Friday, October 21, 2011

Spotlight: Arun Elat & Vishnu

I was really impressed by the singing in two new songs. I had to immediately find out who the singers were. Those singers were Arun Elat and Vishnu.

The songs were "Swapnam Oru Chakku (സ്വപ്നം ഒരു ചാക്ക്)" from Best Actor and "Kannum Neetti Varumo (കണ്ണും നീട്ടി വരുമോ)" from Sakudumbam Shyamala (സകുടുംബം ശ്യാമള). Arun Elat was the singer for "Swapnam Oru Chakku" and Vishnu sang "Kannum Neetti Varumo".

Arun Elat
Arun's voice is perfect for the song. Music director Bijibal deserves credit for recognizing that Arun would do the most justice to his song. A Yesudas-style singer would have changed the flavor of the song completely, and not in a good way.
Arun's style is similar to Shankar Mahadevan's. He sings without hesitation, not trying to sound pretty. A lot of singers are very hesitant in their singing, because they are focused on getting the notes right and staying in pitch. But Arun gives the impression that he could sing the song in his sleep and be perfect every time. 

He is also one of the singers for "Kaalamonnu Kaalal (കാലമൊന്നു കാലാല്‍)" from the movie Sevenes, another Bijibal composition. 

You can watch an interview with Arun from the TV show Shubharatri (ശുഭരാത്രി) on YouTube.

I first heard the song "Kannum Neetti" while watching Sakudumbam Shyamala. After the song, I said out loud, "That child sings so beautifully!" His rendition is just that good.

I did some quick research online and found that Vishnu was a contestant on Munch Star Singer Junior. Unfortunately he did not win the contest, but his talent was noticed. According to MalayalaSangeetham database, Shyamala is his second movie. He is also listed as one of the singers for "Annara Kanna Vaa" from Bhramaram

He reminds me of the young Michael Jackson. Not that they have the same style, but the same carefree singing-my-heart-out feeling. Listen to the young Michael Jackson and Vishnu and see if it isn't true.

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