Sreekumaran Thampi honoured with the 'Asan Smaraka Kavitha Award-2012' at Chennai!
by Elizabeth Menon

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Sreekumaran Thampi honoured with the 'Asan Smaraka Kavitha Award-2012' at Chennai!

The most coveted 'Asan Smaraka Kavitha Award-2012' was conferred on Sreekumaran Thampi for his 'Ammaykkoru Thaaraattu' and contributions to Malayalam Poetry and Literature, at a grand function at the Ammu Swaminathan Auditorium in Chennai on the evening of 24 November! The award was bestowed on him by K Jayakumar, the Vice Chancellor of Thunchathezhuthachan Malayalam University. Playback singer Vani Jayaram honoured him with a 'Ponnaata' and made it more auspicious by rendering two of his songs, 'Ilam Manjin neerottam' and 'Thiruvonappularithan'!

Sreekumaran Thampi's contributions to Malayalam literature and Poetry are tremendous and he has written around 3000 songs for Malayalam films. And one has to remember here that he has also excelled himself, at Film direction(29 Films), production(22 Films), story and screen-play (78 films) and Music direction during the same time! He has written seven books of compilation of his poems, 'Ammaykkoru Thaaraattu (Odakkuzhal Award for poetry in 2009, Asan Smaraka Kavitha Award for 2012), Achante Chumbanam (Revathi Pattathanam Krishna Geethi Award in 2003; Pravasi Kairali Literary Award in 2004), 'Omanayute Oru Divasam' (Sree Padmanabha Swamy Award for the Best Children's book), ‘Sheershakamillatha Kavithakal’ (Mulloor Poetry Award in 2005), ‘Engineerute Veena’, ‘Neelathaamara’ and ‘En Makan Karayumpol’; Four novels, ‘Kaakkathampuraatti, Kuttanadu’, ‘Njaanoru Kathaparayaam’ and ‘Karayum Karalum’; part-Autobiographical book (Aatmakathayile Penmanassukal); 'Prem Nazir' Enna Premagaanam, a book on Prem Nazir; 'Kanakkum Kavithayum', the book on the history and technique of Cinema that won the National award ('Golden Globe') and the Compilation of 1001 Film songs ('Hridaya Saras')

During an interview following the Award function in Chennai, Sreekumaran Thampi expressed his disappointment at what has become of the Music Industry. He also explained how the Lyricists are ignored in the recent times and talked very highly of the Film Directors and producers in the 70s and 80s, P Bhaskaran, Sethumadhavan, M Krishnan Nair and others like them from that era. Malayalees' expectations are high and they wish for their Prince to return to the Film Industry, making films and writing songs! I hope the industry would take what Sreekumaran Thampi said on board and change a few things to stop the decay in our industry! This multitalented charismatic Prince of Malayalam Cinema is worth even the highest honour in the country!

© E Menon



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