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Using music to mark memory of the deluge

A scene from Vazhinthodum Manitham by Bharath Kumar, Shibu Anand and Vikky Tobhz; (right) Comedian Badava Gopi’s Youtube post on the Adyar river has 38,000 views —Photo: Special Arrangement

A scene from Vazhinthodum Manitham by Bharath Kumar, Shibu Anand and Vikky Tobhz; (right) Comedian Badava Gopi’s Youtube post on the Adyar river has 38,000 views —Photo: Special Arrangement  

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Videos on the aftermath of the rain come up online

Visuals of the recent floods in Chennai following the unprecedented rain set a trio from Coimbatore thinking. “We are not from the city, but to see so many people crippled by nature’s fury set us thinking and we decided to pen a song on the same and composed Vazhindhodum Manitham ,” says Bharath Kumar, an entrepreneur from Coimbatore.

Along with his friends, Shibu Anand and Vikky Tobhz, who make short films, he wrote, recorded and shot the song in three days. “We sourced our visuals from the footage of floods available online and shot a few portions near the Ukkadam lake,” he says. The trio calls their band ‘Intuners’ and said that they were involved in making a few short music videos before.

Mr. Bharath, who has written the song, says that while the lyrics are an appeal to nature to stop her fury, they want to spread the message of people coming forward to help others during a calamity.

“When we heard of how some people in Chennai took part in rescue efforts and gave shelter in their homes to people who were stranded, we wanted the song to encourage more people to help. A natural calamity can strike people anywhere and we want people to be united and helpful,” he said.

Though not a song, a video by comedian Badava Gopi on the Adayar river post the Chennai rain has garnered over 38,000 views on Youtube. The video, which has Mr. Gopi standing on a bridge across the now brimming river, has him speak about his childhood memories and its present day neglect due to encroachments and discharge of sewage.

“For people born in the last two decades, this is the first time that they have seen the river in its full glory and it has been given a new lease of life. It is up to us now to ensure that the river is not polluted,” he says, in his video.

A natural calamity can strike people anywhere and we want people to be united and helpful

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