It has been 10 years since Gopi Sunder debuted as a music director, after assisting national award-winning musician Ouseppachan for almost the same number of years. Gopi could grab the attention of music followers and film buffs by composing interesting sound tracks and could redefine the background score segment of Malayalam films. But the interesting element in his musical career is that the national awardee had not so far worked with music legend K.J. Yesudas.
Now, he has got the golden opportunity to collaborate with the Ganagandharvan for Mohanlal-starrer Pulimurugan and Gopi says it was his long time dream coming true.
“Though I could work with Dasettan during my assisting days from Aniyathipravu, it was for Pulimurugan I could invite him to my recording studio. In fact, it was my dream to make him sing for my composition. But I did not attempt that just because I could not find that special track in any of my previous works,” says the music director. Gopi approached Yesudas a few days ago with the composition for Pulimurugan, which has Rafeeq Ahmed as the lyricist.
“It was a great experience giving instructions to a legend like him. Though I was very excited, I could manage to convey my ideas to Dasettan in a perfect manner. Very keenly he was asking me about small variation in the tunes. It just took one and a half hours for the total discussion and recording!” Gopi adds, “Majority of my songs are crooned by young or new singers, except Jayachandran sir and Vani Jayaram ma’m. The young singers could give at least one percent above what was expected from them. But when it comes to seniors like Dasettan and Jayachandran sir, they give a 10,000 times better output of what I have composed.”
The song rendered by Yesudas is a duet with K.S. Chitra. “Another happy element is that Chitra chechi has also sung for me for the first time. Teaming up with legends like Dasettan and Chitra chechi is more than any award. I am really blessed,” says Gopi. The song is expected to release next week.