Here's a musical tribute to Kerala marking statehood day

Shradha Muralidharan

Musician and vocal coach Sunil Koshy was much noted for his initiative 'From Mug to Mike' which introduced some incredible bathroom singers to limelight.

Bengaluru-based Malayali Koshy is now back again with a musical tribute to Kerala.

'Malayalam Manadaaril' which aimed to bring the real flavour of Kerala was released on the occasion of the statehood day (Kerala Piravi) on November 1.

The 4 minute 52 seconds long video song is written by Manu Manjith and composed by Sunil Koshy.

Spreading a positive vibe

“This video is like a gift to each Malayalis out there. We wanted to bring a melodious song which spreads a positive vibe among all,” said Sunil Koshy.

The music director of the song, Sunil Koshy

The song has been conceptualized by Archana Hallikeri, and is being released under the banner of From Mug To Mike. Sunil Koshy has trained over 7500 passionate aspiring singers and amateurs and conducted over 400 workshops in different cities including Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kochi and UAE.

“Mug To Mike is a platform for amateur singers who carry the dreams of releasing their own music videos collaborating with top musicians. This song in fact stands as a proof to the talents whose parents want to bring the best from them,” he said.

While the top musicians of Malayalam film industry have joined for this musical venture, what makes it unique is the singer Shradha. Interestingly, Shradha learnt the song by just listening to a rough track made by Koshy, the music director of the album.

Breaking barriers

Singer Shradha Muralidharan is a specially challenged girl with learning disability. She has been training with From Mug To Mike for the last 2 years. She has also been learning classical music.   

“Reading and writing took a backstage in her life. Although she had learning disability, Shradha used to sit in front of TV listening to songs. So that's how I realized her interest in music. Thus, we started hunting for teachers. And many of them were kind enough to teach her Carnatic,” Shradha's mother Priya told Onmanorama.

Basically from Palakkad, Shradha is settled with family in Bangalore and is currently learning multimedia diploma course.

“It was a little difficult for her coming before the camera.That was one milestone for me as a mother. But everybody handled her very patiently. I am indebted to the entire team. We prepared her mentally as it was something new for her. Whenever she stood dressed up, the team asked to keep singing and thus all the shots were taken. It took a long time for me to accept the disability as a parent but I wanted to change her horoscope and wasn't worried for the result. Now, I just enjoy taking her and helping her in everything,” Priya added.

While the song is mixed and mastered by Saibu Simon at legendary singer Hariharan's In The Mix Studios, Mumbai, the video is shot by Sudeep Eeyes.

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