KS Sethumadhavan’s Kanyakumari (1974) had 2 songs in Malayalam written by Vayalar, set to music by MB Sreenivasan. There is an English song credited for its lyrics and music to MB Srinivasan but I strongly contest that and feel a collaborator on the lyrics have been left out. There are two instrumental pieces, catering to two disparate forms of dance as it were, a Shiv Parvati Lasya piece, and a music montage of Jayan’s memories of his Bohemian life, of a life-time of drugs, sex and rock-n-roll.
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Jayan’s Bohemia – Musical Interlude.
KS Sethumadhavan takes the help of MB Sreenivasan in putting together his drug-crazed years, along with the wine, the music and the women, and of course the money that flowed, based on MT’s pointers that he mentions in the screenplay too, and it come out this way. Even taken as a composite piece, I really felt a tad disoriented at the abrupt “drop” in between for a solo tone which again settles back into the rhythm piece laid out.Captures brilliantly the “spirit” of the times, so to speak.
Singers : KJ Yesudas and S Janaki.
Arguably, the movie is known for this song and made more famous by this song. Vayalar neatly lays out the imagery of Kanyakumari and through it the desire and sheer love the young couple in love have for each other. This song enjoyed endless replay in its times on radio and more than KJ Yesudas, its S Janaki’s voice that literally washes over you like a wave.
Singers : KJ Yesudas, P Leela, LR Eeswari and Chorus.
For the life of me , I just cannot understand why KS Sethumadhavan turned the camera indoors for an obvious song setting such as this, whilst the entire movie is set outdoors ! The ritual “offering-dance” in the local temple courtyard on the eve of their favorite deity’s festival, its Shankaran who performs along with the rest of the dancers with gay abandon as lady love Parvati, brimming with pride and a bit amused, watches the dance performance.
Question: Could anyone identify the main lead dancer ( female) ?
The Siva-Parvathy Laasya ensemble.
KS Sethumadhavan shouldn’t have made Rita Bhaduri do this. It is excruciatingly painful ( atleast, for me ) to watch Parvati go through the motions of expressing her love for her celestial beloved this way. Parvati pales in comparison at Shiva’s fluid, effortless and graceful moves ( atleast for movie standards, that is) and I really wish this had been expressed in another way, rather than this “obvious” one.
Here is one from 1969 for some perspective.
I’m in Love with Love.
Lyrics : MB Sreenivasan – MT Vasudevan Nair (?)
Singer : Usha Uthup (nee Iyer )
The movie titlecards credit MB Sreenivasan for the lyrics of this “Chillum-chillum” song but MT Vasudevan Nair’s screenplay already has the first four verses written down as the refrain of the song that Jayan listens to, from the courtyard. Which makes me wonder why the author himself was not given credit as co-collaborator on lyrics of the song ! It could mean MT Vasudevan Nair’s debut
only (?) song lyrics for a Malayalam movie is a 4 -line verse in English :). ( Thanks Susie )
Question : Can someone positively identify the lead “singer”?