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Snehasangeetha Sangamam – the Inauguration of K P Udayabhanu Foundation

The inauguration event of K P Udayabhanu Foundation is nothing short of pure music. None other than K J Yesudas crooned 'Kilichilachu...' which KP Udayabhanu had sung for the film Samasya, some three decades back. ONV Kurup the writer, KP Udayabhanu the composer and singer were also there on the stage, as KJY mesmerised the crowd with his enchanting voice that knows no parallels.

The Koothambalam at Vyloppilly Samskriti Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram was packed to capacity. And, that was the moment of the event that also saw the inauguration of the Foundation.

Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan had the audience spellbound while recounting his experiences as both cameraman and director. The session threw light on how the quality of a song sequence could be enhanced when it is picturised by a sensitive director and cinematographer.

An interactive audience session headed by singers M. Radhakrishnan and Preetha provided the audience some fun. Keertans by Aswathi Thirunal Rama Varma, patriotic songs by Udayabhanu's choral group, and other events were packed neatly into the programme schedule.

‘Old is Gold’ featured songs of yesteryear singers. Many were the singers who got a new life through this group, while many young singers used this platform to hone their skills.

Sreekanth and Lalu George, son of the famous singer K.S. George, impressed the listeners.

Curtains came down on the event with a musical tribute, a programme in which Vani Jayaram, Sujatha, G. Venugopal, Kallara Gopan, Sudeep Kumar, Manjari, Azad, Shwetha Mohan, Rajalakshmi, and Aparna Rajiv breathed life into old Hindi and Malayalam songs.

The lasting image was that of Udayabhanu, who played a perfect host the whole day, took the stage with all singers in tow.

‘Evideninno, evideninno…’ in that hauntingly, mesmerising voice evoked not just feelings but images and memories of a singer and man who knows no malice.


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