of South India P. Susheela, who enthralled music-lovers with her
soulful numbers, feels that “fast songs” keep
her away at present from the field.
“I am not rendering any film songs at present. Light songs
and devotional music programmes keep me busy and occupied,” Susheela,
who was Thiruvananthapuram in connection with a function recently,
She said this was the period of fast numbers. “Music is
the same and it has the same sapthaswarangal as in classical songs;
only the tune is different,” she said.
The period of Susheela, P. Leela, S. Janaki, the trinity in Malayalam
music pantheon in the 1960s and 1970s, was considered to be the “Vasanthakalam” (golden
age) in the Malayalam film industry. The three rendered some memorable
duets with singing maestro Yesudas and P. Jayachandran.
Susheela’s famous song Pattu padi yurakam jan.... (I will
sing a lullaby), rendered a few decades ago, still remain close
to the heart of millions of Keralites.
With nearly 35,000 songs to her credit in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu
and Kannada, Susheela said her duets with Yesudas were most popular,
as their “voices matched together.”
“When it comes to Telugu, it is Gandasala and in Tamil,
it is T.M. Sounderajan,” Susheela, who first rendered her
song when she was 16-year-old, said. — PTI