Wednesday, March 6, 2013

VAIKOM VASUDEVAN NAIR AND THANKAM VASUDEVAN NAIR

During the 40's and 50's there was a sensational couple in Kerala who were acclaimed for their extremely talented acting skill and also for their wonderful 
singing abilities.Both of them were usually the leading pair of their 'Musical opera troupe' which presented excellent musical plays which fascinated the audience.During those period the characters who sings for the scene had to sing the songs themselves "live" then and there on the stage.There was no playback singing at that period for theatre.This caused shortage of new actors and actresses since people having both the abilities of acting as well as singing were rare.But 'Vaikom Vasudevan Nair and Thankam Vasudevan Nair' earned the love and respect of all people because of their versatile acting skill and beautiful singing of classical songs.
Vaikom Vasudevan Nair used to present new plays with novel theme that usually attracted the audience.He along with his wife Thankam Vasudevan Nair handled the lead pair always for the Musical Operas.People were equally attracted to theatre those days like cinema.One play by name 'Yachaki' presented by Vaikom Vasudevan Nair and Thankam Vasudevan Nair became roaring success and the couple became popular all over India.

It was at that time an idea of producing a Malayalam film entered in to the mind of Vaikom Vasudevan Nair.Even though he did not have any experience of film field, he produced a film by name 'Kerala Kesari' in the year 1951.It was directed by V.Krishnan.
Vaikom Vasudevan Nair and Thankam Vasudevan Nair acted as the lead pair in that film.
Kerala Kesari was the 14th Malayalam film and he was aware that 'Nirmala' the previous film in Malayalam was a flop but he dared to produce the film.
Stories of similar type used to be  a success for Tamil films at that period and Vaikom Vasudevan Nair's expectation did not materialize. Kerala Kesari did not collect well and Vaikom Vasudevan Nair and Thankam Vasudevan Nair bid farewell to Malayalam film industry for ever and returned to their drama field.
Three songs of that film were sung by Vaikom Vasudevan Nair and two songs were sung by Thankam Vasudevan Nair.'Thumbaman Padmanabhankutty wrote the lyrics and 'Jnanamani' was the music composer.The songs were of classical style and Dr.Kaviyoor Revamma also sang songs for this film.The first devotional song of Lord Ayyappa in a Malayalam film is from 'Kerala Kesari'.The first line of that song is as 'Ayyappa akhilanda kodi nilaya bhaktha samrakshaka'.
Thankam Vasudevan Nair's voice was very sweet but since the couple quit film field with one cinema, the audience lost chances to enjoy her more film songs.
                                

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