Wednesday, June 17, 2015

P.Leela

P.Leela was a highly talented Classical Musician  and Playback singer who was very popular all over  India.She conducted numerous Carnatic Classical music concerts especially in  Kerala and Tamil Nadu.She also held musical shows    at many other places  In India and abroad and earned appreciation and accolades from  music lovers.She possessed deep knowledge in Classical music and was trained by eminent Gurus of that period.
She earned name and prestige as a playback singer also and sang more than 5000 songs in her career including Film songs,Album Songs,Devotional Songs,Drama songs  etc mainly  in all South Indian Languages Malayalam,Tamil,Telugu and Kannada.She sang film songs and devotional songs also  in  other  in languages such as   Marathi,Gujarati,Hindi,Simhala and Bengali.
She was born in Kerala at Palakkad Chitoor of 'Porayathu Family' to parents E.K.Kunjan Menon and Meenakshikutty Amma on May 19, 1934.
P.Leela,Ghantasala,S.Janaki
Her father was very fond of Carnatic Classical music and wanted all of his children to be exponents in this field and so  trained them in that sector but the youngest daughter 'Leela' was more proficient in learning music from her  childhood.So her father resigned his job at Ernakulam and went to Chernnai where both of them stayed at the residence of  his friend and Carnatic music exponent 'Vadakkancherry Ramabhagavathar' for rigorous training.
P.Leela and A.P.Udayabhanu
P.Leela was only 10 years old when she became a disciple of Ramabhagavathar at Chennai.
Before that she had preliminary musical training from other Gurus also.Thribhuvana Mani Bhagavathar was her first music teacher.She later got training from legendary experts like Chembai Vaidyanathga Bhagavathar and V.Dakshinamurthy also.
M.S.Baburaj with P.Leela
While her musical training was going on at Vadakkancherry Rama Bhagavathar's residence at Chennai, she had the privilege to hear musical concerts of several Carnatic music exponents which helped her to shape up her style and rendition later as a performer.
Her first music concert was in the year 1946  at 'Andhra Mahila Sabha' at Chennai which was a big success which paved way to join Columbia recording Company as an artist.The association with Columbia company ultimately helped her to become a playback singer.
She sang a film song for the first time in 1948 for the Tamil film 'Kankanam' with the lyrics "Sree Varalakshmi".
P.Leela and P.Susheela
In the same year playback singing was introduced in Malayalam film also and she got chance to sing in the Malayalam film 'Nirmala' which was produced by P.J.Cheriyan and directed by P.V.krishna Iyer.The music Composer was P.S.Diwakar and the lyrics was by 'Mahakavi G.Sankara Kurup'.The song 'Paduka Poonkuyile Kavu thorum' became an instant hit and she got the title as 'Malayalathinte Poonkuyil'.
In the year 1949 she got chance to sing in three Telugu films 'Manadesam,Kulu Guram and Gunasundarikatha'.
Manadesam was the debut film of Megastar N.T.Rama Rao who acted in this film as a Police Inspector.
In the early period of playback singing P.Leela was the only Classical trained Malayali female singer to sing Malayalam songs with proper pronunciation and skill .In those periods all the other female singers were from other states.
When P.Leela became popular in other south Indian languages she learnt those languages for perfect rendition.
P.Leela may be the female singer who have sung largest number of devotional songs in all south Indian languages.
Bhakthi Ganarchana,Bhakthi Isai Amudham,Sri Krishna Sannidhi,Bhakthi Gana Malika etc are some of her devotinal albums.
In Malayalam she sang  devotional heritage songs like 'Narayaneeyam,Harinamakeerthanam,Njanappana' etc for which she received much appreciation and 'Janmashtami Award' for it.
She received Kerala Government film award as best female singer in 1969 for the song 'Ujjayinile Gayika'.
She was recipient of several awards and titles like 'Ganamani,Ganakokilam,Sangeetha Saraswathi,Kalaratnam,Kalaimamani,Bhakthigana Thilakam,Ganavarshini,Ganasudha,Sangeetha Narayani' etc.
She received Kamukara Award in 1999.Tamil Nadu Government gave her the prestigious 'Kalaimamani Award' in the year 1994.
She was also recipient of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award,Kerala Sangetha Nataka Akademy Fellowship,Kerala Film Fans Award etc.
Her married life was a failure which extended for a short priod only.She was living with her sister's family in  Chennai.

She left this world on October 31, 2005.
She was awarded  'Padma Bhushan' posthumously by the Government of India in the year 2006.
Some of her popular Malayalam songs:-
Song                                                           Film
Ambalakulangare                             -  Odayil Ninnu
Kanni Nilavathu                               -  Thacholi Othenan
Priyamanasa Nee Va Va                     -  Chilamboli
Ashtamudi Kayalile                          -  Manavatti
Swarnachamaram                             -  Yakshi
Thamasa Nadiyude                           -  Danger Biscuit
Ujjaiyinile Gayika                             -  Kadalppalam
Sankrama Vishupakshi                       -  Chukku
Sundara Swapname                           -  Guruvayoor Kesavan
Aadyathe Kanmani Aanayirikkanam     -   Bhagyajathakam
Swapnangal Swapnangale                   -  Kavyamela
Kannane Kanden                               -  Chilamboli
Devi Sridevi                                      -  Kavyamela
Velutha Penne                                  -  Nayaru Pidicha Pulival
Omanathinkal Kidavo                         -  Sthree
Kannum Pothi Urangoo                       -  Snehaseema
Thali kuruthaola                                 -  Mayiladum Kunnu
Njanariyathe                                     -  Jail Pully
Gayakaa                                           -  Navalokm
Malarmakal thannude                         -  Sarpakkadu
Poovinu Manamilla                             -  Chilamboli
Anthi Mayangiyallo                             -  School Master
Velli Nilavathu                                   -  Jail Pully
Ankathattukal                                    -  Ankathattu
Kani Kanum Neram                             -  Omanakuttan
Aarundenikkoru                                  -  Kadamattathachan

Selected Filmography
 Tamil Films
Maya Bazar
Pathala Bhairavi
Anbu Engae
Misiamma
Andaman Kaidhi
Chakravarthi Thirumagal
Amaradeepam
Puthumai Pithn
Annaiyim Aanai
Bala Rman
Prema Pasam
Aasai
Karpura Mullai
Engirundho Vandhal
Arivali
Lava Kusha
Vikramadithyan
Nallavan Vazhvan
Kumara Raja
Telugu Films
Patala Bhairavi
Misiamma
Chiramjeevilu
Tenali Ramakrishna
Mayabazar
Uthama Puthiran
Pellinatti Pramanalu
Shanti Nivasam
Lava Kusha
Bratuka Theruvu
Jaya Simha
Gunasundari katha
Sampoorna Ramayanam
Gundamma Katha
Sri Venkiteswara Mahatmyam
Panduranga Mahatmyam
Bhale Ramudu
Anarkali
Suvarna Sundari
Lrishna Leela
Mangalya Balam
Deepavali
Dakshayagnam
Mahamantri Timmarasu
Jayam Manade
Bhaktha Markandeya
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