Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Travel Time - Places in Songs

Each place has its own specialty and sometimes the place becomes distinctive for this specialty that people associate this distinctive feature with the place. Have you noticed this? Here in raaga.com we give you an exclusive song list that will make you remember the best things of Tamil Nadu. Keep reading.Kumbakonam has been famous in not only sending out its coffee flavours but also one more item associated with food. Thinking hard? Well it is the 'Kumbakonam vetthalai'. And ofcourse the song which we cannot ignore is 'Kumbakonathu vetthalaiya madidaa' from the movie 'Boss engira Baskaran'.

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Doesn't adding the Jasmine to a girl's hair bring out a significant feminine glamour to any girl? The fragrance of the Jasmine makes each one of us fall in love with the girl we already admire. In Tamilnadu, 'Madurai Malli' is the most famous one. Keeping the Madurai Malli and the girl in mind, we could think of 'Madurai ikku pogathedi mallipoo kannu vekkum' from the movie Azhagiya Tamizh magan starring Vijay.When Mallipoo is in hand, don't we all want a tasty halwa too? And what more do we want when our Tamil Nadu has the famous Tirunelvi Halwa? 'Tirunelveli Halwa da' from Saamy is a distinctive soundtrack.

Coming to the braveness that any Tamizhan would portray, that can be best signified with 'Thiruppachi Aruvaalu'. Rings a bell? "thirupaachi aruvaale theethikitu vaada vaada' from TajMahal is an apt song to describe the brave front any Tamizhan should have.

On a conclusive sweet note, mambazham's make us happy always especially our Salem mambazhams. Are you thinking of the same song that we are thinking? 'Mambazhamaa maambazham, malgova maambazham, salethu maambazham neethanadi' from Pokkiri is a good listen, comparing the sweetness of the fruit with his lady love.

Thus the specialty of each part of the TamilNadu is distinct in many ways, including songs.

WORTH A PRAISE - ARIJIT SINGH

The recent heartthrob in the Bollywood industry, he is making many girls go gaga for his romantic splendor showcased through his voice.  He was seen lending his voice  as a young boy way back in 2007 in 'All in one' , a song from the High School musical album by Shakar Ehsaan Loy. But it was the year 2013 that proved lucky for this young singer. Yes we are talking about our very own 'Tum hi ho' Arijit singh. His 'Sunraha hai na tu' from Aashiqui 2 took him to great heights and following that he has been showered with many offers. Following his hit number sin Aashiqui 2, his 'Kabira' for 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' was much talked about.


In 2012, there was this one number which was hummable by each and every one. Wondering which song we are talking about? Remember 'Raabta'? The beautiful duet track, pleasing to the ears?

Not many know the voice behind 'Phir le aaya' from the movie 'Barfi' but ofcourse it is Arijit singh who has sung this brilliant track. Raaga.com suggest you grab a pair of headphones right away and tune in to listen to this beautiful track. Notice the nuances well rendered by Arijit in the song. We highly recommend this for a good, pleasant listen.

Another nice song by Arijit Singh is 'Phir Mohabbat' from the movie Murder 2 and Laal Ishq from the recent release Ram Leela. Considering the hit tracks that he has delivered in the last two years, we can definitely say 2014 looks bright for Arijit. 'Jiya' from Gunday is something you could tune in right away. Until much more from Arijit, raaga.com wishes him all the best for his singing career in this 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.