Friday, June 6, 2014

AS LIGHT AS THE ‘KAATRU’

Don’t we all love it when there is a beautiful breeze? The sight of our hair getting drenched in the breeze. The way the breeze flows makes us feel light and elated somehow. Even if it is hot, we always look for ‘breeze’. Feeling breezy also in a way makes us feel light at emotions too. And undoubtedly our lyricists too love using the word a lot in many a songs! In Tamil ofcourse, ‘Breeze’ is known as ‘Kaatru’. Here is a list of hit songs that have the word ‘Kaatru’ in them, that have appeared in this recent era.

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A song that made a considerable impact was ‘Kaatrin mozhi’ from the movie ‘Mozhi’. Although set in a very sobre tune, the song’s lyrics is what won it brownie points amongst the audience. It was extremely well-received by the people. Adding to it, the star cast definitely made the video too interesting.

From the movie Pithamagan, the song ‘Ilan kaatru veesudhe’, appealed to many. Thanks to ofcourse Illayaraja for the composition and brilliant singing by Sriram parthasarathy, this song had an emotional connect with all of us.

The song ‘Pani kaatre pani kaatre’ from the movie Run is a wonderful and a delightful one to listen to. A duet by Harish Ragavendra and Sadhana Sargam, we all ofcourse love to shake our heads to this number.

Talking about melodies, we cannot forget this specific number! ‘Kaatreen vaasal vandhai’ an evergreen composition from the movie Rhythm stole the hearts of many. Sung by Kavita Krishnamoorthy, this song is just brilliant and ofcourse a romantic one too.

A song with a little carnatic influence too is always good. And this song too did its magic –‘Kaatril varum geethame’ from Oru Naal Oru kanavu which yet again was amazing and made us feel light, just as the beautiful breeze.

Salman Khan To Replicate Kamal Hassan’s Feat!

If reports are to be believed than Bollywood sensational superstar Salman Khan is all set to replicate the marvelous act of a dwarf that legendary actor Kamal Hassan achieved 25 years ago in the Tamil super hit film APOORVA SAGODHARARGAL (1989) which was later dubbed and released in Telugu as VICHITHRA SODARULU and into Hindi as APPU RAJA and both did astounding business. 

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According reports Salman Khan has long been aspiring to work with director Anand L Rai, who has to his credits hit movies like TANU WEDS MANU and RAANJHANAA. In an interview Anand L Rai has confessed that he has a love story with a difference set in a rural backdrop however if things go as per plans it will be a mega project. 

It will be interesting to see Salman Khan who is known for his DABANGG action style in a role of a drawf. 

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Unlike Singeetham Srinivasa Rao who directed APOORVA SAGODHARARGAL using his imaginations at the little resources available to him, director Anand L Rai will be using latest commuter technology to give special effects. According to sources VFX expert George Murphy who worked on Matrix Reloaded, Jurassic Park and Forest Gump, has been roped in for the movie.

Earlier Anupam Kher played the lovable dwarf 'Chachu' in JAAN-E-MAN directed by Shirish Kunder and Hrithik Roshan in one scene of DHOOM 2. However the most interesting movie has been Malayalam hit ATBHUTHA DWEEP that depicted a real life South Indian actor Ajay Kumar, who is just 2ft 5in tall doing heroic feat like amazing stunts, horse riding and dancing around bush with his heroine.

Rajendra Krishan - The Lyricist Who Paid Best Tribute To ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ - PART I

Do you remember the super hit songs like the romantic number Man doley mera tan doley...(NAGIN) or the comedy song Ek Chatur Naar Karke Shringaar…(PADOSAN) or Tumhi mere mandir, tumhi meri poojo….(KHANDAN), the chartbuster Are Rafta Rafta Dekho Aankh Meri Ladi Hai… (KAHAANI KISMAT KI). Wanna know who has written these hit lyrics? 

Well few may know that these songs were penned by the great lyricist Rajendra Krishan, who wrote lyrics in many movies with eminent music directors like Shankar-Jaikishan, Madan Mohan, Hemant Kumar, Sachin Dev Burman, Rahul Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, and Laxmikant-Pyarelal but tragically he is a forgotten legend. 

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June 6, marks the birth anniversary of Rajendra Krishan, who is best remembered for penning the best tribute on our father of nation Mahatma Gandhi. The soul stringing lyric Suno suno ai duniya waalon, bapu ki yeh amar kahani... still makes our eyes moist. 

Raaga.Com remembers this veteran lyricist and enlightens readers about his immense contribution to Indian cinema and unveils the mystery behind the song…. 

Suno suno ai duniya waalon, bapu ki yeh amar kahani...

The younger generation may have not heard about the soulful appeal sung by Mohammed Rafi and composed by music director Husnlal Bhagatram but the senior generation must have surely heard this song that was a regular feature on All India Radio at each death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Few know why the song was conceived and who wrote and composed the song. Now readers are aware about the lyricist and music director but still the mystery hound why the song was written. Of Course the song was written to pay homage to the great soul but more than tribute it was written to stop the fanatical violence that erupted after the death of Gandhiji, the apostle of peace, who was murdered by a fundamentalist. As a result there was large scale violence throughout India. To curb this violence the film industry decided to make a song that made an appeal to Hindu and Muslim to condemn violence and stay united. The following lines from the song did wonders to unite the Hindus and Muslim and brought peace in India. Carefully read the philosophical lines ….

Hindu Muslim Ke Seenon Mein Phir Bhadaki Nafrat Ki Jwaala,

Jisko Dekh Ke Dukhi Huva, Quraan Aur Geeta Ka Rakhwala,

Nawakhali Mein Khoon Ki Holi Haivanon Ne Kheli,

Daya Ki Murat Bapu Se Yeh Peeda Gayi Na Jheli,

Tan Pe Langoti Haath Mein Danda Hoton Pe Thi Prem Ki Baani,

Nagar Nagar Paidal Phirtha Tha Assi Saal Ka Buudha Praani,

Suno Suno Ay Duniya Walon Bapu Ki Yeh Amar Kahani...

(Hindu and Muslim killed each other in hatred,

Watching this, Bapu was who defended both Quran and Geeta was pained, 

There was violence everywhere and bloodshed, 

Bapu, who was apostle of peace, could not see this painful sight, 

Dressed half naked and a stick in hand 

80 year old Bapu used to wander by foot appealing for peace

Listen Listen o people of world this is the immortal tale of Bapu) ) 

NOTE: In our next issue read about Rajendra Krishna’s debut in films and his relation with AVM Production