Adarsh Abraham has not yet come to terms with the fact that Dame Luck has smiled on him. He is the voice of the song ‘Viralthumbum’, composed by Ouseppachan and written by Sreekumaran Thampi for Madhupal’s Tovino Thomas-starrer Oru Kuprasidha Payyan that reached theatres on Friday. “It hasn’t sunken in yet that I have associated with so many illustrious names,” says Adarsh.
He is at a loss to convey his state of mind. “Ouseppachan sir had coaxed me to attend the audio launch. I felt overwhelmed when people came forward to appreciate me. I was not prepared for this kind of attention because playback singing was never in my scheme of things. I have been into music programming and arrangement for many years,” says Adarsh over the phone from his home at Irinjalakuda.
Playing down the excitement, he adds, “I am trying to figure out how to deal with it. I don’t want people to say later that I was a one-song wonder!”
Adarsh has been assisting Ouseppachan for nearly a decade now and the playback opportunity was waiting to happen. “He used to make me sing at the composing sessions, especially when his voice was strained. Perhaps, he had taken note of my voice then.
Although I was supposed to sing for him in another film, that didn’t work out. Finally, everything came on track in Oru Kuprasidha Payyan,” he says.
What has worked in Adarsh’s favour is the freshness of the track. “It doesn’t follow a predictable pattern and you can’t fit it into a particular genre. In fact, when we finished the song, we were not sure whether the director would approve of it. So we made two more tunes and sent all the three to Madhupal sir. To our surprise, he liked the first one. A second version, sung by Ouseppachan sir and I, is also in the movie,” he says.
Adarsh’s musical journey hasn’t had many highs till now. In fact he had to face the consequences of being an untrained singer when he joined Government College, Chittur, Palakkad, for his undergraduation in music. “I couldn’t match the standard of other students and was unable to finish the course. After a point, I cut myself off from music for some time. But I couldn’t stay away from it for long and landed in Thrissur from Kaduthuruthy, my native place, with a hope to work in recording studios because programming had become an area of interest by then. It was a difficult phase since I had to move from studio to studio seeking work. However, a chance encounter with Ouseppachan sir changed everything. He wanted an assistant to complete the recording of Hailesa. It was my first encounter with a musician of his stature and I was apprehensive about it. But that was the beginning of a strong relationship that continues till date,” says the 40-year-old.
In between he composed ad jingles and debuted as a film composer in cinematographer Shamdat Sainudeen’s [a friend from college days] directorial debut, Street Lights, a Malayalam-Tamil film starring Mammootty in the lead. It was made in Telugu as well. Of the four songs he composed, only the melody [‘Kaalamellam’, sung by Haricharan] was included in the movie. He made his playback debut singing a comedy track in this movie.
So what next? “I don’t know. Two people who are over the moon at present are Ouseppachan sir and my wife, Sujayalakshmy. Sir is a father figure for me and but for his persuasion this wouldn’t have happened. And my wife has stood by me during thick and thin and ensured that I didn’t give up music at any point,” he signs off.