TAMIL NADU

Melodious, mesmeric whistling

BREEZY EVENING: C. Pooja performs at the show organised by the Indian Whistlers’ Association in Chennai on Sunday.

BREEZY EVENING: C. Pooja performs at the show organised by the Indian Whistlers’ Association in Chennai on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M.VEDHAN

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Evergreen melodies of veteran music composer M. S.Viswanathan acquired an interesting dimension when artistes gave a whistle performance at the Chinmaya Heritage Centre here on Sunday.

Organised by the Indian Whistlers’ Association, the show was a tribute to the composer, who has enthralled film music buffs over several decades. Artistes whistled several hits, taking the audience down the memory lane.

Whether it was singer P. Susheela’s inimitable ‘Sonnadu needanaa’ or the peppy ‘Avalukkenna azhagiya mugam’ from ‘Sarvar Sundaram’, listeners seemed to have a field day, humming their favourite melodies along with the performers.

With a few instrumentalists offering support, the whistlers displayed ease and confidence, even as they danced to some of the songs.

R. Charunyanath, a final year student at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi, performed ‘Maalai pozhudil mayakkathilae..’ a highly classical-based song. Organisers said the youngster was known for his classical music performances in whistling. C. Pooja, another young performer, also took the audience by surprise with her effortless whistling.

Some senior performers and retired professionals also whistled a few numbers. Coordinator of the South India chapter of the association said the team practised for nearly three months before the show. “We meet every Sunday and practise before shows. Each of them has a different technique…some whistle out and some whistle in,” he explained.

The association has 350 members across the country with 70 members in Chennai. “We perform different thematic performances, old Hindi songs, all women’s shows and so on,” he said. For details about the association, visit >www.whistleindia.org

Recommended for you