Venugopal completes 35 years of singing, admits he is a great foodie
G Venugopal kick-started his career as a playback singer with the movie ‘Odaruthammava Aalariyam’. The master of melodies is entering his 35th year as a singer, jumping all hurdles that have crossed his path.
The strong family ties kept him in place even when neglects and ignorance tried to drag him down. Today his son, Arvind Venugopal is stepping into the world of music following his path. And as a father, he is proud about his son’s achievements.
Venugopal wished for his son also to be a music lover. While Arvind mastered Piano at an early age, films drew him into playback singing. Today, Arvind has to his credit almost half-a-dozen songs as a playback singer. Apart from music, Arvind is keen on Film Direction. He has worked as an Assistant Director to Anjali Menon.
While being a student at Madras Christian College, he was also part of a music band named ‘Rhythm-X’. Arvind made his debut in Playback singing with Jayaraj’s ‘The Train’, as Jayaraj called him after seeing the band’s music programme. And it was a great start for him. Subsequently, he got chance to be part of V K Prakash’s ‘Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla’.
Then ‘My Life Partner’, ‘Angels’, ‘Sunday Holiday’ were some notable movies he got chance to be part of. Among them, the song ‘Mazha paadum kulirayi’ from the movie ‘Sunday Holiday’ made a mark in the industry.
He sang lastly in ‘Moonnam Kannu’ of which Sreekanth was the music director. Arvind completed his post-graduation in communication from Christ College, Bengaluru and also MA in Film Making from California.
“Film is also part of my dream along with music. I won’t leave it for anything. Directing a movie with importance to music is my biggest dream,” Arvind shared his plans.
Venugopal never compelled his son to choose a particular career and gave him all freedom to live his dreams. Still he is happy that Arvind never left music.
‘Kili Vannu Vilichappol’ directed by Monu Krishnan is the latest movie for which Venugopal has sung. S P Venkitesh is the music composer. Though he is not too busy with movies, he is busy attending to other chores.
The celebration of him completing 35 years in the field of music is kick-starting in London this month. He sadly speaks about the situation in the field of playback singing in Mollywood, considering the earlier period when minimum 10 songs made to the hit-list in a year and grabbed maximum viewers’ attention. Still he wishes to view it as a change of time and generation.
“The technology of music has developed. But it’s aesthetics has gone down. This doesn’t mean we don’t have talent here. Not just music, but many things here have lost their life. Earlier we used a car for a lifetime, but now it shrank to five years. Use and throw is what’s happening everywhere. Just like other products, music also is being boxed as a product now. At all times, those who worked in the film field had more talent than other technical experts.
In order to remember an artist or director who are no more in this world, the first thing anyone would recollect will be a song from his/her movie. That was the influence they created in Indian cinema. Even if we skip the visuals, the songs would be filled with life. In a society where people sleep and wake up to songs, I was really lucky to be a part all these years.”
Venugopal opens up about his charm and unchanged looks after all these years, just like the sweet melodies he sang. “Frankly, my mind is calm. I learnt this art myself through experience. I have miles to go in my career and I am hopeful that the best is yet to come. I wake up early in the morning and walk about dreaming for two hours every day. I’m a great foodie. I eat whatever I feel like eating, veg and non-veg. I try to watch almost all new releases. Then I read books and listen to good music…”
” Do you have any song which you wish to sing again?”, He laughed at the question. His son Arvind was eagerly waiting for his father’s reply. “Singing already sung songs is like watching our own old photograph in an album. I have felt I can sing the song ‘Unarumee ganam’ in a better way now. I can sing that song again, but there is this G Venugopal, a singer with a lot of aspirations and anxieties. Maybe his voice and ways won’t have the same power as earlier which made the listeners to grab their seats and listen… because I’m more safe today…”