A Friendly Melody – The New Indian Express

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KOCHI: Nithya Mammen is known for her soulful voice. The state-award-winning playback singer recently released her first solo music track Kathaale through her YouTube channel. It is a melodious hymn that tells about love and friendship in Malayalam.

The lyrics written by Nithin K Cheriyan were composed by Ebin Pallichan. The song features Nithya alongside violinist Francis Xavier, Carol George, Josekutty on viola, Albin Jose on cello, and guitarists Josy John and Durwin D’souza. The video is shot near the sea, with friendly conversations between the crew members setting the mood.

Nithya says the song was a platform for her to explore more independent musical endeavors. “Apart from film songs, I wanted to explore other facets of music. Kaathale was breaking a shell for me. I’m usually a shy person, but this project is a start for me when it comes to finding new avenues for my music and collaborating with other musicians. I feel lucky to have played with such experienced musicians,” says Nithya.

The song is a nice track that anyone can pick up and start humming along to. It was shot on Cherai Beach, near Kochi. “It was my first time in Cherai and the atmosphere was calm. It added grace to our song. The song is a simple melody. It’s a feel-good song anyone can try to sing. The idea was to introduce the song to as many people as possible. I used to do covers of other musicians’ songs. Now I see people doing Kaathale covers, and that’s all the recognition I can ask for,” adds Nithya.

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