Why the internet is in love with AR Rahman’s Malayalam hit ‘Padakali’?

Orfeo Quintet version of Padakali has become an overnight success.

25 years after A.R Rahman composed a Malayalam number for the iconic film Yodha, here comes a brilliant instrumental version of Padakali by the band Orfeo Quintet. 

For the average Malayali, this was a breath of fresh air with that tinge of nostalgia. The band's version of Padakali has become an overnight success. The comic song, originally sung by MG Sreekumar and KJ Yesudas starred the legendary Mohanlal and Jagathy Sreekumar. The movie was a huge success when it was released in 1992. 

The members of Orfeo Quintet are still in awe of how the internet has responded to their video. The video has been viewed by 485,000 people on Facebook while 98,000 viewed on YouTube. 

The band comprises Robin Thomas, Carol George, Francis Xavier, Herald Antony, Maria Grigoreva, Benhar Thomas and Binoy Joseph, who are all seasoned musicians. While most of them are from Kochi, Maria is from Russia. The band, which doesn't have a vocalist, has even been invited by the famous BRICS orchestra to be a part of its concert at the Kremlin Palace in Russia.