Thashi hopeful of Tamil cinema comeback
Ever one to let his work do all the talking, composer V Thashi has had several defining moments in his career; getting the Kerala State award for Best Background Music (2006), the legendary Salil Chowdhary gifting him a harmonium, and the peerless S Janaki rendering a beautiful melody at his studio. Having already worked in 100 films in Malayalam and a further 160 in Bhojpuri and Bengali, Thashi's figures in Tamil however aren't as impressive. He only has 26 to his credit.
Versatility is the hallmark of this Pattukkottai-based musician. Talking from his modest studio in Saligramam, Thashi says he is not perturbed by the lack of offers in Tamil. "I am optimistic of a turnaround thanks to my upcoming Tamil film Aadavar. Two songs in it, sung by Gana Ulaganathan, have already become huge hits on YouTube. One of them is about the ill-effects of consuming liquor, and I dont think it could have come at a better time, given all the TASMAC outlets shutting their doors in recent times."
Recalling the proud moment when he got the State award from the then Kerala Chief Minister Achuthanandan for Thanthra, he says, "The jury picked me from the 28 who had vied for the award. It was a huge honour."
Thashi says his journey in music began as a marker for well known names like KV Mahadevan, MS Viswanathan, SP Venkatesh, Bharadwaj, AR Rahman, Shyam and Salil Chowdhary. "The experience of working with all those leading composers was worth its weight in gold."
The composer has dabbled in Hollywood, too, with the film Under The Sky. The opportunity came to him following his good work in a string of Malayalam movies. His good work in the film came in for appreciation.
In his other upcoming film, En Peyar Kumarasamy, Thashi has a song sung by Rukmani Ashok Kumar, grand daughter of filmmaker SDS Yogi, whom poet Kannadasan had acknowledged to be his guru. "I was overcome with emotions during the recording," says the composer, who adds that his time in the spotlight "could well be a song away."