It is not everyday that you find two singers rendering the song you wrote, that too at a prestigious event like the State School Art Festival. Latha Janarddanan, who teaches at Morning Star English School, Kadirur (Kannur), was among the audience at Rose Lounge, where the light music competition was held on Saturday.
The song she originally wrote for All India Radio, “Shyamam meghame…” was sung by Rinu Razak (HMYHSS, Manjeri, Malappuram) and Athira Vijayan (GHSS, Koothuparamba, Kannur), both of whom were also contenders at a reality show in 2008. Neither of them was aware that the lyricist of their song was listening to them; they did not even know who wrote it, in fact. So they were surprised to meet the poet after the contest.
“It is great to know that she listened to me sing,” said Athira, who got an ‘A’ grade for her performance while Rinu got a ‘B.’
Latha said she was happy to learn that the song she wrote was becoming popular at the festival. “Last year too, a contestant had sung it in Thrissur,” she said. “The song was originally composed by Kavumvattam Anand Kumar,” said Latha, who used to compete in group dance events in her school days.