Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Tum Rehti Ho......

Well this song would surely be the favourite of many music lovers! I had lot of requests for this song and was finally able to get hold of an awesome sounding karaoke track for it almost close to the original. Those who have seen Blackmail would never ever forget this melodious song starring Rakhee & Dharmendra. This was yet another memorable hit from the Kalyanji-Anandji duo. I know that I can never ever be anyway near the magnetic magical voice of Kishoreda but we mortals just try to satisfy ourselves by trying to sing such songs to the best of our abilities. I would just term it passion than anything else! It's just a humble gesture to show that we still hold these songs in our heart of hearts!

Song: Pal Pal Dilke Paas
Film: Blackmail
Original Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyrics: Rajinder Kishen


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Monday, August 20, 2007

ONAM...Oruvattam Koodi..........

It's ONAM once again! Malayalees all over the world celebrate ONAM in the best way that they can wherever they are. Those staying away from their near and dear ones in Kerala do miss the land they were born in and their dear ones. They also miss the many small small things they used to do in their childhood. Childhood memories are cherished by everyone. In those golden yesterday years we had many generations coming together for ONAM and for the children it was time to climb trees, run in the fields, pluck fruits, take a plunge in the river or the pool, and what not! When we look back we see that most of our traditional homes have been replaced by towering flats all over Kerala. Most of the above wonderful things that we enjoyed doing are just memories now and which the coming generation can just dream about or hear stories from us. This song is dear and near to the hearts of thousands of Malayalees all over Kerala and abroad. This song was an anthem of sorts in Colleges when the film was released in the 80's. It still continues to evoke nostalgia.
We would never ever forget such songs. They remain within us for ever.....maybe the wishes we have made would remain just wishes....unfulfilled...but yes....we all can have dreams and wishes. They carry us forward and keep us alive.

Song: Oruvattam Koodi
Film: Chillu
Original Singer: K.J Yesudas
Music: M.B Sreenivasan
Lyrics: O.N.V Kurup
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A song for the 60th Independence Day!

"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.... We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again."
- Jawaharlal Nehru (Speech on Indian Independence Day, 1947)

As we celebrate 60 years of Independence its time to look back and see what all we have achieved and what all we have lost! It's time to go back to the past and understand that our Independence was given to us in a platter by those great people who fought and laid up their lives for us. What are we going to give our next generation?
We may not have achieved whatever we hoped for but we keep on wishing for the best. Unless we work towards a better tomorrow we would never see one. Lets hope at least our children see it.
I sang this song for an album called "Prathyasha" in 1993. I took this out from an audio cassette and so will not match the digital quality of today's songs. It also has used live violin ensembles, sitar and santoor (not samples).
Fr. Paul Poovathingal the composer of this song holds a doctorate in music and is an expert in vocology and also gives classical music concerts. Recently he was in the news when he performed at the Rashtrapathi Rhavan. Fr. Varghese Alengaden is the Director of "Dharmabharathi" Indore which works for Universal Solidarity. This album was released by "Dharmabharathi".
Song: Ek Sapna Hai Mera
Album: Prathyasha I (1993)
Music: Father Paul Poovathigal
Lyrics: Father Varghese Alengaden
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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

En Kaadhale-One of A.R Rahman's early gems

It's been some time since I posted a Tamil song here. From the moment I heard this song in 1994 it's been in my heart and wanted to learn and sing it some day. Yesterday I decided to give it a go and here is the result A.R.R has been here since Roja and he continues to amaze us with his virtuosity creating heavenly music with a standard of the highest order that he has set apart for himself. With a huge team of some of the best musicians in India, he always amazes us with his creations. His songs are basically deep rooted in melody and are mixed to perfection by H. Sridhar and team. He is supposed to be the highest paid music director in India! The whole of India swears by his name today. His was the one who brought about the era of samples, plug-ins, and total shift to computerised recording. He also started the unique style of randomly recording voices and instruments and then using those recordings in the creation of songs. He sets the standards in audio recording today in India. Well I could go on and on writing about one of the most talented musicians of India.
In this song S.P.B is in sublime form and his voice is at its very best. The saxophone interludes by Raju make this song so endearing.

Song: En Kaadhale
Film: Duet
Music: A.R Rahman
Original Singer: S.P.B
Lyrics: Vairamuthu
Sax Solos: Raju

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Teri Aankhon Ke Siva-Chiraag:Tribute to Madanmohan-Rafi Duo


After a long struggle since the past two days, I finally managed to sing and record a song and here is the result. Constant pains and trying to sit on the bed in a comfortable position was the main hinderance. This is a song that I hold very close to my heart. Yesterday was July 31st the death anniversary of Mohd. Rafi. Along with him, July also was the month when we also lost Madanmohan who was an eccentric genius of a composer! The duo of Rafi-Madanmohan has always spelled magic in Bollywood. The film Chiraag had a beautiful song "Teri Aankhon Ke Siva" whch was rendered both by Rafi Saab and Lataji. When you hear the interludes of this song we realise what we have lost. Today interludes are just considered a pain in the neck which are finished off quickly.

Song: Teri Aankhon Ke Siva
Film: Chiraag
Original Singer: Mohd. Rafi
Music: Madanmohan Kohli
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri


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