Saturday, April 12, 2014

WHAT’s YOUR ‘AASAI’?

Don’t we all have a liking for something in our life? Don’t we all wish for something that we like? This kind of emotion is human and all of us go through at one point or the other. This in Tamil may be called ‘Aasai padardhu’. Having an ‘aasai’ for someone, something etc is very common and the word has been used many a times in many Tamil songs. Here is a brief look into some songs that have the word ‘aasai’ in them.

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One melodious number that quickly comes to anyone’s mind is the song ‘Aasai Aasaiipoyuthu peraasai’ from the movie ‘Dhool’ starring Vikram and Jothika for which Vidyasagar set the tune. Another unforgettable number is the song ‘Aasaiyakaathula thoodhu vittu’. The song not only became popular for the catchy rhythm pattern but also for the wonderful visuals from the movie Johnny. With the music composed by Illaiyaraja, the song was sung by S.P.Shailaja.

Aasaiyealaipola’ from the movie Thai pirandhal vazhi pirakum is an interesting listen considering the amount of philosophical thought that has gone in penning down the lyrics; thanks to Kaviyarasu Kannadasan.

The new generation would ofcourse be able to relate better to this song considering we have grown up listening to A.R.Rahman. Yes, if ‘Chinna china Aasai’ crossed your mind, you hit a bingo! This song from the movie Roja became extremely famous; the simple song structure does have something catchy about it. The lyrics undoubtedly also seemed pretty easy for any music lover to keep humming.

Well if there are some small wishes, they are also of hundred kinds, isn’t it? And which song fits this thought perfectly? Isn’t it the song ‘Aasai nooru vagai’ from the movie Adutha Varisu. Yet another song bringing out some harsh reality, the song ofcourse is a fun listen too.

Its Drive Time-Melodies For The Road!

If we all notice keenly, car’s have always been used to convey a racy theme or even as a wonderful location to bring out the closeness of two lovers.

The first song any person belonging to this generation would associate with is ‘Ennaikonjam maatri’ from Kaakha Kaakha. The beautiful chemistry unspoken in picturized in their car journey. Thanks to the jeep trend, we also saw a similar love chemistry happen in the song ‘Odo Odo Ododi Pore’n from the movie Kanden kaathalai starring bharath and Tamannah.


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PudhukottaiSaravana from the movie titled the same has the song where see Dhanush and Aparna Nair travelling throughout in a car. Not only these songs bring out the variety cars but ofcourse the variety of locations too. One song to prove this is ‘Poi Solla Poren’ from Thiruttupayale where we see the actors on an open top BMW car and that too in Australia!!

Thanks to the fast vehicle that it is, a car as a means of transport is always used for racy title songs too. One such song is ‘Arjunar Villu, Harichandran Sollu’ from Gilli. Likewise in the movie Bheema we see all the actors on a shooting spree in the song ‘Oru mugamo,iru mugamo’.

When it comes to friendship also a car of a higher end is prefereed and that is exactly what we see in Saroja ‘Dosth bada dosth’ an SUV made to look like a van, making their journey together a memorable one.

Thus a car in a song sequence has also portrayed its significance,be it a chase or a romantic duet. Imagine these songs without a car? Wonder how they would look to the audience?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ‘GUDDI’ GIRL

We are sure that the Big B household is going to be celebrating with a lot of pomp as the lady of the house is celebrating her birthday today! Jaya Bachchan no doubt holds a soft corner in many people’s heart. No doubt she is also one of the finest actress in the country.

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Jayabachchan was first seen in the movie Mahanagar in the year 1963. But the movie that actuallu gave her a break was her second film titled Guddi for which she was widely appreciated for her perfect portrayal of the character.She was also nominated for the Filmfare best actress for this film.

Thanks to Bansi Birju which brought her together with her future husband, the chemistry began blossoming to a beautiful marriage. If one has to name a path breaking movie of her career it would ofcourse be Sholay which bossted her career path.

The actress who will turn 66 this year, we can say has definitely been through the ups and downs in her life. As a dutiful wife, she has always been with AmitabhBachchan throughout. And needless to say, she has also fulfilled her duty or rather the role of a mother with ease. 

JayaBachchan we could say is one of the heroines who keeps herself away from all the politics of the industry. Not many are aware that Jaya Bacchan has infact received about 9 Filmfare awards as the best actress. Also a winner of the Padma Shri award that was given to her way back in 1992 itself, she aslso has to her credit the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. On this birthday, our hearty wishes to you to reach greater laurels.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PRAY, CELEBRATE, WELCOME THE ALMIGHTY

As we celebrate Rama Navami today, the spirits in the country is as high as the sky, if one were to make a comparison. This day signifies the birthday of his Highness to King Dasaratha. The way it is celebrated differs across region to region. In some places, the devotees fast or restrict themselves to a specific diet in accordance to the VedaDharma. It is considered holy to read the Ramayana today. Some even chant the Hanuman Chalisa over and over again. In many places, there is also a special Rath yathra drawn, where the people drawing the chariot are also dressed up as the characters appearing the epic.

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Not many are aware of our scripture that emphasizes a lot of the Rama Rajya – a rare period of peace bestowed on the King.This festival is also celebrated to commemorate the birth of Sri Rama who is remembered for his flourishing and virtuous supremacy.

Talking about Rama, one composer who comes to our mind is ofcourse Thyagaraja. He has written countless compositions in varius ragams praising the Lord.  ‘Marukelara O’ Raghava’ in the ragam Jayantashree is ofcourse one of the most wonderful compostioins. ‘Seethamma Maayamma’ is yet again a brilliant one in the ragam Vasanta describes and brings to light the various life aspects of the Lord.

Rama bhajans sung during this time is also considered as the best offering or rather prayer to the God. One popular bhajan ofcourse could be ‘Shri Raamachandra kripalo bhajamana’ which is very famous through out India. Jagjit Singh contributed his share by making ‘Hey Ram Hey Ram’ a very popular one, which has wonderful lyrics, where every devotee is pictured to be surrendering himself in full to the Almighty. It is believed to give all the devotees peace while chanting the ‘Ram Nam’.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Birthday to the new daddy in town!

One of the biggest stars of Tollywood who was blessed with a baby boy just two days ago, Allu Arjun celebrates his birthday today. Allu Arjun entered into the industry a little more than a decade back and ofcourse he did not need even a 3 years to make it big in the industry. His first hit was Arya which released in 2004 directed by Sukumar. With Devi Sri Prasad composing scores for this song, one cannot not expect a hit! Ofcourse, one can say the history was rewritten and records broken where Arya 2 was released by the same director.Well we are ofcourse not forgetting the track ‘Ringa Ringa’ which made a whooping success all over the country. Be it any sangeet, to college functions to anything close to fun, this song is the firs choice anyone wants to shake a leg to. Such is the impact the powerful beats of this song creates.

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With atleast a 20 films to his credit, Allu Arjun is ofcourse the heart throb for all girls following the Telugu Film Industry closely. The movie Julayi was where he acted with the slim and trim Ileana, also famously known as the ‘Idipu Azhagi’ in the Kollywood Town. Another hit was ofcourse Vedam where he was seen sharing the screen with Anushka. His role in the movie Badrinath that released in 2011 starring Tamanaah as the female lead received a lot of constructive criticism as well.

AlluArjun has been lauded by many for his powerful acting and commendable role enacting techniques and is ofcourse a favourite for many directors.With Race Gurram set to releasing this April, Allu Arjun has more hopes and more happiness coming his way this birthday. Raaga.com wishes the star a very happy birthday.

THE MAN WHO MADE HIS MUSIC SPEAK

Pandit Ravi Shankar needs no introduction! The sitar maestro whose 94th birth anniversary falls today was known to all as the ‘godfather of world music’. Raaga.com pays tribute to this gem today.

RaviShankar acknowledged as the global ambassador of Indian classical music, learned sitar from his guru Allaudin Khan. Thanks to the wonderful training, Ravi Shankar soon became the music director of the All India Radio, New Delhi radio station. During his tenure, he composed various pieces merging classical and western instrumentation.

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The twice Grammy Award winner passed away on the 11th of December, 2012 in San Diego, California losing fight to some respiratory and heart ailments.  Ravi Shankar is the brain behind some wonderful compositions like

RaviShankar was also known for his distinct style of music. His concert pattern infact influenced many of his contemporaries too. His performances always began with a solo alap, jor, and jhala (introduction and performances with pulse and rapid pulse) influenced by the slow and serious dhrupad genre, followed by a section with tabla accompaniment featuring compositions associated with the prevalent khyal style. He often closed his performances with a piece inspired by the light-classical thumri genre.

Ravishankar is the reason behind the creation of now popular raagams – ‘Nat Bhairavi’ ,’Purvi kalyan’ , ‘Aahir Lalit’ ‘Charu kauns’. Such is the brilliance of music imbibed in him! One can say it was Ravishankar who took Hindustani Music to a global level. Not many know that Ravi Shankar bagged the prestigious Oscar nomination for his score in the film Gandhi by Richard Attenborough. 

The documentary on Pandit Ravi Shankar titled ‘Raga’ and shot by Howard Worth was released in 1971; which ofcourse is worth a watch. The man whose records can never be re-written, he remains immortal and his music never fails to melt our hearts.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

THE PASSING ‘CLOUDS’

Don’t we all love watching the clouds? ‘Cloud watching’ infact remains a favourite pastime for many of us. The passing of the clouds and silently gazing at it always takes us to a whole new world, making us forget our worries. The beauty of the transcending clouds is priceless. One must always make time to enjoy such pleasures of nature. Clouds – ‘megam’ in Tamil have been used in many songs in the lyrics. Here is a quick look at few songs.

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One catchy song that comes to our mind is ‘Megam Kottatum’ from the movie  Enakkul oruvan. We see the Ulaganayagan doing some wonderful movies there. This song was a hit form this movie. Kamal Haasan and megam reminds us of another song from his other movie – Punnagai Mannan, one of the best made films by Balachander. In this movie there is a song called ‘vaan megam’ where the heroine – Revathy is seen dancing in the rain.

When there is rain, obviously there is a sign before. The sign comes in the form of dark clouds and this song ‘Megam karukudhu’ from the movie  Kushi tells us exactly that. With jothika doing some easy dancing for the song, the song captured the attention of all. A beautiful song on ‘megam’ is also ‘ ‘Megame megame’ from the movie Paalaivanacholai with Vani Jayaram singing the lead for this song.

Recent movies that had ‘megam’ in the lyrics would be the song ‘Megame oh megame’ a beautiful number in the movie Madraspattinam, sung by many including M.S.V too.

Many a times there is an attribution of the clouds with the woman too and a classic example would be ‘Venmegam penaaga uruvanatho’ from the movie Yaaradi nee mohini. Although a sober number, there was something catchy about the tune that many of us could associate with.