Chekele (Mallu Rock) - Avial Cover

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Smitha reminded me of this song today and I thought of doing a mallu number for a change.

This is a song by Avial, a Mallu rock group that I love. Their songs usually introduce a fusion of traditional Mallu music with Rock which I love. Our fellow muzibooan Satyajit Sahu wrote an article on them. You can find it here

I have introduced a few new elements as compared to the original which include some bluesy backing vocals and some harmonies. Hope all of you enjoy this cover!

Group/Song – Avial/Chekele
Covered by – George Kuruvilla
Backing vocals and harmonies – George Kuruvilla
Mixed by: George Kuruvilla



Nithya Muziboo staff said

Very very new feel….Never heard any mal rock before. Heard a lot about Avial though.



Smitha Passanha said

OMG….I cannot believe u sang it already! That was fast!!! Awesome vocals George! Loved it. Have to listen to more of Avial stuff. This amazing combo of Mallu and Rock goes to my favs! :-)

- Smitha

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Satyajit Sahu said

Georgie boy,
you have nailed it. Though I must say, this is a softer voice as compared to Anand’s voice on the original.
I am hooked to Avial from the day 1 I heard. Truly amazing group. And one of the finest production I have heard from India in ages. Very innovative sound.
Though I don’t understand a single word, but the music is absolutely fabulous. It also features the only non-Mallu member and one of my most fav bassist in India today, Naresh Kamath.
Would like to know though how you did the Karaoke track. You have some vocals remover software?
I will look fwd to hear more of Avial stuff from you.
You rock!!
Life’s a lot like jazz…. its best when you improvise!


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Nithya, Smitha and Satyajit – Thanks for your feedback. Glad you guys liked it.

Satyajit – Man I cant agree with you more about Avial. They are so FRESH and refined. I love their arrangement. I agree about the bassist too… hes amazing. I did use vocal cut using a VST plugin called Extraboy.


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Meera Manohar said

Whoa—Group “AVIAL” is awesome.

George— that was so good maan :) And, your plugin seems to be working just great !! Not familiar with the original, so this is as original as it gets for me. Needless to say, loved the blueszzy feel that you introduced and the harmonies.

Soft transition into 2.32 was wonderful to the ears :P

Overall, awesome, awesome work!!

You should do more of these numbers, quit English :-)))


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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thank you Meera :)


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Harshan Nambiar (away for a month india vacation) Pro user said

George ….loved it ….I have heard AVIAL before ….you really rocked this one ….Addipolli energetic performance :-)….my full stars from me.

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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thanks Harshan :-) Glad you liked it… and thanks for the rating!


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Tara Balakrishnan said

top notch stuff….

singing (high and low)
takka thaara thakadhimi portion

think i have covered everything;-)

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Radhika Nair (away) said

George -Have never heard of the group. This ones amazing. Your range is just awesome. You sound quite like a folk artist when you do the theyamtara lines and then you transform into a rockie with such ease!! Your malayalam is good – do more of our own :):).5/5!!!!

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Srividya Kasturi said

Great singing, George! Never knew this side of George existed:) Should try more of malayalam ones:)

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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Tara, Radhika and Vidya – Thank you very much for listening. Will definitely try and do more mallu songs :-)


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Vijay Iyer (away...) said

very well done George….loved the voice modulations and harmonies….As always enjoyed the mix !

Rock on bro!


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Arun Nair said

ooops!!! Run Arun Run… This is something really BIG!!! ;)

Superb one George! Loved it a lot! I love all the Avial songs, especially Nada Nada and Aadu pampe, of course this too. I can’t say much man! You are just ROCKING!!!

Gurubhyon Namah!


Srini S said

Beautiful george.loved it.felt a.r.rahman is render
ing.anyways keep it up.



Anirban said

George -

Thanks for introducing this band!! Never heard this before. Great work by you covering this one!! 5/5 any day

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Joseph Thomas said

Good work George. I love the Avial songs too. The way they mix the Malayalam folk songs/tunes with rock is just amazing. I have heard their lead singer (Anand Paul) performing in various rock shows in and around Thrissur (he’s been part of several local rock bands here). And I heard that he is not with the band anymore as he left to USA. And I think Avial without Anand and his clear and powerful vocals is not going to sound the same as they did in the first album. I only wish that they’re not going to be a one-album wonder.


Mohammed Ashraf said

George, once you planned to sing a mallu number, you cant think for a better choice. Its really suits your taste. In fact, I was planning to ask you to do this since I started listening to your uploads.

Simply wonderful job. As most of the people noted, AVIYAL is a wonderful group and hope they will continue rocking.

5/5 ……goes to my fav.

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Shafi M said

Really rocking. I wish to hear more of this genre. Your singing just amazing!! Great mixing and really terrific.

5/5. I’m taking this one to my favs

More Avial please :-)

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Ramya Harish said

George, Am so glad to know diff genres. Liked this one. Your folk expressions are great. Keep thm coming.



George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Vijay, Arun, AJ, Srini, Anirban, Jo, Ashraf, Shafi, Ramya – Thank you for your words of appreciation. Glad I’ve exposed some of you to this group and even more glad that most of you have heard of em.


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Kumaran said

George, this was a totally diferent rendition, and your range is amazing man!!!!! This was a great listen!!!!!!


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Sai and Kumaran – Thank you so much for your feedback!


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Miracle Man said

instantly put a smile on my face :). well done buddy :)

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Radhakrishnan Nair said

Awesome singing George. Loved the harmonies and modulations. Simply superb!!!! 5/5.
Way to go! Keep it coming!



George Kuruvilla Pro user said

MM, RK – Glad you guys liked this one :-) Thank you for the feedback!


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Satyajit Sahu said

George, listening to it all over again (several times). I am as much in love with the original as your take. You have added a lot more stuff in terms of chorus and harmonies, and made it your own.
And for those, who have never heard Avial before, you just can’t afford to miss it. No matter if you don’t speak Mallu (I don’t), but you cannot possibly help yourself being sucked into their music. One of the finest arrangement and modern sound.
Life’s a lot like jazz…. its best when you improvise!


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thanks again Satyajit!


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Rashmi Nair said

George, this is just ADIPOLI! Thanks a lot for covering a totally different song. Enjoyed it!
Now I gotto start listening to more of Avial songs.


Pls listen to Sundariye Chembaka Malare (Malayalam Cover) -Duet with Jo.


Janhavee said


Awesome Job !! Well done.

Loved the voice range…. high to low.
And of course the “takka thaara thakadhimi thom”

The name Avial….reminds me of a tamil dish :-)

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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Rashmi and Janhavee…. Thank you for stopping by and the feedback.

Janhavee – AVIAL is a MALLU DISH, not tamilian !!!

For those of you who would like to check out AVIAL below are some youtube links:

Nada Nada





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Jenefa (inactive) said


Superb rendition! I really liked the punch in “tharo” when you end in some places….
Excellent work….Loved it :) Would like to hear these kinda songs, some more from u :)



Pradeep vs said

Awesome singing George!!!



George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thanks Jenefa and Pradeep for your feedback… Glad you guys liked this one. Will definitely try more Avial songs.


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Satishkumar said

Wow! Absolutely brilliant George! Keep up the good work. Though I did not understand the meaning of the song, I actually got a feel of the Kerala human powered speedboat Anthem!! Thanks for the youtube posting of the original band as well!!


Kumar Srinivasan Pro user said

Have not heard the original – Not my kind of genre :-). Liked your energetic rendition and improvisations. Good work George.


Jane Mathew said

sorry for being late George…
Im right now listening to d song sitting n kerala, kottayam, my home!! felt really nice. Very different from what u do generally. Really enjoyed…Thanks George!!


Neha ........ said

This was awesome…!! though the lyrics went flying straight over my head, I loved the Beat!! Simply loved it :) 1:43 to 2:00 was so cool! I give this a full 5…! :D

- Neha :D
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Rajesh Raman said

No Suprises George….you rock!
Liked the screaming…I cant even imagine doing that…

Albert Vijayan, [father of Rex Vijayan, lead musician in Avial band] is based out of london… he is a famous musician/keybaordist and has composed many malayalam film songs… i happen to work with him for stage programmes every month…I will surely make him listen to this…!!

Keep Singing!
Rajesh Raman


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

SK, Kumar, Jane, Neha, Rajesh – Thank you very much for the feedback. Appreciate it!


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Murali Venkatraman said

hahaha…this was introduced to me by Anup.

Considering your singing potential I woudl consider this as a relaxing vacation. Good job and I still wonder how you maintain control on the high notes. Refreshing.


Ganesh D said

By George that was excellent rendition man.
Keep on rocking!!


Anup said

eda georgy…kidilammm….aduthathu Nada Nada Nada….


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Murali, Ganesh, Anup – Thanks for listening guys!


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Maruthi said

Typical mallu folk song George…… given a rock polish over with guitars and drumming……could be a good advertisement for kerala tourism…….giving that boat race feeling on the thaka tara thaka thimi…… Amazing total enjoyment listening to u ………whats the magic of your harmonies….antares is it…….??

very brilliant in voicing man….in some places u remind me Suresh peters……

good job



George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Hi Maruthi,
Thanks for your feedback. No tools for harmonies man. Just plain singing… I just add multiple layers… typically 2-3 and then pan the harmonies.


Do listen to my two latest projects, Sindbad the Sailor and Q Aasma Ka Rang


Satish Murti said

most melodic voice….George…you gave the song a new depth….do visit Kerala for Onam and sing this…. I am presently here….

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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Bala, Satish – Thank you so much for the kind words! Satish – I wish I could be in Kerala now man :(
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Usha R said

Very nice singing. Liked it.


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thank you Usha and Shri :)
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Shakti Mohapatra said

Hey George. Great job with this one. I recently heard Avial live and without their original vocalist they are just a little above average. The new guy had sung Chekele….and I swear it was not par with your cover of it.

Cannot stop myself from pointing 2 things though:

1. The end notes that you sing seem to have a comic element/intonation which I think can be done away with.

2. The strain at the top notes could be made a
little less obvious.

Try out ‘Nada Nada’ some time if you haven’t already :) BTW I am not a Mallu….but I like the sound of Avial :)

Cheers and keep rocking budd.

\m/ Peace


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Hi Shakti,
Thanks a lot for visiting my page and your kind feedback. Regarding the pointers, the strain at the high notes was intentional mainly to emote. I am not sure about the first point … are you referring to the way I end theyyam thaaro at times?

As for Nada Nada, its definitely on my list.

Thanks again,
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Vamsi Nadella said

Awesome George……This group is awesome…and rendition was really enjoyable….excellent job!! and as always full marks to mixing….

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Bodhisattva Dasgupta said

Wow…!!! Awesome George…. !!! The music is awesome, too… will have to start listening to them rt away…. and ya, as usual, you covered it brilliantly…. !!!

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Rahul Soman said

George Etta,

I have sung many of the avial band songs which are also famous kerala folk songs during my college days ( without the rock element in the traditional way :-). But you have sung this really well took me to those old days. Folk songs always have the feel and heart which you have nailed precisely. Thanks a lot for singing this.

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Miracle Man said

man was listening to this. my friend posted it on Rex’s profile. bet he is listenin to it now ;).

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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thanks Guys :) Joby, special thanks for posting it on Rex’s profile.
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Fret 'n' tune said


I’d probably fill an entire page with all the things I like about this version. Played it in my room in office with the speakers turned right up. Loved your typical little touches throughout.
A standing ovation to you, mate.

And oh yes, I am an AVIAL fan too!


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thanks for your feedback Nandu and for favoriting it. Glad you liked the improvs :) Avial just rocks man!
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Sangeeta Nair said

Hie George,

Haven’t heard to the original track by Avial!!!but the one sung by you is ADIPOLI!!!!!awesome voice…….!!!!!!

George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thank you Sangeeta :)
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Bharathi Dinesh said

wow……………u r really great George……good singer, musician, good mixer too :)
Awesome performance by you
your voice reminds me of the singer Balram….who sang ….nee than en dhesiya geetham, also Katrin mozhi from mozhi.
U sound so professional!
Wishing you success in your endeavours!


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thank you for your kind feedback Bharathi.
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Joy Johnson said

Hey George, You guys are amazing !!!!!!

Malayalees should really be proud of you.

NADA NADA – That’s keeps me flying

CHEERS………. Joy.J


Dr. priya Rajan said

Georgy dear…. Discovered something so precious today!! he he he he this song :)
Don’t know how i missed all these days.

My Wonder machine :)
Waiting to to hear more of FUSION stuff from U.
Going on listening feeling lazy to comment.
Made me laugh soooo much today.
Georgy always i see slight variations in your music, creative guy too. Love all your music.
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Krishna Kumar said

very good composition… and good singing… rock on…


Sona Moorthy said

Wow…. Malayalam and Rock… never thought that could happen while growing up there. Great. I could never enjoy rock all this while. Now this makes me listen to more songs from Avial. It is amazing the way you sing high notes. My throat is hurting listening to it. lol… Good job…



George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thank you guys!
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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thank you Dr Ajay :)
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V.s. Gopalakrishnan said

Hi George,
Mind-boggling music,crystal-clear and enchanting.
Your singing in a folk-manner finely fused with it.
Before the ending, a huge drop in volume level.That did not sound to good for me.
vs gopal


Supreeta Williams said

George you are a wonder! God Bless.


Dr. daniel Paul said

George A Very Happy New Year 2010!!
Came for your music and the Almighty help you reach heights in all destinations. With loads of fantastic Music have been entertaining us. We miss India listening to this made me feel at home.Excellent workmanship.As they say here favorites and 5/5 for Music.


Rupa D'souza said

I love this song very much and can’t believe it is a cover song. Are you an experienced musician for years? Beautiful. Liked it very much.


Rohin said

Love this Avial group and you have done 100% justice to this song. Thumbs up and favorite.
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Radhakrishnan Nair said

Wow….excellent….I have heard you before….I guess you are the one who sang “Phir dekhiye” song with Jaya in youtube….I heard that one in Jaya’s youtube channel….way to go, buddy…keep up the momentum :)


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thank you all. Its high time I do another mallu song.
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Radhakrishnan Nair said

George… why don’t you record this one “Yehov Yire”……checkout this video…

And if you are planning to do this then do let me know the chords too…I’m in desperate need ;-)


Anup said

u rocked the floor mate……awesome cover…


Mythri Raveesh said

What an amazing choice of song George! I cant really put my finger on why i liked the song so much- was it folk, was it rustic or the exotic element, sort of difficult to say, but seriously ,you sound so very good here!!

You could easily be the lead singer of any number of hugely popular bands!!

Liked this one from the rock bottom !


Ramamani said

Mind blowing performance. Captivating voice.


Archana Menon said

Was searching for Mal. songs and good to hear this song. Love this group. Great blend of rock and folk music. You are perfect in this song in vocals, pitch and expressions too.


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

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Sai Prasad said

Amazing song and brilliant rendition.Liked it much.


Ashok Sk said



Ajay Nair said

awesome guyz!!!
eagerly waiting ur next album!!!
Adipoli chetta!!!!:-)


Manu said

Great job George !

I Love this song very much esp. the starting bass ! amazing


Axin said

you are the guy who won the contest for the month of May by Rex? Congrats!


Rajiv said

wanted to listen to your songs came from Rex’s page. Congrats your song was selected as the best for the month of May. you are a worthy singer.


George Kuruvilla Pro user said

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Dr. daniel Paul said

CONGRATS George! you deserve it for the complete range of genres you cover.
God Bless!


Rakesh Vijay said

All i can say is————— “SUPER AWESOME”.:)
Rakesh Vijay


Jithson said

avial group is one the best rock band in kerala


Mohammed said



Shramm Storm said

Guys! I like this song very much but I can’t understand Malayali :) Can you write lyrics of this song in English transcription (not translation, just transcription)?


Chondryma Chakrobortti (inactive) said

Brilliantly covered….
- Chondryma

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Shramm Storm said

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George Kuruvilla Pro user said

Thanks everyone… Time to do another Avial cover…
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Sanjju said

great one… i did love evey bit of it…


Surag said

wow theyamthara is superb


Surag said

thanks for avial guys

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