It’s a good time for those who sing in Malayalam. Every now and then a new name is dropped and it’s not uncommon to bump into a so-called singer who has ‘made it’ with just one song.
But think of the recent melodies that go to pep you up and the slender figure of melody queen Shreya Ghoshal comes to mind almost instantly.
Yes, despite the common notion that Malayalam is one of the toughest languages to tackle, this Bollywood singer has succeeded in baffling us with diction so bang on that she’s caught the eye of the much sought-after music directors.
“A calibre of singing so unmatched in the contemporary world,” is how the veteran music director Ouseppachan sums up Shreya who has captured Malayali hearts with her incomparable music in Anwar and Pranayam. For here is a voice that stands out for its range and clarity.
Shreya Ghoshal who started in Mollywood by singing for the Big B was soon flooded with offers for the way she perfected her Malayali diction and the way she handled a different genre.
“Singers usually have a signature style but Shreya’s voice seems to fit into all genres,” says Oussepachan narrating the way the melody queen mastered the lines for his next Malayalam project Kalikaalam.
It was a song with a Hindustani alaap and Shreya fell in love with it immediately. “Though I don’t take much time on a song I was very particular to get the mood of this song right and so I spent hours on it,” says Shreya who adds, “It’s not always you get to sing such songs in Bollywood where it’s more of peppy numbers.”
Her dedication to singing is noteworthy — she spent around nine hours without break on the song.
But what is making this Twitter bug a bit apprehensive these days? “The song Mujhe Chodke has been nominated for the Oscars and I came to know about the Oscar nomination for the first time from my fans on Twitter,” says an excited Shreya.
If Udit Narayan entertained us with peppy numbers in Kochi Raajavu and in Spanish Masala, another singer with a vibrant voice who is making waves here is Sonu Nigam. The one song in the Mammootty starrer 1993 March 12 was enough to make audiences love it.
“I wrote down the meaning of each word and I’m glad I could do justice to the song,” says Sonu who gives all the credit to his Malayali manager, Ben Thomas who helped him perfect the words.
But guess who is the next from the Nigam family to foray into Mollywood? None other than Sonu’s sister Teesha Nigam who has already recorded a song for an upcoming project with music director Sunny Viswanath.
Teesha who has already made a mark in many Telugu songs says she was able to pick up the pronunciation pretty fast. “Though Malayalam has more tongue twisters than Telugu I was able to record the song in two hours,” claims the singer.
Yes, it seems that national appeal is what tinsel town is looking for Goodbye December.
The Madi Madi song that all the FM radios are playing has already become a hit with the young and old. Apparently it is a pan Indian appeal that seems to be what makes sense.