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    can anybody tell me the results of 2006 music section awards poll?? be honest pls..
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    I've posted a photo in my blog. Identify the little boy and post comments...

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    Check out
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    for the answer and a scan of an olden day interview of Maestro in Dailythanthi

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    Audience determines today's music, says K S Chitra

    Chennai, April. 26 (PTI): She had never thought that she would become a playback singer but destiny had other plans. Twenty-five years after her song was first featured in a film, Padmashri awardee K S Chitra believes music and lyrics have changed over the years to accommodate changing tastes.

    Chitra, whose first recorded song was featured in "Njaan Ekakanu" (I Am Alone), a Malayalam film in 1982, was responding to a question on some songs in Malayalam and other languages featuring a smattering of English words.

    "Nothing is static. Look, there has been a change over 25 years. There is a change in our food habits, the way we dress. It is the same in all fields. The audience too has changed, hasn't it ? The present audience wants these kind of songs," she told PTI.

    "If there is no audience, then it will fade out. The audience is the determining factor."

    Chitra first sang for the Malayalam film "Attahasam" in 1979. But that film got delayed and was released only in 1983. Her first recorded song was a duet with legend Yesudas in "Njaan Ekakanu". "Pranayavastham" turned out to be a hit and there was no looking back for the affable nightingale.

    Radhakrishnan Master (Malayalam music director M G Radhakrishnan) introduced her to films. He was the music director for "Njaan Ekakanu".

    "How time flies. There were no celebrations. In fact, it was my friends and the media which drew my attention to the fact that I had completed 25 years in music," said Chitra.

    Asked to compare between music then and now, she said: "Technology has advanced so much. Earlier, we practised and practised and went in for a rehearsal before going in for the take. Now look at the equipment we have. It is so sophisticated. Now we hardly get to see who is singing with us. Most of the time, it is only at stage shows that we get to see the musicians. Times have changed."

    Chitra's reign truly began after her melodious numbers in the Malayalam films "Ente Mmatekutteammakku", "Nookathudoorathu Kannenattu" and "Naksthangal" in the early 1980s became big hits. She had taken over the baton from music veterans like P Sushila and S Janaki, who dominated south Indian music for over two decades.

    A clutch of awards followed. She received her first national award for best female playback singer in 1986 for the Tamil film "Sindhu Bhairavi". She won the next year's award too for the Malayalam film "Nakhaksthangal". She garnered more awards for "Vaisali" (1989, Malayalam), "Minsara Kanavu" (1996, Tamil), "Virasaat" (1997, Hindi) and "Autograph" (2004, Tamil).

    Chitra has also received the Kerala Government award for best female playback singer 15 times. She holds the rare honour of being the first person to be recognised by all four state governments in south India as best playback singer. In 2004, she won the award for the best female singer from the Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh Governments.


    The Hindu - April 29, 2007

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    http://www.kumudam.com/magazine/Kumu...05-09/pg24.php

    Another one on KSC (Usha Uthup is there as well)...

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    "I have sung around 15,000 songs, most in Telugu," said Chitra who can speak and read Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. She has also sung in Hindi, Oriya and Bengali.

    Chitra did not start out thinking that she was going to be a singer. "I belong to a musical family. My father used to sing. So I was interested in music."

    After securing the third position in BA music in the Kerala University examinations, she could not complete her MA as she was frequent travelling to Chennai (then Madras) for singing assignments that "took a toll" on her time.

    So Chitra had to decide on choosing a career in singing or continuing to study. She choose the former.

    Asked if she felt nervous singing with Yesudas, she said: "Of course, I was tense when I sang with Das-ettan for a duet. I was to do the humming. But tension got the better of me and I botched up thrice.

    "Das-ettan never lost his cool and kept encouraging me. I will never forget it."

    Even veterans like P Sushila and S Janaki encouraged her when she entered the music industry.

    Chitra has also sung Hindi songs but she doesn't seem happy about the experience, with, at times, the albums not mentioning her name in the credits. But she said: "I have no complaints."

    She does not become depressed if a song does not do well. "In fact, I listen to all my songs and then I feel I could have done a particular note better."

    Whenever she was down in the dumps, she always turned to her parents for support. "Now they are no more. But my husband, daughter and only sister are a source of strength to me."

    Her sister sang for five Malayalam films but was "too scared" to take music up as a career. "She lives near my residence. So if there is a problem, she will come running," she said with a smila.

    Chitra holds music director M G Radhakrishan in great reverence. Her music 'guru' was Professfor Omanakutty. Radhakrishnan was her brother. "He once took me to the AIR station to sing a devotional note in praise of Lord Krishna. I was only five years old and he carried me to the station," she said.

    She believes she has sung more hits "for Ravindran master and Johnson master" in Malayalam.

    Referring to the new crop of singers, she said all of them are talented. "They need good songs to prove their mettle," she said.

    On the music shows on TV channels to unearth talent, she said: "It is good. Youngsters will have an opportunity to showcase their talent. But my only concern is that they may not be mature enough to handle the pressures of sudden fame and money. Parents should ensure that they are level-headed and have their feet firmly on the ground."

    Chitra recently completed an album in Hindi titled "Tribute to Lata Mangeskhar" and is now working on a Hindi ghazal album.

    Despite her busy schedule, she always finds time to do something for charity, including a trip to Australia for doing a programme to raise funds for a charitable organisation.

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    The rest of the hindu article from above.

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    Music director L. Vaidhiyanathan passes away

    Chennai, May 19 (PTI): L Vaidhiyanathan, renowned music director of yesteryears, passed away after a prolonged illness at his residence at suburban Porur this morning, family sources said.

    He was 65 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

    Vaidhiyanathan had composed music for over 170 films in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.

    He was honoured by the Tamil Nadu government with the 'Kalaimamani' award. He was also a member of the national committee to select the best feature films.

    Prior to his death, he was busy composing music for the Hindi animation movie "Lava Kusa'.

    His body was cremated in the evening, the sources added.

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    My post on Premgi Amaran, the new star on the horizon

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