Flautist gives back with unity song

Perambalam playing the flute accompanied by Lishani on violin and Brentha on sitar during a performance before the release of ‘Nada Seruling’ in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. — ONG SOON HIN/The Star

Acclaimed Malaysian music composer and flautist Perambalam Arumugam has released a song and music video on the diversity and unity we enjoy, in conjunction with National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations.

Titled Nada Seruling, the song features Malay, Chinese and Indian music genres as well as a rap segment that pays tribute to the Orang Asli community and other ethnic groups.

The song combines the flute, sitar and violin played by Perambalam and his daughters Brentha and Lishani respectively.

Perambalam, fondly known as Uncle Perul, said the composition was born from his desire to give back to the country that had nurtured his passion for music and moulded his professional career.

“We are still recovering from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and what better way to rise above the pain and loss than through music.

“This song encapsulates the beauty that Malaysia has to offer, besides the hopes and dreams of the people for continued peace and prosperity,” said Perambalam, 71, during the official release of Nada Seruling in Bukit Vida Ceylon, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

Having composed more than 120 songs over 63 years, Perambalam said the idea for the song was mooted by his daughters and it took him almost two days to compose it.

The lyrics in Bahasa Malaysia were by Ridzuan Abdul Salam from Istana Budaya.

“The lyrics reflect the Malaysia of today, and the family-like feeling Mr Perul provides while working together helped a lot with the lyrics,” said Ridzuan.

He added that one of the most important elements in the music video was how music was passed down through generations, as demonstrated by Perambalam and his daughters.

Perambalam’s musical journey began at the age of eight when he joined the Honeymoon Band, which consisted of several young boys from his neighbourhood of Kampung Pandan in Kuala Lumpur.

At 10, he started playing the flute, inspired by his uncle.

Over the years, Perambalam also learned to play the nadaswaram, a traditional instrument from South India, as well as the trumpet.

His talent has taken him around the world as he has performed for various charitable causes and also garnered many accolades.

Asked what his advice was for the younger generation, Perambalam urged those musically inclined to undergo formal training as it would greatly benefit them in the future in terms of knowledge and financial stability.

To watch the music video, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkiKr1e49ro

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