Kaithapram to perform for the first time after suffering cerebral haemorrhage a year ago

This Thiruvonam is going to be special for Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

The lyricist-composer-singer is performing for the first time, after suffering cerebral haemorrhage that left him partially paralysed about a year ago, on the Kozhikode beach on Monday evening as part of the Onam celebrations of the District Tourism Promotion Council.

“It is great to be able to sing again and even greater that it is going to be on the Thiruvonam day,” Kaithapram told The Hindu on Sunday.

“My father, Kesavan Namboothiri, who taught me the first lessons in music, and my guru, S.V.S. Narayanan, had also suffered stroke and I had attended to them when they were ill; though both wanted to perform, they never could.”

He added that he would sing a few film songs at the show on Monday. “I will be singing some of my most popular songs such as “Kanneerpoovinte…” (‘Kireedom’) which I wrote and “Engine njaan…” (‘Desadanam’), which I wrote and composed,” said the prolific lyricist.

“I will also sing “Kanniyil pirannalum…” (‘Tharavattamma’) at the show, which will be led by my son Deepankuran.”

Kaithapram said it was his passion for music that kept him going in what had been tough year. “I did not want to go down without a fight and listened to music most of the time, mainly Carnatic songs by M. Balamuralikrishna, Neyveli Santhanagopalan and Bombay Jayashree,” he said.

“I always knew that music could heal and now I have experienced it myself. I am also grateful to the doctors and paramedics at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, who nursed me back to health.”

Kaithapram has already resumed writing songs for films. “My next release would be Camel Safari, directed by Jayaraj,” he said.

“I had also written lyrics for the recent release Honey Bee. I am also looking forward to songs of Samaganam, for which I wrote six songs that had been composed by V. Dakshinamoorthy, a few months before he died.”

Kaithapram’s next aim is to do a full-length Carnatic concert. “That is something I used to enjoy immensely before I fell ill,” he said. “I am confident that I could do it again and I have committed to do a concert at Kayamkulam next March.”