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K. Raghavan to tune notes again

N.J. Nair
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Breaking his silence after 15 years, octogenarian music director K.Raghavan is back again, composing soulful music to offer a rare treat to his dedicated listeners.

Once an integral component of light music, folk tunes are set to create a wave in Malayalam cinema through the cinematic adaptation of Vaikom Mohammed Basheer's Balyakala Sakhi directed by Pramod Payyannur.

Novelty is the buzzword of Pramod's debut film, being produced by M.B. Mohsin and Edayath Ravi under the banner Livin Arts and Aisthis. The storyline apart, the film has a rare pick of the best songs that have survived the test of time.

Raghavan has set the score for ‘Thamara poonkavanathil thamasikkunnole…' written by the late K.T. Mohammed. K.J.Yesudas has rendered the song under the baton of singer V.T. Murali, who is also a close confidante of the music director.

Age and ailments have not doused the creativity of the composer whose last composition was for Shashinaz. The songs in Kadamba in which he sang ‘Appozhum paranjile…' written by Thikkodiayan also proved that the singer in him is still vibrant.

“The film will be a tryst with the past. The attempt is to immortalise the rich past using the digital motif. On deciding to picturise Balyakala Sakhi, we also resolved to make the story opulent by adorning it with the gems of poetry and music,” says Pramod. ONV-Devarajan duo's song ‘Onnini thiri thazhthi paduka poonkuyile…, which brings to mind the bedroom scene in John Keats Eve of St.Agnes as well as the songs of P.Bhaskaran, Kavalam Narayana Panicker and Sreekumaran Thampi will deck the film. Pramod has already secured the consent of ONV to use the song and others too have given the nod to cooperate with his maiden venture.

Pramod prefers to define the film as a meeting ground of generations who raised Malayalam cinema, music and literature to the pinnacle.

“The film is expected to give a broad idea about the hoary past of Malayalam cinema and literature to posterity. The digital technology and other creative elements will only embellish the main story structure and make it more appealing to the younger generation which has been unable to see the bloom of talent in the past,” he says.

The screenplay is a joint effort of the director and short-filmmaker Sajeev Pazhoor. Pramod is getting ready to enter the tinsel world after graduating from the theatre.

His stage adaptations of Mathilukal, Iruttinte Atmavu and many other short stories like Kallan Pavithran have won rich encomiums.

He is composing music for the cinematic adaptation of Vaikom Mohammed Basheer's Balyakala Sakhi

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