Saturday, February 13, 2016

O.N.V.Kurup



O.N.V.Kurup was a retired College Professor,a gifted Writer and Poet who received the highest literary award 'Jnanpith'.He was a popular Lyricist who wrote numerous songs for Malayalam films,Dramas and Albums.He was an acclaimed elocutionist also.
O.N.V.Kurup(Ottaplackal Nambiadikkal Velu Kurup) popularly known as ONV, was born in Chavara,Kollam to parents O.N.Krishna Kurup and K.Lakshmikutty Amma.He had his schooling at his native place and graduated from S.N.College,Kollam.He studied for his masters degree in Malayalam Literature at University College,Trivandrum.He worked as Lecturer and Professor at various Government Colleges like 'University College Trivandrum,Maharajas College Ernakulam,Women's College,Trivandrum' etc.He worked as visiting Professor at Calicut University also.
His first Poetry book was published in 1946 titled 'Munnottu'.Some of his famous poetry works are 'Dahikunna Panapatram,Marubhoomi,Neelakannukal,Mayilpeeli,Mrigaya,Ujjayini,Swayamvaram' etc.
Some of his Prose works are 'Ezhuthachan Oru Padanam,Kavithayile Prathisandhikal,Kalpanikam,Patheyam' etc.
ONV got much accolades as the writer of about 1000 film songs in about 230 Malayalam films and also  several beautiful  Drama songs.He wrote songs for the Prestigious drama troupe 'Kerala People's Arts Club(K.P.A.C.) which attained large scale mass appeal.He walked along with  the Left Democratic Front and its views attracted him.His drama songs also  contributed for the revolutionary movements in Kerala  to an extent.ONV was the LDF Candidate for the  Lok Sabha elections from Thiruvananthapuram once. 
ONV Kurup also served as the Chairman of 'Kerala Kalamandalam'.He served as  Executive member of 'Kendra Sahitya Academy' and 'Kerala Sahitya Academy'.He visited U.S.A, USSR, Singapore,Berlin' etc as Indian delegate of International Events held at those places.
He received 'Vayalar Award' in 1982, 'Ezhuthachan Award in 2008'.He received Honorary Doctorate from Kerala University in 2007.O.N.V was selected as the first person for the  'Kadammanitta Award' initiated by Kadammanitta Foundation and was  given to him on 2nd April 2015 at Thiruvananthapuram.
He received Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011 from Government of India.
The highest Literary Award in India 'Jnanpith Award' was conferred  to him in 2010.
He is the fifth person to receive this award from Kerala and the second person to get if for poetry from Kerala the other Poet being G.Sankara Kurup who received it as the first person to get it after this prize was initiated.The others who got Jnanpith Award from Kerala are S.K.Pottakad,Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai and M.T.Vasudevan Nair.
ONV Kurup received National Award as Best Lyricist for the film 'Vaishali' in 1989.He won Kerala State Film Award as Best Lyricist 13 times for films like 'Swapnadanam,Ulkadal,Aksharangal,Nakhakshatangal.Vaishali,Gulmohar' etc.
Almost all eminent music directors like 'G.Devarajan,M.S.Baburaj,Salil Choudhary,Bombay Ravi,V.Dakshina Murthy,M.G.Radhakrishnan,K.Raghavan,M.B.Sreenivasan,Johnson,M.Jayachandran









,Ousepachan,Raveendran,' etc composed music for his songs.He kept close friendship with G.Devarajan which was started from his College days.
As a Lyricist he selected the most beautiful apt words and arranged them brilliantly as in a string of pearls such that when got tuned by  gifted musicians  it emitted  enchanting spectrum.All of his film/drama/album songs possess amazing charming quality and profound grand style of language which flows like a clear, cool stream.The  poems and songs which bloomed  in his garden of poetry possess  a sweet fragrance which appeals everyone.
Film entry for both ONV and G.Devarajan was for the film 'Kalam Marunnu' in 1955 and the song "Aaa Malar Poykayil" was well noted which was sung by K.S.George and KPAC Sulochana.
In i966  all Songs in the film 'Karuna' like  "Samayamayilla Polum" and "Vaar thinkal thonieri Vasantha ravil vanna" became hits composed by G.Devarajan.
Songs of the  film 'Adhyapika' composed by V.Dakshinamurthy like "Palli manikale Pallimanikale" was well appreciated.
All songs of 'Kumara Sambhavam' composed by G.Devarajan became hits like "Priya Sakhi Gange Parayoo" , "Pon Thinkal kala Pottu thotta" , "Ellam Siva mayam" etc.
All songs of 'Sree Guruvayoorappan' composed by V.Dakshinamurthy like "Eeswaran Manushyanaay Avatharichu" became hits.
Salil Choudhary was the music director of the film 'Swapnam' in 1973 which contained beautiful songs like "Mane Mane Vili Kelku".
In 1974 the film 'Neelakanukal' had this beautiful song "Kallolini Vana Kallolini".
The song "Nada Brahmamayi" is from the film 'Agnipushpam' and music is  by M.K.Arjunan.
K.Raghavan composed songs of the film 'Yudhakandam' which has  beautiful songs like  "Shyama Sundara meghame".
The song "Onapoove Omalpoove" was a nostalgia from the film 'Ee Ganam Marakkumo' and it was composed by Salil Choudhary.
All the songs of the film 'Madanolsavam' composed by Salil Dada was well received like "Sandhye Kannerithenthe sandhye snehamayee".
All the songs of the film 'Ulkadal' composed by M.B.Sreenivasan like "Nashtavasanthathin thapthaniswasame" and "Sharadindu Malardeepa" are nice.
The song "Thumbi Vaa Thumbakudathin" from the film 'Olangal' is excellent and the music director is Ilayaraja.
M.B.Sreenivasan composed the beautiful song "Chaitram Chayam Chalichu" from the film 'Chillu'.
The song "Thozhuthu madangum sandhyail etho" from the film 'Aksharangal' composed by Shyam received love from all.
All the songs of the film 'Kathodu Kathoram' composed by Ouseppachan like "Devadoothar Padi" . "Nee En Sarga Soundaryame" amused music lovers.
Ilayaraja composed the nice songs of the film 'Yatra' like "Thannannam thalathil".
The songs like  "Sukhamo Devi" composed by Raveendran from the film 'Sukhamo devi' are excellent.
Songs of the film 'Namukku Parkan Munthiri Thoppukal' composed by Johnson caught good response.
All the songs of the film 'Panchagni' like "Aa Rathri Manju Poyi" composed by Bombay Ravi were well received.
Songs of the film 'Nakhakshathangal' like "Kevalam  Marthya Bhasha Kelkatha" , and "Manjal Prasadavum" received good reception.
All the songs of 'Oru Minnaminunginte Nurungu vettam' composed by Johnson and from the film  'Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivrathrikal' composd by M.B.Sreenivasan are highly relished.

The songs of the film 'Aranyakam' like "Olichirikkan Vallikudilil" are melodious.
All the songs of the film 'Vaishali' well written and well composed received mass appeal like "Indupushpam" and "Dum Dum Dum Dundubhi Nadam".

The song "Isabella" from the film 'Isabella' composed by Johnson  are nice.
The song "Jnattuvelakiliye" from the film 'Midhunam' and the song "Rappadi kezhunnuvo" from the film 'Aakashadoothu' are unforgettable.

The song " Kathil Then Mazhayaay Padum katte" composed by Salil Choudhary from the film 'Thumboli Kadppuram' felt as a shower of honey to the listeners.

A bunch of roses are gifted to the listeners by ONV and Ramesh Narayanan by the song "Oru Naru Pushpamaay" from the film 'Meghamalhar'.
Ilayaraja composed beautifully for the golden lines of ONV for the film 'Kerala Varma Pazhassiraja' like the song "Kunnathe Konnakkum".

A soothing effect and feeling is created by the nice  lines of ONV by equally  good  music by M.Jayachandran for the song "Lalee Lalee" from the film 'Kalimannu'.

53 year old drama song of ONV  " Madhurikkum Ormakale"  is recreated in the film 'karanavar'(2014) and sung by O.N.V.Kurup's grand daughter 'Aparna Rajeev' and 'Najim Arshad'.Aparna Rajeev is an upcoming and  accomplished singer. 
O.N.V.Kurup passed away on 13th February 2016.The memories of this highly revered 'College Professor,Litterateur,Poet,Lyricist,Revolutionist,Social Worker' will remain immortal for ever. 
     
   

Sunday, February 7, 2016

P.Subramanyam

                           
Film Producer and Director P.Subramanyam was the owner of the second film studio of Kerala, 'Merryland Studios' in Thiruvananthapuram.The first studio was established at Alapuzha by Kunchacko as 'Udaya Studios'  and it was functioning well after an initial setback and P.Subramanyam courageously entered into this venture in 1951.He was a successful film producer,Director,owner of Film Studio and and a chain of cinema halls in Thiruvananthapuram.He was a social activist also who was once the Mayor of Thriruvanathapuram Corporation.
Gemini Ganesan ,Padmini in Kumarasambhavam
P.Subramanyam was born in Nagercoil in the year 1910 and at the age of 21 he got job at Government water department in  Trivandrum.After two years he  left the job and entered full time  into  business.In 1930 he started   film theater 'New Theaters' in Trivandrum and subsequently he started, Karthikeya,Sree Padmanabha, and Sree Kumar Theaters also in Trivandrum.
Miss Kumari in Aana Valarthiya Vanampadi
Later Merryland  Film Studio was established and film productions were done under the banner 'Neela Productions'.
P.Subramanyam was a person who was loved and respected by all.He became  the Mayor of Trivandrum Corporation during the period 1942-43.
He produced 69 films and directed 59 films and most of them were successful films.The films directed by P.Subramanyam were all  either family theme films or  religious theme films.
The films produced by Merryland Studios under the banner 'Neela Productions' were having good quality in all aspects; subject wise and technical wise and presented without much violence or sex and so  several of  those films turned to be  hits, super-hits and blockbusters.
In 1957 'Padatha Painkili' was produced and directed by P.Subramanyam which was adapted from the same titled popular Malayalam novel which was written by Muttathu Varkey.The novelist himself wrote the screenplay and dalogues and this film won President's silver medal as Best Feature film in Malayalam.

In 1958 film 'Randidangazhi' which was  based on a novel in the same title written by famous Malayalam Novelist "Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai, won National Certificate of Merit.

'Bhakta Kuchela' which was the story of Lord Krishna and his friend 'Kuchela' was a blockbuster success film.CSR Anjaneyalu acted as Kuchela and Kanta Rao as Krishna.Miss Kumari acted as 'Susheela'(wife of Kuchela) Thikkurissi as Kamsa, T.K.Balachandran as Narada.
Jose Prakash as 'Snapaka Yohannan'
Sreerama Pattabhishekam(62) was also Hindu mythological film based on the story of Srirama.Prem Nazir acted as 'Sri Rama'.

'Snapaka Yohannan'(63) was a film based on Bible and it was a blockbuster successful film which contained nice songs which are popular even today.
Jose Prakash acted  in the title role as 'Snapaka Yohannan'.G.K.Pillai acted as Pilate,L.Vijayalakshmi as Salome,Miss Kumari as Mariam in this movie.



'Kumara Sambhavam'(68) which was based on the story of God Murukan(Subramanya) was well received by the audience and was a roaring success.The film contained nice songs and dance sequences.This film got Kerala State  Award as the Best film of the year.

'Sree Guruvayoorappan'(72) based on the Glory tales regarding  Temple of Guruvayoor was also a blockbuster successful film in which Gemini Ganesan,Sharada,Thikkurissi,Unni Mary,Vijayasree,Kaviyoor Ponnama etc acted.






Scene from Aana Valarthiya Vanampadi

Miss Kumari and Prem Nazir in 'Mantravaadi'

Scene from Devi Kanyakumari



In the film 'Kadu'(73) which was a super-hit film Madhu,Vijayasree,Vincent,Sumitra etc acted.
'Devi Kanyakumari' was a super-hit film based on the Temple at Kanya Kumari.Gemini Ganesan,Vinodini,T.K.Balachandran,


P.K.Abraham etc acted in it.
'Swami Ayyappan'(75) was a blockbuster successful film made in Malayalam and Tamil in which Thikkurissi,Gemini Ganesan,Raghavan,Sudheer,Baby Sumathy etc acted.The songs of this film are  still very much loved and  much  popular.
'Hridayam Oru Kshetram'(77) was also a super-hit film in which Madhu,Sree Vidya,Raghavan,Baby Sumathy,K.P.A.C.Lalitha etc acted.


 Director/ Producer P.Subramanyam passedaway on October 4, 1978.

Selected Filmography
Manthravadi
Padatha Painkili
Randidangazhi
Aana Valarthiya Vanampadi
Poothali
Christmas Rathri
Bhakta Kuchela
Snapaka Yohannan
Sreerama Pattabhishekam
Kalayum Kaminiyum
Atom Bomb
Althara
Pattuthoovala
Kaloyodam
Priyathama
Kattumallika
Hotel Highrange
Adhyapika
Urangatha Sundari
Kumara Sambhavam
Kochanujathy
Sree Guruvayoorappan
Professor
Malai Nattu Mangai
Kaadu
Devi Kanyakumari
Swami Ayyappan
Hridayam Oru Kshetram
Amba Ambika Ambalika
Vidarunna Mottukal
Sree Murugan
Rowdy Rajamma
Hridayathinte Nirangal








  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Aarti Agarwal

                            
Aarti Agarwal was a charming, beautiful Telugu actress who has appeared  in Hindi and Tamil films as well.She belonged to a Gujarati family living in the United States.She was born on March 5, 1984 to parents Shashank and Veema at New Jersey,U.S.A.
Her debut movie was in Hindi which was 'Paagalpan' at the age of 16 as heroine opposite Karan Nath in the year 2000.Her role was as a beautiful teenager by name Roma Pinto   who loved a wealthy young man Sameer Malhotra.
Her Telugu debut film was 'Nuvvu Naaku Nachav' in the female lead role in which Venkatesh was the hero.
Within a short period she became a top heroine  in Telugu and acted opposite all stalwarts of that language like Chiranjeevi,Akkineni Nagarjuna,Mahesh Babu,Junior NTR,Nandamuri Balakrishna and so on.
Telugu movie goers enshrined that elegant beauty firmly in their hearts and most of her films became hits,super hits and blockbusters at the box office.She used to receive much praise and encomiums for her Telugu movies.
                                

In the year 2002 Telugu film 'indra' in which Chiranjeevi and Aarti Agarwal were the lead pair was a highly successful film critically and commercially.
It was dubbed to Hindi and Tamil.
Aarti Agarwal and Mahesh Babu were the leading pair of the film 'Bobby' directed by Sobhan in 2002.Vasantham was a well noted film directed by Vikraman in 2003 in which Venkatesh,Aarti Agarwal and Kalyani acted in main roles.
Akkineni Nagarjuna,Aarti Agarwal and Shriya  Sharan were the lead actors of the film 'Nenunnanu' in 2004.
Tarun was her hero in the film 'Soggadu' in the year 2005 which was a huge hit at the box office.This film was remade in Hindi as 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghezab Kahani'.
                             
Sunil was her hero in the film 'Andala Ramudu' which was released in the year 2006 which was a remake of the Tamil film Sundara Purushan.
Akash,Rajasekhar and Aarti Agarwal were the main actors of the film 'Gorintaku' in 2008 which was directed by V.R.Pratap.
Raghu Babu and Arti Agarwal paired in the film 'Taj Mahal' in the year 2010.The story was based on the terrorist attack in Mumbai.
Aarti Agarwal died on 6th June 2015 due to cardiac arrest at the age of 31 in New Jersey where her parents are residing.
Selected Filmography
Paagalpan
Nuvvu Naaku Nachav
Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu
Allari Ramudu
Indra
Nee Sneham
Bobby
Vasantham
Veede
Nenunnanu
Adavi Ramudu
Chatrapati
Marasimhudu
Soggadu
Andala Ramudu
Deepavali
Posani Gentleman
Brahmalokam to yamalokam via Bhoolokam
Gorintaku
Oka Tupakki Moodu Pittalu
Taj Mahal
Ranam