S5 's Malayali connection
Four members of S5 are of Malayali origin, says VIJAY GEORGE
LUCKY FIVE Bhargavi, Arjun, Anaitha, Swetha and Benny
Things are happening for S 5, the band chosen by the SS Music Channel from thousands of aspiring singers. It's "thumbs up" for the five from composer, Pravin Mani, after rendering a perfect line and they are delirious with joy.
Anaitha, Arjun, Benny, Bhargavi and Swetha constitute S 5. Four of the five band members have Malayali origins. In March this year, the band came out with their maiden album, `Isai', which according to Benny "is top of the charts in Tamil Nadu and even in Kerala."
And as the majority of them have been staying in Tamil Nadu for quite long, they do not have a problem singing for a Tamil album.
They consider themselves "exceptionally lucky" to have been selected from so many young talents. "There was a ten day workshop where they evaluated our skills. 75% of the selection was done then. The rest of it was based on the final show."
With exams knocking on their doors, all of them had to turn their attention to studies after the formation of the band. "Now that we all have completed that part, we are raring to go," say the five in chorus.
Presently the band is performing for Jayaraj's `By the People'. "It was composer Pravin Mani who suggested our name ," says Anaitha, who became part of the band quite accidentally. "I had gone to the SS Music Channel to meet someone there, when I heard about the contest. And the rest, as they say is history," she laughs.
Anaitha, who is seriously into theatre and anchoring shows, is "just thrilled by the excitement that the stage can give."
Did they have any difficulty in recording the songs for the film in Malayalam, considering the fact that at least two of them, Bhargavi, and Anaitha, do not speak Malayalam? "Not much," says Benny. "In fact, Bhargavi surprised us with the way she adapted to the language." Two songs from their album `Isai' will be part of the film.
Bhargavi, who is thoroughly focused on her ambition to make it big as a playback singer, has a solid background in both Carnatic and Hindustani vocalsShe loves rock music too and has been "seriously" associated with some of the rock bands.
The band members are in splits when Swetha adds, "Bhargavi loves to sleep during the day and loves partying in the night."
What difference did `S 5' make to their lives? "We now have a definite platform from where we can move ahead in our careers," analyses Arjun, rather philosophically, which is quite expected from him considering his inclination for poetry and spirituality.
"As we were busy with our studies, we are actually going to start our shows and more recordings from now on. We will soon be doing a Hindi album. Naturally, we have big dreams and hopes for the future," says Swetha.
The Famous Five
Though she is born to a Malayali father and a Parsi mother, Bangalore based Anaitha doesn't speak a word of Malayalam.
Arjun lives in Coimbatore and regularly comes to Kerala as most of his relatives live in Thripunithura. An Engineering graduate, Arjun loves writing poetry He has sung two songs in the forthcoming film `Ben Johnson', for which Deepak Dev has composed the music.
Originally from Kollam, Benny is trained in Carnatic music and classical dance from his childhood days.
A Tamilian girl, who has been living in Hyderabad for some time now. She has already made her mark singing Telugu songs.
It is true that Swetha loves the "Chennai lifestyle," but once she starts talking in Malayalam, her Thrissur origin is evident.
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