Today is Music Day: Yesteryear playback singer Thankam wants to make a comeback
Feroke: Thankam Raichar, a native of Kozhikode, was a playback singer in the Malayalam film industry. Noted music director MS Baburaj introduced her to Mollywood.
“Good girl.. you sing really well,” Baburaj appreciated 8-year-old Thankam after watching her performance at a music troupe. On that day, little Thankam rendered voice to the song composed by Baburaj.
After getting Baburaj’s special appreciation, she became a singer in his team.
Thankam’s family loved music. So his parents and brothers supported her to become a singer.
After four years, Baburaj offered her a chance to sing in the movie ‘Khadeeja’ starring Sathyan and Sheela. She rendered her voice to the song starting ‘Khadeeje Khadeeje…’ written by Yusufali Kechery and composed by MS Baburaj.
She was studying in 8th standard at Govt. Achuthan Girls High School in Kozhikode when she made her film debut as a singer.
Thankam was a celebrated singer in school Kalolsavam and other art festivals too.
She also sang for Baburaj’s plays including ‘Thacholi Othenan’,Marupacha’ and ‘Vishajanthukal’. She also turned a ghazal singer in her music career.
Now, at the age of 62, Thankam has the magic in her voice. She is recollecting her sweet memories of music while living at a rented house in Areekkad.
Thankam left the colourful world of music after her marriage and demise of music director Baburaj.
But recently, she made a comeback to the world of music with a stage show of stars organized by Swaralaya in Sharjah and Dubai. At the event, she received an award from veteran singer Yesudas.
Swaralaya group is constructing a house for her. 70 percent of the work is already completed.
Thankam finds the financial aid from Snehananda charity, an organization in memory of singer Chithra’s daughter, as a great relief in her struggling life.
At the age of 62, Thankam is waiting to fulfil her long-time dream.
“I have been keeping over 15 songs composed by MS Baburaj. I want to reveal these compositions to the world. I want to sing with Yesudas and make a strong comeback to the music industry,” Thankam revealed her dreams.
Her daughter and son in law are supporting her to pursue these dreams.