Sunday, December 31, 2006

...Mere Sapnon Ki Rani...

Hi Friends , I'm presenting a Nostalgic Hindi song which is an all time hit. "Mere Sapnon Ki Rani" Kishore Da's one of the masterpieces from the film "Aradhana" .The song is a fast number enriched with Anand Bakshi Sir's Lyrics and S D Burman Sir's Music.
Anand Bakshi was born in Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan, on Monday, 21 July 1930. Anand Bakshi came to Bollywood to get a career for himself in singing but ended up becoming more successful in writing lyrics. He got his first break in films in 1956 when Bhagwan Dada signed him to write four songs for Brij Mohan’s Bhala Aadmi, from which he went on to work as a lyricist for over 300 films in the course of his life.He established himself as a versatile lyricist with the song Dum Maro Dum in the movie Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1972). After this, he wrote memorable lyrics in many movies including Bobby and Amar Prem ,Sholay,Hum,Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,Taal,Mohabbatein, Gadar - Ek Prem Katha , to mention a few.Late in his life, he suffered from heart and lung disease as a consequence of life-long smoking. He finally died of organ failure on 30 March 2002 at Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital, at the age of 72.The last released movie with lyrics by Anand Bakshi was Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin (2004).Bakshi received 40 Filmfare nominations, and won four Filmfare awards as best lyricist. The songs were:Aadmi Musafir Hain in Apnapan ,Tere Mere Beech in Ek Duje Ke Liye , Tujhe Dekha in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,Ishq Bina in Taal. Bakshi wrote the most lyrics -- for more than 250 movies -- with the music directors duo Laxmikant Pyarelal as the movies' composers.He won many Ruby Film Awards, Aashirwad Film Awards, Sushma Shama Awards, 3 Screen awards, and Zee & Stardust Hero Honda Awards.Bakshi won an award from the SPCA for his hard-hitting lyrics for the song Nafrat Ki Duniya Chhodke Pyar Ki Duniya Mein from the film Haathi Mere Saathi
S D Burman : Music director born in Tripura. Classical training by his father, sitarist and Dhrupad singer Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman; later with ustad Badal Khan and Bhishmadev Chattopadhyay. Early work for radio was based on East bengali and North eastern folk-music.In early 30s made a reputation in bengal as singer of folk and light classical music, e.g. at the Allahabad Sangeet Sammelan (Music Conference) in 1935. First record was of a Nazrul Islam composition.First film as singer: Tinkari Chakraborthy's Sanjher Pidim ; also acted in Dhiren ganguli's Bidrohi . Music director from 1939 onwards in Calcutta. Moved to Bombay and worked at Filmistan (Eight Days, Shabnam), Navketan (Afsar, Taxi Driver, Funtoosh, Guide) and for Guru Dutt (Baazi, Jaal, Pyaasa, Kagaz ke Phool). Remained Dev Anand's key composer for several years (Paying Guest, Tere Ghar ke Saamne, Jewel Thief, Prem Pujari). As a singer, his thin but powerful, accented voice was often used as a bardic commentary: e.g. the Wahan kaun hai tera musafir in Guide, Safal hogi teri aradhana in the hit Rajesh Khanna movie Aradhana. Wrote an autobiography: Sargamer Nikhad.
A man who can sing and dance, act and mimic, write and compose, make you laugh and cry all at one time,a person who lives by defying norms,a genius whose talent is immeasurable, Multi-faced, versatile, eccentric, sensitive - There has been only one such a man in Hindi filmdom, Kishore Kumar. Kishore Da was born on August 4, 1929.Since his childhood Kishore nurtured dreams of becoming a singer and following the footsteps of his idol K. L. Saigal. The young Kishore's real ambition was to become a playback singer and which became true, when, music director Khemchand Prakash called him to lend his voice for Dev Anand for the film Ziddi in 1948, the song was 'Marne Ki Duvayen Kyon Maangoon".He recorded his last song on october 12, 1987, a day before he died. Lata Mangeshkar's fond and fitting tribute best describes this great personality....."He was a sampoorna kalakar (the complete artist). He knew everthing. I call him India's Danny Kaye. Producer, Actor, Singer, Director, Lyricist, Composer....."
This is my first Hindi song in my blog.Please point out the mistakes.Expecting your encouragements and prayers.

Film: Aradhana
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Music: S.D.Burman
Voice: Kishore Kumar
Blog Singer : Arun G S

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*** Happy New Year ***

Sunday, December 24, 2006

...Pinakkamano Ennodinakkamano...

I am presenting a duet song "Pinakkamano" from Santosh Sivan's visual poetry "Anandabhadram".A splendid cast with Prithviraj and Kavya Madhavan playing the lead roles. Manoj K Jayan Playing the villain and Riya Sen playing the girl caught by vicious Manoj K Jayan.The film was a massive success with the difference in presenting the story and the real art done by Santosh Sivan as the Director and Cinematographer. The beauty of Ravi Varma Paintings is brought to reality through Kavya Madhavan by Santhosh Sivan's camera. The real beautiful songs of Anandabhadram also played a vital role in bringing out the cherished hit.

I am presenting a new voice before the blogger family, The Voice Of Miss.Sumi Abraham. She was with me in my college and is a talented singer with a very rich and sweet voice and she can bring out the feel in a particular song.She finds it easy to sing both classical based songs as well as light numbers by giving due importance to the emotions that should be imparted to each type of song.

Me And Sumi Singing The Same Song On Our College Day
Lyrics : Gireesh Puthenchery
Music : M G Radhakrishnan
Singers : M G Sreekumar , Manjari
Blog Singers : Arun G S , Sumi Abraham
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Friday, December 15, 2006

...Swargaputhri Navarathri...

Hi Friends...

Now I'm presenting a nostalgic song "Swargaputhri Navarathri" from the film "Nizhalattam". This is regarded as one of the most romantic songs in the Malayalam Film Song List. With the thrilling romantic lyrics of Sri.Vayalar Rama Varma and the haunting music of Sri. G Devarajan and the evergreen voice of Dasettan , this song has found a permanent place in the hearts of youth.Even in this age of modern music with thundering Rock 'n Roll and Rap Music ,the soft music and smooth lyrics of this song is still possessing its place in the lips of each and every Keralite who loves Malayalam Music.
G Devarajan : Paravoor Govindan Devarajan, popularly known as G. Devarajan or Devarajan master has scored music for more than three hundred Malayalam Films, many dramas, twenty Tamil and four Kannada movies. Most of his compositions remain ever green classics in Malayalam. Besides, his music in the Tamil film 'Annai Velankanni' has received many accolades. Devarajan received Kerala Government's Best Music Director award for five times, among other honours.His first work which brought him to limelight was the drama song "Ponnarivaal ambiliye kanneriyunnoole".The first movie for which he composed music was Kaalam Maarunnu.His combination with Vayalar produced the golden era of Malayalam film music.Devarajan was the one who used maximum number of raagas in Malayalam film music.
Vayalar Ramavarma : a poet and lyricist. His works include Sargasangeetham, Mulankaadu, Padamudrakal, Aayisha, Oru Judas janikkunnu.He was awarded Kerala Sahithya Academy Award (Kerala literary academy award) in 1961--for Sargasangeetham, the President's gold medal for best movie song lyrics in 1974, and the Kerala state film award for best lyricist thrice. The Vayalar award for Malayalam literature, given on October 27 each year, was instituted in his memory.
Vayalar wrote about 2000 songs for 223 Malayalam movies, many of which reflect the sorrows and happiness of common man. Decades past his death, the movie songs he wrote are still popular among Malayalis. Among his most popular songs is the one he wrote for theatre, the KPAC naatakagaanam, "Balikudeerangalae".And the great lyricist passed away on 27-10-1975 leaving the hearts of keralites in deep sorrow.

Dr.K J Yesudas : The greatest South Indian musicians of all times, was born in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India. His father Mr. Augustine Joseph Bagavathor, was a well known malayalam classical musician and stage actor of his time . His mother, Mrs. Alikkutty Joseph, devoted her time and energy in bringing up her children. In his childhood Yesudas had to face a great deal of hardships because of the meager financial resources of his parents. His father could recognize the boy’s musical talent at a very young age and decided to provide him musical education at any cost. Augustine Bhagavathor himself was his first music Guru. The boy was taught the fundamentals of Carnatic music at the tender age of five. Indian music world soon began to witness the appearance of a new bright star in the horizon. Later several music teachers in and around Cochin gave him valuable guidance he was seeking. It is his passion for music, hard work and dedication that created the musical legend we call Yesudas or more intimately "Dasettan".He has already sung more than 30,000 songs for thousands of Indian films in various languages. In 1965, he was invited by the Soviet Government to perform music concerts in various cities of the U.S.S.R. Yesudas is the recipient of The Kerala State Playback Singing Award 16 times since 1970. The President of India conferred on him the coveted title of Padmashree in 1973. Other titles and prestigious awrds he has received include, `Sangeetha Raja' in 1974, `Sangeetha Chakravarthy' in 1988 and `Sangeetha Sagaram' in 1989. He received the award for the best playback singer for the year 1988 from Tamil Nadu Government and Andhra Pradesh Government respectively. Annamalai University honored him with a Doctorate in 1989. The Government of Kerala and `The Sangeeta Nataka Akademi' conferred the title of `Aashtana Gayakan’ – to Yesudas in 1992. The Government of Madhya Pradesh gave the `Annual Latha Mangeshkar Award’ to Sri Yesudas in 1992. Yesudas is the receipient of the 1991 National Award for the best Playback singer. This is the 6th National award that Yesudas has received. The 1992 Tamil Nadu State Government award for the best playback singer was given to Yesudas. For his unique contribution in the field of Music, he was selected for the prestigious NATIONAL CITIZENS AWARD in 1994.

Film : Nizhalattam
Lyrics : Vayalar Rama Varma
Music : G Devarajan
Voice : Padmabhooshan Dr. K J Yesudas
Blog Singer : Arun G S

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Saturday, December 9, 2006

...Chandana Manivathil...

Hi Friends,
This is a very beautiful song of Raveendran Mashu, Backed with Ezhacheri Ramachandran's Lyrics and the sweet voice of G Venugopal. The song is "Chandana Manivathil" from the film Marikkunnilla njan.The song is done in the Ragam "Hindolam" which is my favourite ragam.And its Raveendran Master who first showed the courage to do a film song in Hindolam.
Ezhacheri Ramachandran, the famous poet of Kerala has given such a beautiful lyric for this song. The lyrics is filled with romance,warmth and natural charm.

Raveendran, The Great Genious - Malayalam film music has witnessed a few geniuses when it comes to music. If the colossus of the old era was G.Devarajan, the medieval era through the 90s was dominated by Raveendran with his immeasurable contributions to malayalam film music.His classical songs were rigorous, melodies were mellifluous and orchestration was ecstatic. He made songs which truly needed geniuses or infinitely trained voices – Dr.K J Yesudas and Chitra of course being his most potent weapons in the arsenal.His Melodies Marked A new era in malayalam music history.His First song itself is an example (Tharake from Choola).He made world hear Dasettan's voice in a new style ie. to the base of his sound.He used the base pitch aswellas top pitch of Dasettan.A typical example being Harimuraliravam from Aram Thampuran.There Was an invisible bond between his music and Dasettan's voice.He used to say tht "I'll Stop Composing Music If Dasettan Stop His Singing ".But God Done it in the other way.
Be it Pramadhavanam to touch your soul in the subtlest way, or Ramakatha gaanalayam torching the soul in with the scorching pace, or devasabathalam where Hindustani meets Carnatic, or Gopika Vasantham where shaNmukapriya interlaces KJY and Chitra to emote love through Gowthami and Mohanlal, or the lilting Edho nidrathan” to lull you into a soothing sleep or numerous other compositions which are difficult to list – He has stamped his class all over. A true creation.As Kulathuppuzha Ravi(as he was called in his early ages) set off to Madras, for oppurtunities, the life was not smooth there.He wandered a lot to get a chance as a playback singer without even food for days.He used to say tht His best friends in Madras city were the Public Taps In the city.This reveals the tragic situations he had to face during tht time.And he got some oppurtunities as playback singer,unfortunately none clicked tht much.He again bgan to struggle.At tht time he saw Dasettan ,as usual askd 4 a chance.At tht time Dasettan was looking 4 a new music director for a new film Choola.He askd young Ravi whether he could try composing.He accepted and made the songs in choola the first one being Thaarake.It Marked the beginning of new era in malayalam melody history.And now Dasettan said him."You Are Not A Singer Who Sings The Songs Tht Some One Has Creator.But You Are More Suited As A Creator Of Music." Dasettan's prediction was shown true by the further growth of Raveendran (As he changed his name as Dasettan Askd him to do tht ).He became the Emperor Of Melody.After Devarajan Master , No Other Music Director Has Got This Much Appreciation From People From All Sorts Of Life.From His first film Choola to his last film Vadakkunnadhan , no song can b compared with the other each one being better than the other.He used to find varieties in each of his works.He has got Kerala State Awards for Best Music Director several times for films such as Rajasilpi,Nandanam,Bharatham , His Hishness Abdulla etc. And many other recognitions also.3rd March 2005, is a day which is being cursed by Malayalam music lovers all over the world.That day witnessed the demise of the great Master.Raveendran Master attained the eternal blis in music, leaving the hearts which love him, love his music , in deep sorrow. But his spiritual presence is in the hearts of Music lovers world wide through his songs."The Almighty Has Given Me The Talent In Abundance And My Sole Aim Is To Nurture It So That I Can Continue To Make Music Which Is Appealing To The Masses.".He Literally Made This Message Implemented In His LIfe In Full Swing.His Songs Has Become A Burning Memory In Our Hearts.May He Take Re-Birth For Giving Us That Splendid Gush Of Music Once More.Not One,Many Births.

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G Venugopal,Malayalee's Venu Chettan,the name itself invokes memories of lilting music and haunting melody. With unbelievably rich voice and a singing quality filled with depth and warmth, G Venugopal has in a short span of time made a mark as a singer par excellance.G Venugopal started his singing career in the film "Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare"(1987) and since then has sung in more than 280 films and has over 250 cassettes to his credit. The many awards he has won including the Best Playback Singer (Kerala State) which he has won thrice, the Film Critics award and the Kerala Kaumudi Gallop Poll award (again twice) further reiterates his popular appeal. The most recent recognition of his melodious voice is the Kerala State award for Best Playback singer(2004) for the song "aadedee--aadaadedee" from the film "Ullam".G Venugopal is a postgraduate in Literature and Journalism from the Kerala University where he was the "Sarva Kalaa Prathibha" for five consecutive years from 1980 to 1985.He has sung this song with such a perfection and feel, that none can stop hearing it if once heard.
Film - Marikkunnilla Njan
Lyrics - Ezhacheri Ramachandran
Music - Raveendran
Voice - G Venugopal
Blog Singer - Arun G S

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...Expecting Your Prayers And Comments...
...Musically , Yours...
...Arun G S...