Monday, January 28, 2013

G.ARAVINDAN

G.Aravindan was a genius person with diversified talents in various aspects like Cartoons,Painting,Screenplay and Film Direction,Carnatic and Hindusthani Music,  Music Composing   etc.
G.Aravindan was  born on 21 January 1935 at Kottayam to famous Advocate/Writer M.N.Govindan Nair.He took his degree in Botany from C.M.S. College Kottayam and got employment in Rubber Board.While working in Rubber Board he lived  in several places of Kerala  including Calicut,Kottayam and Trivandrum where all he was involved in the cultural activities and earned friendships and contacts with  eminent personalities.
'Ramu' main cartoon character of Aravindan
He was an expert in oil painting and water colour paintings.He was very talented in cartoons and from the early 60's he started a cartoon page in 'Mathrubhoomi Weekly' which was published as 'Cheriya Manushyarum Valia Lokavum' consecutively for more than 15 years.His cartoon series received much acclaim and appreciation widely and he gained name and fame.Through his cartoons he effectively conveyed his cogitations,inveterate beliefs and viewpoints to the society.
From the childhood itself he was trained in Carnatic music.Later while staying at Calicut he learned Hindustani Music  from Saratchandra Rai.
Aravindan had  reading as his  main hobby and he was interested in films also.He used to attend the International film festivals from 1952 itself  when it was initially started in India.He had acquaintance with Drama Experts like C.N.Sreekantan Nair,Kavalam Narayana Panicker etc and Film Directors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, John Abraham etc also.When 'Chitralekha Film Society' was started in Trivandrum under the leadership and guidance of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, he was also an active member in it.
In 1974 G.Aravindan directed a film 'Utharayanam' which was writtten by Thikkodiyan.He also followed the path of experimental or Parallel Cinema which concentrated on realistic and artistic perspectives.The film 'Utharayanam' earned state and Central awards.It was selected for several film festivals Nationally and Internationally.
In 1977 he was bold enough to present  a part of 'Ramayana'  in his own view point and visuals under the title 'Kanchana Sita'.Sree Rama and Lakshmana were portrayed indifferently  which received much criticism.The character Sita never appears on the screen but shown as the nature or breeze.Those period witnessed nice 'art films' presented by directors like P.A.Bakkar,Adoor Gopalakrishnan,Aravindan,John Abraham etc which dramatically changed the  scenario which prevailed till then.
Afterwards he directed films "Thambu, Kummatty,Esthappan,Pokku Veyil,Chidambaram,Oridathu,Vasthuhara"  and several documentaries also.
Some of his documentaries also received awards.






G.Aravindan was the  music Director for films 'Ore Thooval Pakshikal,Yaro Oral,Esthappan,and Piravi'.He got Kerala State Award as  Best Music Director for film  'Ore Thooval Pakshikal'.

He directed  a drama 'Kali' of C.N. Sreekantan Nair and  one  drama 'Avanavan Kadamba'  of Kavalam Narayana Panicker.
G.Aravindan got Kerala State Best Director Awards for 'Utharayanam' in 1974,
'Kanchanasitha' in 78, 'Thampu in 79, Pokkuveyil in 81, 'Chidambaram' in 85,
'Oridathu' in 86,Vasthuhara  in 1990.He got National award for 'Kanchana Sita,Thambu, and Oridathu'.Film 'Kummatty' was selected as Best Children's film in 1979.'Chidambaram' was selected as Best Film in National level.
Aravindan was a deep thinker and perfectionist who never deviated from his perspectives.He never grumbled or hankered for more.He did not opt for commercial gains in his films.Being a musician also  he did not include unnecessary song scenes in his films  but preferred to employ  the tranquillity of silence rather than sounds.He always stayed firm with his convictions.
Aravindan left this world on March 15, 1991.His contributions to different fields of art and culture  including cinema will be ever remembered.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

M.S.GOPALAKRISHNAN

The legendary violinist M.S.Gopalakrishnan left this world on Thursday 
3 Jan 2013.
The veteran artiste was 82 years old and had been admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.
He was an exponent of both Carnatic and Hindustani music and his musical
contributions spanned for seven decades.
By the demise of this extraordinary talented prodigy Indian music world
loses another towering icon.
He was one of the two sons of Paravur Sundaram Iyer. His father was a member of the musical court of Travancore Maharaja and was also an expert violinist.M.S.Gopalakrishnan's first Guru was his father itself.His brother also got trained in violin from his father and became well known violinist in the name 'Paravur M.S.Andandaraman'.
His father Paravur Sundaram Iyer was famous for his own style of  using violin which is famous as 'Paravur Style'.He handled a peculiar mode  in which bowing and fingering of the instrument was done with a unique style which was handed over to M.S.Gopalakrishnan.M.S.Gopalakrishnan 
followed this style precisely well and amazingly easy  always with a smile on his face.He was an excellent perfectionist who handled the instrument to produce very minute notes also with  much expertise belying his concentration by raising his eyebrows slightly.
M.S.Gopalakrishnan's father had moved with his family to Chennai when
the children were very young.They  were staying at Mylapore.MSG's first performance was at the age of eight and the first performance in front of a large audience was at the age of sixteen.
He had carved a niche for himself as a solo violinist, but had accompanied 
all the great vocalists such as Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar,Alathur Brothers,G.S.Balasubramanyam,Madurai Mani Iyer etc etc for many decades.
He was recipient of Padma Shri Award in 1975, 
                                   Padma Bhushan  in 2012
                                   Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award in 1978
                                   Kendra Sangeeta Natak  Academy Award in  1982.



He was also recipient of 'Kalaimamani Award'  from Tamil Nadu Government, Sangeeta Kalanidhi Award etc.