Music Director Shyam conferred the Kamukara Award for 2010

Music Director Shyam {Shyam’s photograph is courtesy Shaji @ shajiwriter.blogspot.com}

From the Times of India, TVM Edition, 19 September 2010

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Noted South Indian film music director Shyam has been selected for the 14th Kamukara Award, instituted in memory of eminent singer Kamukara Purushothaman Nair .  Announcing the award, Perumbavoor G Raveendranath, Chairman of Jury, told reporters here that Shyam was chosen for the award for his outstanding contribution to Malayalam film music.

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Ponkathir (1953), Lata Mangeshkar, Br.Lakshmanan and Jikki’s liveliness.

It was the passing away of Adoor Pankajam that was the reason that made yours truly sit and watch Ponkathir (1953) one more time. Of the 13 songs, (actually 12 excluding the traditional Anjana Sreedhara), by the Br.Lakshmanan-Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair team, there is this one, Padoo Maanasame Padoo that sounds suspiciously close to Lataji’s classic Laage Jabse Nain Laage from Daag (1952) !

The songs output of the Malayalam films from the early 60’s have always surprised me, specially the creative output of the Br.Lakshmanan-Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair team, with most of their movies averaging at least 10 songs or more.

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Adoor Pankajam (1925 – June 26, 2010) | A Tribute.

Another artiste that was a part of the Malayalam Cinema for five decades, passed away silently into the dusty public memory archives. Five decades, ladies and gentlemen ! ( Read that against the shelf life of the current crop of actors who do not go beyond single digits). As the famous Adoor Sisters of Malayalam Cinema, with the elder sibling, Adoor Bhavani, they were a delightful combination, whose characterizations was almost pigeonholed for their roles on screen. As the elder one brought the vile, acerbic mother-in-law or the brooding, muttering Granny to life on screen, Pankajam was the brash, spunky and loud wife/grandmother – and the duo, regardless of whatever the demands of the script, mostly rendered their lines in the sing-song tone of central Travancore, something that was always a delight to listen to. It must also have been because of the fact that Adoor was a stone’ throw away from our little hamlet.

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