Living legend singer Manna Dey is no more.
We in Kerala remember him for his famous soul stirring song in Malayalam movie Chemmen. He was a Bengali with a Malayali wife.
This movie won the President's gold medal in 1965.
The movie revolved around a fisherman's Hindu wife and her lover before marriage , a Muslim fish trader middleman.
Forbidden love of course -- but it went further.
The belief was that a fisherman's wife must NOT lose her chastity when her husband is at sea. Lest Kadalamma ( mother sea ) gets angry and devours the man.
In this case the fisherman drowns , and the lovers commit suicide-- this was REAL love, they never had sex..
At dawn the villagers get to see three cadavers washed ashore -- a huge shark and both the lovers in an embrace.
The husband was sucked in by a whirlpool, along with his boat.
A hooked on frenzied shark dragged him to this whirlpool.
This movie also won prizes at Cannes and Chicago fest.
The video is a song where the married woman Karuthamma is woken up from sleep by a familiar voice her old flame Pareekutty -serendipity at its best.
Maanasa Maine varu, madhuram nulli tharu…
Come hither oh bird of my dreams , give me a drop of your nectar------X
Karalile mohavum kadalile olavum adungila
The endless waves from the heart or ocean , can they be harnessed ?
Kalikootu karane marannu poyo?
Have you forgotten your old flame?
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL