director Shyaam Joseph had a life-changing experience. Through the window of his car, he noticed a row of visually-impaired youngsters fearlessly crossing a busy stretch, tapping their walking sticks on the road. Their courage and implicit faith in life impressed Joseph, especially because he was always nervous about crossing a road.
“Then and there, I decided to use my music skills to help the physically challenged,” recalls Shyaam. Born of the spontaneous decision, the Christian Cultural Academy (now, Chennai Cultural Academy) celebrates its silver jubilee concert — ‘Silver Melodies' — at Kamarajar Arangam on December 2, from 6 p.m.
Over the years, the CCA's Christmas concerts have been studded with stars from the film industry. Musicians and singers M.S. Viswanathan, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.J. Yesudas, Jolly Abraham, Unni Menon, A.V. Ramanan, P. Susheela, Janaki, Vani Jayaram, Usha Uthup, Chitra, Sujatha, Uma Ramanan, Sherath, Vijay Yesudas, Alka Ajith, Swetha, Vinitha, Tippu, Krishna Chandran, Krishna Kumar, Kalpana, Padmalatha, Priya and Manjari, and lyricists Vairamuthu, Rajan, Pirai Sudan, Puthumai Pithan, Muthulingam and Kruthya — who have penned special songs for CCA — have made the annual concerts something to remember. Almost all of them are playing a part in the silver jubilee concert.
In addition, the irrepressible talents of pianist Stephen Devassy and drummer Sivamani will be showcased. The opening song of the concert — which extols love as the panacea for all evil — will be sung by SPB. This song is culled out of a new album of hymns ‘Venpura', featuring film music luminaries. It will be released in the morning at a special event at Kamarajar Arangam. Music director Ilaiyaraaja will receive the first copy. On the occasion, aid to the handicapped and the underprivileged, including wheelchairs, calipers, Braille watches, tricyles, mobility canes and sewing machines will be distributed. A music school for the differently-abled too will be inaugurated.
The Christmas concert in the evening has additional features such as the visually-impaired children singing and performing a song written by Puthumai Pithan, and hearing-impaired children dancing to the music. Performance of a composition for a string ensemble (Shyaam started his music career as a violinist) and a fusion piece — where the Hallelujah Chorus ends in a ghazal — are also part of the package. For details and tickets, call 42134899 / 95667-85329.