Saturday, November 18, 2006

Chitchor-Yesudas-Ravindra Jain Magic!

Chitchor (1976) was a trendsetter in Hindi Film Music. It paved the entry of K.J Yesudas and another gifted composer Ravindra Jain. The music of Chitchor is immortal and will live and haunt us forever till music lives! It broke the belief and barriers of accent and pronunciation by winning Yesudas the National Award for the Best Singer in 1976 for the song “Gori Tera”. The blind Ravindra Jain was so fascinated by Yesudas that he wished to see the face of Yesudas if he ever was able to see in his life! After Chitchor he gave many memorable hits like “Oo Goriya Re”, “Sunaina” etc. Ravindra Jain was never the same again after Yesudas vanished from the Hindi Film world. Ravindra Jain was also an accomplished singer and lyricist. All the songs of Chitchor were penned by himself! The 70’s and 80’s are considered to be the golden era of film music in India. All songs of Chitchor were master pieces and it also saw the introduction of another talented singer Hemlatha. Well K.J Yesudas would be just around 38 when he sung this song!
After along gap of three weeks I have attempted the song Tu jo Mere Sur Me from Chitchor. Srividya Kasturi has lent her charming sweet voice for this song. In fact she had sent me her voice track many months before.
Song: Tu Jo Mere Sur Me
Singers: Pradip Somasundaran & Srividya Kasturi
Film : Chitchor (1976)
Originally sung by: Dr. K.J Yesudas & Hemlatha
Music: Ravindra Jain
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
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Anonymous Sreejith Chennai said...

WOW!!! Pradeepetta, when ever I hear your voice it seems to become sweeter and deeper day by day! I felt as if I suddenly went to heaven from hell! Just compare what we have to hear in the form of classmates, Don and the likes when we had such heavenly music in the 70's. srividya has done a wonderful job too. Great way to come back after a break.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous rekha menon said...

Absolutely perfect divine singing pradip. Srividya also sounds sweet.You have a captivating voice and technique to match it up.And what a great karaoke track to sum it up. Yes i am transformed to the times, when i saw the movie as a small girl.keep the good work going.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was transported to a different world when I heard this song. One of my all time favorites. Both of you sung exceptionally well. What makes it more interesting is little facts that you include in your posts. Thank you Pradip and wanting more songs...

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Veerendra Vikram Awasthi said...

Dear Pradip Sir,
"Tu jo Mere Sur Me" is really awesome !!!!! Thank you so muchhh

We love you

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Nidhin said...

Pradip Sir...
"Tujo Mere Sur me" is simply beautiful... Thank u sir

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely song!
Especially liked both of you in the swaras part of the song.
Request you to sing jab deep jale aana sometime, created by the same trio :)

4:56 PM  
Blogger Arthur said...

HI Pradip - very nice song - awe some rendition by both of you. Requesting you to sing the other numbers from chitchor like Jab deep jale.., Gori tera etc

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Asim Ghosh said...

Nice job in this duet Pradip. The synchronization part was meticulously done.

Impressive. Like a lot.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Meera Manohar said...


Your voice glides through this song, good job! Somehow, each song of yours brings a different voice of yours to the forefront :)


A nice jog of my memory after such a long time! Nicely rendered!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous sreejabalaraj said...

dear pradip:
thanx a lot for singing one of my all time favourite song 'tu jo meri sur mein'. both of you sung really well. now it's time to give us some nice ghazals of Mehdi hassan.. :-)

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well sung pradip and srividya

Just one observation pradip... its safal and not safar.otherwise good rendition.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Pradip Somasundaran said...

sreejith> Thanks yes we have lost so much with time.
rekha> soory that I forgot to mention abt the karaoke. It was amazing..Maybe aniruddh's track!
alexis> Thanks Alexis..You are an inspiration! Those little facts are so big!
Veerendra> thanks
nidhin> Thanks pal.
Sindu>Jab Deep is coming soon with Vidyu's voice with me..
arthur> Jab Deep is coming soon....
meera> thanks..yes.vidya was very good.
sreeja> Your song is the next!!!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Pradip Somasundaran said...

Anonymous> I did sing it as safal but maybe the "L" was not registered properly. I have corrected the frequency of "L" so that it is more clear now!Please hear again:-) Thanks for the observation. Please do give your name next time when u comment:-)

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

Pradeepettan, Thanks for the song. Wonderful job, both of you. I've been an avid follower of your blog and your career from the days of Meri Aawaz.. and you delight each time! I am sure there are legions of admirers like me who don't always post a comment to state the obvious.. Please keep those songs coming, more frequent the better :)

3:44 AM  
Blogger Soumitra said...

Pradip and Vidya,
That was indeed a treat :-) Yeh dil mange more :-)

4:38 AM  
Blogger Deblina M. said...

Pradeep-ji & Vidya

very well done. Thouroughly enjoyed.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you guys have done such a wonderful job. Very soothing indeed! Gave me a feeling of calm and peace. Thanks for sharing!

9:33 AM  
Blogger Murali Ramanathan said...

Pradip Sir & Vidya > Great Singing. Thoroughly enjoyed each moment of this great song.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Sree said...

Pradip Sir, Great singing, I cannot believe this is not sung by Dasettan...really enjoyed listening to this again and again.
Thanks for this great song, expecting a Hariharan Gazal soon from you Sir.

With Love & Regards

9:52 AM  
Blogger rohit said...

Great singing pradip. You have captivated Yesudas's style to almost perfection.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

When the song started..I thought...Hmm...Pradip posted the Original.!! Then I realized..( I read the post) it was indeed you singing.!!

Not sure how you did this Pradip..Its awesome. Loved it. SriVidya has given you nice support here ! She has sung it so nicely too.

4:42 AM  
Blogger Srividya Kasturi said...

Dear friends, thankyou so much for ur kind words. It is really tough to match up Pradip's talent :) I have a long way to go :)
And thankyou Pradip, for suggesting such a beautiful song and making me a part of this project :)

6:15 AM  
Blogger kaunquest said...

Pradip & Srividya, You have recreated the magic of this song! Its like a walk down memory lane to a golden age in hindi film music. Wonderful. Look forward for more and more treats like this.

Now..My request would be ALL songs of Saawan Ko Aane Do. Its one album which is very close to my heart - probably because I have listened to the LP record hundreds times, growing up :) So lets hear it..
'jharnon mein aaj nayaa geet hai..
geeton mein pyaar kaa sangeet hai' in your voice :)

2:53 AM  
Blogger Awatts said...

Pradipji: Your voice modulation is excellent. I guess you have trained you voice to sound the way you want it to!

Srividhya: You sound very nice in this song.

Both of you have done a great job in overlapping voices.

Yeh dil mange more!

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice song...Excellent rendition by both of you.Enjoyed it very much.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Shibu George said...

Such a nice song

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Prodipto Ghosh said...

Hello Pradip,

I am new to the "Orkut" world. Recently, while being logged in to my orkut page I found you as one of the visitors to my profile. Out of sheer curiosity I went into your profile page & that is where I read about all your achievements in the field of music. I also heard some of your songs that you have sung till date which are avaialble at your website. I must confess here that I experienced pure melody in my ears while listening to your songs, especially your attempt at reviving the magic of Dr. Yesudas in the form of "Tu Jo Mere Sur Me" from the movie "Chitchor". Although I personally do not sing (as I have not been blessed with that quality to do justice to this great art form), however as an individual who appreciates good music, I wish to hear more of you in the days to come.

I wish you much success in your future endeavors.

Have a great day ahead.

Prodipto Ghosh

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome singing. Pradip, you were excellent. Srividya also good with a different kind of voice, but off-sur at times. But anyway good singing both of you. Waiting to hear more from you.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice Pradip and Vidya. I am trying to catch up with all you guys.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Ullas said...

Really missed many such treats since I was away on vaccation.Am back to trouble you all guys :-) Pradeepetta, that was simply out of the world. Your singing was as good or even better than the original.Vidya has a closed voice. Would be nice if her words were clear and not as if she were singing with some obstruction.Also her pitching could be improved.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous venkatakrishna said...

Great performance....
I have rarely heard singers giving importance to each and every minute deatails in the original
version while rerecording it.
I myself am a budding singer living in USA (sing hindi/telugu/tamil songs)..and listened to few of your songs along with the tu jo mere surme..
Great performance. GOOD luck to you.


1:54 AM  
Blogger Rajeev said...

Dear Srividya and Pradeep, the others would like to hear some more of the Ravindra Jain hits.

God Bless!


3:20 AM  
Blogger angadhan said...

Great Pradipji, you are lucky to work with the music maestro Raveendran Mash. It is really amazing to listen your track songs of Mash.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Vinu said...

Nalla Pattanu Pradeepetta,
Thangal Cinemayil padathathathenthe?

8:26 PM  
Blogger Aravind G said...

Beautiful song and amazing singing by both of you. I really wonder how such a song is produced at home studio with such a nice recording. Very nostalgic song and I am very happy and lucky to hear this in a blog from a talented singer such as you.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Srinivas said...

Pradipji, great singing. You sound perfect no matter whose songs you are singing - Yesudas, Kishore Kumar or SPB.

8:42 AM  

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