Friday, November 29, 2013

Assuming Dual Roles - Carnatic Musician and Playback Singer

It is not a new scenario where we see carnatic musicians making it big in the playback industry too. We take a quick look at three female gems of Carnatic music  that have emerged out to be the best of both genres in the recent era.


Who can forget Nithyashree's famous 'Kannodu Kaanbadhellam' from the movie Jeans. Nithyashree's bold voice was loved by many. Her versatility infact caught many music lovers' attention with her  'Sowkiyama Kanne' from the movie Sangamam and 'Poova Poova' from Poovellam Kettupaar. Her other hits include 'Oru Nadhi Oru Pournami' from the movie Samurai, 'Vanthaen Vanthaen' from Panchathanthiram. One could boldly say that 'Minsara Poove' from Padayappa could have not reached the top charts if not for Nithyashree's voice in the song with apt 'niravals' in the song.


Moving on, another such miraculous find who has made it big in playback singing would be Bombay Jayashree. Her 'Narumugaye' from Iruvar definitely marked her entry in Kollywood. The song which needs no introduction 'Vaseegara' from Minnale can be termed as her landmark song in her career path. Duets like 'Mudhal Kanave' from Majnu , 'Suttum Vizhi' from Ghajini and 'Chellame Chella' from Sathyam stand proof for bringing out best, the emotion of love, through her rendition. Ofcourse Jayashree's 'Malargale' from Pudhukottailirundhu Saravanan is an all time favourite for a light listen.


Sudha Raghunathan who has sung  many numbers like 'Kadhal Periyadha' from Sattham Podathey, 'Abinayam Katugindra' from  UliyinOsai but it was indeed 'Annul Malae' from Vaaranam Aariram.that created a sensation and was loved by many. 'Yeno Yeno Panithuli' from Aadhavan is Sudha's another hit number. Although, both the genres completely different in nature, these singers, with a zeal that they carry have carved a niche for themselves and ofcourse it is needless to say, these strongly trained carnatic musicians are a boon for the Tamil Music Industry.