Press Esc to close
Thursday 31 July 2014
News updated at 8:55 PM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Kaithapram Viswanathan making foray into Kannada films

Thiruvananthapuram, May 9 (PTI)

After producing a string of melodious scores in Malayalam films, Kaithapram Viswanathan is now entering Kannada cinema as a music director with the film 'Vismayapranaya'.

Viswanathan, whose work has brought several state awards to singers including K J Yesudas, will be doing five songs for the film which revolves around a woman of split personality.

The younger brother of famed lyricist Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri, Viswanathan believes that music has no language barriers."So far, my songs have been received well by Malayali audience. I am sure I will be accepted in Kannada or any other language," Viswanathan told PTI.

An alumnus of Thiruvananthapuram Music College, Viswanathan made his debut with 'Kaliyattam' directed by national award-winning director Jayaraj.Earlier, he had handled the orchestra for the songs of his  brother in Jayaraj's 'Desatanam', a moving story of a boy being forced into spiritual life by his parents.


Since then he has done music for about 20 films, many of which were directed by Jayaraj including 'Kannaki' and 'Thilakkam'.Besides Yesudas, his scores had been rendered by top singers like P Jayachandran, K S Chithra and G Venugopal, who got the state award for best singer for the film 'Ullam'. Viswanathan feels that for a music director there is no point in confining himself to films in one's own language.

"This is especially so in Malayalam, where number of songs in a movie is less compared to the past. In contrast to Tamil and Hindi, Malayalam filmdom is a small industry with limited market. Songs were still important in Tamil where the audience were ardent fans of music of all types--classical, folk and pop," he said.However, none could deny the fact that musicians and composers from Kerala were not behind any greats from other parts of the country in talent or innovation.

The contributions made by veteran music directors G Devarajan, K Raghavan, Dakshinamoorthy, M S Baburaj and M S Viswanathan would remain in the memory of music lovers for ever, Viswanathan said.Born in Kannadi Illam in a village near Payyanur in north Kerala, Viswanathan had his early lessons in music from his father Kesavan Namboodiri, who was known as 'Kannadi Bhagavathar'.

He was fortunate to have an elder brother Damodaran Namboodiri who groomed him into music and written lyrics for most of his works."Though I have tried my hand in all sorts of songs including rhythm-based numbers which normally thrills youth, my forte is melody," Viswanathan said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

India's Navjot Kaur celebrates after winning a bronze medal against Scotland's Sarah Jones during...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walk from South...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walk from South...

U S Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval after...

U S Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval after...

Sophie McKinna of England sticks her tongue out as she competes in the Women's Shot Put final at...

Sophie McKinna of England sticks her tongue out as she competes in the Women's Shot Put final at...

Australia's Olivia Vivian performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Australia's Olivia Vivian performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

David Katoatau of Kiribati dances after winning the gold medal of the men's 105kg weightlifting...

David Katoatau of Kiribati dances after winning the gold medal of the men's 105kg weightlifting...

Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica (R) races Anyika Onuora of England during their women's 200 metres...

Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica (R) races Anyika Onuora of England during their women's 200 metres...

Canada's Isabela Maria Onyshko performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Canada's Isabela Maria Onyshko performs at the women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics at the 2014...

Silver medallist India's Lalita poses for photographs at the medal ceremony of women's Freestyle...

Silver medallist India's Lalita poses for photographs at the medal ceremony of women's Freestyle...

India's Vijender Singh after winning against Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the Men's...

India's Vijender Singh after winning against Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Prince in the Men's...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523