Kannur: A family here got back a long lost member after more than half a century, all thanks to a TV show. Had it not been for the show, C K Balakrishnan and his siblings would not have met their long lost brother after five decades.
It was an emotional reunion at Balakrishnan's house at at Alavi, Ottathengu, the other day as he hugged his elder brother Ammu Dasan who had left home 53 years ago. Balakrishnan's younger brother Mohanan, children and grandchildren were all present to witness the reunion. They were all vying each other to give him the emotional embraces.
Dasan and all his siblings had the inkling towards art and music like their father Chokyamkandi Chathukutty of Kodiyeri who used to play harmonium blind-folded. Chathukutty's wife had given birth to 14 children of which eight died at a very young age, including their daughter Ammu. So when the couple had a son later, they named him Ammu Dasan in memory of their daughter.
A voracious reader, Dasan was smitten by the acting bug at a very young age. He was very much into drama, singing and cycle expeditions.During one such expedition, he met Ammini at Nedumbassery in Ernakulam district and they became close. During his pre-university days at Brennen College in Kannur, the love affair got so intense that Ammu Dasan left his home and village to live with Ammini at her native place. Later, he went to Chennai and Kodambakkam to make his filmy dreams come true, and ended up making small appearances in a couple of films. Dasan settled down in Nedumbassery and saw his children and grandchildren grow up.
The recent reunion was possible after Dasan attended the reality programme 'Udan Panam' being aired by Mazhavil Manorama. After his son-in-law Charuhasan had informed him about its shoot going at at Athani, in Thrissur, he proceeded to witness it. The channel crew even asked him to participate in the show and he agreed and this proved to be critical.
Back in Kannur, one Dr Bhagyanathan rang up Balakrishnan’s relative Ponnayyam after seeing a promo of 'Udan Panam' to inform him that a person having close resemblance with Balakrishnan is participating in the show. Balakrishnan was half-convinced that the person in the show was indeed Dasan. He had no doubt whatsoever when Dasan sang 'Aadiyil vachanamundayi', based on a Biblical theme, the very same number his brother used to hum during their childhood.
Immediately, a letter was sent to Dasan after his personal details were mentioned in the show. As Dasan was a known figure in the panchayat, the letter reached his house at Lakshamveedu Colony at Thuruthissery in Nedumbassery panchayat. This finally culminated in the reunion at Balakrishnan's house.
Their eldest brother 84-year-old Raman resides at the ancestral house at Kodiyeri. His sister Kalyani, who lives in Kuttiyadi, along with all other family members later gathered at the ancestral house at Kodiyeri to meet Dasan and his son Kamalahasan, a gesture that underscores that Dasan is irrevocably a part of their lives.