Book Name in English : The Playback in Malayalam CinemaF O L I O, Thiruvananthapuram,entered the world of book publishing in mid 2008 with two books that stand out for their novelty. F O L I O’s maiden venture was The Playback in Malayalam Cinema by journalist- writer Kiran Ravindran. The book is an entertaining history of Malayalam film music from the time of the first talkie, ’Balan’ of 1938, to the present. For any reader familiar with Malayalam film music it is an enchanting trip down the memory lane.For one uninitiated it is a work that will inspire a closer look at and deeper understanding of the music of Malayalam cinema.The book has three separate sections profiling all the lyricists, composers and singers who made Malayalam cinema music what it is today. It also has a long list of film songs with identification of the Carnatic Ragas in which they are composed.The book has Foreword by the eminent singer Dr K J YesudasA History of Malayalam film music from the time of the first film with sound track, Balan (1938), to the present. An excellent reference work on Malayalam cinema music.
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