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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 married Molly Chazhikatt in 1964. They have two daughters, Shiny and Sharina, and three sons, Shinoo, Shawn, and Matthew. Shiny is a physical therapist and lives in California. Shinoo is a mechanical engineer and lives in California. Shawn is a family practitioner and lives in Nevada. Matthew is an investment specialist and lives in California. Sharina is a general cardiologist and lives in California.
  
Alex 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.

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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
  13. Homage Mohammed Rafi: A musical memorial Volume 1 & 2 - 2020
  14. Ageless Hindi Melodies: Volume 1 & 2 - 2020
  15. Chhalki Chandni - 2020
  16. Pyaar Kar Le - 2020
  17. Memorable Modern Movie Melodies - 2020
  18. Lavanya - Malayalam Popular
  19. Ente Abhayam - Volume 1 & 2 - 2020
  20. Maria Gana Archana - Volume 1 & 2 - 2020

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
  9. Mini
  10. Sangeetha
  11. Shyla
  12. Bindu
  13. Lekha Nair
  14. Shruthi
  15. Diya Chand

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