Anitha Rangaswamy’s musical tribute for Appu

‘Ellu Hogilla Nee Ellu Hogilla Appu’, a song in honor of the memory of the late Puneeth Rajkumar, was released on March 16, his birthday

‘Ellu Hogilla Nee Ellu Hogilla Appu’, a song in honor of the memory of the late Puneeth Rajkumar, was released on March 16, his birthday

Puneeth Rajkumar may not be with us anymore but Appu as he was popularly known lives on in the hearts of his fans around the world. the action movie Jamesreleased posthumously last week is running to packed houses.

His life-size posters still grace our streets and songs from his movies continue to top the charts. A song, ‘Ellu Hogilla Nee Ellu Hogilla Appu’, written and composed by Anitha Rangaswamy, is the latest tribute to the actor.

The song was launched on March 16, Appu’s birthday.

Tribute to the power star

Tribute to the power star

“It’s a musical medley, celebrating the life and journey of our beloved Appu,” says Anitha, who does voiceovers for radio. The song features the voices of singers from Hindi and Kannada Industry. Shankar Mahadevan, Rajesh Krishnan, Anuradha Bhat, Pallavi MD, Hemanth Kumar, Chaitra HG and Vijay Raghavendra, Puneeth’s cousin, have lent their voices to the song. In addition, the song also features the work of four acclaimed musicians: Alwyn Fernandes (guitar), Akash Parva (keyboard), Sandeep (flute) and Sarfaraz Khan (Sarangi). The video is directed by Jeevan Claude Dsouza.

It was easy to contribute Shankar Mahadevan, MD Pallavi and Vijay Raghavendra to the project as they have worked with her before, Anitha said. “They’ve sung some of the jingles I’ve made in the past. Rajesh, Anuradha, Hemanth and Chaitra are my friends. So their coming together for this song was an organic process.

“The inspiration for the song came from the many who still mourned Puneeth. “People said they were still reeling from the shock of his passing. I felt I had to turn that feeling around. Death cannot kill what never dies. For me and for all the fans of Appu he is not dead. He may not be with us physically, but he lives on in our memories and hearts. That’s what the title of the song says, ‘you have’t gonewhere Appu’. †

Anitha with Vijay Raghavendra

Anitha with Vijay Raghavendra

Anitha, a big fan of the late Dr. Rajkumar, says she grew up watching every movie the family starred in. “It was appropriate to make a song for his birthday.”

Anitha, a long-distance runner, currently works as a copywriter.

The passion for music, Anitha says, was always there. “It took a backseat to me when I lost my mom in 2020. I was lost after she left. One day I decided to keep her alive through music and my writing. This is how my first independent song ‘Endigu Saladu Ninna Preethi Amma’ was born. Sung by Vasuki Vaibhav, the song celebrated my mother, her life and love for life. I hope this tribute song will help heal those who are still hurting from Appu’s passing.”

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