Chethi Mandaram - Mal. Devotional (unplugged)

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Here is an innocent Malayalam devotional classic, originally sung by P. Susheela. Such a simple beautiful composition that reminds one of God’s own country, Kerala and its Guruvayoorappan.
This song holds some childhood memories for me, as I’ve heard this from my Paati, aunts, my mother, my sister, and a dear friend Malini from Ernakulam. Malini used to sing it so beautifully and in her own style – I had never heard the original…
I don’t speak Malayalam, so here goes my humble sincere attempt, with a small alaap.
Thanks Harshan and Adithi for reviewing this one!
This is for all the Kochu Guruvayoorappans, the innocent little tykes in this world!
Hope you all can listen to this, and do leave me your valuable feedback.



Vishnu Mohan ( busy mode) said

wow superbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb singing, a special thanks to you for singing this song. really Enjoyed a lot.


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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Sai. That was quick. Was very hesitant to post this – I’m so glad you liked it.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks so much Vishnu. I started writing to Sai before your comment popped up! :-)


Unnikrishnan Kb said

Sudha, Very nice. really enjoyed. diction and brihas and everything were good. i liked the way you took the pallavi. guruvayoorappa ninne… “niNNe” diction was diff. And i felt you were holding back your voice for high note. vakacharthu… and all. But over all it was a treat. Very nice voice and tone. Great singing.
thanks for doing this. :)
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Roshine Gnanatharshan. said

Beautiful singing, I don’t know how to say this …… I might not know Malayalam but It was awesome singing by you.
Perfect rendition !
love it.

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Harry Chops said

Awesome is the word! Very clear vocals. Loved it.
Thumbs up.
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Adithi said

Sincere, honest and simple yet sweet rendition of this regional classic! :)

Loved the Anandha Bhairavi alaap in the beginning! Very nice to see you trying this Malayalam number after all those mindblowing Hindi numbers….shows your versatility….!

Straight to favs! :)


Rajeev Onv(away on a long break) said

Sudha, We are getting some great unplugged numbers here. The classic alap in the beginning was excellent. You have sung this in as a rather flexible version. Enjoyed it. The ending phrases of both charanams had some minor hiccups. Very thoughtful of you to have the tanpura in the background. Congrats for this excellent song.
Keep singing!


Uthra said

One of those few mal songs that is familiar to me. Nicely sung. Breath control during the alaap was good (the “aaa” at the very beginning was nice to hear). Felt that you could have lowered the pitch a little bit? Just my opinion. Keep such beautiful unplugged versions coming.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks Unni, Roshine, Ibolya, Ramya, Harry, Adithi, Rajeevji and Uthra for so quicky checking this out, and your valuable f/bs!
Unni – Thanks. No, I didn’t hold back at high notes… was my usual full-throated. If anything, had to play around with vol. levels a bit while mixing…
Roshine – Thanks dear.
Ibolya – Thanks for your constant support…You never cease to amaze me. Music sure has no boundaries. :-)
Ramya – Thanks to you too…
Harry – Thanks dost for the Thumbs up.
Adithi – Yep, just a sincere rendition. Thanks dear! Also for the fav’ing!
Rajeevji – Thanks for your comment. This was just a simple unplugged rendition as I’ve heard from some…
Uthra – Same here! Thanks pal. Just thought C# sounded nice for this song… could do C too…


Adwait Ranade Pro user said

Wow Sudha! Simply superb……
In a flash you brought in the divine ambiance just like that! Very sweet rention.

LIKED it lot!

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Harshan Nambiar Pro user said

Sudha ….the initial alaap just blew me away with its power…great lung capacity:-). Very divine rendition, my mom’s fav. song. As Sai rightly pointed out, GURUVAYOOR temple came as a flash while listening to you with closed eyes. Great great open throated singing, very very powerful rendition….was totally immersed in this soulful rendition!! LOOOOVVVVVEEEEDDD it and to my favs.

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Sudha Kumar said

Adwait, VG and Harshan – Thanks a million. So thrilled to see such heartwarming comments!
Adwait and VG – I appreciate you stopping by to listen to a Mallu song!
Harshan – Donno where to start! You gave me the best compliment ever!
Thanks all again for listening.


Harry Chops said

Listening to it again while chatting with Harshan Bhai. He is listening to it again.
Simply divine!
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Biju Ramachandran said

superb sudha.pls post more songs….5/5
biju ramachandran


Thinkal govind kumar Pro user said

Nice & Divine rendition which I LIKED a lot !
Please keep it up !
Cheers !
GOD Bless !
Loving Best Wishes,
Thinkal Govind Kumar.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Sowmya, Biju and Govindji for listening, and appreciating.
Sowmya – Thanks. Also, noted your pointers.
Biju and Govindji- So glad you LIKED it.


Surajit Chatterjee said

Wowwwwwwww….it’s a real treat to listen to you sing this one. Talent shows here. Awesome job done. Wish you all the best.


Krishnan N v ( nvk ) said

Very good singing Sudha…Loved it…

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Radhika Nair (away) said

Sudha – a song thats very close to most Mallu hearts – thanks so much for picking this. Awesome start and very good singing. Good clarity in the mix. Diction wise, the guruvayooRAPPA and ninne are the ones which stuck out as non mallu singing – good job with the rest, Sudha. Really liked this one from you.

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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks so much Surajitda, NVKji and Radhika for stopping by to listen. So glad you liked it!
Radhika – Thanks for the diction pointers… I will keep them in mind – Got niNNe, how should I pronounce Guruvayoorappa?


Radhika Nair (away) said

Sudha – the “ra” and “ppa” of guruvayuRAPPA need to be softer. Its not Ra, but its ra (you have sung the Ra sound somewhere in between) and the stress on PPa has to be a notch milder. Wish i knew phonetics to better convey what i mean!

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Srividya Kasturi said

Beautiful singing, Sudha….Liked the alaapana in the beginning very much! Ur voice sounds so beautiful in this mix! LIKED it…
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Kumar Srinivasan Pro user said

Lovely rendition Sudha. Nice song choice for an unplugged version. The alaap showed your hindustani training with long sustained notes.



Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Vidya and Kumar for stopping by. So glad you both liked it.
Kumar – Yes, the hindustani training does help with the note sustenance.
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Smitha Passanha said

Beautifully sung Sudha! Serene! The diction could be better, but its always difficult to get the diction perfect when singing in another language. Singing was superb!

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Sudha Kumar said

Thanks much Smitha! Glad you liked it. Nice of you to come by and listen… yes, diction was something I was conscious of. :-)


Sojan Chacko said

Very nice rendition. Keep it up. I liked it very much.


Dr. priya Rajan said

Sudha, Too glad to listen to this piece of work.
I just bow down to this song:)One of my all time fav’s.Lucky to listen to this.No problem it is enjoyable though not attached to the original version. If i have to sing Mallu songs will sing like this dear:) Am not perfect in Tamil or any regional languages in diction.Liked it very much in your sweet voice.
Thumbs up and all the best.
Thanks for sharing.

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Priya B said

Hey Sudha….a beautiful divine rendition yaar!
very nice song yes…sounded so sweet though i dont understand malayalam.


Babu Nm said

an altime great malayalam song…beautifully done by you dear sudha…great singing
may god bless you and bw with you always


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Sojan, Dr. Priya, Priya and Babu for listening… very happy you liked my rendition of this old classic!
Will work on Mal. diction with some live help the next time! :-)


Vishak Subramoney said

very very nice rendition. the initial alaap was excellent. ur voice quality and recording quality is also very nice. Looking forward to hearing more from u.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks again Vishak. I’m glad you liked my attempt.


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Angela Paduraru said

Beautiful singing, Sudha….


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Anil, Angela and Yogeshji for listening and your valuable f/bs.


Babu Nm said

sidha !!!!!!!!!!!nice one wow . really enjoyed this version of yours. great voice. nice
may god bless you and be with you always and may he shower blessing upon you and your entire family.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks so much Babu! God bless you also. :-)

Sing from your heart…


Sudha Kumar said

Thank you Satheesh.

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

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Jaishree Pro user said

Mind blowing Sudha!


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Jaishree!

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Prasanth Balakrishnan said

Its a wonderful attempt… Congrats……:D


Saroj Nair said

great song, one of my favourite too
sung very well Sudha, just few diction problems which is understood.


Sudha Kumar said

Thanks a lot Prasanth and Saroj.
@Saroj – I agree, I have to work on my Mal diction a lot… :-)
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