Srinivas, winner of the State Film Award for the Best Singer (Male), believes in quality and not quantity.
`Bansuri shruti pole' ... was not an easy song to sing and so I feel good that our efforts to do justice to the lyrics and the music have come good."It feels good. I feel emotional about the award because it is from my home State. That is special," says Srinivas, who has been selected as the best singer (male) for his duet in `Rathrimazha.'He adds that the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Singer is "triply satisfying" as the song won the best award for the music director and the best singer (female) as well.
Expressive song"Sometimes, only one singer in a duet wins the award. It all depends on the jury. For instance, K.S. Chitra won the nation award for `Oo lalala.... ' Chitra, Unni Menon and I had sung the song. `Bansuri shruti pole,' for which I won this award, was not an easy song to sing and so I feel good that our efforts to do justice to the lyrics and the music have come good. It required the singers to express the myriad moods in the music and Sujatha and I were able to do that," he adds.But then expressive songs have been his forte. Be it Tamil, Hindi or Malayalam, the ghazal-like feel that he imparts to his songs have made his songs hot favourites in Kerala. "Compared to Tamil, I have sung only a few songs in Malayalam but each one has been a hit," he points out. Although Srinivas has proved himself as a singer over and over again, in Malayalam, there are only a few directors who have given him songs. The last song he sung in Malayalam was `Vaarmazha ... ' in `Mizhi Randillum.' Explaining the reasons for the break he says, "For one, my kind of songs are rare. Moreover, since I had composed the music for a couple of films, including `Sitakalyanam' in Malayalam, there were doubts if I would be still interested in singing. Then, of course, many of them never thought of me since I am based in Chennai. Moreover, I am not Yesudas [K.J. Yesudas] to sell a song on my own," he says. With a wide smile he adds, "I hope it is not because of a personal grudge that I am not getting songs in Malayalam. Many of the music directors are my friends and acquaintances. For instance, Deepak Dev is a good friend. He was the arranger for my song `Usele Usele.'"
Music-based showsSpeaking on the success of music-based programmes on the small screen, he points out that most people in Kerala enjoy music and so such programmes have a wide audience. "Although I refused to be the anchor of such music-based programmes, I am now one of the judges of `Gandharvasangeetam,' says the singer who plans to launch a music album in Malayalam. S.N.