I have sung for M Jayachandran sir after quite a while and like every song that I have recorded for him, this one is also very special. This is a duet with Vijay Yesudas, perhaps the next release after our duet in Pokkisham. Jayachandran sir is a strict task master and he gave me my break in Malayalam with the song in the album Swandham. Except for Thilakam, every song I have sung in Malayalam movies is for him. He is soft spoken, supra patient with teaching me the song and Malayalam and has told me several times that I am like his little sister. And I have loved his music and his style.
The last few times I sang for M Jayachandran sir, there was this interesting guy called Sainoj, a very good singer who proclaimed that he would be my Malayalam Guru, who would also guide me on the singing and pronunciation. We met and spoke mostly during recordings, during the lunch breaks if and when they happened around the time of the sessions. Occasionally he used to drop a line on Orkut. I am given to understand that he has a couple of tremendous hits to his name recently and was touted to be one of the fastest rising singers there. But then God did have different plans and one day a few weeks ago he collapsed, slipped into a coma and eventually slipped away. This I came to know several days after he passed on, at a time when I had gone to record a song at the studio where we worked together. I have remembered mom saying that that some people do not have permission to leave this world. I don't think Sainoj had anyone's permission either. He was fun, cracking jokes and every recording session used to be what good memories are made of. Thinking of him will always bring a smile to my face which he constantly used to ask me to do. Smile that is.
I am admiring Vijay Yesudas's singing in this song. Have a listen and let me know what you think. And I hope Sainoj is listening somewhere and smiling in his own special way and I remember a very distant "Aniyathi.... smile cheyyu!!"