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 Dr. Alex Mapleton was born in Kuttikanum, Peermade (Idukki Dt.) as the youngest child in the family. After spending his boyhood there, he moved to Kidangoor, (Kottayam Dt.) for schooling.  He is an alumni of  St. Thomas College, Pala and one of the first from Kerala to enter the profession of Physiotherapy at WHO’s premier program in Mumbai.  He later worked for the Government of India in New Delhi.  He is also a  scholar in Hindi.  He proceeded to the USA in 1968 for advanced clinical training and post graduate studies.  He received one graduate degree each from the Universities of Michigan and Detroit (MPH and MA) and became a specialist in Gerontology (Health problems of the Aged).  Even though professionally retired, he is active in health related, philanthropic and community activities.
  
He was a director of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for over forty years in India and the USA. 

He showed active interest in music since early childhood.  He studied vocal music from accomplished singers in both Karnatic and Hindustani systems of music and is still active with live recordings and concerts in both Hindi and Malayalam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable Concerts

  1. Mohammed Rafi Nite - the first ever memorial concert in the world after Mohd. Rafi’s passing away, Detroit, MI (1980).
  2. Gaana Mela - Popular and Movie Music in Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi, Chicago, IL (1981)
  3. Symphony India - the first ever symphony concert of India’s popular music using a 50-piece western symphony orchestra, along with a ten piece Indian ensemble and an American Conductor, Detroit, MI(1984).
  4. Sham-E-Tarannum - concert for a Pakistani audience using one half Pakistani songs, Detroit, MI (1986)
  5. Raaga Sandya - Popular Movie Songs in Malayalam and Hindi, Los Angeles, CA (1989).
  6. Sham-E-Tarannum - Popular and Movie songs from the Indian Subcontinent, San Diego, CA (1989)
  7. Amoolya Ratnangal {(Gems of Hindi movie music) - a concert of unforgettable melodies of the Golden Age, Kidangoor, Kerala, India (2005)
  8. Kala Sandhya - as part of St.Mary’s Higher Secondary School Centenary Celebrations, Kidangoor, Kerala, India (2007)
  9. Archana - a concert of  Marian Devotional songs, St. Mary's Forane Church, Kidangoor, Kerala, India (2007)
  10. Sungeeth Sandhya - in celebration of the release of “Ponmuth” with cine music director Jerry Amaldev as chief guest, St. Mary's H.Sec.School, Kidangoor, Kerala, India (2008)

Radio Host and M.C.

Produced and presented weekly radio shows, principally of  Hindi movie songs for Indian communities in Detroit (Geetanjaly) and Las Vegas (Sungeeth) for several years, with all commentaries in English.

M.C.’d selected programs featuring prominent singers/actors or, for community events.

Audio/Video Publications

As principal male vocalist, produced and published the following.

  1. Nazaranippattukal - Christian Wedding Songs of India - 1993
  2. Avanichandrika - Malayalam Popular - 1999
  3. Malayala Sheelukal - Malayalam Popular - 2002
  4. Eashwara Dhyanum- Malayalam Devotional 2002
  5. Bhaktigeethungal - Malayalam Devotional - 2002
  6. Anjaly - Hindi Devotional - 2002
  7. Immortal Hindi Melodies - 2004
  8. Archana - Malayalam Devotional - 2008
  9. Ponmuthu - Classic Malayalam Movie Songs - 2008
  10. Chilanka - Malayalam Popular - 2011
  11. Raat Taaron Ki - Hindi Popular - 2011
  12. Venmuth - Classic Malayalam Movie Songs - 2011

CDs under preparation

  1. Lavanya - Malayalam Popular
  2. Geetanjaly - Malayalam Devotional
  3. Sandesam - VCD Devotional
  4. My Homage to Mohammed Rafi - Hindi
  5. Chhalki Chandni - Hindi
  6. Ageless Melodies in Hindi

Notable Partners for Duets

  1. Vani Jairam
  2. K.S. Chitra
  3. Sujata
  4. Elizabeth Raju
  5. Gayathri
  6. Preetha Kannan
  7. Deepa
  8. Brinda

T.V. Appearance

“Shalom” is currently telecasting four devotional songs- in three, Alex is featured as actor-singer and in one, as vocalist.

Membership

  1. Christian Musicological Society of India 
  2. American Physical Therapy Association
  3. Indian Association of Physiotherapists