Sunday, January 30, 2005

Major milestones

Can't list every milestone and award he has won - that would be the "opposite of fun" for me!

But major ones, in order of importance -
- Kerala State award, Best male playback singer, for the song Kalame Kaikolluka nee, movie Sayahnam, year 2000, music Perumbavoor G Ravindranath. Incidentally, Perambavoor is also his teacher on and off

- Asianet-Lux award, for the song Sukhamani Nilavu, movie Nammal, year 2002, music Mohan Sithara

- Asianet Voice of the Year - the first such attempt in the country to bring out latent talent from all over Kerala - lasting 1 and 1/2 years in 1996-97, it was a gruelling match of the best talent - music college toppers to professional musicians. The best judges and the best anchors. Vidhu came out best - at age 17, this was a feat. More on all this later ...

- First break in a movie, Devadasi, year 2000, music by Sharath. Unbelievable song Pon Vasantham with 12-13 shifts in talam. Singer Unnikrishnan rendered a song in the same movie which he declared was the toughest song of his career

- First hit song Valeduthal, movie Meesa Madhavan, year 2002, music Vidhyasagar

- The Week magazine, in their 2003 I-Day issue, projects Vidhu Prathap as
one of India's 50 emerging stars - this link works on and off, so here's a cached link

- Vidhu's version of the song Shukiriya - from the movie Niram - most requested song for stage shows at that time

- Ilayaraja introduces him in Tamil, movie Solla Marantha Kathai - an offbeat movie with great songs. Song starts with a bold '70's style humming

1 comment:

Hari said...

I need his song "Kaalame Kaikolluka". How can I get it. I was seeking this song for last 4 yrs. So pls get it for me.

Thanks a lot for this blog...