Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013, Photo Gallery

Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013 a three-day dance festival in Thiruvananthapuram, featured various form of indian classsical dance by the young talents across the country. 

Click Here to go to PHOTO GALLERY

Centenary of Indian Cinema – A program of Music and Dance

On the occasion of World Music day, the Alliance Française de Bangalore paid homage to Indian Cinema with a screening of song and dance sequences chosen from various Indian films. Centenary of Indian Cinema – A program of Music and Dance from Indian films featured the dance performance from various dance schools includes Articulate, Chithkala School of Dance, Natyantharanga, Monisha Arts, Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance and Vaishnavi Natyashala.  Dances from various regional films highlighted the culture and ethos of this country. 

Here is the photo feature from the event by Shandilya Srivatsa, a Professional photographer and one of the Managing Trustee of International Arts & cultural Foundation. 

Click Here to go to PHOTO FEATURE 

'Jyothirgamaya' 10th annual celebration of Natyakalari

Jyothirgamaya 2013 organized by Natyakalari School of Classical Dance as part of its 10th annual celebration held at Priyadarshini Town Hall, Alwaye on 10th May. Guru Padmabhooshan Dhananjayans was officially inaugurated the celebration in the presence of  Anwar Sadath  (MLA), Parvathy Raghunath (Director,Natyakalari) , M Balasubramanyam (Principal, RLV Collage), Guru Kalakshetra Vilasini, Guru Kala. Sumathi and Guru Sunil Nellayi. Bharatanatyam workshop and concert by Dhananjayans was the main attraction of the event. Here is the photo feature from the program.

Click Here to go to PHOTO FEATURE

Janabheri National Theatre Festival 2013 (JNTF) Photo Gallery

The 1st Janabheri National Theatre Festival (JNTF-2013, organised by Janabheri, Thrissur in association with Ministry of Culture, New Delhi and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi was held during April 23 – 27, 2013, at K.T.Muhammed Memorial Regional Theatre, Thrissur.  

Click Here to go to Gallery

Kalasagar Award 2013 Announced 
Kalasagar Award 2013 :: Oru Piranalinte Ormakai
Awards instituted by Kalasagar as part of the 89th birth anniversary observance of chenda maestro Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval have been announced. All the award winners were selected through the nominations from the art lovers. The awards will be presented on May 28 at Kerala Kalamandalam Koothambalam. Ashtapadiyattam - a dance drama conceptualized and choreographed by kalamandalam krishnankutty poduval is being revised by rajan poduval will be presented at the function. This will be followed by Kirmira Vadham Kathakali by leading artists of Kerala kalamandalam.  

Nizhalattam 'Soul of Shados' a photo & painting Exhibition by facebook fraternity tvmdot.in 

Nizhalattam 'Soul of Shados' a photo & painting Exhibition organized by facebook fraternity tvmdot.in was held at Russian cultural centre, Trivandrum. Exhibition was officially inaugurated by cine director Dr Biju in the presence of chief guest Artist Bhattathiri. Photo Feature by Veena Kiran 

Click Here to Read more 

Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013

The First edition of Six day national young dance festival organized by Kalabharathi Foundation for Indian Culture and Heritage will begin at the Kerala Sahithya Academy campus, Thrissur on 25 April 2013. 

The festival will showcase 17 young acclaimed soloists representing six Indian classical dance traditions. More than 15 young talents have been selected through national level screening and will present different forms of Indian classical at forms including Mohiniyattam, Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi & Manipuri. 

Kalabharathi National Young Dance Fest 2013
Janabheri National Theatre Festival 2013 :: Delegate Registration

Janabheri National Theatre Festival (JNTF) 2013 delegate Registration has been stared through thiraseela.com. Online registration will close on 20 APR 2013. Hurry Up and book your seat Today !!!

Delegate Registration Link

Delegate Registration Process

We request you to get ready with below before you start register. You may requested to ask the below details while registering. 
  • Any valid identity card 
  • Photo (To use in the delegate pass)

How to Register
  • Please go to the link JNTF 2013 Delegate Registration
  • Clearly fill the delegate registration form and give all the requested details.
  • Once you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation in your email
  • Please submit the mail printout along with your ID proof and make a payment of Rs 125/- at the venue festival counter.
  • Those who already paid can collect the balance amount of Rs 300/- from the festival counter..
  • You can collect the delegate pass and festival kit from the counter once you complete the payment & verification.
  • The festival counter will be open from 22 APR @ 3 pm on wards.
  • Entry for the delegates will start by 15 mins before the show.
  • Please call 854 749 4376 for any help or assistance.

Registration Charges
  • Delegate registration for individuals is Rs 125/-
  • The delegate fee includes access to all the 5 days programs
  • Festival kit will be issued to all the delegates
  • The limit for purchase is one ticket per individual.
  • Online registration will close on April 20, 2013.
About the Delegate Pass

When you register, you will receive a confirmation in your email. Please bring a printout of this mail with you when you come to the venue! At the registration counter, please present the printout along with your ID and make a payment of Rs 125/- and you will receive your Delegate Pass. Please upload your photo which will be used in the delegate pass. The entry for the delegates will start by 15 mins before the show.

It is mandatory to display this delegate pass whenever you enter the premises or any area within the premises (such as an auditorium). It is common for people to have the pass on the first day and forget it at home (or lend it to a cheapskate friend) on subsequent days. Please remember that we can only issue one delegate pass per individual.

Registration Help Desk

For booking related query | 854 749 4376
For Festival kit & Delegate pass | 964 559 8748

Janabheri National Theatre Festival 2013 (JNTF)


The 1st Janabheri National Theatre Festival (JNTF-2013, organised by Janabheri, Thrissur in association with Ministry of Culture, New Delhi and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi will be held during April 23 – 27, 2013, at K.T.Muhammed Memorial Regional Theatre, Thrissur.

The JNTF, an exclusive theatre festival for the youth, strives to provide a platform for the works by young theatre directors below the age of 35 years. 

The festival will showcase the following plays:  

Fevicol  (Maidi’s Artist Association of Tribal, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand / Dir. Jeetrai Hansda / Hindi / 55 min)

The Chairs (Theatre Collective, Thrissur / Malayalam Adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's ‘The Chairs’ / Dir. Jyothirmayi Kurup / Malayalam / 60 min) 

Road to Redemption (Rangachethana, Thrissur / Dir. K.N.Prashanth / Malayalam / 60 min)

The Country Without A Post Office (EKTA – School of Drama & Repertory, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir / Dir. Muzammil Hayat Bhawani / written by Bhawani Bashir Yasir / Hindustani (Urdu / Hindi / 60 min)

STROLL (Based on the works of ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare; ‘ Yerma’ by Lorca and ‘Black & White essay’ by Harold Pinter / Dir. Moon Moon Singh / English / 120 min)

Familiar Strangers (Unicorn Actors Studio, New Delhi / Playwright & Dir. Happy Ranajit / Hindi – English / 70 min)

White Hands (Ashirwad Rangamandal, Begusarai, Bihar / Dir. Amit Roushan / Hindi / 60 min)

The Youth Director Award, instituted by Janabheri from this year, for the promising young theatremakers from the national level who have made outstanding constribution to the contemporary Indian theatre scenario will be announced on the concludng day of the festival. 

The festival team includes Abhimanyu Vinayakumar (Festival Director), Jose Koshy (Technical Director) and M.V.Vinayakumar and Renu Ramanath (Festival Co-ordinators), guided by an Expert Committee comprising Abhilash Pillai and B.Ananthakrishnan. 

An Organising  Committee with P.C.Chacko MP as chairman and senior journalist M.P.Surendran as General Convener has been formed for conducting the festival. 

Thiraseela.com :: Online Program Agency
Call us to book any stage programs | 854 749 4376

Artist Booking
Stage Program Booking
Ganamela Booking
Professional drama booking
Celebrity booking
Event Management
Vocal Concert Booking
Mega Show Booking
Band concert
Artist Portfolio making

 :: Musical Programs :: 

Devotional Ganamela
Vocal Concert
Instrumental music
Band concert
Musical Shows
Nadan Pattukal

 :: Dance Programs :: 


 :: Classical Arts :: 

Chakyar koothu
Ottan thullal
Nangiar Koothu

 :: Drama :: 

Professional Drama
Ameture plays
Theatre workshops

 :: Folk arts :: 

Kakkarissi Natakam

 :: Melam :: 

Sinkari Melam
Panchari melam

Comedy shows
Mimics - Mega Shows

Call us    | 854 749 4376
E-mail    | info@thiraseela.com
Web       | www.thiraseela.com 

Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) 2013 Winners

Best Play: Gasha

Best Director: Satyabrata Rout (Matte Eklavya)

Best Stage Design: SamKutty Pattimkari (The Old Man and the Sea)

Best Lighting Designer: Shaji Surendranath (After The Silence)

Best Innovative Sound Design: Claudio Clavija (After the Silence)

Best Costume Design: Reuben Paul Nathanael.P (Mirugavidushagam) & Ms. Neela (Matte Eklavya)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male): Dingri Naresh (Matte Eklavya) 

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female): Valeria Olguin Espinoza (After the Silence)

Best Supporting Actor (Male): Chidambara Poojari (Matte Eklavya) & Yashwanth (Matte Eklavya)

Best Supporting Actor (Female): Bhavna Pani (So Many Socks)

Best Original Script: Irawati Karnik (Gasha)

Best Ensemble: Gasha

Best Choreographer: Martin John C (After The Silence)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ebrahim Alkazi

Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META)

Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards

The eighth edition of the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) to be held in March 2013. META is one of the Indian theatre industry’s premier awards Instituted by the Mahindra Group, a US $6.3 billion Indian multinational. Recognizing and rewarding all aspects of theatre production and stage craft and provides a concrete platform to celebrate and promote theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set design, costume and light design, direction and performance. META 2013 aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by. The awards consists of a specially designed trophy and a cheque of Rs.100,000 for the Best Production, Rs.75,000 for Best Original Playwright and Rs.45,000 for all other award categories.

Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards
The nominated plays will be staged at LTG and Kamani Auditorium from March 3, 2013 to March 8, 2013. The awards night will be held on March 9, 2013 at the Taj Mahal Hotel, No 1, Man Singh Road, New Delhi and will be hosted by Mr. Shriprakash Shukla, President, Group Strategy Office and Member of the Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

The Nominations for META 2013 are…

Best Play:

• After the Silence Directed by Martin John & produced by Sadhana - Center for Creative   Practice (Thrissur)

• Fevicol Directed by Jeetrai Hansda & produced by Maidi's Artist Association of Tribal (Jamshedpur)

• Gasha Directed by Abhishek Mazumdar & produced by Indian Ensemble (Bangalore)

• Kizhavanum Kadalum Directed by Sasidharan Naduvil & produced by Rembrance Theatre Group (Thrissur)

• Matte Eklavya Directed by Satyabrata Rout & produced by Aadima Ranga Tanda (Kolar)

• Mirugavidushagam Directed by S. Murugaboopathy  & produced by Manal Magudi (Kovilpatti)

• The Priestess Directed by Ningthounja Deepa & produced by NT Theatre (Imphal)

• Savitri - Dancing in the forest of death Artistic Direction by Preeti Vasudevan & produced by Thresh
• Shillak Directed by Pradeep Vaiddya & produced by Aasakta Kalamanch (Pune)

• So many socks Directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee & produced by Q Theatre Productions (Mumbai)
Best Director:

• Martin John C (After the silence)
• Jeetrai Hansda (Fevicol)
• Abhishek Mazumdar (Gasha)
• Sasidharan Naduvil (Kizhavanum Kadalum)
• Satyabrata Rout (Matte Eklavya)
• S. Murugaboopathy (Mirugavidushagam)
• Ningthounja Deepak (The Priestess)
• J Ed Araiza (Savitri Dancing in the Forest of death)
• Pradeep Vaiddya (Shillak)
• Quasar Thakore Padamsee (So many socks)

 Best Stage Design:

• Payal Wadhwa (Gasha)
• Jeetrai Hansda(Fevicol)
• Sam Kutty Pattimkari (Kizhavanum Kadalum)
• S. Murugaboopathy (Mirugavidushagam)
• Vivek Jadhav (So many socks)
• T. Sashikumar, N.G. Jiten Singh and Rakesh Pebam (The Priestess)

 Best Lighting Director:

• ose Koshy (After the silence)
• Jose Koshy (Kizhavanum Kadalum)
• J Ed Araiza and Deepa Dharmadhikari (Savitri – dancing in the forest of death)
• Pradeep Vaidya (Shillak)
• I. Ibochou (The Priestess)

 Best Innovative Sound Design:

• Claudio Clavija (After the silence)
• Somay Mardi (Fevicol)
• Satyajit (KizhavanumKadalum)
• S. Murugaboopathy (Mirugavidushagam)
• John Hadfield (Savitri – dancing in the forest of death)

 Best Costume Design:

• Divya Jain and AbhishekMazumdar (Gasha)
• Deanna Berg (Savitri- dancing in the forest of death)
• Rashmi Rode (Shillak)
• PurvaNaresh (So many socks)
• T. Meme Chanu, K. Priyobarta (The Priestess)

 Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male):

• Sandeep Shikhar (Gasha)
• Adhir Bhatt (Gasha)
• P.T Manoj – Old Man (KizhavanumKadalum )
• Dingri Naresh -Eklavya (Matte Eklavya)
• Ningthouja Jayvidya - Nungshuba (The Priestess)
• K. Prem Kumar Sharma - Rabei (The Priestess)

 Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female):

• Valeria Olguin - Corpse/ Worker (After the silence)
• Arundhoti Kalita (Fevicol)
• PreetiVasudevan - Savitri (Savitri – dancing in the forest of death)
• Rupali Bhave - Aai (Shillak)
Best Supporting Actor (Male):

• Hrithik Srikumar - Boy (KizhavanumKadalum)
• Chidambara Poojari - Ganesha (Matte Eklavya)
• Dr. Vivek Bele - Father (Shillak)
• Ningthouja Ching kheilakpa (The Priestess)
Best Supporting Actor (Female):

• Bharti Sharma (Fevicol)
• D. Antony Jangi (Fevicol)
• Amanjeet Prouch (Fevicol)
• Prakriti Dutta Mukherjee (Fevicol)
• Rucha Apte - Mitra (Shillak)
• Padma Damodaran- Grandmother (So many socks)
Best Original Script:

• Irawati Karnik (Gasha)
• Sagar Deshmukh (Shillak)
• Annie Zaidi (So many socks)
• Budha Chingtham (The Priestess)
Best Ensemble:

• After the Silence
• Matte Eklavya
• Mirugavidushagam
• Shillak
• So many socks
Best Choreographer:

• Martin John C (After the silence)
• Rukmani Tudu (Fevicol)
• S. Murugaboopathy (Mirugavidushagam)
• Guru Sadashiv Pradhan (Matte Eklavya)
• PreetiVasudevan (Savitri - dancing in the forest of death)
• Amey Mehta (So many socks)

Reference |metawards.com
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Awards 2012

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi logo

The Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi has announced its awards for excellence in various fields for the year 2012. 18 performing artists were awarded this year.Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Chairman Soorya Krishnamoorthy & Dr. P.V Krishnan Nair announced the awards during the press meet. The awards include a citation, ponnada, memento and cash prize of Rs. 7,500..

Listed below are the winners of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Awards  2012

Carnatic Music
Thiruvananthapuram Krishnakumar 
Binny Krishnakumar 
Dr. Vanaja Shankar 

Drama - Direction 
Abhilash Pillai  

Kalanilayam Babu

Mavelikkara Susheel Kumar 

Light Music
Alleppey Vivekandan

Light Music - Lyrics
Rajeev Alunkal

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Awards 2012 winners

Adv. Manilal

Radio Play
Ravi Vallathol

Pattanam Rasheed

Kalamandalam Subramanyan

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Awards 2012 winners

Sreedevi Rajan 

Dr. Rajasree Warrier

Aravinda Pisharody 

Kelath Kuttappa Marar 

Edakochi Salimkumar 

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Awards 2012 winners

Mudiyettu - T.P.Sukumaran Memorial Endowment Award
Keezhillam Unnikrishnan 

Drama - C.I.Parameswaran Pillai Endowment Award
Mala Ravi 

Vendeurs d’Enclumes the Maximalist rocks !

Vendeurs d’Enclumes Rock Concert at Nishagandhi

As part of Bonjour India, Festival of France in India, Alliance Française de Trivandrum in association with the Embassy of France in India presented a rock show , by Vendeurs d’Enclumes at Nishagandhi on 17 February 2013. It was an unprecedented experience for the audience who witnessed this show, as the Indian audience were seldom exposed to live shows in which singers actively emoted according to each song in a very dynamic manner.  From the very start the band connected well with the audience despite the linguistic barriers. As a disclaimer during the addressing note, the lead vocalist Valérian Renault stated there won't be non-musical interaction between the songs as they are not well versed in English, but that didn't seem to be so as his explanation before each song really connected with the audience.

Show with a difference

The show took off in a classic manner with the song 'Fevrier' and that set the mood for the evening. All the members of the band contributed towards making it a real visual treat too. The Sax performers Cyrille Boudesocque & David Severstre really excelled with their histrionics which went hand in hand with their musical pieces. Percussionist Matthieu Henault was at his best and outstanding during the portions which he managed in a single handed manner. Bass guitarist Nicolas Le Moullec & Lead guitrarist Sébastien Rideau ensured that they all were part of providing a perfect blend of French music here in God's own country. 

The USP of the show was the choreography for the songs the band had in store. For every song whether it had the undertone of agony,  joy or romance, the visual depiction by the singer & the musicians was outstanding. Nevertheless to say the audience were enthralled to see such splendid performance on stage in India as Indian artists seldom prefer this style. Another unique experience for the audience was the number of sad songs which were performed. As said by the artists during the show, French style is to listen to songs in times of agony. The songs with sad undertone too glued all to their seats.  The medley of great French compositions which were recreated in a terrific fashion was a real surprise. 
Vendeurs d’Enclumes Rock Concert at Nishagandhi

About the band

The French sextet originated from the centre France (Orleans) has been developing an indigent universe for the last past 8 years. From classical music influences to jazzy vibrations, the band takes on the energy of true rock to deliver energetic (French-spoken) songs and live experiences. Torrents of notes emerging from saxophones, guitars, drums and bass lines flood around Valerian Renault's voice and words. Then poetry confronts and battles : rhymes with silliness, life and accidently... love.We discover French texts written with finesse and raw, with commitment, excess and cheerful. A spontaneous musical progression with subtle alternations, the freshness of the orchestrations, and musical texts rise and respond to a song called maximalist, a musical version, free and inspired.
Vendeurs d’Enclumes Rock Concert at Nishagandhi

Excerpts from the band's chat with the Thiraseela team during the post-show party.

The band is having a high time in India with shows lined up for a few days. They are to perform at Delhi on 21st  and then off to Kathmandu. They are excited about performing with an Indian band at Delhi. The applause by the Indian audience during the rendering was really a surprise for the team though they take it on a positive note. They felt elated on experiencing a better connect between the audience despite language barriers and have got appreciation from the music lovers in India about their style of presentation.  Keeping their fingers crossed, they except to collaborate with any Indian bands too in future for prolonged concerts. Currently they tend to improvise on the presentation styles of their own compositions.  

Vendeurs d’Enclumes Rock Concert at Nishagandhi

Article By | Jeeth Yesudas
Photos by | Mathew Sebastain 

Musical Star Sithara

"Most memorable incident was when I sang in front of Yesudas Sir. One of my unfulfilled dreams is to sing at least one song with Das Sir" 

play back singer Sithara Krishnakumar
Sithara Krishnakumar now popularly known as playback singer Sithara is on a musical expedition involving various styles including Hindustani classical, Carnatic and Gazals.  She was noted for making a niche for herself by rendering songs in different styles which made us wonder whether all these songs in her kitty came from the same source. She has now rendered in all four South Indian languages and is glad to have been part of many good compositions by great composers in a short span of time. Currently she is exulted as her latest song ‘Enundodee’  for the Malayalam movie  Cellulloid  is doing the rounds and her popularity is increasing in the Gazal circuit too. 

Sithara born in Kozhikode, Kerala to Dr. K.M Krishnakumar  &  Saly Krishnakumar, was introduced to the world of music at an early age of four. She did her schooling in St.Pauls High School and Calicut University Campus School. She did her graduation in English Literature from Farook College, and went on to pursue her Master’s Degree from Calicut University, Kerala. She was trained in Carnatic Music by Sri Ramanattukara Sathish and Pala CK Ramachandran. Sithara also received extensive education in Hindustani Classical music from Ustad Fiyaz Khan and Sri Vijayasenan. She is also a classical dancer trained by Kalamandalam Vinodini. She was the winner of several musical talent shows like Asianet Saptha Swarangal (2004), Kairali TV Gandharva Sangeetham (Seniors) and Jeevan TV Voice 2004. She was accoladed with the Kalathilakam title in Calicut University Arts Festival for two consecutive years(2005 and 2006). Sithara has been recognized with several musical awards and nominations including Baburaj Memorial Award for the Best Female Singer in 2002, SwaralayaKairali Yesudas Award in 2004 and Mohammed Rafi Memorial Award in 2011. She is married to Dr.M Sajish (Clinical Cardiologist) and is currently residing at Aluva, Kerala. 

Excerpts from an Interview with Sithara by the Thiraseela team.

You maintained a balance between dance & singer for quite some time. You were even trained under Kalamandalam Vinodhini in dancing for a long time. Which particular juncture made you realize that you are primarily a singer?

Dance performance by Sithara Krishnakumar
My personal interest is to pursue both dancing & music career. When I started taking part in singing competitions there was an avalanche of TV shows & reality issues. Owing to the popular events & opportunities that is coming my way I am more into playback singing & musical performances.  I was trained in Kuchuppidi & Mohiniyattam and used to perform both art forms in many stages including Guruvaryoor & Nishagandhi.  Even now I am continuing with my dancing career, though for the last one year I have not made any public dance appearance. I ensure to spend time with my dance teacher to always keep my dancing skills alive. Currently since I am trying to explore various styles in music, I am unable to dedicate time for dance.

‘Penpaattukal’ a folk compilation was one of your areas of research. Is it still on?
The research is still on to compile something in a very authentic manner by giving due respect to the great folk artists. My intention is to really connect to the masters behind such folk forms and popularize that so that we will be able to recreate those songs to revive the rich culture and musical value these forms posses. The lyrics mainly deals with socio-political background and I am planning to make it appealing in contemporary style. It demands a lot of time as I need to personally meet the people who are familiarized with this musical style and who practice this as part of their traditional functions & events. PenPaatukal is a term which I use just to categorize a collection of different styles of folk music though I am not sure if that could be termed as such formally. The intention is to come up with albums for those genres. I try to find time during my journey as a part of stage shows in different places. So the quest is still on and hopes it will culminate in a good product.

You were an active participant in District & University level Youth festivals. Recently for the 2013 State youth festival you were invited as a performer, so could you please share the nostalgic experience?

 It was indeed nostalgic when I was invited as an artist to perform at the Youth fest which was held at Mallappurram district. I represented Mallapuram during all the University festivals. The venue and ambience was very much familiar. It’s indeed a proud moment to perform as a guest for such an event. It was a Gazal performance and this is the place in Kerala where you could find the maximum Gazal lovers. Many teachers were there who have seen me practicing during my school days and they were very happy to see me pursuing a career according to my passion. I met many senior photographers & reporters who have been reporting such events for many years, which was also a cute experience.

Any noticeable difference in 4 South Indian languages considering your experience in these industries?

 I was initially launched in Malayalam by Alphonse Sir in the movie Athisyan. Then I sang few songs for films in Malayalam. When I got a chance in Tamil for G. V. Prakash Kumar Sir’s recording I was familiarised with the recording studios. I felt like being in the comfort zone when I was recording for Tamil too. My first Kannada song was composed by Ouseppachan Sir. For Kannada & Telugu too, my previous experience in other language rounds in different competitions helped me a lot. With the help of lyricists and assistant music directors we can overcome the initial barrier of not knowing the language in detail. For some recordings the lyricist will explain each word its meaning to enhance the expressions & emotions to be provided.

Gazal Concert by Sithara Krishnakumar

Apart from being a dancer and musician you have tried in various fields like anchoring, short films and so on. Any such aspirations in other fields too. Regarding future plans in your musical journey.

 Music & dance will always remain my passion. Short film was part of a club formed by many passionate friends in my college as part of our project for English Department, which could be treated as a onetime stuff. I am currently undergoing training in Hindustani Classical music, Ustad Fayaz Khan. I have joined Rabindra Bharathi University for M.A Hindustani. In order to perform classical concerts in future, we need to practice a lot so my prime duty is to dedicate time for musical training. Playback singing is sure to go on based on the opportunities that come my way. Non-filmy collection is  another area of focus where I am planning to come up with an album which consists of Malayalam Gazals. Few of my friends have contributed a lot with lyrics and theme for each of the songs in that upcoming collection.

Most memorable incident in your career – something like a dream come true coz of an artist with which you shared a stage.

 Most memorable incident was when I sang in front of Yesudas Sir. It was the first time when I met Das Sir. It was during the Baburaj Memorial Award 2001 during an event held at Tagore Hall, I was not notified in advance that I had to sing in front of the legends Das Sir & Janaki Amma for the final round. It was one of the biggest surprises too.  I was fortunate to have received the award from him. While I met him during that event I was on cloud nine when he asked me my name & made a casual chat. After few years when I received Swaralaya Yesudas award from him it was another unforgettable event for me.  One of my unfulfilled dreams is to sing at least one song with Das Sir.
Sithara Krishnakumar receiving award from Yesudas

Any recording or any stage show which you think shouldn’t have happened? Any prior experience where you felt some performance as a professional singer could have been better?

No such forgettable incident in my career. On an optimistic note I would love to believe that whatever happened in my musical journey so far is for good. Regarding betterment I believe it’s always good to have that notion which in turn makes us feel grounded to ensure teh quest for perfection is always there. I was surprised to see that few music directors also give feedback about my live performances.

 The song recording or stage performance which made you feel proud?

I can’t say like that about the song which made me feel proud or so. For many songs I have felt a special satisfaction for many songs like the Tamil song for GVP Sir’s and recently rendered song in movie ‘Celluloid’. The song in Celluloid is placed in 1930’s. It’s a perception of the music thought during that time by M.Jayachandran Sir, so it was altogether a new experience.

Have you got the chance to record a song at a single stretch as it used to be in olden times?

In All India Radio (Sithara is a B high grade artist in AIR), we don’t use the punching system for the light music recording. It is indeed good as I get a chance to learn a song from a music teacher with all nuances before recording the song at a single shot. I always ensure that I don’t miss the AIR sessions when I get a chance. In films usually songs are not recorded at a stretch as the complete design of the song will be decided later in most of the cases. We will listen to the songs after full orchestration in a completely new layout most of the times to suit the character of the films.

Looking back to your nurturing stage, what advice will you give to other upcoming artists?

Play back singer Sithara Krishnakumar  Try to get involved in music with passion. Never get carried away or worried about opportunities in films, as in playback singing it’s not the singers who choose the songs but we are selected or opted by the creators of a song. Currently we have a trend of making three to four singers sing a particular song and narrow down to a particular singer only after the music director listens to those different versions. This recording pattern will be communicated to singers upfront if it is done in this fashion, so singers are getting used to the same. Another trend in place is where  a singer might be asked to sing all the songs for a particular film and the song which suits the most will be chosen for the singer. I guess there is no point in thinking too much about the songs which you couldn’t sing because of this method, moreover I believe the apt singer should render the right song and this trend moves in that direction.

Despite your busy schedule how do you find time to practice?

It’s not a tough ask in terms of practice. The inspiration for the same is many great personalities who are at the helm of popularity but who still find ambient time to practice. I don’t plan any such time slots for practice, but practise during whatever time available on a daily basis. Whenever we are on the move, if we are involved in music by listening or trying to learn its also a mode or practice. Usually I practice Hindustani classical nowadays as I perform its semi-classical version Gazals frequently.

 Live Gazals or playback singing which is the most dearest for you?

In Gazal shows, the audience will be very much aware of the music style and the lyrics. They mostly request good and unique compositions through ‘farmayish’. In Gazals we connect to the audience in a different manner as we have a two way communication. The feedback after Gazal sessions do help me a lot.

Gazal Concert by Play back singer Sithara Krishnakumar

In recording, it’s another world where we try to transform the musical thought by the music director, lyricist and a director to a different form. In film song the execution of a song undergoes many expressions & emotions depending on the situation a film might demand. It’s indeed another great experience. I would like to consider both styles dearer to me.

Considering you attempts to try out various styles of music which requires very wide range of modulation, could you elaborate on the vocal exercise which you follow?

I have been asked this many a times as the songs which I got in movies required a varied range of vocal projections. When we sing in a particular pitch it may sound like our voice is almost similar throughout the song, but when we render songs in different pitches we may feel it’s entirely a different voice source. The songs which sound different is not because we try to sound different in terms of timber, but when we sing a particular piece in an extreme pitch or other scales it may sound different.

 The song in ‘Elsamma Enna Aankutty’, the song ‘Kannaram Pothi Pothi’ the song was designed in three different styles owing to different pitches. When you sing the opening lines it sounded mostly like a male because of the pitch and it was not an intentional attempt to change the voice. My duty was to do justice to the modulations insisted by Rajamani Sir. In youtube I have seen comments for this song stating its sung by two singers, it may be because of the opening note in an unusual pitch.

Your comments on Reality shows. Nowadays we don’t see many youngsters becoming so popular in the playback singing circuit considering the huge number involved in such reality shows. In your case reality shows had a very positive impact.

 The reality show is a good platform for the youngsters and for sure all who succeed in those are undoubtedly talented in music.  The journey in playback singing may be dependent on other factors too like getting an opportunity.  Too much in number may be another reason which attributes to the tough competition among the new comers to get the initial pull in the industry. Singers like Najeem who came from reality shows are popular now and getting a good grip in the music industry too. I guess if someone doesn’t get carried away with their success in reality shows, opportunity will surely knock at the right time if they are involved in music with utmost dedication even after the competition.

Support from your family?

Definitely family support is a great boon for an artist. My mother used to find good music teachers when I was five. When I wanted to pursue my studies in music, my parents stood behind me.  Even after marriage the encouragement just increased. My husband is keener than me on ensuring my success as a playback singer. I got maximum opportunity in playback singing after marriage.  

Sithara Krishnakumar with Husband Sajish

She is currently engaged in performing live shows with other artists and bands too thereby maintaining a good balance between the various styles of musical expression despite her busy schedule.  She finds time to visit her musical masters frequently to seek their blessings.  A special thanks from Thiraseela.com to Sithara for sharing her experiences and thoughts which will be very interesting for the readers.  Hope Sithara as the name suggests be a shining star always and will entertain. All the best and hope you achieve many accolades throughout her musical journey.

Sithara Gazal Concert | Photo Gallery

Prepared by | Jeeth Yesudas