Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Naadamaya-Dr. Rajkumar's National Award Winning Classic!

It's been a big gap since I posted a song. In fact I had the song ready last week but due to a routing problem my site had vanished from my ISP till today! Strange isn't it? Anyway the wait has been worth. In fact my friend Rama gave me this track some months back. When I heard the track I immediately thought "oh..it would take some time to learn this song". It was a very long and tough song purely based on Carnatic Classical music and that too a "Raagamaalika" starting in "Thodi". So I kept it in abeyance for a long time and finally spend some time doing it last week. I must say that Dr. Rajkumar never ceases to amaze me! This song fetched him the National Award too! This also shows how deep his knowledge in classical music was. He really was an enigma! I was deeply touched by the pure form of Carnatic singing that he has adopted in this song. He has sung it with so much of bhava. This evidently shows that he must have learnt the nuances from a really great master! This song was really a big challenge and after singing it I indeed am relieved a lot. I leave upon you to see how far I have been able to do justice to the original version. I again would like to thank Rama and Suchin for helping me out with the words and pronunciation. I also hope Rama keeps sending me such wonderful numbers. I really enjoyed singing a song on home ground (clay can be good but grass is my home)...Hope all the Rajkumar fans do enjoy this song.
Song: Naadamaya
Film: Jeevana Chaitra
Original Singer: Dr. Rajkumar
Music: Upendra Kumar
Lyrics: Chi. Udayashankar


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Friday, June 15, 2007

Khilte Hain Gul Yahan: Another Kishore Kumar-S.D Burman Gem!

Sachin Dev Burman was born in Comilla, Bengal (now in Bangladesh) in British India. He was born in the royal family of Tripura, and began his training in classical music under his father, sitarist and Dhrupad singer Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman. He later continued his training first under KC Dey, and then Bhismadev Chattopadhaya and Badal Khan. He also acknowledges Ustad Allauddin Khan as one of his gurus. In the early 1930s he made a reputation for himself as a singer of folk and light classical music. (Consequently his film compositions were often influenced by his huge repertory of folk-tunes from the Bengali, Bhatiali, Sari and Dhamail traditions of the North-East India).
He made his film debut singing in Yahudi ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahari Sanyal. His first film as a singer was finally Sanjher Pidim (1935). He became a music director initially in Calcutta with Rajgee (1937). He moved to Bombay in 1944.
S.D Burman composed music for 100 movies inclusive of Bengalee films. Agneepath (1990) had an uncredited song composed by him - Nazar lagi raja tore bangle par from Kalapani (1958). He also sang about 20 film songs (inclusive of Bengali films) for which he composed music though he may not have been the music director of the films. He also sang for one of the songs of Amar Prem (1971), a film whose music was composed by his son, Rahul Dev Burman. S.D. Burman's compositions have been mainly sung to a large extent by the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt (wife of Guru Dutt and a playback singer herself), Manna Dey,Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle and Shamsad Begum. Mukesh and Talat Mahmood have also sung songs composed by him. He has also sung a number of private songs and bhajans. Notable ones being "Dheere se jana bagiyan mein" and "Kaun nagariya javun re Bansiwale..".
Sharmilee was another feather on S.D Burman's cap in 1970's. The film was a big hit and the songs were captivating. It also had the young charm of Shashi Kapoor and Rakhee to add to it's success!
I attempt the evergreen song "Khilte Hain Gul Yahan" from the film. This song has long been on my request list and the karaoke track was given to me by Mr. Swaran Dhaliwal from Canada. I thank him and would like to add that this karaoke track is one of the best I have heard and feels almost near to the original!


Song: Khilte Hain Gul Yahan
Film: Sharmilee
Music: S.D Burman
Original Singer: Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Kalpanthakalatholam: A Vidyadharan Master Classic!

"Vidhyadharan Master" has been doing music in Malayalam Cinema since the 80's. Though he has done very few films, the quality of his music is on par with the other contemporaries of his era like Johnson and Raveendran. He is from the old school of music where melody reigned supreme over cacophony. Almost all his songs have a strong classical base and were of high calibre. Right from "Kalpanthakalatholam", "Nashta Swargangale", "Chandanam Manakkunna", "Vinninte Virimaaril", "Paaduvaanay", "Swapnangalokkeyum" he has kept very high standards for himself. He has not got the accolades that he really deserved and Malayalam cinema has not used his talents fully. He is also one who never compromises on quality. Other than films he has composed music for a huge number of devotional albums and folk songs. Though not active in film music, he is still much sought for devotional albums. I had the opportunity to sing a song for one of his films and also have sung many times in his devotional albums and radio recordings. I have attempted the song “Kalpanthakalatholam” from the film “Ente Gramam” which was released in 1984.

Song: Kalpanthakalatholam

Music Director: C.S Vidyadharan

Film: Ente Gramam

Original Singer: K.J Yesudas

Lyrics: Sreemoolanagaram Vijayan


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