Tuesday 22 December 2020 7:58 PM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Dec 22: Sabarimala is a feeling. A visit to the abode of Lord Ayappa is an experience that just lives in you forever. The trek to the shrine is a journey to relive your past and awaken to a rebirth.
The path to the almighty or the pinnacle is strewn with hurdles but those hindrances just start to dissipate one after the other in front of someone who believes and has the perseverance. To know what Sabarimala is one should experience it.
Two brothers – Ranjith Meleppatt and Balraj Meleppat – have now released a bilingual Ayyappa devotional song, titled Saranapadayathra in Malayalam and Saranapadayathirai in Tamil, and it is about the journey of a devotee to Sabarimala temple. The song, which was released on social media last month has by now gone viral and viewed by millions.
Rave reviews about the song underline the fact that the song is a feeling more than words and scenic beauty. It wouldn’t have been possible for someone to have captured the feel and beauty of a trip if it wasn’t from brothers Ranjith Meleppatt and Balraj Meleppat who are ardent believers of Lord Ayappa.
The song was released by actor Suresh Gopi at the perfect time of the Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season. The Mandala festival season will be on till December 26 after which the hill shrine will be closed. The temple will be reopened on December 30 for the Makaravilakku festival. Makaravilakku festival will continue till January 14, 2021.
Sharanapadayathra is beautifully rendered by Haricharan, visuals has been shot by Prasanth Krishna who works with the south Indian film industry and visuals are edited by Kerala state award winner Sobin K Soman and creatives are by Gops Brahma (Crea Media Dubai) produced by RM Productions in association with Yellow Bell Creative Media at Mystudio Cochin and 20dB studios Chennai.
Balraj Meleppat, who penned the lyrics, is a Research fellow at Charles University, faculty of Zoology, Prague. Balraj is married and settled in Prague, his wife Nithya is also working as a researcher at Charles University Prague. She is one of the co-producers for this Ayyappa song along with Sreejith.
Balraj’s brother Ranjith Meleppatt, music composer for the song, lives in the UAE, and works as Head of Production at Big106.2 Dubai under the FunAsia network. Back home the brothers are from Tirur in Malappuram and children of Radhabai and Devidasan who are retired bank employees.
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