Tuesday, January 28, 2014

UNFORGETTABLE : MADANMOHAN

He has contributed immensely in the Bollywood music scene starting form the year 1950 until 1975, his silver 25 years has seen many a 'golden' moments in his career. The brains behind over 700 songs, many of his compositions are popular in the recent era too.

Anything that happens for the first time is always special isn't it? Such is the case with his first movie 'Ankhen' directed by Devendra Goel. Take a quick listen of the best track of the album "Preet laga ke maine". Nicknamed by his friends in the industry as "Ghazal ka Shehzadaa" , his contribution to the genre of 'Ghazals' is immense. Even Lata Mangeshkar has sung for his Ghazal compositions, infact she has rendered the maximum numbers for him.

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Attuning to the recent times, have you heard the track 'Do pal ruka'? Wondering what the connection between Madanmohan and this track is? It is Madanmohan's composition which was shelved initially after which Sanjeev Kohli decided to use his father's track for the movie 'Veer Zara'.

Lilting tunes, with a sway of romance were always Madanmohan's forte and one number which aptly signifies this is 'Milo na tum toh' from the movie Heer Ranjha which released in the year 1970. His other classic number is 'Betaab dil ki tamanna' from the movie Hanste Zakhm. What is unique about his style of music is the intricacy he places on the classical note and brings it out in the form of film music liked by all.

It doesn't come as a surprise that a book has been written on this great man. Titled Madan Mohan: An Unforgettable Composer - Edited by V M Joshi & Suresh Rao, the book contains contributions from various stalwarts who worked with this talented composer.

A man of such credentials - Bollywood industry is surely lucky to have had sucha wonderful composer.

Vegetable Names in Songs

Like how vegetables have been important in our everyday meal, vegetables have also played an important role in the lyrics of songs. Thinking this is weird? See for yourself!! We are sure you must have heard the song 'Velarikka pinju' which was super famous from the movie Kadhal Kottai. Deva and Krishnaraj have done a wonderful job with their singing.

Talking about vegetables, we all love our 'gundu kathhirika'. Guessed the song? Yes 'Kathhirika Kathhirika gundu kathhirika' from Duet composed by A.R.Rahman and sung by S.P.Balasubramanyam and Minmini is a good example. The racy rhythm, the settings, the lyrics - everything is amazing about this song.

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'Paal papaali vela thakali' must be given its due credence for the smart word play! Rahul Nambiar and Mahathi have ofcourse done a good job with the singing. This track is from the movie Sathyam starring Vishal and Nayantara. Another masterpiece we could say in terms of beautiful lyrics covering almost all the vegetables one could think of is 'Molachumoonu elaiyum vidala' from the movie Velayudham. This set of lyrics which appears in the song - veralu vendakka un kaadhu avarakkamooku molaga, mookuthi kaduga, kanindha kaai thottam neethana we think is beautiful. Who would have thought the emotion of romance can be brought out by vegetables? This is where we appreciate the effort of Annamalai , the lyricist of this song. Another wonderful song composed by Ilayaraja, sung by S.P.Balasubramanyam and Chithra strikes our head - 'Ena samaialo' from the movie Unnal mudiyum thambi. If you pay keen attention to the lyrics of the song, you will notice even the mention of ingredients like - 'Garam masala'! Ofcourse the use of vegetables and ingredients in the lyrics makes this song different on its own.

'Vaadi en kapakazhange' is a wonderful listen and infact a very catchy song.

A meal without 'molaga' is not complete. Ofourse 'Pacha Molaga' from Mr.Bharath is a good choice. Wasn't this refreshing? Tune in and listen to our vegetables.

Hardwork always pays!

The 'Padma' Awards have always spoken volumes about its worthiness. Needless to say, this year came as no surprise when Kamal Haasan bagged the the third highest civilian award. The 'Ulaganayagan' has always brought out exuberant acting skills and has always made India proud. Vishwaroopam being his last stint on screen , we ofcourse waiting for a lot more in the coming years from this extremely talented actor.


Hasn't classical music always been our pride? Infact this man is still one of the most preferred Ghatam players until today.T.H. Vinayakram ofcourse totally deserved this honour for his immense contribution in the 'classical' field. Ofcourse music is incomplete without its soul - the lyrics and who else deserves it most than the veteran? Vairamuthu who made his debut in the industry in 1980 was awarded Padma Bhushan this year.Needless to say, Vairamuthu's lyrics has created a magic and have made many hearts go weak. 2013 was a good year for this winner with 'Pandiya Naadu' and 'Irandaam Ulagam' being valued for the wonderful lyrics.

This year another man from our very own Tamilnadu also bagged the prestigious 'Padma' award. The man behind making many Indian movies look out of the world, the main who adds a visual meaning and an appeal to many a movies - Santosh Sivan. Santosh Sivan's enthusiastic work can be witnessed in movies like Urumi, Thuppaki, Raavanan etc in the recent years.

We have spoken about the actor we all like, about classical music and ofcourse a wonderful cinematographer, how can we not mention about the lovely lady who has carved a niche for herself in the Indian film industry? Her 'Sari' style statement, her traditional looks, her way of pulling off any role given to her; she is one of the best actress who surely deserves the Padma award - Vidya Balan. Everyone sure remembers her role in box office hits like 'The Dirty Picture' and 'Parineeta'. Talking about women and cinema, Supriya Dev surely deserves a mention who is also among the award winners this year for her immense inputs in making the 'Bengali' cinema come into light. Paresh Rawal who was also appreciated for his role in Oh My God in 2012, a passionate contributor in the Indian art, Cinema and theatre is also one of the winners of this prestigious award.

Raaga.com takes pride in wishing these magnificient contributors to the Indian film industry, having taken each form of art to a whole new different level in their own ways.