Jerry Amaldev recreates Diwali song, fifty years after it was composed

Veteran music composer Jerry Amaldev has a special liking for Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. He looked pleased as his troupe ‘Sing India’ rendered one of his favorite Diwali songs with perfection. The Hindi song ‘Tim Tim Tim Tim Deepak Re’ was written and composed almost half a century ago in New York. Now, the song has been filmed as a fabulous music video without losing the colors and the vibrant spirit of Diwali.

It was in 1971 that Jerry Amaldev had composed this song as part of the Diwali celebrations conducted by the India Club at the Cornell University in New York. Fifty years later, Jerry is here in Kochi, giving directions to his singers, when the song is being visually recreated. The lines of this Diwali song were composed by Jerry’s friends Kanu and Jagath Sharma, a couple based in Delhi.

In 1978, Jerry had released a Hindi album that included this song too, in New York. Legendary singer KJ Yesudas had sung in that album. However, Jerry hadn’t entered the cinema industry then. The Hindi song ‘Aana Aana Aana’ from that album later got transformed into Malayalam song ‘Athapoovum Nulli’ from the movie Punnaram Cholli Cholli that was released in 1985.

The singers at ‘Sing India with Jerry Amaldev’ music troupe that is part of the Kochi based The Jerry Amaldev Foundation have rendered the ‘Tim Tim Tim Deepak Re’ song on a Diwali day. The song was released by Manorama Music to mark the incredible occasion of the festival.

Talented singers like Elisabeth Kurian, Arya V Babu, Sudina Romal, Aileen Thomas, Dyama Sujith, Aleena Shibu, Bessy Babu, Nivya George, Nimmi Jerome, Marishma Koshy, Minna Koshy, Ramesh Murali, Joe Gabriel, Mithun Kuriakose Thomas, Antony Abraham, Amal Jose, Sudeep Cherian Koshy, Sujith Kurian, AV Thomas, Thomas Varghese and Antony Christos have perfectly sung the song. Meanwhile, the orchestra team of Binu Ninan, Dr. Biju Raju (guitar), Jomy Francis (base guitar), Joel Joseph, Harshil Jomon, Mithun Kuriakose Francis (key boards) and Akshay Sunil (percussion) too did a fabulous job. 

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