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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Malayalam film industry never recognized Johnson’s worth -  A very touching article written by G.Venugopal

(This article was published by the International Business Times)
By G. Venugopal

TRIVANDRUM: Johnson is no more.
The most comprehensive composer in the Malayalam movie industry is history now.
Twenty-four years roll back before my eyes. There I am, a slender, shy, anxious young man, sitting in front of Arjunan Master, one of the doyens of Malayalam film music, memorizing a sweet, soulful song.
My anxiety is, nevertheless, enhanced by the fact that the song writer is none other than O.N.V. Kurup, one of the finest poets Malayalam has ever produced.
The entire movie unit had assembled at Tharangini Studio in Trivandrum, and in walked a small man with confident steps, puffing smoke, thumping backs and bellowing jokes.
That was Johnson, the music director, who was much in demand those days. He was to write the score for the background, and conduct the song, for his guru, Arjunan.
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