Sulaiman bids adieu leaving behind his beloved bulbul tarang
Karunagappally: Sulaiman Kunju was always seen with his bulbul tarang, a string musical instrument. He was lovingly called ‘bulbul master’ by everyone. He travelled far and near on his bicycle carrying the bulbul tarang and sang songs for everyone.
H Sulaiman Kunju (92) of Odassery in Kulasekharapuram passed away the other day.
Bulbul, might be unfamiliar to the new generation. But there was a time when it was played on all stages. It was an unavoidable part in Kathaprasangam.
Sulaiman had played bulbul tarang for V Sambhasivan, Ochira Ramachandran, Ramla Bheegum, Isha Bheegam and many popular artistes. He also used to sing for the audiences during breaks.
When Kathaprasangam lost its popularity, he shifted to schools for playing bulbul with permission from education department. He was a familiar face and voice on Doordarshan and Akashvani.
During the last days, he was suffering from age related ailments. However, when someone visits him and requests to play the bulbul tarang he always yielded with a smile.