Kochi: Two young and promising playback singers of the contemporary Malayalam film industry staged a scintillating performance at Government General Hospital here on Wednesday, offering a musical solace to the patients there. Ganesh Sundaram and Soumya Ramakrishnan wove together a string of evergreen old and new melodies for the patients.
The singers were at the hospital to participate in the ‘Arts and Medicine’ programme, being organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Mehboob Memorial Orchestra every Wednesday at the hospital premises.
The 48th edition of the programme opened with condolence messages on the demise of eminent cartoonist R K Laxman and popular Malayalam film actor Mala Aravindan.
Ganesh, who is a noted figure in the devotional and film music circuit, opened the programme by crooning Ammave Vanangathe from movie Mannan. Soumya, who has sung for over ten Malayalam films lately, chipped in with Manjal Prasadavum from movie Nakhakshathangal.
Popular melodies like 'Chembakathaikal pootha' from movie Kathirunna Nimisham, 'moham kondu njan' from Shesham Kaazhchayil and the title song of Hindi film Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin also triggered a sense of nostalgia among the audience as revealed by their quiet but joyful faces.
During his career as a singer, Ganesh has sung many devotional and theatre songs. He has also been the playback singer for movies including Loudspeaker, Violin and Vikramadityan. Soumya, who has sung for films like Oru Arabikatha, Ozhimuri and Vikramadityan, has won the Ramu Kariat award for best female playback in 2014.