Pramadavanam-Tribute To Ravindran-Part-I
This tribute will continue till I exhaust my collection of good karaoke songs of Ravindran.
Since I have already posted some songs, I will just mention about them in between.
I begin with a terrific tongue twister "Pramadavanam" which I believe as one of the best songs of Ravindran. Be warned, it is also not for the yellow livered! I never had the guts to sing it in front of Ravindran master as did other reputed singers. This is a very very difficult song to sing and the whole of Yesudas's depth in voice, range, control, modulation, knowledge of classical music, flow of voice, flow of sangathis comes to the fore-front! This easily is the toughest song to sing composed for malayalam cinema after Kaattile Paalmulam. Harimuraleeravam stands next. But the biggest enigma of all is that when this song was there in "His Highness Abdulla" and should have easily got both Yesudas & Ravindran the National awards, M.G Sreekumar walked away with the the award for "Naadaroopini" in the same film! It still remains a mystery as do many ways of Malayalam Cinema Music.
As I mentioned earlier, this is my first attempt at "Pramadavanam" as a mark of respect to my mentor in Malayalam Cinema music. Pleae do keep in mind that what I am trying to do when singing such classical numbers is not blindly imitate the song by singing sangathi for sangathi but try to give new expressions without trying to lose the original mood of the song. As I know Ravindran master, he used to give full freedom to the singer after giving his version of sangathis. If the singer came up with a good or better expression he would keep it. So I follow his tradition. He was never rigid as some other Music Directors. Maybe that's why we have had such terrific songs rendered by Dasettan!
61) Pramadavanam Veendum-Ravindran-Yesudas-Kaithapram-His Highness Abdulla