Nithākam is a translation in to Tamil of the George Gershwin classic Summertime from the 1935 Jazz opera Porgy and Bess and was originally recorded by Abbie Mitchell in 1935 and was first a hit for Billie Holiday in 1936 and has been recorded more than 25,000 times. It is a lullaby that describes life as being easy and that the baby is privileged. This is an incredibly moving performance from Ganavya. The song is instantly recognisable, even with the lyrics being in Tamil, with a fusion of Jazz and Indian elements with European folk traditions gives this version an original feel, as though it stretches back to the start of time, that remains even after Ganavya switches to singing in English. You will be transfixed by the sound and the simple video from the first note until after the final note has faded away, and you will need the silence at the end of the video to return to the mundane world. Ganavya is joined on this version by Albert Sanz on piano and Pablo Martín Caminero on double bass, and is dedicated to her friend Prashant Bhargava who died in 2015. This song will be included on Ganavya‘s debut album Aikyam: Onnu, and you can pre-order a copy by backing the Kickstarter project to fund the release here.
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