Adieus to Begum Rabia who declined heroine role in ‘Chemmeen’
Kozhikode: Singer, actor and an ‘A’ grade artist Akashavani Begum Rabia passed away here on Wednesday. She was 83. A winner of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi award and other honours, she had worked with Akashavani for more than 67 years. Her singing debut with Akashavani was for a children’s radio show at the age of 12.
Rabia used to act in stage plays of K. T. Muhammed. Once, film maker Ramu Kariat and actor Sathyan appreciated her performance in the drama adaptation of Vaikom Muhammed Basheer’s ‘Ntuppooppakkoranendarnn’ and requested to act as heroine ‘Karuthamma’ in their film ‘Chemmeen’. But she declined the offer as she was hesitant to act in movies.
But after turning 80, she acted in two movies; ‘Panthu’ directed by Aadhi and ‘Ambili’ directed by Johnpaul George, the director of ‘Guppy’. She was in the news a few years back as she waited to meet actress Manju Warrier who arrived for an event in Kozhikode.
Rabia's husband Sheikh Muhammed fully supported her in her artistic career. Even when composer Baburaj invited Rabia to sing for movies, she declined the offer. Though Rabia was a permanent staff of Akashavani, she later quit the job, but continued singing folk songs and dubbing for characters.