Friday, July 11, 2014


Isn’t the word ‘Kanmani’ very endearing? Don’t we all like it when people call us with a lot of love? The word ‘Kanmani’ is used more than often in our Tamil songs, be it to call a lover, a sister, daughter etc. The word by itself is beautiful and encompasses all the love one feels like expressing in that very single word. Here is a quick look at the songs that have the word ‘Kanmani’.

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Kanmani anbodu kaadhalan’ from the movie Guna need s no introduction which is ofcourse a biggest hit of all songs, where we see Kamal Haasan sing for his beloved. In the movie ‘kadhal’ we see the hero Bharath singing for his heroine in the song ‘Unakenna irupaen, uyiraiyum kudupen’. The song actually emphasis more on the word ‘kanmaniye’, a heart touching song sung by the young Haricharan.

Kanmaniye pesu’ is another wonderful number from the movie ‘Kaakki Sattai’ that was released in the year 1985 which has the Ulaganayagan in the lead with Ambika and Madhavi playing the role of the leading ladies.

Another beautiful number is ‘Kanmaniye Kaadhal enbadhu karpanaiyo’ from the movie Aarilirunthu arubadhu varai, sung by S.P.Balasubramanyam and S.Janaki where we see our Superstar playing the lead in the movie.

‘Kanmani’ is also used to address a small kid – and ofcourse our ‘Anjali paapa’ suits the best to describe this. Don’t we all love the song ‘Anjali Anjali Anjali China Kanamani Kanmani’ from the movie ‘Anjali’. The movie China vathiyar with Prabhu Ganesan, Kushboo and Ranjitha in the lead has a song called ‘kanmaniye kanmaniye’, sung by S.P.B in Illaiyaraja’s tune, in this situation the hero singing for the heroine.

Thus we can conclude the word ‘Kanmaniye’ has a beautiful meaning. Listen to our full ‘Kanmaniye’ collection here.

Veteran Actress Zohra Sehgal No More

Zohra Sehgal, the grand old actress of India passed away at the ripe age of 102. Raaga.Com pays her a humble homage and prays her soul rests peacefully in heaven.

Winner of Indian government’s most prestigious civilian awards Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, Zohra Sehgal, had became a household name after the success of her exciting role of a dominating mother of Amitabh Bachchan in CHEENI KUM. 

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However readers will be surprised to know that Zohra Sehgal began her career in the mid 40’s with legendary filmmakers like Khwaja Ahmad Abbas in DHARTI KE LAL and Chetan Anand's NEECHA NAGAR, but Zohra could not create the magic at box office hence after few more films she discarded Bollywood in early 60’s. 

She went to London, where she fortunately won a drama scholarship in 1962. Luckily in 1963 she got the opportunity to work as a dance teacher at 'Uday Shankar Style’ – dance school in Chelsea, in central London.

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Soon she began getting roles on British television. Her first role was in BBC TV series 'The Rescue of Pluffles' in 1964. Later she won more fame and recognition with her roles in BBC TV serials like The Raj Quartet, The Jewel in the Crown, Tandoori Nights, My Beautiful Laundrette, et al.

She came back to India in 90’s and was approached by film maker Mani Ratnam for his movie DIL SE thus opening floodgates for many more roles like HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM, VEER-ZAARA, CHEENI KUM, SAAWARIYA. 

In an interview Zohra Sehgal, said, “ Though I am be old but I am passionate about life and love doing life full of energy, like I did in Govinda starrer CHALO ISHQ LADAAYE, in which I even drew a bike and did action packed scenes. Also I enjoyed CHEENI KUM.”

Bimal Roy ‘Monarch Of Indian Filmmakers’ - PART II

In the last issue you read about the making of Bimal Roy’s debut Bengali film UDAYER PATHEY (1944) and the storm it created in Indian cinema for its unique style of film making. 

Today I take the readers to Bimal Roy’s second film DO BIGHA ZAMEEN (Two Acres of Land) that established him as the film maker par excellence. The movie not only won him rave reviews but made him India’s First filmmaker to win the prestigious Prix International, Cannes Film Festival (1954) and a special Prize for Social Progress, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Besides these international awards ‘DO BIGHA ZAMIN’ has the additional distinction of being one of the first Indian films to win awards and accolades in China, UK, USSR, Venice and Melbourne.

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In addition Bimal Roy won the National Award (All India Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film for DO BIGHA ZAMEEN and the popular Filmfare Award too as Best Film and Best Director. 

The highlight of DO BIGHA ZAMEEN is that Bimal Roy has beautifully merged the elements of art and commercial cinema to create a movie that is still viewed as a benchmark among filmmakers who wish to make intelligent cinema. 

Prior to Bimal Roy the film industry was divided into art cinema with filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Mirnal Sen and others made a realistic movies exposing the poverty and social issues. Though these movies were applauded by the critics for their realism and social comment yet they were discarded by film buffs as they were dull and dreary. On the other hand some filmmakers like Mehboob Khan, Raj Kapoor and other made commercial cinema with songs, dance and entertainment. Though these movies were applauded by the movie buffs they lacked social issues. 

However Bimal Roy invented a new kind of cinema which was amalgamation of art and commercial cinema. Bimal Roy knew that Cinema is a form of entertainment but is also a tool to reach out to millions of people with a comment. Hence in his movies he made an attempt to combine entertainment along with social message. 

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Thus in DO BIGHA ZAMEEN, Bimal Roy tackled the sensitive issue of the exploitation of Indian famers who in lure of few rupees were made to give away their land to the zamindars, who built factories on their land and churned money without realizing the fact they were throttling farming industry. 

DO BIGHA ZAMIN, cannot be complete without mention the superlative performance of its lead actor, Balraj Sahani, who played the protagonist Shambhus, who is forced to sell his land. 

Balraj Sahani, was an obscure actor struggling at IPTA. But with DO BIGHA ZAMIN he became an actor to reckon. To get into the skin of rickshaw puller’s character Balraj Sahni had interacted with a lot of poor rickshaw pullers and used rehearse pulling a rickshaw on the streets of Calcutta. 

DO BIGHA ZAMIN was released in 1953 when India was witnessing an Industrial revolution and Indian farmers were becoming victims of landlord. However today in 2014 the movie is still relevant because even today our farmers are in the same agony, instead of landlords; the builders lobby is exploiting them. 

Note: In the next issue read about Bimal Roy’s other great milestone DEVDAS