How the indie music scene in Malayalam fared in 2021

Because the leisure trade went on restoration mode in 2021 after a pandemic-hit 2020, the indie music scene in Malayalam noticed productions with distinct soundscapes. The early a part of the 12 months had rap and hip-hop music holding sway. There have been experimental tasks as effectively, corresponding to mixing of Carnatic music and symphonic orchestra, medley and rap, EDM and regional folks….. Some songs went viral due to catchy lyrics and presentation.

Rap and roll

Like 2020, rappers have been on a roll this 12 months too. Kochi Music Basis (KMF) organised ‘Para’ (Say), a digital hip-hop music pageant that featured MC Cooper, Vedan, Avenue Teachers, Fejo, Blesslee, Aditi Nair (Rap Child), Marthyan, Irfana Hameed, Manushyar, Neeraj Madhav (NJ), A.B.I, Indulekha Warrier and Vaishnavi Avees (Vivzy).

A still from the video ‘One Under the Sun’

‘One Underneath the Solar’, one of many first releases of the 12 months, had a mix of melody and rap within the voices of James Thakara, founding father of the band Thakara, and Vedan (Hirandas Murali), who shot to fame along with his music, ‘Voice of Unvoiced’. Written and composed by Akhil Ramachandran, the music rooted for equality and questions the prejudices within the society.

The type rubbed off on composer Bijibal in addition to he and lyricist BK Harinarayanan composed ‘Vithu’, a music devoted to farmers protesting towards the Centre’s farmers’ invoice.

Notable notes

The 12 months noticed many standout tasks. Renuka Arun introduced collectively Carnatic music and symphonic orchestra for her manufacturing ‘Maruthai’ that spoke towards abuse of ladies and youngsters. For the music video starring Mitra Visvesh, the singer-composer labored with Fames Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra.

Renuka Arun’s album ‘Maruthai’

Varkey’s (Arun Varghese) ‘Chiri Paatu’, revolving round friendship, blended EDM and regional folks. The music video was directed by Goutham Soorya.

Varkey (Arun Varghese)

The texture-good vibes was spot on within the musical, ‘Made in Heaven – Kanmani’ from the Shaan Rahman-Benny Dayal combo. Made like a brief movie by actor Noble B Thomas, it informed the story of a girl who takes her boyfriend house to fulfill her dad and mom.

It was a chocolate cake that took centrestage within the music video, ‘Thonnal’, that includes and directed by Ahaana Krishna. The melody was composed by Govind Vasantha and sung by Haniya Nafisa, who grew to become a sensation with a number of cowl variations being posted on social media. Experimentation too was on show; working example being As soon as Upon a Blue Moon by Pina Colada Blues a.okay.a Kevin Shaji.

Ahaana Krishna in the music video ‘Thonnal’, which she directed as well

Ahaana Krishna within the music video ‘Thonnal’, which she directed as effectively
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On the indie observe

A number of singers got here up with indie productions. Sooraj Santhosh launched ‘Harinamakeerthanam’ from his impartial album, The Gypsy Solar. He rendered verses from Harinamakeerthanam, a philosophical textual content in Malayalam by Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, the daddy of contemporary Malayalam literature. Sithara Krishnakumar had two main releases — ‘Arutharuthu’, a manufacturing of her band Venture Malabaricus, and ‘Tharuni’, a dance musical composed by Mithun Jayaraj. Whereas ‘Arutharuthu’ is a name for conserving the atmosphere, ‘Tharuni’, is for ladies. It noticed Sithara return to her days as a classical dancer.

Gowry Lekshmi

Gowri Lekshmi launched Carnatic music sequence Rathnamala, an EP with 4 songs that consisted of each classical and semi-classical songs. The singer-composer additionally created historical past by changing into the primary Malayali musician to get on board the NFT platform, wherein she launched a few songs.

Whereas Jyotsna launched ‘Senorita’, a melody written and sung by her, playback singer KS Harishankar sang in just a few indie productions, together with ‘Oblivion’ for Ashwin Renju, ‘Kanmoodi Paarthal’ (Sam Simon George), ‘Dhoore’ (Mithun Mohan) and ‘Vaarkadal’ (The Non Violinist Venture).

Shock hits

Ashwin Bhaskar (right) and KP Naisal. Ashwin brought out a 'dialogue with beats' video, ‘Perfect OK’ with dialogues by Naisal

Ashwin Bhaskar (proper) and KP Naisal. Ashwin introduced out a ‘dialogue with beats’ video, ‘Good OK’ with dialogues by Naisal
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Uncommon content material grabbed consideration this 12 months. Just like the ‘dialogue-with-beat’ video by Ashwin Bhaskar, an audio engineer, composer and music producer. His ‘Good Okay’ ‘music’ had beats blended with dialogues from a video by KP Naisal, an autorickshaw driver, and garnered over 13 million views. One other musician who went viral was Karthik Krishnan a.okay.a The Humble Musician, a vlogger-cum-musician whose music ‘Aanayaal karayalle pennayaal kuniyalle’ questioned gender roles.

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