Singer Nanjiyamma, who won the Special Jury Prize for the Kalakkatha Sandhanameram song in the movie Ayyappanum Koshiyum, dedicated the award to Sachy. KR Sachidanandan alias Sachy, who directed Ayyappanum Koshiyum, died in June of last year from cardiac arrest.
When the Kerala State Film Awards were announced on Saturday, Nanjiyamma won the Special Jury Prize for the song she performed in the movie starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon.
“Without Sachy, I wouldn’t have had the chance to sing in the movie,” reacted Nanjiyamma, 61, when she learned of the award for her.
Kalakkatha Sandhanameram was written by Nanjiyamma herself and composed by Jakess Bejoy. The song was an instant hit with the masses. She also starred in the film.
Nanjiyamma belongs to the Irula tribe. She comes from a hamlet of Attappadi on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the district of Palakkad. She started singing at the age of 13. It was by accompanying her mother and grandmother to graze cattle that the picturesque surroundings of her native village inspired her to sing.
She is singer of Azad Kala Samithi founded by Pazhaniswami, who also performed in Ayyappanum Koshiyum. The Samithi was trained to revive the art forms of the Irula people.