You may or may not have heard her name. But make sure you follow her music from now on. Because Gowry Lekshmi, possibly the youngest female music director Malayalam cinema industry has ever had, is here to stay.
This is not about another film project of hers. This youngster has collaborated with fellow musicians to bring out her first single music video titled Thoni. The musician's Facebook page says it has been a smooth sail for the song. Quite true.
In 5 days after the release, Thoni has garnered close to 30,000 views. For an independent music video, these numbers are very good. Mouth to mouth publicity and positive reports about Thoni are boosting the reach of Gowry's music. When you listen to the song and watch the video, you know that the numbers are well deserving.
The song, written, composed and sung by Gowry Lekshmi has its own soul and could even give you goosebumps. The simple strings in the beginning make way for Gowry's free-spirited and confident vocals, taking us along in that Thoni. The nuances she fuses into the song effortlessly lift the mood of the song.
Thoni also scores where most of Malayalam's music videos fail. The video, shot at green-rich locations of Kerala, is top-notch and has the stamp of quality written all over. It features the singer herself and narrates a story of hope through abstract frames, flowing in sweet sync with the music.
Gowry, who held the hand of music close from her childhood days, has been writing and composing songs. Director Rosshan Andrrews, who liked her song Sakhiye..., used it in his Mohanlal-starrer _Casanovva that came out in 2012. She was only 13 when she composed the song. The song was used in the movie when she was 15. Though the movie failed in box office, Gowry's work was much appreciated.
The BA Music course in RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Thrippunithura has cemented her knowledge of music. She continued her music studies in Chennai and has also rendered voice for a few Tamil film songs too.
Gowry, who likes to perform live on stage than singing elsewhere, has composed quite a good number of tunes for music bands and albums. Thoni is her biggest work so far and she has made sure that she gets the best of the industry as her collaborators.
While Rex Vijayan was in charge of sound mixing, Sandeep Mohan handled the guitars, Joe Johnson the keyboards and Subin Pappachan the percussion. Sunil Karthikeyan took care of the camera department and Syam Chandrasekhara Menon directed the music video.
Malayalam music has never been confined to film music, although the popularity film songs enjoy is incomparable. However, the scenario has changed positively in the past years for talented musicians out there, thanks to music shows on TV channels and the reach one can get through social media.
But this change had its ugly side too. It opened the floodgates, and we witnessed umpteen number of 'album' songs, most of which turned out to be mediocre.
The scene changed again of late for the good and Kerala, now, has an enviable number of musicians who are making it big on national and international platforms. Going by her current form, Gowry Lekshmi looks all set to go places with her soulful music.
Sail on Thoni and Gowry!