The video of a woman singing ‘O Cheliya’ – the Telugu version of A.R. Rahman’s 1994 Tamil song ‘Ennavale Adi Ennavale’ from Kadhalan has gone viral. Impressed by her rendition after coming across the video, Rahman shared the video on Facebook.
Rahman who didn’t know about the whereabouts of the woman while sharing the video captioned it saying ‘unknown, anonymous, beautiful voice.’
Unknown, anonymous, beautiful voice…
Posted by A.R. Rahman on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
However, a comment by a follower of AR Rahman identified the woman as Baby of Vadisaleru village in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. An NDTV report also corroborated the story.
Baby joins a slew of people whose videos have gone viral. Earlier this year, Shankar Mahadevan shared the video of Rakesh Unni, a daily wage labourer, singing the song ‘Unnai Kaanadhu Naan’ from Dasaavatharam.
The singer was so impressed by Rakesh Unni’s rendition that he put out a plea requesting people to help trace the singer in the video who at the time was unknown. His tweet read – ‘Would like to work with him.’
This is called fruit of labour!
When we hear this, it just makes me feel so so proud of our country that produces so much talent and is so rich in culture. Who is this guy???
How can I trace him?
Need help & would like to work with him. pic.twitter.com/SWqGQkmChb
— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) June 30, 2018
Though cover versions doing the rounds on the internet (predominantly on YouTube) is not a new thing, what sets the versions of Baby and Rakesh Unni apart from the ones recorded in studios is the candid manner in which these videos have been shot.
While Rakesh Unni’s video appears to have been shot during a break from his daily work, Baby has been captured singing sitting at the door of her home.
But not every song manages to capture the composers’ and singers’ attention though. The video of a bus driver singing the popular Malayalam song ‘Pramadavanam’ from the 1990 movie His Highness Abdulla was strictly restricted to social networking sites.