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When the ADA remix contest was announced for 2 songs of Mr. AR Rehman's song for ADA in the beginning of May 2008 The audio to be remixed had only the voices in it to which music needs to be supported with and these were my samples submitted.
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GULFISHA REMIX 1
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GULFISHA REMIX 2
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Posted by Shreekanth at 12:03
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After nearly 2 months, being out of station.. I have returned back with a Jingle that was composed by me for a local radio channel. However the same wasn't selected. Hence thought, could make use of it for musionn.This is not a tune that has an adrenalin effect in it. It has an effect of slow poison that would slowly get into your mind like ARR's music and that is what an advertisement should have in it . I believe in it.
Posted by Shreekanth at 21:54
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This song is such a hit that even now you could find many colleges rendering this song. You will for sure find atleast one team singing this song in any of the cultural competitions. Evergreen hit till now. Have tried singing this in my voice
Posted by Shreekanth at 22:07
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TMS and PBS- The legendary combination have just done a wonderful job along with the classy combination of viswanathan Ramamurthy. All that along with a wonderful lyrics has added beauty overall to the song. Have tried singing the same in my voice to my best
Posted by Shreekanth at 00:01
Thursday, 23 August 2007
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The vocalist Shrimathi.Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal is one of the most popular and respected Carnatic musicians. Pattammal and her contemporaries M. S. Subbulakshmi and M. L. Vasanthakumari were popularly referred to as the "female trinity of Carnatic Music. This trio initiated the entry of women into mainstream Carnatic Music.
Shrimathi.DK Pattammal was born on March 28, 1919 at Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, India. She gave her first public performance in Chennai at the age of 14. She quickly rose to stardom, and her musical career has spanned more than 65 years. DK Pattammal amma in concert with her brother, DK Jayaraman; circa early 1940s.Pattammal's sweet disposition and humble nature belie the fact that she started a few revolutionary trends in Carnatic music. She is the first Brahmin woman to have performed this music publicly, both on stage and on air. Brahmins ranked as the highest in the caste hierarchy prevalent in India in the early 20th century, and society considered it taboo for a Brahmin woman to perform on stage. Furthermore, Pattammal is also the first woman to have performed Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi on stage. Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi (or Pallavi) is the most difficult concert item in Carnatic music. Before Pattammal, it classed as a male stronghold. Not only did Pattammal amma boldly venture into Pallavi-singing, but she also performed very complex Pallavi-s in intricate Talas (rhythmic cycles) impressively enough to earn the respect of her male peers. For this reason, she became dubbed “Pallavi Pattammal”. Today, many female Carnatic musicians perform Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi as the main item in their concerts.
Pattammal popularized many compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar and Papanasam Sivan. Particularly, she has a reputation as an authority on the compositions of Muthuswami Dikshitar. She has learnt authentic versions of Dikshitar's compositions from Ambi Dikshitar (Dikishitar's grand-nephew) and from Justice T. L. Venkatrama Iyer.
Pattammal has performed in numerous venues throughout India, the United States, and other countries. Although she received many offers to sing for films, she only accepted those which involved the singing of devotional or patriotic songs. She has popularized several nationalistic compositions of Subrahmanya Bharati, and other composers.
Pattammal has received several awards and titles throughout her career. Most notably these include the title “Gana Saraswathi” bestowed on her by the musician Tiger Varadachariar, the Sangeetha Kalanidhi (considered the highest accolade in Carnatic music) in 1970, the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India in 1971, and the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor, in 1998.
Pattammal possesses a full-throated voice in the low alto/high tenor range. Her outstanding musical qualities include an overwhelming technical expertise, an uncompromising adherence to pitch and rhythm, and clear enunciation of lyrics. Her performances of shlokas and viruttams (poetry or verse sung improvisationally without rhythmic accompaniment) express great emotion. She also has a reputation as a very disciplined musician. As a child she woke up before dawn and practised for hours. Throughout her performing career she meticulously planned her concert items weeks in advance and practised rigorously
Pattammal's style of singing attracted many students, foremost among them her younger brother D.K. Jayaraman, who sang with her in several concerts, and who himself received the Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1990. A few of her other popular students include Lalitha Sivakumar, Geetha Rajashekar, Nithyasree Mahadevan, and Bhavadhaarini Anantaraman.
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Posted by Shreekanth at 10:31
Friday, 10 August 2007
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He lost his father when he was six years old, and since the family was afflicted by adversity, Sivan, his mother and elder brother migrated to Trivandrum, the “Dharma Rajya”. They found subsistence in the `Ootpura’ of the Maharaja. While at Trivandrum, Sivan came under the influence of eminent musicians Noorani Mahadeva Bhagavathar, Samba Bhagavathar and Karamanai Neelakanta Dasar. While at Trivandrum, Sivan studied in the Maharaja’s Sanskrit college and obtained the title `Upadhyaya’. Beyond this he had no schooling at all.
Sivan’s mother, who had a gifted sweet voice for music, had learnt more than 600 songs of the famous composers of the day. Sivan imbibed this talent hereditarily from his mother and his maternal grandfather, who was also a good musician.
Having lost his mother in 1910, at Trivandrum, Sivan returned to his native district with his brother. He used to tour the district by foot and conduct bhajans in all the temple festivals. By singing his own compositions as devotional songs rapturously, he used to attract large crowds. Among them were the Saptha Sthanam at Tiruvaiyaru, and the Adi Pooram at Nagapattinam. From 1912 to 1959 without break he attended Saptha Sthanam festivities. During Margazhi, every year he conducted Giri Pradakshinam around the four Mada streets of Sri Kapaleeswarar temple at Mylapore, right from 1930 when he came to Chennai (then called Madras), till 1972. He passed away on 1-10-1973.
He started composing songs as early as in 1910 and he used to sing them himself. While singing he always closed his eyes and he had expressed that he was on such occasions in communion with god. It was in this decade that he came to be acquainted with Koneirarajapuram Vaidyanathaier, a faithful exponent of Carnatic music and acclaimed to be the greatest musician of the times. Vaidyanathier took kindly to Sivan and was overawed by his compositions in Tamil and Sanskrit hearing them sung by Sivan himself.
As a composer “Sivan ranks with the great giants who followed the trinity in the middle of the ninetheenth century”. He did not use any lexicon or dictionary for choosing rhyming words. Almost all eminent vidwans of yester years, viz. Ariyakuri Ramanuja Iyengar, Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, Musiri Subramania Iyer, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and others have sung numerous compositions of Sivan in their performances. Sivan’s compositions cover a wide gamut of songs ranging from varnams, krithis, and operas to padhams and javalis. His daughter Dr.Rukmini Ramani has published his compositions in book form. Six volumes of his compositions have been published so far.
After about 10 years of relentless work and purposeful concentration, Sivan compiled and brought out a rhyming Sanskrit Dictionary titled `Sanskritha Bhasha Sabhta Samudhraha’ in 1952 (Vadamozhi Sorkadal). The last works of Sivan were `Sri Rama Charitha Geetham’, the Ramayana epic sung in 24 stanzas in 24 ragas and `Kaaraikkal Ammaiyar Charitham’. Both these operas have published in book form.
Sivan composed songs for films, for about 15 years from 1936, charging spiritual fervor into them and this was responsible for phenomenal success of many film producers. Reluctant as he was to mix with the motley crowd of artists, he was prevailed upon by a close friend and well-wisher a Cine Director late K.Subramaniam to agree to play a few roles in cinemas. He acted in 4 films, `Bhaktha Kuchela’, `Thiyaga Bhoomi’, `Bhaktha Chetha’ and `Kubera Kuchela’ all of which were hits. The roles suited him admirably and it was the unanimous verdict of critics that he alone could have lived in these roles.
Sivan was a recipient of a few titles. In 1950 the Indian Fine Arts Society honored him by conferring him the title `Sangeetha Sakithya Kala Sikhamani’. At the celebrations of the 60th birthday of Sivan, Kanchi Acharyal blessed him with the titled `Siva Punya Gaana Mani’. The Tamizh Isai Sangam honored him with the title `Isai Peraignar’. The Music Academy honored him with the title “Sangeetha Kalanidhi”. He was admitted as a `Fellow’ of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. In 1962 Sivan received the President’s Award. Lastly in 1972, at the age of 82, the Indian Government conferred on him `Padma Bhushan’.
Sivan’s benefactors included Smt. Rukmani Arundale of the Theosophical Society and Kalakshetra, the late Sri. K. Subramaniam, Cine Director, late Sri.S.S.Vasan, Editor of Kalki Sri.T.Sadasivam, Smt.M.S.Subbulakshmi and the Hon. Former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.Ramachandran, Tamilnadu State Sangeetha Nataka Sangam and Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, to name a few.
Sivan led a very simple unostentatious life, was very pious by nature, timid and shy to the extent of self-abnegation. Sivan’s bhajanai tradition is continued even today his daughter Dr. Rukmini Ramani.
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Posted by Shreekanth at 10:38
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
He was born in Tirukkodikaval, Thanjavur District as the third son of Radhakrishna Iyer and Dharmasamvardhini Ammal. He lived with his maternal uncle Tirukkodikaval Krishna Iyer, a legendary violin maestro, until the age of four and after his death, moved to his parent's home in Semmangudi, Thanjavur District. At the age of eight he started learning music from his cousin Semmangudi Narayanaswamy Iyer, and underwent musical apprenticeship with Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer. In 1926, he performed his first music recital at Kumbakonam.He was known for producing soulful music, highly creative and yet very orthodox, despite a recalcitrant voice.
He was instrumental, along with Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar, for work on the krithis of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma. After attending one of his concerts in 1934, Maharani Sethu Parvati Bai of Travancore was so impressed by his talent and scholarship that she invited him to come to Thiruvananthapuram to edit and popularise the compositions of Swati Tirunal. He succeeded Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar as Principal of the Swathi Thirunal College of Music at Thiruvananthapuram, a post he held for 23 years, until the age of 55. At this age, he handed over his responsibilities to another Carnatic legend, G N Balasubramanian and at the behest of the Government of India, became the Chief Producer of Carnatic music at All India Radio, Madras from 1957 to 1960. In later life, he concentrated on concert performances and tutoring youngsters. He gave public concerts even after the age of 90.Semmangudi mama was widely renowned for his virtuosity as a concert performer. He was famous for the meticulous planning that he put into every concert, including the choice of krithis, raagas and duration.He was also widely acknowledged as a master of improvisation, particularly in the form of niravals
Semmangudi was widely renowned for his virtuosity as a concert performer. He was famous for the meticulous planning that he put into every concert, including the choice of krithis, raagas and duration.He was also widely acknowledged as a master of improvisation, particularly in the form of niravals
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Posted by Shreekanth at 10:12
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (September 16, 1916 - December 11, 2004) was a renowned Carnatic vocalist. Her mother tongue was Tamil. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor.
M.S.Subbulakhsmi was born to a musical family, in the temple town of Madurai, situated in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. M.S. started learning Carnatic music from a very early age and released her first recording at the age of 10. She then began her Carnatic classical music training under Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and then Hindustani classical training under Pandit Narayan Rao Vyas. Her first public performance was during the Mahamaham festival at Kumbakonam. At 17, the child prodigy made her debut at the Madras Music Academy. Since then, she performed countless musical forms in different languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Sanskrit and Kannada.
M.S. became famous as a film actress. Her most memorable role was Bhaktha Meera in Meera (1945). The movie had M.S. sing the famous Meera bhajans, with Dilipkumar Roy as the music director. Those renditions by M.S. continue to enthrall listeners to this day. Following the success of the film she quit films and turned wholly to concert music.In total she has acted in five films spanning a decade. The list includes Sevasadanam, Savitri, Meera(Tamil) and Bhakti Meera( Hindi).
M.S. met Sadasivam, a freedom fighter, and a follower of Rajaji, in 1936. She married him in 1940 and their marriage spanned over 50 years. They had no children. Sadasivam had children from his previous marriage that M.S. treated as if they were her own children. They were named Radha, Vijaya. M.S and Sadasivam also raised Sadasivam's nephew Ramachandran (Ambi) and niece Thangam, who were orphaned at a young age. Radha frequently sang with M.S. in concert while Vijaya played the Tanpura. They lived in a mansion named "Kalki Gardens", and as Radha, Vijaya, Ambi and Thangam grew up, their children also lived in the mansion with M. S., or as they affectionately called her, Ammu Patti.
M.S Subbulakshmi acted in three Tamil films. Her film 'Meera(1945) was a great hit and even the songs were hot chartbusters in those days. Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru fell in love with M.S 's character played in that movie and appreciated her a lot for her performance and her songs in the movie.She also played the role of Lord Narada in one film.
M.S. travelled to London, New York, Canada, the Far East, and other places as India's cultural ambassador. Her concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York; the UN General Assembly on UN day in 1966 (while U Thant was the Secretary General); the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1982; and at the Festival of India in Moscow in 1987 were significant landmarks in her career.
Mahatma Gandhi was so charmed of her Meera bhajans that he requested her to sing the song Hari Tum haro Jan ki bheer (Lord, please dispel the fear in mankind). A message had been sent to Madras that Gandhiji wished M.S. to render his favourite bhajan, "Hari tum haro", and a response had gone from husband Sadasivam to the effect that since she did not know how to sing this particular bhajan, somebody else could sing "Hari tum haro", and she could sing another bhajan. A reply had promptly come back on behalf of the Mahatma: "I should prefer to hear it spoken by Subbulakshmi than sung by others."
In the late 1950s, as she sang at the Ramakrishna Ashram in Delhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, was among the audience. At the end of the recital he was so moved that he bowed, and said, "What am I, a mere prime minister before a queen of music (he was to repeat it in every speech of his, praising her)."
Not unexpectedly, "she talks, sings and lives music twenty-four hours a day," and is deeply religious. The puja (prayer) room in her house has three life-size portraits of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Sankaracharya, the saint whom she calls "divinity in flesh and blood," and who has "been instrumental in restoring the faith and religious temperament of the people of Madras and reclaiming many to the path of God" in recent years. As her guru, he selected the verses for the highly popular record she made in 1970 of the Bhajagovindam (some 30 verses composed by the poet-philosopher Sankara in praise of Lord Krishna, which are both musical and of much philosophical content) and Vishnu Sahasranamam (a musical chant of the 1,000 names of Vishnu, one of the three main gods of the Hindu pantheon).
While Lata Mangeshkar called her Tapaswini (the Renunciate), Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan termed her Suswaralakshmi (the goddess of musical notes), and Kishori Amonkar labeled her the ultimate eighth note or Aathuvaan Sur, which is above the seven notes basic to all music. Her many famous renditions of bhajans include the chanting of Bhaja Govindam, Vishnu sahasranama (1000 names of Vishnu) and the Venkateswara Suprabhatam (musical hymns to awaken Lord Balaji early in the morning).
An EMI record of MS SubbulakshmiShe was widely honored, praised and awarded. Some of them more popular ones include Padma Bhushan in 1954, Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1968 (literally, Treasure Chest of Music. She was the first woman recipient of the title), Ramon Magsaysay award in 1974, the Padma Vibhushan in 1975, the Kalidasa Sanman in 1988, the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1990, and the Bharat Ratna in 1998. She was also honored as the court-singer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.
Although she was bestowed with enormous prize moneys on these awards, she donated most of them to charity.
She was an ardent devotee of Kanchi Mahaswamigal and she rendered his composition Maithreem Bhajatha (O World! Cultivate peace) in her concert at the UN in 1966. She donated many of the royalties on several best sold records to many charity organizations.
With the death of her husband Sadasivam in 1997, she stopped all her public performances. M.S.Subbulakshmi died on December 11, 2004 after a brief illness, due to complications relating to pneumonia and cardiac irregularities.
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Posted by Shreekanth at 18:20
Naram pookal from the film "Urchagam" is composed by Mr. Ranjit Barot. Hope after VIP this is his next film in Tamil. The first time I heard this song, it took twist in the music and not that we would expect the way the tune would continue (as a musician). I loved it so much and this is one among my favourites. I am very sure this would not be liked by many. Rombo naal appuram 90s la pona maadhiri oru feel
Posted by Shreekanth at 11:42
Monday, 6 August 2007
This is one more that i like so much. Especially, the video. Worth watching during a rainy season in a dark room that I use to do in my school days. With such an effect outside, this song is totally enjoyable along with that kind of a mood.
Posted by Shreekanth at 09:48
Saturday, 4 August 2007
This was the one i tried singing during my schooldays and indeed it did impress many of my friends towards me singing this. There had been a lot of requests to me to sing it again and especially during the farewell day.... a good one that was full fledged Breathless after the SPB the trial in "Mannil indha kadhal andri...".
Posted by Shreekanth at 09:41