Within the mid-Nineteen Eighties, Manacaud Gopan was taking his first steps within the ‘ganamela’ circuit when one of many instrumentalists in his troupe took him apart and informed him to pay attention extra on Tamil and Hindi songs since his voice texture was just like that of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (SPB). Since that day, for a lot of the previous three a long time and extra, Gopan has been singing SPB’s songs on phases throughout the State and outdoors.
If one had been to take heed to certainly one of his performances, with out wanting on the video, one couldn’t be mistaken for assuming the voice to be that of SPB. Greater than mimicking his voice, he manages to seize the sensation of the unique music, be it one of many transferring tracks like Kaadhalin Deepam or the racy ones like Ilamai Idho Idho, which is his staple music to ring within the New Yr in the course of the annual midnight performances.
“I used to sing for beginner occasions or for buddies’ teams from round 1985. Three years later, I met music director Devarajan grasp, who took me in to be a part of his music troupe. It was he who gave me the stage title of Manacaud Gopan. Although I started singing Malayalam songs, earlier than lengthy I used to be singing largely SPB’s Tamil songs. I turned identified for it and occasion organisers sought me out for SPB ‘musical nites’, and quite a few such occasions have been organised over the previous few a long time,” says Gopan.
Assembly the legend
Along with his ‘ganamela’ work, he has been recording devotional albums, songs for tv serials, and albums of his SPB covers. In 1998, he met SPB for the primary time, when he handed over a cassette of his personal recordings of SPB songs to the singer. In 2003, he had the nice fortune of singing for an SPB tribute occasion for a tv channel, when the legend himself listened to the vocalist who sings like him.
“We turned extra acquainted when he got here to obtain the Kamukara Basis award. For the previous ten years, I’ve been a part of the SPB Followers Charitable Basis by way of which he offers assist to loads of struggling musicians and others in want,” says Gopan.
For Gopan, the information of his idol’s passing is but to sink in, whilst he will get into the day by day morning routine of listening to SPB songs. “We had plans to deliver him right here. I didn’t anticipate him to go so all of the sudden,” says Gopan.