Where does Thambiran’s folk flavour come from?

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PRINCE PALLATHATTA
Published Feb 19, 2017, 12:05 am IST
Updated Feb 19, 2017, 7:01 am IST
Sushin Shyam has a new designation in Mollywood— composer.
Sushin Shyam
 Sushin Shyam

Music buffs may have known him as the keyboardist of the bands The Down Troddence and Motherjane. But now, Sushin Shyam has a new designation in Mollywood— composer. Making his debut as a composer with the romantic track Kisa Paathiyil in Kismath, he has tuned two songs for the movie Ezra.

It was none other than his father Shyam Prakash who instilled love for music in him by imparting his first lessons on the keyboard. As the passion consumed him, he abandoned his B Tech and joined music director Deepak Dev for two years. He has also worked with music directors M. Jayachandran, Ouseppachan and Rajamani.

 

He was originally drafted to do the background score for Ezra but during his discussions with director Jay K, he insisted that Sushin also handle the songs. “The first song which I composed for Ezra was Thambiran, which is rich in folk flavour. The best part was Vipin Raveendran's earthy vocals which synced well with my tune.

Many told him after listening the Thambiran song that there was a TDT (The Down Troddence) flavour to the song. “I believe that it’s not the TDT flavor that reflected in the song. It’s my flavour of music which got transferred to the TDT,” he says. Iruluneelumraave was the second song in which he repeats his Kisa Pathiyil singer Sachin Balu.

“I met Pritviraj during the audio release of the movie and he appreciated me for the tune of Thambiran. This is my favourite movie genre. There is huge scope for music and sound designing in this genre. After doing background score for the movies Sapthamasree Thaskara, Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi and Kismath, Ezra was really a challenging one. I did plenty of homework for Ezra and almost a year of hard work paid off,” Sushin explains.The trend of employing multiple music directors and lyricists is catching up in Malayalam and Ezra is the latest instance. Sushin has tuned two songs while Rahul Raj composed the third song Lailakame. The lyrics of the songs are by three different songwriters, Anwar Ali,Vinayak Sasikumar and Harinarayanan B.K. “I’m a huge supporter of this new trend which allows for experimentation,” he says.

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