In its very first edition, Chillunu Oru Concert promises a lot: five popular singers, four distinct themes and nearly 40 songs that span six decades. All in under three hours. “We want to explore the colours of music across decades. We’ve divided the show into four segments, each with its own mood and colour. For example, we begin with love, denoted by red, and we’ll showcase how the emotion has been presented from the 1950s to today,” begins singer Rahul Nambiar.
With a mix of solos, duets and unplugged versions, the singers have curated the songs. “It is tough to cover so many decades in such a short time, but we’ve tried to strike a balance between crowd pleasers and our personal favourites,” shares Shakthishree Gopalan, who will be taking the stage with Nambiar, Ranjith, Anitha Karthikeyan and Alaap Raju. The five singers also plan to keep things interactive. “Alaap will be playing base, but Ranjith and I will play some instruments, too, like the ukulele, kazoo, melodica and a pocket sax,” smiles Nambiar, adding that they’ve included a few songs that have rarely been performed on stage.
Organised by Thenandal Entertainment, producer Hema Rukmani stresses that a lot of planning has gone into it, including stage design. “A team of architects are building it, to give a cosy countryside feel,” she says, sharing that a part of the proceeds will go towards Sugun Thomas Foundation, which provides scholarships to economically-backward children.
Tomorrow, at 6.30 pm, at Sir Mutha Hall. Rs 500 – Rs 2000. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
—Surya Praphulla Kumar