Wednesday, May 11, 2005

All about tunes

Every one has a list of personal favorite songs…melodies that make you smile, funny ones that make you laugh, peppy numbers that pull you from your chair and make you tap-dance with 2 left feet and those soulful tunes that take you to a completely strange world and leave you stranded there…lost and helpless.

Yesterday as I transformed myself into a couch potato, a popular number left me smiling in the company of cherished memories it revived…and I am listing them again for..well lack of anything substantial to say!

Kadhalin Deepam (Thambikku Endha Ooru) – This is a really beautiful Ilayaraja song featuring a young and handsome Rajni. I have always been a Rajini fan, in the sense I had other favorites but they never competed for top spot with Rajini; such is his charisma. And in this song, the way he puts his hands into his pocket lifts his head up and sings “ennam yaavum solla vaa” is too stylish to be forgotten. But what made this song more memorable was a wintry night in January 1999; walking to Nutan market for dinner with the PTM play troupe, I was pushing my cycle and talking to Ambi about love songs, when this tall new member Kumaran, stops midway to re-enact that moment just the way Rajini did…and the intensity in his sparkling eyes…No words will do justice. Kums you would always be my favorite actor

Edho Ondru Edho Ondru (Laysa Laysa) – A delightful composition by Harris Jeyaraj shot in picturesque location on Shaam & Trisha. What makes me break into a starry eyed smile when this song plays is yet to be fully understood. Couple of years back when I worked in a call-centre we used to travel by van to our workplace in the wee hours of the morning- 1.30 A.M for my 2A.M shift. And one night they played this song… eyes half-closed, minds mid-way between complete wakefulness and blissful sleep, just as the silence of the world around slowly gets into our veins, the song starts. And like the first drops of rain lifting the fragrance of earth to your senses and leaving you with a heady feeling, the “Ullahi Ullkahi” at the end, takes you to an all new high…makes you want to be young, care free and devoid of any shackles…makes you want to fly.

Iru Vizhi unadhu (Minnale) – Another soulful melody by Harris jeyaraj. ~D kept singing it during the entire one month of play practice for ‘Naraga Sparisam’ in 2001. I joined him often; the passion in his voice as he closed his eyes for the high notes, sparkle in our eyes as we sang together and the silent laughter in the knowledge of a secret that only the two of us knew…a song that is so poignant…A song that will remain a part of me, now and always.

Vaseegara (Minnale) – My all time favorite. Harris Jeyaraj again. It was January 2001 I think, we (my play troupe buddies & friends) were traveling in a Sumo from New Delhi to Pilani. Kumaran and I shared the first seat next to the driver. Lots of jokes later, on a possible relationship between me & the driver, we decided to immerse ourselves in music to allay the fear the surrounding mist and invisible roads caused. The husky voice of Bombay Jayshree made the song so sensuous, it played with your senses mercilessly, making you crave for that moment when you can be with your beloved, head on his lap, his fingers in your hair as he read Elizabeth Barrett Browning…Kumaran and I couldn’t wait to see the song and when we did see it, we wished we waited some more. One case when the song and the visual were miles apart.

Malarnthum Malaratha (Pasamalar) – The family’s favorite. Every time the song plays, Appa goes into a trance, and it’s a beauty just to watch him being moved by the lyrics as much as the tune of a brother’s love for his sister…I am yet to come across a song on similar vein that has so much class in it, so much emotion and Savithri; nothing can beat all that she said with those eyes…

Kaadhal Sadugudu(Alaipayuthe) -- How can there be a list without the Master Rahman? When the rest of the wing sat huddled with their PoM(Principles of Management) books, yours truly stuck her ears to the stereo to memorize this song. The freshness of this song raised the energy levels in the wing every time it was played. The visual was poetry of a new genre, so impeccably shot by ManiRatnam and the chemistry b/w Maddy & Shalini coupled with the voice od SPB Charan left one wistfully romantic.
The icing on the cake was when Kanika & Diba (non-Tamil speaking friends) learnt the ‘Nakila’ song to sing for me as a b’day gift!

Strawberry kanne (Minsara Kanavu) -- Oh Man! This song is a rocker...i don't remember the singers(Talk about knowing the book and forgetting the author) but the histrionics of Prabhudeva and his dance did wonders to an otherwise not-really-in-need-of-number.

I know this doesn't cover even 1% of what i love to hear but hey if i write a longer post, i would be out of tune for the next one :)
Plus there is Amma screaming "Don't strain and log off NOW" ...Ciao!


Blogger piggy said...

Nice set of songs. You seem to like songs irrespective of the music director or the singers. The songs includes Harish Ragavendra, SPB to MSV; Sadhana Sargam, Bombay Jayashree to Susheela; Harris Jayaraj, AR. Rehman, Illayaraja and MSV.

I am slightly disappointed that there is no Chitra's song in your elite 1% list.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Piggy: I did have more than one Chitra song. Now that u mention i wanted to write about "Idhu dhaana" song from Saami and "Enge enadhu kavidhai" from Kandukondein usual the length of the post made me compromise...dont worry after some time will publish another list :)

1:44 AM  
Anonymous ~Di said...

I am sorely tempted to start humming each of these songs... Only the consideration for physical and mental health of those around me stands in the way...

10:08 AM  
Blogger Little Medusan said...

I love Vaseegara :-D. To such an extent that I start driving my car @ 100mph when that song is played.

Where are the Kaakha Kaakha songs in your list? Ennai Konjam Maatre....

2:23 AM  
Blogger Primalsoup said...

Nice. Though, being more of an Illayaraja fan, I am a little biased to him!
Okay, you didnt ask but let me mention some faves too...
One of my fave numbers in "Kanmani Anbodu" from Guna, something about Kamal Hasan's somehwta tuneless rendition gave that song a lot of character... My fave lines were, "endhan kaadhal ennavenru sollaamal aenga aenga azhugai vandhadhu
endhan soagam unnaith thaakkum enrennumboadhu vandha azhugai ninradhu"
*Sigh*, they don't make that kind of "punidhamaana kaadal" in real life do they?!

Hope the spots have all gone by now?

2:25 AM  
Blogger Neil Padayatty said...

Illayaraja fans need to listen to his good numbers from 'Manassinakkare' and 'Achuvinte Amma'. That's Malayalam. His numbers from 'KaalaPaani' were also exceptional. If I'm not mistaken, i think he makes more music in Malayalam these days. The Prophet is never recognized in his own land.

About the list, Iru Vizhi Unadhu from Minnale is simple great. The feel of the song definitely brings out the njabagom feeling.

7:00 AM  
Blogger sensiblystoned said...

Among all the songs in your list, "Kadhalin Deepam" stands head and shoulders above the rest. I loved the same for the same reason that you mentioned, rajini un-melodramatic acting for that songs reminds me of a time when he was less than a superstar.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Vitalstatistix said...

I have this very bad habit of never experimenting too much with the kind of music that I listen too. I just keep playing the same songs that I probably have listened to a hundred times before, on winamp. And a few songs from these seven do figure in that list. But seriously, Vaseegara ? Did you actually like the lyrics. I thought the lyrics were pretty bad.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Di: Thank god you didn't give in to that temptation.

@Mandoo: Those will follow later at the next instalment :)And i am not getting into the car with you.

@Soups: Some of Ilaiyaraja's numbers are just too wonderful.And yeah, sadly such 'punidhamana kaadhal' is but a figment of imagination :(

@Neil: That's quite true. But i think Ilaiyaraja's charm will never fade even in this techno-jazz world. He is The Maestro of all times n ages. Made a note of those songs to listen :)

@S.Stoned: I know. Kind of makes you wonder if the SuperStar image killed the actor within...the star of Thillu Mullu and Mullum Malarum :)

@Vital: C'mon, didn't u know i am a hopeless romantic? i didn't find the lyrics bad, it was the picturisation which made me hate the song.So i dont watch it anymore. But a few of mine feature in yours too? Goody, i don't have bad taste then :-D

11:29 PM  

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