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Sreevalsan performs the legendary Malayalam poet in
‘Gramavrikshathile Kuyil’ , the primary characteristic movie on Asan

Sreevalsan performs the legendary Malayalam poet in
‘Gramavrikshathile Kuyil’ , the primary characteristic movie on Asan

In reference to Mahakavi Kumaran Asan’s a hundred and fiftieth delivery anniversary, Gramavrikshathile Kuyil, a movie on the poet, reaches cinemas on April 8. Directed by auteur KP Kumaran, the movie stars senior Carnatic vocalist Sreevalsan J Menon as Asan. That is the primary movie to be made on the favored renaissance poet of Malayalam., a disciple of Sree Narayana Guru, and in addition a thinker, social reformer and entrepreneur. Born in 1873 at Kaayikkaram, in erstwhile Travancore, Asan’s life was intently intertwined with the wrestle for an egalitarian society in Kerala, the place caste didn’t decide an individual’s life.   

At a time when artistes are being discriminated on the premise of caste and faith, it’s pertinent {that a} movie on a progressive thinker like Asan is being launched.

 Director K P Kumaran

Director Ok P Kumaran
| Photograph Credit score: THULASI KAKKAT

“When Kumaran sir prompt that I act as Asan, I used to be taken again, contemplating that I’ve by no means acted earlier than in a movie,” recollects Sreevalsan. Though slightly reluctant to take up the position, the director made it clear to Sreevalsan that the movie wouldn’t be made if he declined to do it because it demanded somebody who would be capable to act, sing and render Asan’s immortal verses.  

“Then, I needed to rethink my resolution. I trusted his imaginative and prescient and entrusted myself to his path. I approached Kumaran Asan by way of the eyes of Kumaran sir, a repository on Asan, his works and philosophy,” says Sreevalsan, who has additionally composed the music for the movie. To organize for the position, Sreevalsan was additionally given a two-volume compilation of Asan’s works by the director.  

Carnatic vocalist Sreevalsan J Menon as legendary poet Kumaran Asan in KP Kumaran’s film Gramavrikshathile Kuyil

Carnatic vocalist Sreevalsan J Menon as legendary poet Kumaran Asan in KP Kumaran’s movie Gramavrikshathile Kuyil
| Photograph Credit score: Particular Association

The movie is ready over the past six years of the poet, after he needed to give up the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), of which he was the secretary for 15 years. By then, a lot of his nice works had already been written.

“We contact upon totally different points of Asan’s life by way of his poetry and his work. The movie focusses on the interior turmoil of a person who was a trailblazer. Asan was a nominated member of the Sree Moolam Praja Sabha, the primary legislative meeting in Travancore.  Now we have recreated parts of his speech whereby he spoke concerning the want for illustration of youth from ‘backward communities’ in authorities jobs,” says Sreevalsan.

The speech was shot in VJT Corridor in Thiruvananthapuram, which was then the Legislative Meeting constructing.

“What an artiste goes by way of is analogous, regardless of whether or not you’re a musician, filmmaker or author. The sentiments overlap and I might relate to it. The discrimination, injustice, bouquets and brickbats, the awards…It was all just like what each artiste goes by way of even right this moment,” provides the vocalist.

The title of the movie is from a poem by Asan. Choose verses from his well-known poems similar to ‘ Chinthavishtayaya Sita’, ‘ Duravastha’, ‘Chandala Bhikshuki’ and ‘ Karuna’ and snippets from different poems have been rendered by Sreevalsan.

Primarily shot in Perumbalam, Aluva and Kalady, the digicam has been cranked by KG Jayan and Santhosh Raman. KP Kumaran’s spouse M Santhamma Pillai is the producer of the movie.  

Within the meantime, Sreevalsan, who plans to show director in a few months, says his work with the auteur enabled him to get nearer to his imaginative and prescient of being a director. “I used to be capable of perceive cinema’s aesthetics, and to take a detailed take a look at the totally different approaches of administrators and the way they deal with a story. It was a studying expertise to work with him. Kumaran sir isn’t solely a educated individual  but in addition an affectionate individual. I cherish the prospect I started working with him,” observes Sreevalsan

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