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Karaoke: Vinmeen Vidhaiyil (Thegidi)

Abhay Jodhpurkar‘s is a voice that was created for Melodies. “Moongil Thottam” was proof enough. Of course, you can expect nothing less from a KM Music Conservatory lad.

Recently, thanks to my room mate, I stumbled upon this gem of a song called “Vinmeen Vidhaiyil” from the 2014 Tamil film Thegidi.

A wonderful duet song rendered by our man Abhay and Saindhavi, the song has awesome picturization too.

Thegidi features Ashok Selvan and Janani Iyer in the lead

Thegidi – starring Ashok and Janani

Thanks to a lazy Saturday, wonderful rainy climate and free song recording software, I tried a Karaoke version of this song today.

Enjoy, and leave your feedback in the comments section below.

You might want to listen to my other tracks, here.

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Karaoke: Ekadantaya Vakratundaya

The song “Ekadantaya Vakratundaya” was originally sung by the legend-wait-for-it-ary singer Shankar Mahadevan. I’ve heard it a zillion times at Amrita University, my Alma Mater.

Sharing a Karaoke I recorded a few months ago! Listen to it and share your comments. Brick-bats most welcome!

Related post: Lord Ganesha – a hobbyist’s delight!
https://meluhanmuggle.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/lord-ganesha-a-hobbyists-delight/

Om Ganeshaya Namah!

Janani

I first met Saurabh sometime in December, almost 5 months ago. Even at that time, I remember him telling me he has been working on a track called “Janani” for a few months.

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Janani – Mother

Well, it’s finally here, It’s worth all the effort Saurabh and his team has put into this project! The visuals, Yatin’s voice, Saurabh’s composition all make this a soul-stirring timeless masterpiece, dedicated to all Mothers.

An original, fresh and awesome work of art. A must watch!

Abhiyantriki – Reliving “those” days!

With every passing day, the fear inside me keeps growing. The fear of not being able to recollect the eventful four years of under-graduate life. The best days of my life. Can’t believe it’s already three years since college got over. Time flies. And memories fade.

Sometimes (rather most of the time), we tend to get preoccupied in the chores of everyday life and work, that we fail to relish, recollect, reminisce the beautiful days from our past. When we are 75 years old and sitting in an easy chair by the balcony sipping a cup of coffee, it is these memories that’d be left with us, to be shared with our children/grandchildren. Memories matter the most.

NIT Surat Final year students have come up with a brilliant video depicting four years of college life. Watching it, I was literally transported 7 years in the past, to the initial days of college life. Through the video, I relived my four years of engineering college life in its entirety. Watch it. I am sure you will, too. It doesn’t matter if you are from NIT Surat or not.

The background music for this movie was scored by our very own talented Saurabh Lalwani. I’ve played a few bits in Violin too.

Enjoy!

Music Review: A R Rahman’s OK Kanmani

Where does Rahman find these voices?
He introduced Ghazal singer Hariharan into Tamil playback singing in his very first album, Roja. Rest is history.

Carnatic Singer Unni Krishnan got his break into playback singing, courtesy Rahman. Rest is history.

<Now add a list of a few dozen other singers who got introduced by Rahman>

And then he discovered Shashaa Tirupati of “Aye Mr. Minor” fame from “Kaaviya Thalaivan”.

“OK Kanmani” is an album Shashaa is not going to forget for the rest of her life.

OK Kanmani: Rahman-Mani Ratnam combo is back!

OK Kanmani: Rahman-Mani Ratnam combo is back!

Shashaa’s voice would make it to my list of “Top 3 things that stand out in OK Kanmani” list. “Naanae Varugiren” is out of this world. Dot. Darbaari Kaanada is a soul-stirring raaga and one of my favorite raagas too. There are a lot of cult Tamil songs in Darbaari Kaanada. Have shared links to few of my favorites songs in this raaga, below:

1. Kaatre en vaasal (Rhytm, Rahman)

2. Malare Mounama (Karna, Vidyasagar)

3. Nee kaatru, naan maram (Nilaave va, Vidyasagar)

4. Aagaya vennilave (Arangetra velai, Ilayaraja)

“Naane varugiraen” would make it to this list now.

Shashaa doesn’t stop with this song. She weaves magic along with Karthik and Rahman in “Parandhu sella vaa”.

“Kaara Aattakkaara” struck a chord with Rahmaniacs right from the time the teasers for OK Kanmani got released a few weeks back. The song has an enlivening feel to it, with gentle acoustic strums to back the vocals. The transition from song to rap and back is seamless, as always, from Rahman.

“Mental Manadhil” is the new “New York nagaram”. It’s fresh and it’s stylish. Rahman’s pronunciations stand out in this song. For example, the way he says “taka taka taka”, among others. The female version is equally catchy.

Karthik sure does know a thing or two about rendering awesome solos, irrespective of the genre. With “Sakthi kodu”, “Girlfriend”, “Usurey pogudhu”, “Vinnai thaandi varuvaaya” and now “Hey Sinamika”, we’ve come to realize that the ARR-Karthik solo combo can never disappoint.

And when was the last time we heard Rahman “sing” semi-classical? “Malargal kaettaen” was a complete surprise when I heard Rahman singing classical at the lowest of scales his vocal chords could afford, as opposed to the high-pitch tracks he generally sets aside for his own voice.

Kutty Thala A. R. Ameen makes a cute entry into playback singing with “Maula Wa Sallim”. Just one word to describe the song. Cute.

“Theera Ulaa” just grows into you. Like any Rahman song, the number of layers in this track is higher than the number of orders that Flipkart gets on a monthly basis. Listen to “Theera Ulaa” with earphones plugged deep into your ears and discover the phenomenon that is Rahman.

All said and done, is “OK Kanmani” the best of Rahman-Mani Ratnam combo? Nowhere close to.

Does it join the league of Rockstar, Roja, Alaipayuthey, VTV and the likes? Nope.

Is it better than Kadal? Not yet.

Better than Kaaviya Thalaivan? May be.

Better than Lingaa? Hell, yes.

Better than “I”? Hell, yes.

Best of Rahman in recent times? Hell, yes.

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Noor-e-Medley, by The jokers’ Project

If you’ve landed here directly, without reading about the story behind the making of Noor-E-Medley, do read this.

Here’s the YouTube link to the song.

Brickbats and bouquets, most welcome.

Noor-E-Medley – 2 days to go!

It was one of those Sundays when I was lazing around at home dong nothing, when I got a call from Saurabh Lalwani, a good friend of my good friend Anupam (Pam, going forward).

Though I hadn’t spoken to Saurabh at all until then, I had come to know a lot about him from Pam while in Shillong. Saurabh was Pam’s college mate from NIT Surat. While in Surat, he had developed a keen interest towards music, so much that he decided to make a career out of it. I was very surprised at the sound quality of the songs Pam had sung for Saurabh and was hoping I could sing for him, someday.

So I was elated when Saurabh asked me if I could sing for him. The song was a medley of two songs – Noor-E-Khuda from ‘My Name is Khan’ and ‘Walk On’ by U2 (Unnecessary Trivia: Sachin Tendulkar’s favorite band :P).

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The next weekend, I went to Vaishali to start recording for the song, ‘Noor-E-Khuda’. It wasn’t easy for me, considering it was my first recording in 7 years. The scale of the song (D) too was two notes higher than the highest I’ve ever sung in my life (C). All did not go well initially since I couldn’t hit the high notes in D. After a week’s practice in D, I did manage to hit the high notes and Saurabh recorded them. Noor-E-Khuda was born.

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Saurabh had already recorded the other portions of the song as well as the ‘Walk-On’ part with Bhavya, Utkarsh and Chanchal, all of them being established musicians in their fields; Bhavya – vocal, Utkarsh – keys, Chanchal – Tabla and Saurabh – Guitar and vocals. After the song was done completely, we decided to take it a level further by making a video – on the lines of a home jam.

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According to me, it has come out really really well. The song is releasing this Friday (19th Dec, 2014). Watch it and let us know your comments.

An evening with Dr. K. J. Yesudas

If ever there was one musician (or magician) whose concert I did not want to miss, this Margazhi season, it was Dasettan’s (as Gana Gandharvan Padmashree Dr. Kattassery Joseph Yesudas is fondly called).

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The concert which took place  in Raja Annamalai Mandram (Parrys, Chennai) was organized by “Tamil Isai Mandram”, which meant only Tamil songs could be sung, thus eliminating thousands of krithis by the “Mummorthigal” right away.

Dasettan offered a complete package to the audience who had turned out in large numbers in the huge auditorium hall.

He started with “Omkara Porule Ayngaraney” in Hamsavinodhini raagam, setting the stage on fire and making just the perfect start for the evening.

This song was followed by appetizers, the not-so-well-known songs, which included “En Gurunathar”, “Arul Purivai”, “Sangeethamey”, “Unnai Ninaippavarkku”, “Sindhanai Sei”, “Nalladhai ninai” and the likes.

Then came the “Main Course”, starting with Papanasam Sivan’s popular song, “Ka Va Va” in Varali raagam.

Dasettan @ Annamalai Mandram, 28th December, 2013

Dasettan @ Annamalai Mandram, 28th December, 2013

He pepped up the concert by giving some gyan and interacting with the audience in between, like he always does. For example, when he had once told an Englishman that Carnatic Music has 72 scales in total (the melakartha raagams), the guy had stood up instinctively in awe. In another instance, he showed the audience what is the best way to practice a raagam, taking examples of Kanakaangi and Rasikapriya (the first and last Melakartha raagams).

The second half of the concert witnessed Dasettan render some evergreen numbers, as the audience watched  indefatigably. My day was made when he sang “En Nenjil Pallikondavan”, my personal favorite.

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Few people from the audience stood up and requested Dasettan to sing their favorites. He funnily remarked, “Ungalukku laan veedu poga vendaama? (Don’t you all want to go back home?)”. It was well past 10 pm. He did heed to few of their (our) requests and sung “Enna Varam Ketten” and “Thiruppaarkadalil Palli Kondaye”.

Just like how a perfect meal is incomplete without a dessert, Dasettan’s concert is incomplete without Harivarasanam. With Harivarasanam and “Jaya Vande Mataram”, he put to rest a concert which exceeded 3 hours. That’s SOMETHING for a 73 year “young” singer.

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Dasettan’s style of singing appeals to all types of people – people who sing, people who know music and people who don’t.

To quote him,

“Very often I feel the pull of strong, diverse forces. One, the ordinary listener, who insists that I should not turn complex during my concerts and the other, who coaxes me to become more elaborate and intricate. I have tried to adopt a style and method that satisfies both.”

He’s being humble when he says “tried to adopt…”. He has mastered the art of singing that appeals both to the nonchalant listener as well as the music critic who doesn’t hesitate to pass lacerating remarks.

Dasettan says, “I have always believed that any artiste should stop, the moment he senses that his audiences no longer want him”. For Dasettan though, that “moment” is never going to come, I am sure.

Tribute to TMS

Like lakhs of people across India, I’ve always wondered how T. M. Soundararajan could effortlessly lend his voice to both Sivaji Ganesan and MGR, when both their characteristics were poles apart.

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I am a great fan of his bold voice! Out of the very few songs of his that I’ve heard, I list down some of my favorites.

1. Avalukkenna, Azhagiya Mugam – Server Sundaram 

2. Pullanguzhal Kodutha Moongilgaley – Krishna Gaanam

3. Naan paarthathiley, aval… – Anbe Va

4. Andha Naal Nyabagam – (which movie is this?)

5. Ullam Uruguthaiyya – listen to it here

His demise today comes just over a month after the passing away of P. B. Sreenivas, another veteran of Tamil playback singing, known for his soft voice.

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The twin loss of TMS and PBS has left a void in the Indian film industry that is irreparable!

May their souls rest in peace.