Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday to our dear ‘Nightingale of the South’

This lady is definitely gifted with a beautiful voice and she celebrates her birthday today. Kudos to this lady who still at this age has a strong passion for music. Popularly known as the Nightingale of the South, S.Janaki has sung more than 23,000 songs!! Isn’t that just amazing? One can say it is a record of its own altogether that not many singers have cracked.

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Her ‘Inji Iduppuazhaga’ is just one of those songs which even as time passes cannot be replaced with any other song. Her voice by itself is very unique and her pitch ofcourse is wonderful. As everyone would be aware, Janaki is one of those talented singers who can manipulate her voice to various tones – even to that of a child to a young lady, to an old man as well!!

This talent store has won many a awards and ofcourse she totally deserves all of them. Her first national award although is worth a mention which she bagged for the song ‘Senthoora poove’ from the movie 16 vayathinile. The lyrics and the tone of her voice blended perfectly well making it one of the best songs of the era.

She was bestowed with ‘Kalamamani’ honour way back in the late 1980’s. She is one singer we can confidently say is ‘the singer of the century’. Her humble attitude is loved by all music directors including A.R.Rahman of this era who made sure he used her voice to the best in the song ‘Margazhi thingal allava’ in the movie ‘Sangamam’. Well our Ulaganayagan and Superstar could not have romanced their heroines if not for this lady who has been the reason behind some of their best duet numbers.

Janaki although aged, has depicted pure passion for music and is infact very keenon training youngsters. She does her best by giving valuable tips to youngsters on reality shows even now. Such is the levels of her commitment! We wish this lovely lady a very happy birthday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

‘MADISAAR’–A BEAUTIFUL ATTIRE

Haven’t we always seen many madisaar mami’s in our tamil film songs? Haven’t they all always left an impact on the audience? Is it the costume? Is the the way the song is picturised?  Or is it the way the song and these madisar maami’s that make us dance? Time to find out!

Well rewinding a few decades, Vietnam Veedu movie released in the year 1970. The song ‘Palaghatu pakathile’ made a huge hit. Sung by TM.Sounderarajan and Susheela , the Sivaji Padmini combo was admired in the traditional veshti- madisar look.  A song which released before this was ‘Aduthhathu ambujatha’, from the movie Ethirneechal which released in the year 1968. We see Sowcar Janaki totally doing justice to a ‘brahmin’ look. Moreover the lyrics of the song add to the ambience that we exoect out of this song.

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Moving ahead, our Thalaivar has also contributed to this look. Wondering which song? Have you seen the song ‘Maadathile kanni’ from the movie Veera? A brilliant composition by Raja Sir, with Swarnalatha and S.P.B singing the leads, we see Rajini and Meena looking traditional in the attire. Talking about Rajini, how can we forget the Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan? Kamal Haasan and Urvashi in ‘Sundari Neeyum’ strikes our mind immediately. A classic hit from the movie Michaelmadhana kamarajan, we see Urvashi dressed in ‘Madiar’ throughout the song. What is also worth remembering at this point is that we saw Kamal Hassan in a ‘Madisar’ in the movie Avvai Shanmugi. Well the song – ‘Rukku Rukku Are baba rukku’ springs up in our heads now, doesn’t it?

A song with the name of the attire itself is here!! – Well the song is ofcourse ‘ Madisaar katindu vandhaale maharani’ from Villadhi Villan starring Sathyaraj and Radhika which hit the screens in 1995.

Ofcourse to suit the recent trend we had ‘Ennatha Solvenungo’ from the movie Sivakasi. A peppy number that it is, Asin and Vijay seem to e rocking the song. Ofcourse Asin was appreciated for her dancing in the movie admist wearing the ‘Madisar

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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.