For talents, the world is no more inaccessible. The vista of opportunities unleashed in the digital era has made it possible. Or else a gifted singer like Lalloo Alphonse would have remained known to just a few in her close circles. A teacher with Mar Augusthinose college, Ramapuram, Lalloo is now an internet sensation along with her singer husband Anup. The couple has since formed a band 'Singing Couple' and is busy conducting programmes, thanks to the videos of their songs which went viral on Facebook and YouTube.
The first blitzkrieg happened when the couple thrilled the audience at their wedding reception with the duet, 'Poonkattinodum kilikalodum...' from the film Poomughapadiyil Ninneyum Kaathu. The video was widely shared on the internet. Next came Lalloo's song at a college function. The song 'Aadivaa kaatte...' taking Lalloo's fame a notch higher.
However, it was the song, 'Mere dholna dun...' from the film Bhool Bhulaiyya that earned her the moniker, 'Shreya Ghoshal of Kerala'. The sweet and melodious voice of Lalloo was so unmistakably evident on the eve of her brother's wedding reception that the viewers were moved to a delirious frenzy which resonated on the internet after the video was posted on social media.
Onmanorama caught up with Lalloo and Anup, residents of Kunnumbhagham at Kanjirappally, Kottayam. Anup, works as an SEO analyst at an IT firm named 'Inventiv Hub' at Palai, vetted his music skills by singing at church choirs. The couple is now practising carnatic music under the tutelege of Ponkunnam Jose.
The 'Singing Couple' band have performed at various parties and functions and their major break was an invite to perform in Kuwait at a programme helmed by Kottayam Nazeer. When asked if Lalloo has received any calls from any mainstream music directors the teacher-singer revealed that, film-maker Bhadran had made an offer.
"Bhadran sir was present at our wedding reception and had witnessed our performance. He had promised that I would be given a chance in his upcoming film," Lalloo sid. Dr. M Sudheep Elayidom, who composed a song for the film 'Fukri', has also offered a chance to her in his next project.
On supporting each other in the musical journey Anup says that they both help each other in the getting the tunes right. "But I like when she sings naturally, rather than to perform on stage or in a recording studio," Anup remarked.
Lalloo, who also busy with recording album songs says her students are very excited in her her singing. The English professor who teaches the verses of Shakespeare and Keats sometimes yield to the yearns of the students to croon a number or two in the class room. "But teaching them is my first priority," she says and adds that she likes to pursue both singing and teaching together.
On why she didn't pursue music as a career Lalloo disclosed, "there are hundreds of talents out there and I am unsure of competing with them." At the same time she is ready to accept any chance to sing in a film.
About comparison with Shreya, the teacher gets coy, but said, "it's an unfair comparison."
"Shreya Ghoshal is a living legend. May be there is resemblance in voice, but I can reach nowhere near that great artist," concluded the singer who always wears a cheerful smile while singing.