Remembering Brahmanandan on this Day, 10 August 2014!
by Elizabeth Menon

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Remembering Brahmanandan on this Day, 10 August 2014!

It was ten years ago on the 10th of August that Brahmanandan bid his untimely farewell at the age 58 years, but of course, he left us around 200 film songs, light music and the songs he had done for the stage. Music was always a passion for Brahmanandan ever since his childhood! He received an award from The President of India for Light music at the age 18 years and that was only the beginning! He started his journey as the Play back singer for the 'Deshabhimani Drama Group' and he had rendered songs for dramas such as 'Agniputhri and 'Sathram'. It was P Bhaskaran and Raghavan Master who started his singing career in Malayalam films. 'Kallichellamma' and “Maanathe Kaayalin Manappurathinnoru..” happened in 1969 and this beautiful melody is still on everyone's lips even after 45 years! Sreekumaran Thampi, M K Arjunan and Dakshinamurthy came into his life and then on it was 'Brahmanandan', next to Yesudas – “Neela nisheedhini', 'Devagaayakane Daivam sapichu' and 'Thaarakaroopini' hit the airwaves and Brahmanandan's popularity catapulted – and these beautiful songs were written by Sreekumaran Thampi – 'Chirikkumpol Neeyoru Sooriyakaanthi', the delightful song from 'Chandrakaantham' was also written by Sreekumaran Thampi! Brahmanandan has also rendered many songs written by Vayalar, Mankombu Goplakrishnan, Edasseri, ONV, Yousafali Kecheri, Poovachal khader, Bichu Thirumala, and composed by RK Sekhar, Devarajan, AT Ummar, Baburaj, Shyam, Jaya Vijaya, Raveendran and many others!

Brahmanandan was a singer who stood apart from any of the other singers and all the songs he gave us are examples of that! "Maanathe kaayalin manappurathinnoru', Neela nisheedhini, Devagaayakane Daivam sapichu, Thaarakaroopini, Priyamullavale, Thamarappoovu Naanichu, Lokam muzhuvan sukham Pakaraanaay, Udayasooriyan, 'Chandrika charchithamaam Raathriyodo'; the humorous songs such as, 'Goodmorning Seethe', 'Honeymoon namukku honeymoon','Kanakam moolam dukham Kaamini moolam dukham', 'Thankakkavili kunkumamo', 'Nadakkumpol neeyoyoru', "Bhagavaan parathaan kettiya pattam bhoomiyil njaanaayalayunnu",etc, top my list! 'Sree Mahadevante' from the film 'Nirmmaalyam' was an answer to his critics regarding his voice range, to certain extent! And of course, the delightful song from 'Malayathipennu', for which he composed music, "Kalakalam kili chilachu paadanu, chandanachola ... en karalile kili vala kilukki vannoru vela ... chirichu ninnu, koritharichu ninnu" is a pleasure to listen to, a song that one would wish to hear it again and again!

I only hope that those who sing Brahmanandan's songs or the TV and Radio Stations, and the various public functions using his songs, including the ones from 'Malayathippennu' would pay the 'Royalty' which rightfully belongs to Brahmanandan! And this applies to the songs by Job Master, the Creator of 'Alliyaampal', Baburaj, and all the other artists like them, who could have used the 'Royalty money', when they were alive, and their families posthumously, and of course it includes all those artistes who are living too! One needs to understand that using somebody else's work without paying the 'Royalty' amounts to stealing! We do have a moral responsibility and talking about paying the 'Royalty' is not a sign of greed, but it's the principle of it and quite the right thing to do!

Brahmanandan's place was always, and still is, very next to Yesudas in my mind, ever since I heard "Maanathe Kaayalin", “Neela nisheedhini', 'Devagaayakane Daivam sapichu' and 'Thaarakaroopini', which will remain classics for ever– his diction and the depth of emotion were perfect in all his songs! May his soul find peace, and I wish his son, Rakesh Brahmanandan, the very best in his musical career!

© E Menon



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