Remembering our King of Music -- Raveendran's 7th Remembrance Day!
by Elizabeth Menon
Remembering our King of Music: 3rd March, Raveendran's 7th Remembrance Day!
It's with great reverence that music lovers remember Raveendran and the music he has left behind! Seven years have passed since we lost this great giant of a person -- the towering strength of his vibrant music makes him the greatest of all! Every time I hear one of his songs my heart weeps for the inimitable music he would have composed, if destiny didn't take him away much before his time!
His musical voyage started with the film ‘Choola’ spanning over more than 150 films, festival songs, Vasantha geetangal and Devotional songs, and finishing with two films, Kalabham and Cholliyattam, both of which were released after his demise. ‘Tharake Mizhiyithalil…’ in Yesudas’s heart wrenching voice was just a celestial sample to tickle the taste buds of the Malayalam Music World and then on, it was ‘Maamaankam’ till the very end, and beyond! ‘Thenum Vayampum’ followed, with ‘Ottakkampi Naadam moolum’, by Yesudas and his voice was such that the song reminded the listeners of walking through dry snow when the sun is shining. Raveendran was the first music director to bring the Classical, Hindusthani and the Light music together, bringing out the strength, tone and the beauty of all!
Raveendran created a musical haven for Malayalees, creating music with the help of P Bhaskaran (Venkalam…), Sreekumaran Thampi, (Ennum chirikkunna Suriyante, uthradappoonilave vaa, Oru nullu kakkappoo), Bichu Thirumala ( Choola, Thenum Vayampum, Maamaankam, valampiri shankhil,Ezhu swarangalum, Nizhalay, Leelathilakam,etc), ONV Kurup (Poykayil, Kaveri paadamini), Kaithapram (Ramakatha, Gopika vasantham, Enthinu veroru suriyodayam,Vennakkal kottara vaathil, etc), Yousafali Kecheri (Aantholanam, Samgeethame..),Gireesh Puthencheri(Hari muraleeravam,, sreelavasantham, Gange, kalabham tharam, manjakkiliyude, Etho nidrathan, Hemambari…), Rameshan Nair (Devasandhya, Snehikkan..) and many more!
He has gone but not one day goes by without his songs vibrating the airwaves! The music he has produced, the unusual ragas he has used will always be a challenging study for the current and future generations. The power surge that is felt whenever 'Raveendra Sangeetham' is played is beyond human perception -- and when that music is complimented by the celestial voice of Yesudas, it's sheer heaven for music lovers anywhere!
Let's pray for his soul and his family -- and mourn for our untimely loss!