Who is behind the animated ‘Nagumo auto tune’ that Malayalis across the world love?

From Anand Babu’s ‘Nagumo Auto Tune’ Video

From Anand Babu’s ‘Nagumo Auto Tune’ Video  

Animator Anand Babu is on the fast track to fame with his short animation video on the Tygaraja number ‘Nagumomu’

An autorickshaw that bumps along in tune with Tygaraja’s Nagumomu, a popular number composed by him in Abheri, has taken its 31-year-old animator Anand Babu to instant fame.


“It was just something that was at the back of my mind for some time. During a break, I created this micro short animated video of an autorickshaw, its driver and two travellers. It was just done as a fun shot but the composition has been treated with respect,” says Anand, working as animation director of a show, Lamput, at Vaibhav Studios, Mumbai.


The number had been used in a scene in the Priyadarsan hit Chithram (1988) and so it is a familiar number to most Malayalis. After it was posted on Anand’s Insta account on Sunday, it has been seen and shared in thousands and the number of views has crossed 13 K. In 2015, he had done something similar with the ‘Pista song’ from the film Tamil-Malayalam bi-lingual film Neram. Composed by Rajesh Murugesan and sung by Shabareesh Varma for the Nivin Pauly-Nazriya starrer, Anand’s animation short features nuts of different kinds: almonds, pistachio, peanuts and cashew! However, that one did not achieve this kind of fame. The original lyric of the song has been credited to Jagathy Sreekumar who is said to have composed the lyrics for a lark in the Malayalam film Kinnaram (1983).


In 2014, Anand had done a hilarious 25-second animated short on the song, ‘Ekantha Chandrikey’ from the film In Harihar Nagar (1990). He had picturised the song on his fingers. ‘Performance by my right hand. Camera/Direction- left hand’ says a note below the video on his YouTube channel. After his success with the Tygaraja number, he has been getting hits on this one as well.

A native of Thiruvananthapuram, Anand had worked at Toonz Animation India for about six years after he completed a course in animation at Toonz. Then he moved to Vaibhav Studios as animation director, on the show Lamput, a micro show on Cartoon Network, Hong Kong. Lamput, created by Vaibhav Kumaresh, Anand’s colleague, got nominated for the International Emmy Kids Awards 2019. This is perhaps the first time an original Indian animation has been nominated.

Lamput is about a shape-shifting orange blob that escapes from a laboratory with two scientists chasing it to capture it. There are no dialogues and so it appeals to all,” says Anand.

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