My Music

Born in a family where parents and siblings sang, I grew up liking music. The recognition and praise received when I sang at churches, schools and colleges, did encourage me. The opportunities to participate in community events as a singer in Kerala, Bombay and New Delhi provided an additional boost. With some formal training early on and later from gifted teachers, my interest in music flourished. Since moving to America in 1968, spreading the music of India, especially the popular kind, became an important mission for me. 

Professional recording started in Chicago with “Nazaranippattukal” (1993) followed by “Avanichandrika” in Las Vegas. I have produced 22 audio CDs and three video CDs; three more groups are in the making.

These groups of songs are compilations of some of my favorite songs in Malayalam and Hindi. They include movie melodies and original compositions both popular and devotional. Most of the original works are by my brother, the late Mathew Mapleton. (He was a gifted singer and a versatile composer in Hindi and Malayalam. He studied and worked under Bollywood music director, the late Iqbal). Every movie song in my selection is an immortal one. Works of all legendary music directors have been, by choice, included. Most of these have been musically embellished and/or lyrically extended to enhance their appeal. Some lyrics selected are unpublished–works by ONV, Kunianthodath, Shaji and others in Malayalam and by Dr. Subhash Kelkar, internationally famous radio-host of Geetanjaly, Detroit and playwright, in Hindi.

All of these collections will soon appear in formats accessible for music lovers. Please direct all of your enquiries to:
Email: alexjmapleton@alexjmapleton

There are THREE options to experience my songs:

  1. My YouTube Channel: Alexander Mapleton
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAVZNaT7mOUHS0ksT6IGmoA
    There are 9 songs in Hindi and 16 songs in Malayalam, both popular/movie and devotional. Here is a list of the songs:

  • Hindi:
    1. Jabse Dekha Tumhen
    2. Neel Yagam Par
    3. Pukarta Chala Hoon
    4. Toote Hue Khwabon Ne
    5. Mujhe Kitna Pyaar Hain Tumse
    6. Tujhe Dekha Tujhe Chaha
    7. Tujhe Kya Sunaoon Main Dilruba
    8. Yeh Shaam Aur Tera Naam
    9. Milte Hi Ankhen
  • Malayalam:
    1. Kerala Naata (Popular)
    2. Kuliraniyum Thennal (Popular)
    3. Aaru Nee (Popular)
    4. Raagam Paarijaatham (Popular)
    5. Kakkiyutuppittu (Popular)
    6. Sandhyambaram (Popular)
    7. Marhavillu (Popular)
    8. Madhurikkum Ormakal (Movie)
    9. Thamka Kinakkal (Navalokam)
    10. Engine Nee Marakkum (Neelakuyil)
    11. Kayalarikathu (Neelakkuyil – new version)
    12. Mannine Pankitunnu (Nirakutam – new verison)
    13. Snehathin Itayan (Devotional)
    14. Mother Teresa (Devotional)
    15. Prabhata Reshmi (Devotional)
    16. Divyakaarunya Nadha (Devotional)
  • 2. Recordings from my LIVE CONCERTS

    A Sample of Selections from FOUR Live Concerts*:

    Mohd. Rafi Nite –
    (Introductions by Dr. Subhash Kelkar, Host of Gitanjali Radio Program) (Detroit)
    Ford Motor Co. Auditorium, Dearborn, MI
    April 11, 1981
    1. Chhoo Lene Do
    2. Oh Raat Ke Musafir
    3. Ehsan Tera Hoga
    4. Mohabbat Choomay
    5. Teri Duniya Se Door
    6. Jo Wada Kiya

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    Anmol Rattan (Amoolya Ratnangal) –
    (Gems of Hindi Movie Music)
    Kidangoor, Kerala
    Lions Club & Golden Club
    May 29, 2005
    1. Awaara Hoon
    2. Chal Akela
    3. Khoya Khoya Chand
    4. Dheere Dheere Chal
    5. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
    6. Tumhen Yaad Hoga
    7. Dum Dum Dhiga Dhiga
    8. Baazigar

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    Kala Sandhya
    St. Mary’s H H School, Kidangoor, Kerala
    Centenary Celebrations
    January 20, 2007
    1. Madhurikkum Ormakal
    2. Alliambel
    3. Penninte Chem Chundil
    4. Paal Nilavinum
    5. Pathinaalaam Ravudithathu
    6. Chandana Kaatte
    7. Ishq Mein Mere Rabba
    8. Katalinakkare

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    Sungeeth Sandhya
    Kidangoor, Kerala
    Fine Arts Society
    December 14, 2008
    1. Prema Yamuna Theeram
    2. Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni
    3. Ente Swapnathin
    4. Vaishakka Sandhye
    5. Erhilampaala Poothu
    6. Oh Priye
    7. Bahut Pyaar Karte Hai
    8. Kitna Hasih Hai

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    *Samples from other concerts like Symphony India, Sham-E-Tarannum, etc will be posted as they become available.

    3. My Audio Publications

    Audio Publications in MALAYALAM:

    CHILANKAEver-sweet Malayalam Melodies (East West Music, 2011)
    A collection of 12 original compositions sung by India’s leading vocalists:
    KS Chitra, Vani Jairam, Sujatha, Lekha Nair, Elizabeth Raju , Gayathri and Deepa.
    A true reflection of the versatility and originality of the late Mathew Mapleton as a composer/music director.
    Lyrics by ONV, Bichu Thirumala, Joseph Mattom, C. Kurianthodath, Rajan Maret, etc.
    Every song a musical delight!
               
    Tracks:
     1.  Kuliranium Thennal
     2.  Ambala Vilakkukal
     3.  Ambili Ammavan
     4.  Madhumaasa Nilavu
     5.  Panineerkattu
     6.  Paarilirangiya Thaarungal
     7.  Raagum Paarijaathum
     8.  Ponnilanjippoo
     9.  Jabse Dekha Tumhen
    10. Mannine Pankitunnu
    11. Pulimarachottilay
    12. Kerala Naat


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    VENMUTH: Old is Gold in Malayalam (East West Music, 2011)
    Essentially, an enlargement and replacement of Ponmuth. A collection of fourteen classic songs from Malayalam movies and musicals with everlasting appeal. Every song is enriched, embellished, and often extended. Selections cover gems from three decades – from 1953 with ‘Thiramaala’ to 1978 with ‘Rowdy Ramu.’
    A Connoisseur’s delight and must-have!
     
    Tracks
     1. Madhurikkum Ormakalay
     2. Velutha Pennay
     3. Chakkarapandalil
     4. Kaayalarikathu
     5. Naladamayanti
     6. Vellambal Poikayil
     7. Thalakku Meethay
     8. Kanmani Neeyen
     9. Thangakinakkal
    10. Enginay Nee Marakkum
    11. Chandanappallakkil
    12. Aaamalar Poikayil
    13. Thaamara Thumpi
    14. Hey Kaliyotamay


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    NAZARANIPPATTUKAL: Christian Wedding Songs of India, (Mapleton Music, 1993)
    This, my first CD, is a collection of “Ancient Songs” (Puranthanappattukal).  It remains very special to me because it allowed me to express both my passion for music and pride in my Knanaya heritage. The songs are grouped into 5 categories: Anointment of the Bride, Preparation of the Groom, Folk Dances, All Occasions, and Wedding Reception.
     
    Tracks:
        1.    Mar Thoman (a)
        2.    Maranarul (Mylanchippattu)
        3.    Alam Chamanyathil
        4.    Annannu Kannimar
        5.    Pirhawarhikku
        6.    Mar Thoman (b)
        7.    Maraneesho
        8.    Akkalam Bawa
        9.    Thamara Bhangi
        10.    Alahanayanum (Orupadesum)
        11.    Nallororshlaym
        12.    Othu Thirichavar
        13.    Moonmum Malankara
        14.    Innu Nee Nyungalay
        15.    Anpinotay Bawa
        16.    Baroo Mariyam
        17.    Mar Thoman (c)
        18.    Warhwenna Warhoo (Song of Blessing)
        19.    Alahanayan (Warhoowattakali)
        20.    Ponnanintheetum (a medley)
        21.    Munga Thungam


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    AVANICHANDRIKA: Popular Songs – Malayalam, (Mapleton Music, 1999)
    A group of ten original compositions reminiscent of the good old melodies with contemporary orchestration.  In comparison to some of today’s popular tunes which may easily fade from your memory, these tunes will beckon you.

    Tracks:
        1.    Malayalanatu
        2.    Vruchhikakattu
        3.    Nishagundhi
        4.    Maanasapoika
        5.    Pichakapoovanum
        6.    Avanichandrika
        7.    Naalathey Prabhathum
        8.    Urhimukhathalinganum
        9.    Ee Lokum
        10.  Minnaminungukal

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    MALAYALASHEELUKAL: Popular Songs, (Mapleton Music, 2002)
    Eleven haunting melodies, all ORIGINAL compositions in the evergreen age-old style with modern musical sound, make up its contents.  Lyricists include ONV, Kurianthodath and the late Rajan Maret. 3 Oppana (Mappila) style songs are a special attraction.
     
    Tracks:
        1.    Monchulla Sundari
        2.    Pattukari Tathamma
        3.    Vellilamkavu
        4.    Panchami Ravu
        5.    Poomegham
        6.    Vilakkutharumo
        7.    Konchikurhanju
        8.    Madhumasanilavu
        9.    Kakkiyuduppu
        10.  Panapathrangal
        11.  Paris Lady


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    EASHWARADHYANUM: Christian Devotional, (Mapleton Music, 2002)
    All songs are devoutly devotional in flavor; tunes are tasteful and will linger long in the ears. As the title says, the songs are bound to elevate your thoughts to your creator and saviour. It includes six ORIGINAL compositions and some immortal hymns.  Lyrics of Mahakavi Kattakayam, Sr. Rosalia, P.V. Thommy, V. Nagel, and Rajan Maret do evoke piety.

    Tracks:
        1.    Snehathin Itayan
        2.    Jagalpithavu
        3.    Devakumaran
        4.    Sandhyavandanum
        5.    Vanilay Pithavu
        6.    Dayavaaridhy
        7.    Deivathin Snehum
        8.    Surarajan
        9.    Varhthappettavan
        10.   Jattarathil Jananum

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    BHAKTIGEETHUNGAL: Christian Devotional, (Mapleton Music, 2002)
    Lyrical beauty and simplicity of themes when cast in melodious tunes make some hymns simply stand out.  That is what these ten songs really are.  Here some very traditional hymns go hand in hand with contemporary lyrics.  Some are truly old wine in a new bottle.  
    Two hymns are in praise of St. Alphonsa, St. Mother Teresa and Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
     
    Tracks:
        1.    Deva Ninnagamum
        2.    Easter Hymn
        3.    Paateetaam Gloria
        4.    Calvariyutay Varhi
        5.    Prapanchamam Devalayam
        6.    Enthinu Kerhunnu
        7.    Nalleesho
        8.    Prabhatha Reshmi
        9.    Pithavay Sthuthi
        10.   Mother Teresa

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    MARIAGANA ARCHANA: Marian Devotional Songs, (Mapleton Music, 2020): Volume 1 A collection of 16 melodious Marian hymns, in two volumes. They emphasize the theme, “To Jesus, through Mary”.  Several hymns are brand new, never published before.
    Tracks:
    Volume 1
    1. Amme Mariye
    2. Sehiyon Suthaye
    3. Aliverum Snehamathave
    4. Anugraha Poomarha
    5. Kanyaka Mathave
    6. Jagambrikaye
    7. Mary Manonje
    8. Mullinkoottam Thannil
     

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    MARIAGANA ARCHANA: Marian Devotional Songs, (Mapleton Music, 2020): Volume 2
    Tracks:
    Volume 2
    1. Snehamrutham Theti
    2. Oru Mathra Kooti
    3. Nee Ente Velicham
    4. Swargeeya Raniyam
    5. Christianikalute Sahayam
    6. Katalala Meethe     
    7. Ethrayum Dayayulla
    8. Prakashapoornayayi
     

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    ENTE ABHAYAM, (Mapleton Music, 2020): Volume 1 & 2
    These fifteen devotional songs reflect the good news Jesus brought to the world through his birth. Two songs are presented in two formats each in four parts and the ordinary styles one of which is a special appeal to the Holy Spirit. Vani Jairam’s rendition is simply immortal.

    Volume 1                                    Volume 2
    Tracks                                      Tracks
    1. Varaname Ente Hrudayathil   1. Devium Sneham Nirayum Nidhi
    2. Dayaroopaneesho                   2. Vaa Vaa Yesunadha
    3. Varoo Nirmalasneha               3. Orhukivarum
    4. Vaa Vaa Yesunadha                 4. Devalayathinte
    5. Athipaavanamaam                  5. Deva Deva
    6. Jeevithasgara Natuvil              6. Jeevanil Prabha
    7. Shanthikiranam                       7. Varaname Ente Hrudayathil
    8. Kaalam Tharhukiyunarthum
     
     
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    LAVANYA: Sweet Malayalam Melodies, (Mapleton Music 2020)
    This group of twelve popular style Malayalam songs reflect all comtemporary styles including oppana and ghazal. It also contains one unrecorded song by ONV. Singers Kester, Najim Arshad, Chithra Arun, Gayathri etc. are featured.

     
    Tracks:
     1.  Karimirhiyil
     2.  Sindoorachoppulla
     3.  Devakanye
     4.  Katte Katte
     5.  Innu Varum
     6.  Sandhyambarathin
     7.  Akale Neela
     8.  Ormayil Oru Mownageetham
     9.  Akale Chirikkum
    10. Theti Vilikkkam
    11. Mookam Patukayano
    12.Mankanikal Theti


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    VASANTHA POWRNAMI: Soft Moonlight-like Melodies, (Mapleton Music, 2020)
    Ever popular singers KS Chithra, Gayathri, Najim Arshad are presented in this group of fourteen songs. The variety in lyrics, musical styles and formats used will appeal to your hearts and ears.

    Tracks:
    1. Aaru Nee En Veedhiyil
    2. Ormayil Oru Snehageetham
    3. Sandhye Raagasandhye
    4. Thusharam
    5. Ankanamalarukal
    6. Nishavensurabhikal
    7. Ennanuragam
    8. Mandaramalar Viriyum
    9. Poroo Manovaatiyil
    10. Oru Raagasandhya
    11. Marhavillu Theliyana
    12. Kandilla
    13. Kannukal
    14. Kuliraniyum


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    Audio Publications in HINDI:

    RAAT TAARONKI – Original and modified Hindi melodies (East West Music, 2011)
    Twelve songs – Six original and six enriched/enlarged and sung by Vani Jairam, Sujata, etc.
    Selections come from far and near, decades old or contemporary.
    A rare opportunity to appreciate the lyrical beauties by Detroit’s “Geetanjaly” fame, Dr. Subhash Kelkar.
     
    Tracks
     1. Raat Taaronki
     2. Ye Shaam Aur Tera Naam
     3. Miltey Hi Aankhen
     4. Bheegi Raat Mein
     5. Jabse Dekha Tumhen
     6. Woh Mere Humsaaye Hain
     7. Aapne Kya Kiya
     8. Abhi Thehro
     9. Meri Yaad Mein
    10. Bheegi Bheegisi
    11. Hale Dil
    12. Chori Chori Aanken

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    IMMORTAL HINDI MELODIES (Mapleton Music, 2008)
    Taken from live concerts held in India & the USA by Alex, Shyla, Vidya, etc. including hits from Anari, Andaaz, Awaara, Aah, BlackMail, Kaala Bazaar, Kajal, Parvarish, Sambandh, etc. originaly sung by Md. Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar, and composed by legends – Naushad, Shanker-Jaikishen, SD Burman, Ravi, Hemant Kumar Kalyanji-Anandji, etc.

    Tracks:
     1. Jhoom Jhoom Ke Nacho
     2. Dil Ki Nazar Ze
     3. Chhoo Lene Do
     4. O! Rath Ke Musafir
     5. Awara Hoon
     6. Aja Re Ab Mera Dil Pukara
     7. Chal Akela
     8. Pal Pal Dilke Paas
     9. Mastibhara
    10. Khoya Khoya Chand


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    ANJALY- An Offering: Devotional Songs – Hindi, (Mapleton Music, 2002)
    An unusual collection of original melodies from the north and south.  It includes One Tulsi bhajan and a Brahmananda bhajan.
     
    Tracks:
    1.        Jaago Jaago
    2.        Swagath Karo
    3.        Tu Dayalu Deen Hoon (Tulsi Bhajan)
    4.        Devta. Sub Ke Pitha
    5.        Aao Chale. Aao Chale
    6.        Prem Mudith Man Se Keho
    7.        Prabhu Mein Hoon Das (Brahmananda Bhajan)
    8.        Dayasaagar
    9.        Kya Hai Karishma
    10.     Hum Bole Prabhu

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    PYAAR KAR LE
    Hindi Popular, (Mapleton Music, 2004)
    A loosely knit love story is the back drop for this group. The boy meets this beautiful girl. She procrastinates. Eventually it ends in a joyous union and they lived happily ever after.
    Many popular hits from Mollywood (Malayalam Filmdom). Along with a few original compositions adorn this group. As always, lyrical extension and musical embellishments add novelty and variety.

    Tracks:
    1. Tum Sundar Ho
    2. Dil Mein Tum Samaye
    3. Pyaar Kar Le
    4. Baharon Ka Daur
    5. Chhalke Surahi
    6. Maane Na Meri Mehbooba
    7. Dard Bhari Raaten
    8. Zehreeli Raahon Pe
    9. Kyon Geet Milanke
    10. Dolee Mein
    11. Aa Gaye Pyaar Ke Din
    12. Sindoori Mang Seji

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    HOMAGE: MOHD. RAFI, (Mapleton Music, 2020): Volume 1 This is a two part collection of 24 songs sung by Rafi spanning a long period starting with the 1948 movie MELA. The last song “Geet Ab Toh”, in Voume 1, is a tribute penned by Dr. Subhash Kelkar for the first-ever memorial concert in Md. Rafi’s honor (it was held on April 11, 1981 in Detroit, Michigan). Mathew Mapleton composed the music and I sang it. “Jo Wada Kiya”, “O Raat Ke Musafir”, & “Aane Se Uske were other immortal songs from that concert included in this group. The musical embellishments/changes and the lyrical extensions may spring a surprise; hopefully you will relish them.

    Tracks:
    Volume 1
    1. Yaad Na Jaye
    2. Neel Gagan Par
    3. Jis Raat Ke Khwab
    4. Tujhe Dekha
    5. Mohabbat Jhoome
    6. Jo Wada Kiya
    7. Hue Hum Jinke Liye
    8. Yeh Hai Bombai
    9. Aaja Ke Intezar
    10. Aaye Hai Door Se
    11. Dheere Dheere Chal
    12. Geet Ab Toh
     
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    HOMAGE: MOHD. RAFI, (Mapleton Music, 2020): Volume 2
    Tracks:
    1. Chhoo Lene Do
    2. Tasveer Teri Dil Mein
    3. Tujhe Kya Sunaoon
    4. Jeet Hi Lenge
    5. Man Mera Ehsan
    6. O Raat Ke Musafir
    7. Aane Se Uske
    8. Tum Hi Tum Ho
    9. Yah Zindagi Ke Mele
    10. Pukarta Chala Hoon
    11. Toote Hue Khwabon Ne
    12. Woh Jab Yaad Aaye

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    MEMORABLE MODERN MOVIE MELODIES:  (Mapleton Music, 2020)
    Twelve lilting tunes covering the last decade make up this rare collection. It covers ever enjoyable hots from ASHIQUI 2 to AA AB LAUT CHALEN, from BAAZIGAR to BODY GUARD, from KRRISH to KAZOOR, from SAAJAN to SANAM and some more. A special attraction: an unpublished male version of a memorable female hit.

    Tracks:
    1. Labon Kakarobar
    2. Ishqi Mein Mere Rabba
    3. Jo Meri Rooh Ko
    4. Pyaar Ki Ek Kahani
    5. Bahut Pyaar Karte Hair
    6. Kaise Piya Se
    7. Tum Hi Ho
    8  Aa Ab Laut Chalen
    9. Teri Meri Prem Kahani
    10. Ham Yaar Hai Tumhare
    11. Baazigar
    12. Falak Dekhoon

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    CHHALKI CHANDNI: Memorable Moonlight Melodies, (Mapleton Music, 2020)
    Eleven melodious numbers reflecting moon (Chand) and the romantically linked soft and soothing moonlight (Chandni) are featured. Selections include the nostalgic song from the 1949 movie DILLAGI (Tu Mera Chand) and this group’s title song, an original composition. Many more ever popular love songs make up this very appealing group.
    Tracks:
    1. Chhalki Chandni
    2. Tu Mera Chand
    3. Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni
    4. Tu Jo Nahin Hai To
    5. Aao Chalen
    6. Dheeme Suron Mein
    7. Sharab Cheez
    8. Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni
    9. So Bhi Jaa
    10.Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi
    11. Chhalki Chandni

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    AGELESS HINDI MELODIES: (Mapleton Music, 2002): Volume 1 & 2 My associates and I strived hard to pick 24 songs which truly earned a place in a collection with that very title. Your approval and satisfaction were our goals. We went as far back as the classic song from the 1943 movie KISMET, sung by Amirbai Karnataki. The variety in terms of the thematic mood and melodic structure will be pleasing.
    Volume1                                                 Volume2                                             Tracks
     1. Tu Pyaarka Sagar                         1. Ab Tera Siva
     2. Kitna Hasih Hai Mousam           2. Aansoo Bhari
     3. Tumhen Yaad Hoga                    3. Dheere Se Aaja
     4. Aaja Meri Barbad                       4. Ehsan Tera Hoga
     5. Tu Mera Chand                          5. Tumhare Hai Tum Se
     6. Aaja Re Ab Mera Dil                  6. Main Shair Toh Nahin
     7. Milte Hi Ankhen                        7. Jhoom Jhoom Ke Naacho
     8. Mana Janab                              8. Do Sitaron Ka Zameen
     9. Chal Akela                                9. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas
    10. Yehan Badla                            10. Chhalia Mera Naam
    11. Dil Ki Nazar Se                        11. Duniya Badal Yayi
    12. Masti Bhara Hai                       12. Watan Ki Raah Mein

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    Forthcoming audio publications:
    – NIRMALYAM: Malayam Ghazals
    – IBADUTT: Hindi Ghazals
    – EVERLASTING MOVIE MELODIES (Hindi)

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