Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Aspirations - A show for the Fight against Terrorism

was organized by the Kochi Police Force and I was honoured to be a part of it.
K J Yesudass sir to Mamooty, Mohanlal, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Jairam, Ashish Vidyarthi.. the entire gamut of invitees were the top brass of Malayalam Filmdom. Probably Naresh Iyer and I were the only singers flown in from Chennai. The show was to bring about an awareness and rally the people against terrorism.
The most important point that was driven home was that terrorism has no religion and no religion advocates any such thing.
One of the nicest things was when the CoP gave me a call and asked me to be a part of the show. I thought it was unnecessary for someone of his stature to call me and was touched by the simplicity and the adherence to protocol.
The show started on dot. Can you believe that? 6.30 PM IST. It was also telecast live on People's channel.
The audience of Cochin, in all these years, I have noticed find it to be a huge effort to cheer or clap for anybody. They are mute spectators. I have heard several performers from Kerala say that this is the case in Cochin and Trivandrum. And they love to perform outside their borders just for the amount of appreciation that the crowd gives.
I sang Kannathil Muthamittal. Sivamani sir gave this super performance, once with Sri Jairam and once by himself. He used his suitcase and an empty bubble top water can in his list of percussive "instruments". Wow. Stephen Devassy was playing for us and it was awesome to have him play for KMI. Naresh sang Rubaroo and Pappu can't dance with Sayonara who joined in for the latter. I m unable to describe or list what happened yesterday mostly because I am unfamiliar with the songs and also its really tough to describe the goings-on when it is in a language you don't completely follow.
The performances were interspersed with the stars of Malayalam cinema address the gathering on the need to fight terrorism together.
It was extremely well put together, considering the arterial roads in Cochin, lack of parking space around the arena, as much as I saw it. I wonder how they pulled it off with a crowd of 15,000 +
I marveled at the sheer execution.
Only thing that was irksome - not many seem to care for the National Anthem. When the anthem starts playing, people think its like the end credits of a movie or something, during which time they can walk about, take pictures, talk and whatnot. Even those in the armed forces. I just hope we can learn to respect our anthem better.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow it is good to know that our singers are recognised in other states also...Good luck

Raymond said...

Wow great day uh!anyway enjoy yourself you will love your life.

Regards

Raymond(Malaysia)

Chriz said...

in our place, we get to see minibytes program on tv.. and most of the time you would be performing some songs in it... nice..

Retheesh said...

Hi Chinmayi,

Me from Kerala and thanks for putting your time to mention about the aspirations event.

I too wonder why we are not respecting the national anthem!

by the way, why is the name Blue elephant, have u saw one ?

cheers,
Sumod

gokul said...

malayala karai oram tamil padum kuruvi......

பிரியமுடன்... said...

ஜெய் ஹிந்த்!!

Swetha Harini said...

hi chinmayi!
good to know that you got to be a part of such a show! great :)
After reading this post, I am sure a lot of us would surely respect the anthem better!
Good luck !

cheers:)

sathu said...

Jai Ho!!!

பிரியமுடன்... said...

எதன் மீது பற்றுவைத்தாலும்
எடுத்து எறிந்துவிடுவார்கள்!
உன்னுடைய பற்று
உண்மையானதாக இருந்தால்கூட!!
ஆனால்
நாட்டின் மீது வைத்தபற்று மட்டும்
நாளாகினாலும் நலிந்துபோகாது!
தேசத்தாய் உன்னை பாசமுடன்
பார்த்துக்கொள்வாள்!
தாயிடம் மட்டும்தான்
தவறு செய்தாலும் பாசம் கிடைக்கும்!!
உன் பாசத்தை
உணர்ந்தவளும் அவளே!
வேற எவளையும் நம்பாதே!!
வேதனையில் வெம்பாதே!!
பாரத் மாதா கி ஜெய்!!

jishu said...

Hai akka,
cheers!akka,are u performing for Rivera ?

N David said...

Chinmayi ji

I was listening to the songs from guru.. and i accidentally found this blog.. and then I heard the three lines in dil gira dafatan..wow! your voice is the diamond that helps that brilliantly crafted golden song its moments of sparkle..

I am amazed at how it must feel to actually be part of such super humanly gifted community of artists.. I'm jealous :)

may your voice be part of a lot more riveting songs...God bless

and yes.. kannathil muthamittal is still my fav song of yours..

Mahesh said...

Wow...lots of ppl there and it would have been a great experience... Rock On sis...

The respect for national anthem...ya...it has to come out naturally....

Raghavan said...

Hi Chinmayi... Awestruck at the energy you got.Definitely Airtel super singer wouldnt have been so dynamic without you !! You've got a brilliant voice.. god gifted..btw, your bloopers were soo funny !! Was rolling on the floor laughing.

Sorry for having my comments going tangent from your current post. Great blogging ! was fun to read the life of a singer... you not knowing the songs you've sung :D

PS: Dunno if this ever struck you :D, but you can comment on your own blog and converse with people :)anyways.. Great going !! Kalakunga as always...

Raghavan said...

hi chinmayee, Please do not post approve this comment.

This is a message just for you. My earlier comment can also be rejected. I just went through your blog... your life is parkadal. abyss.. o my god... really humbled to know a person like you. I am stumped to read through your entire life. Lots of the stuff that happened are inspiring, funny, mind blowing, humbling and what not... There are soooo many especially's if i want to start pointing out. Yet, you stay cool as a cucumber and act like nothing ever happened, staying one among the crowd...

Truly you r a very rare breed. You are my inspiration Chinmayi. ungaluku semma style kuda :) God be with you always.

NaRaN said...

best of Chimaaye at http://naranonlinewithu.blogspot.com/2009/01/best-of-chinmayee.html

Priya Sivan said...

It is true that people get up and walk about while singing National Anthem at the end. It would be much better if people sing National Anthem at the start, like any devotional song, if rules permit.

Ananthasayanam T said...

At least there is 1 soul to care for our national anthem..in schools, they may as well stop playing cd/recorded n/an instead they may ask all kids to sing, as we used to..as such commitment levels been declining...

Raich said...

Hi Chinmayee,
Yes, you are very much true.
People must learn to respect our Anthem. But there are still people like you who values it.
I do remember once my friend just hummed this Vande Mataram song sung by Latha Mangeshkar ji. Suddenly another friend of mine stopped her not to sing as and when she wishes since it is an national anthem & one has to respect it.
Patriotism is a thing which should come from ones heart.

Nice blog. Keep on giving like this kinda messages.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chinmayi,

You are having a amazing sense of humour.... you could have performed vit some 4 years before!! ... VIT students are lucky!

Cheers,
Thamizhchelvan.
VIT alumni

Anonymous said...

i truthfully enjoy your writing type, very attractive.
don't give up and keep writing since it just good worth to follow it,
looking forward to look into more and more of your current stories, have a pleasant day ;)