Monday, December 2, 2013

Sufi For The Soul

As we step into the last month of the year, it is time for some Sufi Celebration. The genre by itself is used to depict ultimate devotion and the lyrics usually used infuse a feeling of surrender by the singer to the Almighty.

Way back in 2000, the movie 'Fiza' made an impact amongst the audience for the wonderful Sufi rendition. With the music maestro composing "Piya Haji Ali", it is needless to say, the song did turn aside a listener's attention to this different genre of music. The Mozart of Madras is the brain behind wonderful Sufi songs like the recent "Kun Faya Kun" from the movie 'Rockstar' and "Khwaja mere Khwaja" from 'Jodha Akbar'. Be it a listener of any religion, he will definitely love these two songs as the devotion expressed through these songs appeals to anyone and definitely traverses him to the Islamic era. Other simple yet outstanding Sufi compositions by Rahman include "Arziyaan- Maula Maula" from 'Delhi 6' and Meherbaan from the movie 'Ada'. The song 'Mitwa' from 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' also follows the rules of a Sufi song and can be categorized as one.

Coming to other artists, Kailash Kher is yet another popular face in the Sufi scenario. His 'Teri Deewani' topped the charts in 2008. His rendition of "Allah ke bande haste" in the movie Waisa Bhi Hota Hai is another one of a kind Sufi song. 'Ya Rabba' from Salam e- ishq is another composition with brilliant vocals from the same singer.

'Bulla ki Jaana mein kaun' by Rabbi Shergill caught the attention of many in 2006 for the soulful rendition. Other singers like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also have contributed for the Sufi genre. One example would be 'Saaiyaan' from the movie Heroine.

A genre loved by many, a genre that has made some songs addictive, a genre that provides scope for many to explore its various nuances, a genre that has conquered Bollywood with many hits, ofcourse the genre of 'Sufi music' has emerged soulful for many.

Raghuram Master : He set many foot tapping

R.Raghuram, popularly known as 'Raghuram master, passed away due to a heart attack on 30th November 2013. The man, aged 64 is undoubtedly a veteran choreographer in the Tamil industry and his demise is a huge loss to the industry.

Grandson of Tamil Film director K. Subramaniam, he made his debut as a child artist in the movie 'Padikaatha methai'. Trained in Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Bharathanatyam and that too at a very tender age, Raghuram was a undoubtedly a born dancer.

If you loved the dance steps in movies like 'Salangai Oli' and 'Punnagai Mannan', well, the credit goes to Raghuram master, the man behind making many feet tap to tune. Raghuram master has also choreographed for hindi movies like 'Ek Dhuje Ke Liye'. MGR's popular movie 'Anbe Va' is also one classic and Raghuram was an Assistant choreographer for this movie.The man whose career spanned for 50 years in the industry, recently even worked for an upcoming flick 'Kaaviya Thalaivan'.

His interest and knowledge in the film industry knows no bounds as he went on to even produce and direct movies. Popular ones include 'Vishwanathan Velai Vendum' and 'Uruvangal Maaralam'. He even made the superstar act in a Bengali film titled 'Bhagya Debata'.Raghuram himself  has also acted in well known movies like 'Aruna Giri Nadhar' and 'Thirumalai Deivam'. Infact 'Aruna Giri Nadhar' was a major break for Raghuram although it was his debut project as a choreographer. The new generation would have seen his acting in 'Dasavatharam' which released a few years back.