Gayatri, Shreya and a Ruckus over Nothing
What started off as an expression of individual opinion has snow balled into a major controversy. Singer Gayatri, who recently suggested in an interview that the industry is partial towards North Indian singers, seems to have sparked off a major debate as to whether native singers are indeed being ignored by music directors in Kerala.
What is unfortunate however, is that Shreya Ghoshal, one of the best singers in the country has been drawn into the midst of this heated argument, for no fault of hers. Gayatri had made it clear that her statements were never against Shreya, and that she was misinterpreted.
Music director M. Jayachandran has meanwhile lambasted Gayatri, for her open tirade against partiality in the music industry, and has suggested that she listen to Shreya’s songs before making comments on the singer. Gayatri has retorted by saying that she needs no advice from anyone to understand what good music is all about.
Whatever be the case, we should admit that of all the North Indian singers who have sung Malayalam songs, Shreya stands way apart. Her Malayalam pronunciation is almost impeccable, and often even much better than some of our own Malayali singers, who are still struggling hard to get their Malayalam speech sounds right. And add to it, a divine voice, and we realise why Shreya is much loved by music lovers in the state. And we love the songs of Gayatri as well. Easily one of the most talented singers on the scene today, she is a classically trained artiste, whom we love to hear.
Hence, it would probably do a lot of good, if this unwarranted ruckus is buried once and for all. May good sense prevail and may the pure bliss of music reign supreme.
Tags: Gayatri Ashokan, M. Jayachandran, Shreya Ghoshal