Veteran composer M K Arjunan Master, who won the state award for the best music director this time, has expressed shock over a report that Abhijith Vijayan, a young singer, had been denied the best singer award as the jury felt that he was trying to imitate Yesudas.
Speaking to Manorama News.com, Arjunan Master expressed his dejection over the jury's decision. "Abhijith Vijayan has much talent. His voice has no resemblance to that of Yesudas'. I did not feel that he was trying to sing like Yesudas. Abhijith was singing in his real voice in the film. Can anybody copy Yesudas just like that?" he asked.
The news report said that Abhijith had reached the final round of the competition for best singer for his song 'Kuttanadan kaattu chodikkunnu' in the film Bhayanakam. Arjunan Master had won the best music director award for the same film.
The report said the jury members realised that the song was rendered not by Yesudas only in the last round. They denied Abhijith the award after they decided that the young singer was trying to imitate Yesudas.
Arjunan Master, reacting sharply to the decision said, "Are not the jury members knowledgeable people? Can't they make out the difference between the voice of Yesudas and others?"
"I won the state award after being in this profession for 50 years. Still, I am not sad. Abhijith will also get award in future if he is real talented," Arjunan Master added.
"Jayaraj, the director of Bhayanakam had recommended Abhijith to me. Somebody had told Jayaraj that there was a boy who sang well in Kollam. We heard Abhijith singing and liked it and he sang for the movie," Arjunan Master added.
According to the state award jury, Shahabaz Aman won the best singer award for his 'Mizhiyil ninnum mizhiyilekku…' song in Mayaanadhi after majority of the members felt that Abhijith was trying to imitate Yesudas.
In the final round, only Abhijith and Shahabaz Aman were in the reckoning.
Jury member and music director Jerry Amaldev told Manorama Online: "Abhijith had a good chance to win the best singer award for the song in Bhayanakam. However, some jury members felt he was trying to copy the voice of Yesudas. A singer should sing in his own voice."
Asked whether the voice of Abhijith and Yesudas could not be similar, Jerry replied that Abhijith had tried to copy even the improvisations adopted by Yesudas.