Category Archives: Music

Rahman’s ‘Never Give Up’!

This track from the movie ‘Million Dollar Arm’ couldn’t have been given a more apt name than this! This track of just 2 minutes and 21 seconds duration has so much music and emotion going on in it.

To me, the first minute symbolizes that internal contemplation and conversation which one goes through while mulling over a lot of things in life, the complexities and the uncertainties. And then as the tempo builds gradually and explodes at that 1:14th minute, its as though the mind has freed itself, broken free from the complexities and crossed over all the obstacles and has embraced the ‘Never Give up’ attitude!  From then on, even as things are only improving and it is only happiness knocking at the doors as depicted by the music, after that 1:39th minute, it is just happiness after happiness, celebration after celebration and success after success,  as the happy, happy music very aptly symbolizes! This song is just pure vintage Rahman’s music and has an immense motivating factor in it!  

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That awesome feeling which you get when you listen to music on your earphones after 7 long months! The blissful moments when it is just you and music with all the sounds of the external world completely blocked! Experiencing music – the most joyous and therapeutic thing in the world – is indeed the greatest motivator to me to get a lot of things done in a jiffy.

Ethanai Koti Inbam Vaitthai Engal Iraivaa

A lazy Sunday afternoon. Recording of Sanjay singing Bharathiar’s ‘Ethanai Koti Inbam Vaitthai Engal Iraivaa’ playing  on loop. The mind dwelling on how these very words, Bharathiar’s words, the Desh raagam on which it is tuned on, Sanjay’s singing and above all, music itself are themselves just a few of the crores of the joyful and beautiful creations of God. Indeed what’s life without music! 

    

Pacchai Nirame – Happiness!

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Listening to Pacchai Nirame on a loop, after a long, long time, I realize yet again that

  • despite the years that have passed by, the song still sounds as fresh as it did the very first time I listened to it!
  • the happiness oozing out of it still continues to rub off on me and makes me feel so very happy!
  • its music is as vibrant and cheerful as the colours portrayed in its picturization and lyrics!
  • every time I am in awe of the rich colours of nature, it is this beautiful song that will come to my mind first!
  • this is a song to turn to for celebrating those simple, boundless joyful moments of life, for, after all, wasn’t this song created to portray that simple happiness evoked by getting a smile from the lady the man is attracted to?
  • this is THE song which makes me forget everything else and brings back nostalgic memories after memories which are ALL happy ones!
  • this is THE song which makes me feel like the awestruck teenager that I was who went gaga over Alaipayuthey, Rahman, Mani Ratnam and the very handsome Madhavan 😉
  • this is one unique song by Rahman which doesn’t have similarities with any other song
  • I can never have enough of writing about Alaipayuthey and everything associated with it
  • the song and its movie have so many memorable blog memories too associated with them
  • it will always remain THE most special song!

Music amidst rain!

Sanjay Subrahmanyan’s Concert on 2nd January, 2011 at Jaigopal Garodia School, West Mambalam (Rasika Fine Arts)

Accompanists:
Nagai Muralidharan – Violin
Thanjavur Ramdas – Mridangam
Alathur Rajaganesh – Khanjira

Concert Duration: 1 hr 50 min

List of Songs:
1. valaci (varNam) – navarAgamAlikA – Adi
2. kAppaduvE – Anandabhairavi – rUpakam – rAgA outline
3. kanna tanri – nArAyaNi – Adi – AlApana; swarams at kanna tanri
4. nandagOpAla – yamun kalyANi –Adi – AlApana
5. srI valli dEvasEnApatE – naTabhairavi – Adi – AlApana; neraval and swarams at mAmava sadA
6. cittam irangAda – sahAnA – misra cApu
7. swara rAga sudhA – SankarAbharaNam – AlApana; swarams at swara rAga
Tani Avartanam
8. nI nAma rUpamulaku – sowrASTram
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It’s Raavan everywhere!

Newspapers, magazines, websites, Abhishek Bachchan’s tweets, mail forwards, posters on newspapers and on the walls, trailers on all the Hindi and Tamil channels! After more than a couple of years of rumours initially about Mani Ratnam’s next film Lajjo that were doing the rounds in all the newspapers and websites and then the endless news about what next Mani Ratnam’s movie was all about, the initial names for the Hindi and Tamil versions – Raavan and Ashokavanam, the cast & crew, the problem with forest officials, rumours about the climax, etc., etc., interviews with the cast & crew & the director himself and not to mention all those non-informative news items which seemed to have been published just for filling up the space, the day of the release of the movie is just a couple of days away!

Having watched the last two movies of Mani Ratnam on the day of the release itself, I hope that I get to watch this too on the first day. Can’t wait to see Mani Ratnam delve deep into the numerous minds of Beera! My plan, as of now, is to watch Raavan first and then Raavanan. What about you?

Raavan Theatrical Trailer

Isn’t this newly released trailer intriguing? Don’t the sun rays filtered through the trees in the shot where Abhishek & Aishwarya are going on a boat look surreal? The music at 0:24 in this trailer reminds me of the BGM in Roja for the scenes featuring the terrorists. As I read the line ‘The bond between the hunter and the hunted – between the captor and the captive’ in the ‘Director’s note’ in the website of Raavan, I immediately started thinking about how Mani Ratnam has already shown a bond between the captor and the captive in Roja too. Anyway, the trailers are making the wait for the movie release seem longer by the day!

Kadhal Sadugudu & Alaipayuthey

With this song, Mani Ratnam shows he needs neither exotic locales having nature’s beauty in abundance (Pacchai Nirame) nor a fort (Snehidhane) nor a festive atmosphere (Yaaro Yaarodi) and with just brick and cement (and not to forget those yellow and white bed spreads) as a backdrop, he can create stunning visuals too.
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