Friday, October 27, 2006

Kumari - Anyan - Harris Jayaraj & Shanker Mahadevan Magic!

Am again experimenting myself by treading into foreign lands! This time I try this beautiful song Kumari from the superhit film Anyan sung by another astounding allrounder Shanker Mahadevan. His singing leaves us breathless.
Beautifully picturised, this song always has us glued to our TV screens whenever it is shown. This song is vintage Harris Jayaraj and shows his class as a composer.
Song: Kumari
Film : Anyan
Originally sung by: Shanker Mahadevan
Music: Harris Jayaraj

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Monday, October 23, 2006

BLOGSWARA 2 READY FOR RELEASE-TEASERS UPLOADED!


Dear Friends, Blogswara 2 is almost ready! This would be launched by November 1st and would include many new artists! We hope that this version would better Blogswara 1!
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Blogswara is a unique and pioneering concept wherein amateur Indian music talent from worldwide collaboratively work on creating full scale original music productions completely remotely. The music produced is made available free for listneing. Most of the artists involved have not met each other and some not even talked to each other over the phone, All artist communications are made possible using personal e-mails.
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SONG TEASERS

Song: Ente Manassilum
Lyrics: Indu
Music & Orchestration: Nishanth Mani
Sung by: Divya S Menon


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Song: Hai Junoon
Lyrics: Praveen Kamath
Music & Orchestration: Nandu Mahadevan
Sung by: Ramesh Chellamani


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Song: Mella Mella
Lyrics & Music: Narayanan Venkitu
Orchestration: Anil B S
Sung by: Jo & Vidyu


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Song: Ooyalaadunni
Lyrics: Indu
Music: Jo
Orchestration: Sam Kolli
Sung by: Meera Manohar


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Song: Hai Mera Dil
Lyrics: Ajay Chandran
Music & Orchestration: Pradip Somasundaran
Sung by: Pradip Somasundaran & Swati Kanitkar


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Song: Thoduvaanam
Lyrics: Arul Veerappan
Music & Orchestration: Mux Narasimhan
Sung by: Mux, Anitha & Meera


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Song: Ennaachu
Lyrics: Udhaya Kulandaivelu
Music: Prem Abraham
Orchestration: Ajit Gopalakrishnan
Sung by: Meera Manohar


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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Tum Bin Jaon Kahan-R.D Burman-Kishore Magic

I was busy with some programs & recordings for some days, so could not post anything for almost a week. Have attempted a song of Kishore Kumar which I recorded as my preparation for a program at Cochin recently. This song was also sung by Mohammad Rafi in the same film. But incidentally the Kishore version become a big hit! There is a bit of Yodeling in this song which is Kishore Kumar's trademark in many songs. I have come to see that in my absence as in Murali's case my chat box which was for chat purposes has become a fight box of sorts! I thank my fans and listeners for supporting me always. Your good wishes and support always has helped me fight baseless and wild allegations. I started singing Hindi in 1973 from my school in Gujarat, and have traveled the long one year route of "Meri Awaz Suno" where my hindi was tested by almost all the music directors and singers of Bollywood including Mannadey, Bappi Lahiri, Anupam Jalota, Jatin Lalit, Usha Khanna, Sanjeev Kohli (Legendary Madan Mohan's son), Pamela Chopra (Yash Chopra's wife) and finally in the finals by Lata Mangeshkar, Mannadey, Pandit Jasraj and Bhupen Hazarika. Incidentally the first song which I sang in my audition and competition was Dil Aisa Kissine Mera Toda, a Kishoreda number which was the turning point of my career and the first decision to take me in the competition was made by Sanjeev Kohli & Pamela Chopra based on that song! I sang songs of Kishore, Rafi, Mukesh, Mannadey, Yesudas, Hemant, Talat etc. during the course of the competition and was pitted against all the Hindi speaking singers of India. So I know what I am, my strong points and my weaknesses more than anyone else! If someone calls my fans and listners blind, maniacs and deaf, I have no option but to retaliate as it paramounts to insulting all the mentioned great people who taught me music and believed in my music. I have always been attacked with deliberate intentions to dent my confidence, but I have fought back always and have emerged stronger in my determination. I know my music and know when I go off track. I have always admitted my mistakes and have taken good and sincere advice. This is all due to God's grace, my classical music teachers, music directors, the above mentioned greats of Indian music, with whom I have worked with, and thousands of listeners who give me the courage to go on. In music there is no beginning or end. It's an endless journey. Some people take joy in showing off by assuming their knowledge to be supreme. This is true in every field. Such people are not sincere and just want to get attention. I just neglect such people as they will be lost in the crowd if ignored. I have crossed the stage where I would impulsively act upon someone who would say that hey...your Hindi songs are all rubbish…. you should stop singing Hindi, and some others may say that hey...your Malayalam songs are no good...sing only Hindi...so what advice should I take? Amusing isn't it??? Staying invisible you can talk anything.....We should work on our beliefs and confidence and not on forced ideas...Everyone will eagerly share your success. No one will share your pains and the difficult road to success.... You can prevent my voice being heard in films, but you cannot prevent my voice being heard by thousands of music lovers all over the globe through this blog!
I am removing the chat box. If someone wants to give sincere advice they can use the comments section or e-mail me and I will definitely consider it looking into its merits. If it is vague and just to cater attention, I will ignore it. Once again I thank all those who believe in good music.
Some more songs.... three duets... one with Vidya, another with Vidyu and one with Meera, a Mehdi Hassan Ghazal are next in the list!
Song: Tum Bin Jaon Kahan
Originally Sung By: Kishore Kumar/Mohd. Rafi
Film: Pyar Ka Mausam
Music: R.D Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Introducing the Genius of Philip V Francis

It is a cruel reality that most of the times popularity is the only criterion by which we raise people to greatness! In this commotion some amazing personalities do not get their due however talented they might be. But these people find greatness in our hearts by the quality of work they do. Such a personality is my dearest friend Philip V Francis who is a true genius. Almost all the real musicians in Kerala know him. There are no words to describe him! He is an Ustad on the Tabla and is the disciple of the Tabla Mestro Ustad Fayaz Khan, sings Ghazals with uncanny ability, plays the Guitar, Harmonium, started his musical career as a Congo player, is an amazing artist who creates magic on the drawing canvas....well the list goes on. He leads the Choir in his church, was the Ambassador of music nominated by ICCR, Govt. of India, in Guyana, West Indies, teaching Tabla there and what not. When it comes to composing he believes in the old school of music using original acoustic instruments for almost all his songs. He was the arranger for my song "Porumo En Shyama Meghame" too in the past. The song I present here is a marvel of a song composed by Philip and sung by another amazing singer "Manisha". I would specially like to mention the sheer brilliance, emotion and ease with which she has rendered this song! She now works as an announcer in Dubai in a leading F.M Radio channel. This song is very close to my heart and makes me cry whenever I hear it, due to the music, singing, soul stirring simple lyrics, sheer devotional quality and heavenly heights to which it takes you. The two differently tuned charanams, the chord progressions and violin counters used in this song equal that of any great composer and the real violin ensemble used in this song creates sheer magic in today’s world of electronic music cacophony! A song of a lifetime from a gem of a person!
Song: Mezhuthiri Poole
Composer: Philip V Francis
Singer:Manisha
Album: Kanneer(Christian Devotional)
Lyrics: Cicily Devassy

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Pramadavanam-Tribute To Ravindran-Part-V

Many of the music lovers had requested for the song "Kudajadriyil". Since I could not find a Karaoke track for it, I have sung another devotional song which is as beautiful and is very popular in Kerala. Yesterday, when I sang it at "Urakam" Temple for my program, the audience started clapping even as I was singing the first virutham! This shows how deeply the masses adored and loved "Ravindran" master! I present this song on the occasion of "Vijayadasami". The song is again from a Mohanlal starrer, Kizhakkunarum Pakshi.

Song: Sowparnikamritha
Film: Kizhakkunarum Pakshi
Originally sung by: Dr. K.J Yesudas
Music Director: Ravindran
Lyrics: K. Jayakumar
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