Grammy winner Manoj George gives Spanish touch to 'Rani Chithira Marthanda’ songs

Manoj George merges the spirit of the World music with the scintillating charm of Malayalam cinema, through ' Rani Chithira Marthanda'. Photo: Manorama

The six songs in the movie ‘Rani Chithira Marthanda’ are composed in unique styles. From the lively beats of Spanish pop country music and the classic tunes of Western music to the animated rhythm of Dappankuthu, the songs in the movie will be offering a feast of acoustic magic. Noted musician Manoj George has merged the spirit of World music with the scintillating charm of Malayalam cinema. The gifted violinist, who has been part of the Grammy awards twice, is returning to Malayalam cinema after more than eleven years.

In 2012, he had composed two songs in the movie ‘Vadhyar’ which starred Jayasurya in the lead role. Besides, he had done the background score of ‘Kharaksharangal’ which won the National Award for best children’s movie in 2001. Interestingly, the background score of ‘Rani Chithira Marthandam’, written and directed by Pinku Peter, is also done by Manoj.

Lyricists Vinayak Shashikumar and Suhail Koya who are well known to the new generation of music lovers have penned the songs for the movie. Moreover, singer Vijay Yesudas too would be returning to Malayalam after a gap. Besides, singers like KS Harishankar, Akbar Khan, Bhadra Rajan, Bharat Sajikumar and Anand Sreeraj too would be rendering the songs in the movie.

Manoj became a part of the Grammy Awards in 2015 and last year too. He was the violinist, music conductor and string arranger for the album produced by Bengaluru native Ricky Cage who won the Grammy. Manoj, who is settled in Bengaluru, has also composed music for Kannada movies ‘Athmiya’ and ‘Urvi’.

‘Rani Chithira Marthanda’ shot extensively in Alappuzha narrates the special bond between people of different generations. Meanwhile, Manoj says that the songs in the movie would be inviting the various schools of Western music into the fabulous screen of Malayalam cinema. 

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