Mrs. P. Susheela entered the auditorium at 6:15 PM and the function
started at 6.45 PM.
After the prayer song, upcoming actress Aparna who was the host,
welcomed everyone on behalf of “Sangeeth Melody Orchestra”.
Mr. Srinivaasa Murthy, the organizer, Actress Jayanthi and Mrs.
Ananth Kumar were the chief guests.
Mrs. P. Susheela was given a warm welcome by the crowd. The auditorium
was full even without much publicity about this event.
Mr.Srinivasa Murthy briefed the audience with the musical journey
of Mrs. P.Susheela.
He mentioned that her first song was from the movie “Kannathalli” in
1952 and the first kannada song was from “maadhedunno maharaya…” in
1954. She has sung around 40,000 songs in all languages.
Actress Jayanathi greeted her with a shawl and garland. She presented
the award “Gaana saraswathi”, with a “saraswathi
statue with Veena” and it was made up of sandalwood. The whole
function was covered by the media.
In her speech, Jayanthi expressed her happiness that most of her
songs on screen were sung by Mrs. P.Susheela in all languages.
She also told, “Mrs. P. Susheela is a legend and she is a
big asset to us, saraswathi is there in her voice”. She specially
mentioned about the “viraha nooru nooru tharaha” song
which gave her a big name. She mentioned that Mrs. P. Susheela's
voice suits to all heroines
like Kalpana, Sarojadevi, Kalpana, Aarthi and others. When reporters
asked Mrs. P. Susheela why she was away from Kannada
films for a long time, Mrs. P. Susheela replied, “I never
had any reservations. Producers didn’t
call”. Jayanthi recalled this answer and told, “This
is true. It is our responsibility to keep the legends like Mrs.
P. Susheela with us”
Then Mrs. Ananth kumar gave a speech praising Mrs. P. Susheela.
She told the this function brought people of two different political
party (She & Jayanthi
belong to two different political parties)
Mrs. P. Susheela didn’t speak anything and started singing..
First song was my favorite
1. Hoovu cheluvella thandenthithu from Hannele
music by Ranga rao .
Her melodious voice and the effortless singing brought the right
effect to the song. The crowd appreciated her with lots of applauses.
2. BaaLa bangara neenu, haNeya singara
neenu from BangArada Manushya
This song is a fast number and she rendered it with style. Especially, ”naanayya
.. gombe naan..ayya..” and “thanatha thana nana..” with
a joyous mood. The expressions were too good. Song
There was a small confusion between Mrs. P. Susheela and the
host in selecting the next song. Immediately there was demand from
a telugu song. Mrs. P. Susheela immedatley selected.
3. Jorumeedunnavu thummeda from Sivaranjani music
by ramesh naidu
The host commented ,”The same song is there is kannada also
which starts ”jaaneyagiru nanna mallige” which was also
sung by Mrs. P. Susheela. Song link
Next with the kannada song
4. karpoorada bombe naanu from Naagara
Haavu(1972) music by Vijayabhaskar
I was watching the response of the crowd. Behind me one person
was commenting like , “eshtu chennagithe!!” (How beautiful
it is ?). Song Link
Next a chance to a famous tamil hit
5. paartha njabagam illayo from Pudhiya
There was no A/C or fan in the stage. She was keep sweating. Even
then she didn’t compromise on quality. Same high pitch with
the voice clarity.
6. mellisiri savi gaana from veera kesari
It was a duet with ghantasala. Mr. jaipal from the orchestra replaced
GS part. Just next to “paartha njabagam illayo” , she
started the with very soft humming.
People started asking “once more”. Along with Mrs.
P. Susheela Mr. Jaipal also got the applaces and he got a title
from the crowd “junior
ghantasala”. I heared this song in telugu also ( oohalu gusa
gusa ). Mrs. P. Susheela took a small break and Mr. Jaipal started
entertaining the crowd with the unforgettable kannada hits of ghantasala.
hits are “baaLondhu nandhanaa”, hey shankara” from
Ohileshwara . Very nice voice and also he could bring the right
7. Idhenu sabhyathe idhenu samskruthi from Mannina
The bhavam in this song was good.
8. Olave jeevan sakshatkaara from Sakshatkaara
This is the best rendering of the whole program. She started with
the melodious humming. In the end even after the applauses she
extended it with a humming which was not there in the casette and
also repeated the “vasantha kokile “ with a slow but
very soothing voice. So nice. Song Link
9. elle iru hege iru endendu mandalli
nee from Kasthoori Nivaasa
This is a sad song for jayanthi and the host commented as “,
endendu manathalli nee thumbiru” ( always be there in our
hearts ). Song Link
10. vatapatra sayiki from Swathi
Recently “swathi muthyam” was remade in kannada as “swathi
muthu”. The host mentioned that and told “You are going
to listen to original laali laali”. After the function I told
Mrs. P. Susheela, “even in recording you might not have
sung this song so well”. She replied with a laugh, “yes,
I have enjoyed the song very much. The troop also played the music
very well”. Song Link
Then the climax .. the evergreen song
11. viraha nooru nooru tharaha
Just wonderful it was. A girl from the orchestra joined her for
the chorus part along with the swaras. Mrs. P. Susheela immediately
appreciated the girl and the girl also took the blessings from Mrs.
P. Susheela. Song Link
Then Mrs. P. Susheela thanked everyone in kannada.
An Unforgettable evening ……