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Indian singer to be honoured for his mastery over ‘mappila’ songs

Indian singer to be honoured for his mastery over ‘mappila’ songs

Tribune News Network
Doha
KANNUR Shareef, an Indian singer based in Kerala, who is popular for his exuberant renditions of ‘mappila’ songs, will receive the first memorial award named after mappila song legend late Eranholi Moosa. He will be honoured at a concert featuring celebrated south Indian musicians in Doha on Thursday.
The annual award has been instituted by a group of long-term expatriate Keralites in Qatar to encourage art and culture under the banner of Friends of Rhythm and Mercy (FORM Qatar).
Shareef was picked as the winner by a panel of jury comprising former Indian parliamentarian and mappila song critic TK Hamza, mappila song lyricist OM Karuvarakundu, mappila song researcher and critic Faisal Elattil, singer VT Murali and poet Alamcode Leelakrishnan.
The jury hailed Shareef’s contributions to the mappila song genre, which has been popularised by the Muslim community in north Kerala.
The jury noted that Shareef has been an active presence in the media and concerts held in India and abroad for the past 25 years.
According to them, he is able to handle all Indian music genres with ease and through his renditions has introduced several traditional songs and singers who originally sang them, to the new generation.
Shareef has been instrumental in elevating the position of ‘mappilappattu’ in the Malayalam music stream, the jury said, noting that the musician has played a key role in taking the mappilappattu genre closer to people.
The concert, Manjanipoonilavu, in which the award will be handed over, will be led by music director M Jayachandran and features singers including Karthik, Shweta Mohan, Jyotsna Radhakrishnan and Vijay Yesudas. The five-hour ticketed show will start at the Al Arabi Volleyball Indoor Court at 7pm, with tickets retailing at QR40, QR60 and QR100.
The Manjanipoonilavu event will also honour M Jayachandran, who has completed 25 years in the Malayalam film music industry.

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