Story of a lost journalist

August 19, 2008

Seeing Yesudas, living unlived times

Filed under: People — Cris @ 16:21
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Long nourished dream came true today. I saw K J Yesudas in person. It was a function to pay homage to the late singer Shantha P Nair. Yesudas had given a neat little speech and after few other speeches there was this wonderful documentary about the great lady. Really enjoyed listening to her speak about the old times and some of those old songs which I have heard my Mom sing often. Though it was an era totally faded in memories of the older generation, I found myself missing those times. It is a strange feeling that you get, like when you watch really old movies and imagine yourself in those times (I like to imagine myself in a theatre in those times watching that movie and the people and the world around me, rather than being inside the movie). Hard to put in words, cause it is not just nostalgia, its losing something you never knew the taste of, and something that brings with it the smell and the air of yester years. Maybe it is at times like this that you might want to imagine about multiple births and having spent one all that time ago.

My greatest moment was when I was standing close to Yesudas and as he passed, stopped to talk with a few around him. I had this feeling of something cool poured on the top of my head, a waterfall that ran within me. No, not blood! This was a gust of outright admiration and respect, absolutely liquefied by some strange force as I watched the great man in front of me. And, for a moment, the great man himself seemed to have sensed that coolness coming out from the aforesaid human-waterfall, for he found the source and presented her a mesmerizing, going-to-be-cherished-forever smile.

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12 Comments »

  1. ”This was a gust of outright admiration and respect, absolutely liquefied by some strange force as I watched the great man in front of me.” – Great words for a great person! very apt! sooo very true! 🙂

    Comment by sajith — August 20, 2008 @ 00:18 | Reply

  2. that will be a day to remember criski

    Comment by Vishnu Kuttan — August 20, 2008 @ 09:51 | Reply

  3. You convey the significance of this encounter to you very clearly. I hope you are able to savour that moment for a long time to come. It obviously meant a lot to you.

    Comment by Paul — August 20, 2008 @ 15:38 | Reply

  4. @sajith, thanks 🙂

    @Vishnu Kuttan, it sure is VK, it sure is 🙂

    @Paul, yes it did, am glad I could convey that. Thanks Paul 🙂

    Comment by Cris — August 23, 2008 @ 20:45 | Reply

  5. […] nourished dream came true today. Oh I see I have used that line before. No I didn’t see Yesudas again. This time it was a visit to a thattu kada (road side stall). The one time I went before, it […]

    Pingback by Cris’s World » Stint at thattu kada :-) — October 14, 2008 @ 20:54 | Reply

  6. unfortunately i did not get thse same vibes when i saw(not met) him in his heydays.
    but your mention of shanta p nair raised my interest – i have been planning an article on her, but got stalled some months ago.

    maybe i will complete it now..

    Comment by maddy — October 25, 2008 @ 20:17 | Reply

  7. @maddy, thanks for dropping by :-). Hmm Yesudas grew a lot more respectable in his older days I guess. Do write about Shanta P Nair. Am sure it will be quite researched and informative 🙂

    Comment by Cris — October 25, 2008 @ 22:20 | Reply

  8. Cris,
    Haven’t met Yesudas before? :O
    You in TVM na?
    Anyways, really well written. Super kidu.

    -Nikhil

    Comment by Nikhil Narayanan — November 7, 2008 @ 10:07 | Reply

  9. I still haven’t met the great singer yet. You’re so lucky!

    Comment by Jo — November 7, 2008 @ 13:43 | Reply

  10. the article on shanta nair has been posted – enjoy

    Comment by maddy — November 7, 2008 @ 21:29 | Reply

  11. @NN, I havent, before that :-(.

    @Jo, yes I am :-). And you, a good singer yourself oughta see him! Good luck!

    @maddy, I read :-). Thanks for posting it, it was a refresher of the documentary!

    Comment by Cris — November 10, 2008 @ 22:01 | Reply

  12. […] pm Tags: Personal Long nourished dream came true today. Oh I see I have used that line before. No I didn’t see Yesudas again. This time it was a visit to a thattu kada (road side stall). The one time I went before, it was […]

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