100 Happy Songs : Day 42

If you asked me to name my favorite playback singer, the name that would pop out off the top of my head, despite being spoilt for choice, would be Shreya Goshal. There are very few things that I gush about more than her singing when I’m listening to one of her songs. That voice that makes the rest of the aspects of the song either pale in comparison or serve the sole purpose of elevating her singing to a whole new level – be it the music, or the interludes or the co-vocalists.

And then this song comes along and changes that for the first time. I knew that honey-voice to be hers, those little nuances could be only hers, also those tiny slips in Tamil pronunciation that I’ve always forgiven with a bias in her singing, while needlessly picking on the same when it came to the likes of Sadhana/Udit. But there was something far more compelling about the song that overshadowed her portions effortlessly. Limelight, get ready to embrace your next guest – Haricharan. The song is just him , through and through. First, that mind-blowing singing in Kaaviya Thalaivan(should do a separate post on that) and now this. It was his diction and clarity, the vocal emotion and the classy rendition that had me hooked to the song right away; not Shreya, not even ARR. Pookale sattru oyivedungal – first love of I.

The other songs in the album (with the exception of Ennodu nee irundaal which I’m pretty sure I’ll grow to like) hardly fit the appeal-on-first-listen bill. Merselaaiten has more or less been rejected outright – it carries too much of a Simbu flavor to even warrant more attention. Too early to comment on the other two songs.

For now, though, it is Haricharan, and Pookale settru oyivedungal …

Maya, have you listened to I yet ? 🙂

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100 Happy Songs : Day 32 – Day 41

The original post was intended for just one song, but for no particular reason, I have decided to make this an Ulaga Nayakan post. I am not a great movie critic, and watched very few movies(across languages) growing up, but if there is one “hero” that I’d have to pick through all these years, it HAS to be this man. Here are ten songs(in no particular order).

32. Neela Vaanam from Manmadhan Ambu
I have no clue how this song propped up all of a sudden in the middle of a very random discussion with K last night. I remember how we used to trip over this song even before the movie came out. It HAD to play atleast once during our work commute and made many such mornings beautiful. The movie seemed so promising, we promptly went to watch it the weekend it was out, but it turned out to be such a dud. It is not possible to dislike the Marar man, but it was so disappointing to see Madhavan wasted thus. This song however, stood out – hard to believe it has its origins in the DSP stables(Yes, I am VERY prejudiced like that).

And of course, there was a huge hungama over the video. I personally thought it was beautiful, but there was a huge hate wave going around that the reverse motion was completely lifted from a Coldplay song. My two cents on copying/inspiration of ideas/music – I think it is perfectly ok to bring a novel concept implemented elsewhere in the world to an audience that is completely unaware of its exsitence. Only, PLEASE credit the original creator. I am fairly sure half the population of Tamil Nadu, which was the primary target audience for Manmadhan Ambu, had no clue about either Coldplay or the original video, or got to know of it only after all the hungama happened. So yeah, recreate something awesome, and give credit where it is due.<Note: No, I am not Deva’s onnu vitta Chitappa ponnu, and this is not about that kinda “inspiration” at all>

33. Poonguyil paadinaal nalla sangeetham from Nammavar
College politics/problems, well-defined relationships(Gautami-Kamal, Nagesh-Brinda Master, Kamal-Srividya) – I really liked this movie. Not sure if it did well though. And what a pretty song, no? Pretty in a way only SPB and Chitra can make it!

34. Nee oru kaadhal Sangeetham from Nayakan
This film has been dissected and analysed so much that there is really nothing much left to say, except that it is one of my favorite movies ever. Whattey cult movie! Mano, FTW in this song. Chitra – usual perfection.

35. Poovasam porappadum penne from Anbe Sivam
Yet another favorite, favorite movie of mine. I think I’ll never tire of this movie – the angst, the love, the hope, the despair, the joy – everything soo beautifully put across in understated performances by BOTH Kamal and Maddy. Oh how I love this movie! And this song, a Vidyasagar gem!

Meghathai ematri mann serum mazhai pole
madiyodu vizhundhaaye vaaa..

36.Valai Osai from Sathya
Haven’t watched the movie, but this song is sheer IR magic. Served with a fantastic topping of Kamal-Amala chemistry.

Few more songs that almost constantly feature on my playlist(though I haven’t watched some of these movies) and are total gems:

37. Nee Partha Paarvai from Hey Ram
For IR. Period.

38. Unnai kaanadhu naan from Vishwaroopam
For SEL, the awesome Shankar Mahadevan. Btw, Kaapi or dwijawanti ?

39. Swasame from Tenali
Love everything about the movie and song, except Sadhana Sargam. Not a big fan of her singing in general, especially in Tamil.

40. Enthan Nenjil Neengatha from Kalaignan
For the one and only Yeshudas and the beautiful Nalinakanthi!

41. Idhazhil Kadhai ezhudhum from Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
IR – the beauty of the composition!

The list would be incomplete without the mention of Sundari Neeyum, which is an all time favorite and has already featured in this series.

100 Happy Songs : Day 29 – Day 31

I’ve been reading very good things about the soundtrack of Ramanujan, and I’ve just started listening to the playlist. Music is by Ramesh Vinayakam – remember Nala Damayanti? Azhagiya theeye ? University? These are the only ones I can recollect, but just a handful of songs from these three suffice to speak for his work. Posting three of my favorites from his albums today. The male vocalist of all these songs is the composer himself, and to be honest, I am not a big fan of Ramesh Vinayakam – the vocalist, but Chitra and Chinmayee more than make up for it in the first two songs. From what I’ve heard so far, tomorrow’s post is most likely to be a pick from Ramanujan.
<Skipping youtube links, because of unsatisfactory audio quality.>

29. Kadhalai valarthai – University :

A beautiful composition. Vidyasagar-esque. Chitraaa! Every single time she goes Yen indha nenju vimmi vimmi thulludho

<The stylish Nenje thulli po(by Karthik) is another song I really like!>

30. Enna Idhu – Nala Damayathi :

Firstly what a nice, clean movie. And this song! Lilting, simple and that lovely singing by Chinmayee – makes you smile every single time.

31. Vizhigalin Aruginil – Azhagiya Theeye :

There was a phase in college, where this song used to loop endlessly in multiple hostel rooms. Dreamy, beautiful song. Makes you go ahaaaa! at several points in the song!:) My favorite of the three songs that I’ve posted today.

100 Happy Songs – Day 28

Rotten work day. Sometimes I REALLY wish I could fly away to a parallel world and do something apart from stupid programming for a living. Like, writing maybe? Knitting? Singing? Settle down in Heidi-esque hills, bask in nature’s glory, glutton on yummy food and read away like there’s no tomorrow? Reality check. I may not be terrific at any of these things. They are not going to pay me for doing all this(obviously). Glamorous as it sounds, the parallel world is a big myth(yes, I know. I am smart like that :|). And it is not everyday that the real world sucks as much. I can just make do with it. As if I have a choice, anyway.
Ok. Happy song. Had to rack my brains to come up with something. But what I did manage is an absolute beauty. Nondescript movie, an even more nondescript cast. But ARR it is! And vocals by the honey-spewing Srinivas. There is another beautiful version of the song by Sujatha too, but this one is the winner for me. Chotta Chotta from Taj Mahal !

100 Happy Songs – Day 27

A chip off the old block today – Yuvan Shankar Raja. This man has been quite a sensation for a while now, but I am personally not a great fan of his music. Too mainstream for my liking, though a couple of songs here and there do manage to catch your attention for a while. I am an even lesser fan of his singing, so the lesser said about it the better. Today’s song , however is a recent, endearing composition of his, sung beautifully by Sriram Parthasarathy.

Aanandha yazhai meetugiraai
adi nenjil vannam theetugirai
Anbennum kudaiyai neetugirai
athil aayiram mazhaithuli kootugirai

100 Happy Songs – Day 26

To nobody’s surprise, after all the buildup about IR vaaaaramm, I missed out posting on THE man’s birthday. The weekend sickness is not quite over, and continues to nag me. An infection of the throat is quite possibly the most annoying interference you can encounter. You can neither behave like you are terribly sick, nor can you go about your day normally.

FB informed me as soon as I logged in this morning that it was SPB’s birthday today – looks like the first week of June is quite the celeb week – Mani Ratnam, Ilayaraja and now SPB. So I thought today’s song had to be SPB-IR combo. Easier said than done. Songs came flooding in – SPB was undoubtedly one of the top reasons why the IR era was so golden. If you go aaaha! over an IR song, 4 times out of 5, it would HAVE to be an SPB song – that versatile, majestic voice that could carry off any song with ease and implant itself so firmly in your head that the song would never sound quite the same if you heard it sung by anyone else in the future!

Raakamma, for instance. Ah, the grandeur of the composition. Immediate thought chain – the violins, the harmony, the superstar, the demure Shobhana and SPB’s voice (of course very ably supported by Chitra who just sounds her normal, perfect self :))

100 Happy Songs – Day 25

The FM world is abuzz with “Raaja Sir’s” birthday that is tomorrow. So I got a break from the crappy music, VJ banter and endless advertisements that all seem to play out with a vengeance only during my commute to work. Apparently, there is this channel(cannot recollect which one) that is going to play ONLY Raaja’s music for the next 70 hours. What a blessing! So I started my day with Rum Bum Bum on FM. What a spirit lifter after a bummer weekend, which me and Pattani spend sick in bed. 😐
The occassion cannot be more right for an exclusive IR week on this series, no ? (obviously, this is what all this preamble was leading upto :P). Starting with a song that is very close to my heart. Again from MMKR. The movie which you can possibly never tire of(ok, except the slightly mokkai-ish climax). Kamal – inimitable, matchless – winning you over in every frame of the movie. And this song, of course.