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ARPO releases Koothu Kondakkari, first music video from Earthlore Season 1

‘Koothu Kondakari’ is a traditional composition of the Irular community featuring the National award-winning singer Nanjiyamma along with Azad Kala Sangam. This song is very close to our heart for many reasons. This marks ARPO Earthlore’s inaugural collaboration with a group of rustic and gifted musicians who share an immense passion for music.

ARPO Earthlore is the first-of-its-kind initiative dedicated to the exploration, digital documentation, and unification of the diverse indigenous musicians of Kerala. Earthlore brings together indigenous musicians and young international musicians for a musical ensemble which takes the lores of the land across borders to a larger global audience. In the first season, Earthlore features the two indigenous communities of Kerala namely Irular and Kattunaykkar along with multi-percussionist and music producer Charu Hariharan, playback singer Sreekanth Hariharan, American multi-instrumentalist Julian Schoming and Kerala State Folklore Academy Award winner Majeesh Karayad.

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Lyrics in Irula Bhasha and the meaning

Koothu kondakkari sinna doore Mama makalaami sinna meethe

Aasaivathu pasamvaithu Palaki nadantha kala kala

A young girl who elegantly carries her hair tied up in a knot, who is the daughter of my uncle. The one who wanders around carrying a lot of love and desire in her heart.

Lale lale lale lale lale lale lale lale Thille lelo thillelelo thille lelo thillelelo

Thekkatha pottethee nee ponaakee Thedippokuthe ennamanassu… [Thille lelo...]

If you go to the street on the South, my mind follows you in the same direction

Paathu paakkathe nee ponakee Ethu manassu ennakumo… [Lale...]

I ain’t know what might happen to me if you walk away without giving a glance

Kalakatha vettethee nee ponankkee kalanki pokuthe ennamanassu… [Lale...]

If you go to the street in the West, my mind would become distressed.

Vadakaththa vettenthee nee ponakee vaadi pokuthe enna manassu [Thille lelo...]

If you go to the street in the North, my mind would get depressed..


Lead vocal - Nanjiamma

Chorus - Kavita, Thangamani, Maruthi, Priya, Roja

Davil - Murugan

Pora - Swaminathan

Jalra - Kaliyappan

Music conceptualised and produced by Charu Hariharan and Sreekanth Hariharan

Live recording engineer - Vishnu Namboodiri

Assistant engineer - Aadi

Technical assistance - Varun John

Additional programming - Sreekanth Hariharan, Charu Hariharan

Percussions - Charu Hariharan

Guitar, Banjo and Ukulele - Julian Schoming

Percussions recorded by Sreekanth at Madras Music Productions, Chennai

Mixed and Mastered by Mani Ratnam at The Mystic’s Room, Chennai

Cinematographer - Shyam Subrahmoniam

Associate Cinematographer - Shamil Ibrahim

Colorist - Akhil Prakash

Editor - Sneha Angel

Director - Jeevan Ram

Production Coordinator - Parvathi AR

Executive Producer - Sruthin Lal

Supported by Experion Technologies



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