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    Why don't we get decent private music albums in tamil as in Bollywood?

    http://vigneshram.blogspot.com/2007/...alogue-by.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by vigneshram
    Why don't we get decent private music albums in tamil as in Bollywood?

    http://vigneshram.blogspot.com/2007/...alogue-by.html
    There were some like How to name it,Minnal and andhi maalai.
    இசைக்கு பிறந்த நாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaybaskar
    Quote Originally Posted by vigneshram
    Why don't we get decent private music albums in tamil as in Bollywood?

    http://vigneshram.blogspot.com/2007/...alogue-by.html
    There were some like How to name it,Minnal and andhi maalai.
    Let's keep aside Ilaiyaraja's Devotional albums and instrumentals.

    Other albums in tamil have only a few or no songs picturised, with the same old theme of love and its pain. Why don't our people come out of it?

    Take "Shakalakka baby" of Mudhalvan for example. It's been picturised as 'shooting a song of album'. The concept of girls going behind boys and boys not being interested in girls is new and Shankar had picturised it in his grand style.

    Picturisation makes the difference. Looking at the private albums made in bollywood and their technical quality, a question arises in everyone's mind as, why can't we produce much better ones with all the talented technicians we have?
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    PPl here in TN dont like albums first of all. They want to relate everything with movies.. Thats y serials with movie stars in lead have become a rage.
    இசைக்கு பிறந்த நாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

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    http://dailythanthi.com/article.asp?...sdate=7/3/2007

    pAttikaLukkuppathinARu vayasAm:-)

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    An Update on Minmini

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    It happened one day...

    Minmini had it made for her, an enchanting voice and a musical career to match. She tells K. Pradeep what it was like at the top and shares the trauma of suddenly losing her voice.

    It happened almost 16 years ago, but every time Minimini does a rewind of that day it gives her the gooseflesh. The young singer had just met and sung before Ilayaraja. Gangai Amaran, P. Jayachandran and poet Vaali were among the audience. A recordin g was on in one of the studio floors. Stepping in she was stunned by the huge orchestra – hundred violins et al. Turning around she was in for a bigger surprise. Inside the cubicle nearby stood Asha Bhonsle; in flesh and blood, singing one of Ilayaraja’s compositions. “I don’t really know what happened to me then. I began crying. Here was a legend that I had heard so much about from my mother. Here she was singing in that lovely voice. And what was I, a rookie singer from a nondescript village in Kerala, doing there? Ilayaraja Sir, sensing my feelings perhaps, introduced me to Ashaji, who blessed me. That same evening I recorded my first Tamil song for Ilayaraja Sir,” recounts Minmini of a day which launched her musical career.

    Leap to fame

    A lot more happened that day. Illayaraja christened her Minmini, as he felt her name Mini somehow did not have a Tamil ring, and asked her to stay back in Chennai. For the next five days Minmini recorded for the maestro. Songs for other music directors followed and then came A. R. Rahman’s ‘Chinna china asai…’ (Roja). Minmini was virtually catapulted to national fame. “Frankly, I was simply being led ahead. I knew nothing at all. I had no formal training in music. Though I got admission to the RLV Music Academy in Tripunithura, I could not join. By then I was busy as a permanent recording artist in Cochin Arts and Communication, Kochi, and singing in ganamelas. Right from my childhood I simply loved music. I used to adore anyone who could sing. My training was from the different music directors for whom I sang during those early days. Even today I don’t think I can identify all the ragas, nor do I search for the beauty of the words in a song. I try to sing as close to what the music directors teach me. Getting into films was something I had not bargained for.”

    Probably it was her ability to reproduce every note, cadence, exactly blotting paper-like, that impressed Ilayaraja and the others. “Maybe this was one reason. It cannot be anything else for when I was asked to sing a kirtan I told him I did not know one. Even now I don’t know all that. I have often heard Ilyaraja Sir say that he liked my voice.”

    It is this innocence and rustic simplicity that comes out in Minmini’s singing. Her voice brought out her heart, her moral convictions, singing with her life.

    Even before this Tamil experience, Minmini had made her debut as playback singer in the Malayalam film ‘Swagatham.’ In Chennai, Minmini stayed with Jerry Amaldev for the first few days before moving in to the late C. O. Anto’s house as a paying guest.

    For two years Minmini dominated the scene. She sang in seven languages and around 2,000 songs. She won the Tamil Nadu State award for best female singer for her brilliant ‘Roja’ solo. In Malayalam she was the favourite of music directors like Johnson, Raveendran, S. P. Venkatesh, Bombay Ravi and Mohan Sithara. Some of her songs like ‘Souparnikamritha….’ (Kizhakkunaram Pakshi), ‘Oonjal Urangi…’, Neelaraavil…’ (Kudumbasametham), ‘Kakka poocha…’ (Pappayude Swantham Apoos), ‘Paathiraavayi…’ (Vietnam Colony), ‘Swayam varamai…’ (Paithrukam), ‘Vellithinkal…’ (Meleparambil Aanveedu), ‘Aarunee vinmakale perucholamo…’ (Ghazal) and many others turned super hits.

    The blow

    Then came that debilitating blow. Minmini lost her voice. She was even unable to speak. “Those few years were terrible. In fact, I knew it was coming but never thought it would be so serious. I remember how I gradually began losing confidence, cancelling my schedules fearing loss for those who had arranged everything. It was at this time that Rahman called and said he had a song for me. He tried to reassure me that he was not going to lose anything even if I could not sing for the studio was his. I went and found that singing was a far cry for me. All that I managed was to blurt out the words. Rahman recorded everything and it was his brilliance that made it into a song. That one ‘Pachakkili paadum…’ for the film ‘Karuthamma’ was the last I recorded. After that it was silence.” In that silence Minmini found many things.

    Minmini got married almost at this time and now had to shoulder new responsibilities. “The cause for loss of voice remains a mystery. I believe that it was the will of God. I was forced out of a dream world and look around. This was the time when I began realising so much about life. It is a miracle that I’m able to speak and sing now.”

    Along with her husband Joy Mathew, a popular keyboard player, they have formed a music troupe ‘Sound of Music’ for which Minmini sings occasionally. She has sung in a couple of albums but has not received any offers from films of late. “Trends have changed. These days a singer needs to market oneself , keep calling many people for chances. I don’t think I’ll be able to do it. I’m happy with what life has given me, a magical career where I rubbed shoulders with some of the legends in music, a loving husband and two lovely children,” Minmini rounds off.

    -From The Hindu
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    Yes, definitely this incident is something extraordinary. I have sometimes wondered how the playback singing scene would be had her voice been fine. Back in 92-93, one used to hear Minmini a lot. I hope she gets some nice chances. Of course, playback singing is definitely not what it used to be, but...

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    Vijay Yesudas’ ‘Sahara’ in ‘Sivaji’ is topping the charts


    Vijay Yesudas’ dream to sing for A.R. Rahman finally came true in ‘Sahara.’ The melodious number in ‘Sivaji’ has been topping the charts as the Boss continues his reign in cinemas.

    “A great opportunity for a Rajini fan like me,” says Vijay. “In fact, I first sang the song in 2005. It was Rajni Sir’s birthday and after a voice test, Rahman Sir asked me to sing the whole song. The director Shankar Sir and lyricist Vairamuthu Sir were also there. It was a great experience,” recalls Vijay.

    After a few weeks he recorded the song under Rahman’s baton. Although the song has not found a place in the film, Vijay prefers to look at the brighter side of the picture and says it was the opportunity to sing a Rahman song in a Rajnikant film that has made the experience special for him.

    Back in India after a tour of the United States and Canada with Rahman’s World Music Tours - Unity of Light and The Third Dimensional Tour, Vijay says touring with the Asian Mozart was a learning experience. But what the ardent Rajni fan wants to share is the thrill of watching ‘Sivaji’s premier in Dallas. “Sayonnara, Naresh Iyer, rapper Blazze, my brother Vishal, my wife, Darshana, and I had to pay $ 20 each to watch the film. Not many Indian stars have that kind of fan-following in the United States.”

    The last two years have also seen Vijay widen his fan-following in South India. He has notched up a number of hits in Tamil and Telugu and has also started singing in Kannada. His songs in ‘Mozhi,’ ‘Deepavali’ and ‘Sandai kozhi’ have helped him find his own place under the arc lights in tinsel town. In Malayalam also, Vijay has managed to make critics and his fans happy with his songs. His recent song in ‘Sooryan’ has had VJs reaching for the replay of the song many a time.

    “It is Ilayaraja Sir’s song. So, it will have his signature. Last year, ‘Oru Chirikandaal’ also did well. That was also by Ilayaraja. He knows who is the right singer for each song,” says Vijay.
    Comparisons

    Does it hurt when Vijay’s songs are compared with his father, K.J. Yesudas’ songs?

    “It used to but now I have learnt to take it in my stride. You have to learn to take the bouquets and the brickbats. But I am happy when people say I sound like my father at times. Although there have been negative remarks about that similarity, I have accepted it.

    “For instance, in ‘Jamabaavaan,’ I had to sing a song for Prashanth. The song demanded a mature voice and I noticed that at certain places, I do sound like Appa,” admits Vijay.

    His song in ‘Sooryan’ had several music buffs guessing the identity of the singer as it reminded many of Yesudas’ voice in his heyday.

    And what does Yesudas think about his son’s songs?

    “Well Appa is not the effusive kind. He has always been encouraging but he does not go overboard with his praise. I am thankful that he has let me progress at my own pace. I did not taste success overnight. It has been a gradual process and a lot of hard work.”

    Vijay is all set to release his third album of Ayyappa devotional songs. But he is not complacent.

    “I plan to improve my skills on the piano as it has become a little rusty after my return to India. Moreover, when I am in Chennai, I make it a point to catch up with my music teacher, Ramamurthy Sir,” says the singer. “I am looking forward to my songs in ‘Chennai 600028,”’ he adds.

    Looks like Vijay’s career has touched a high following his marriage to Darshana last year.

    “Yes. I agree,” says Vijay. “In fact, I also get invited to many premiers now. No one used to invite me when I was a bachelor,” laughs Vijay.

    SARASWATHY NAGARAJAN

    -From The Hindu, July 28, 2007[/tscii:8e462b3f60]

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    [tscii]பின்னணிப் பாடகர் ஹரிஹரன், இசையமைப்பாளர் சங்கர்மகாதேவன் இணைந்து நாளை மாலை சென்னை நேரு உள்விளையாட்டு அரங்கில் ஒரு இசை நிகழ்ச்சி நடத்த உள்ளனர். இரு இசை வேந்தர்களும் சேர்ந்து மேடையில் பொதுமக்கள் முன் பாடவிருப்பது இதுவே முதல்முறை. `சாதகப் பறவைகள்' இசைக் குழு இதற்கான இசையை வழங்கவுள்ளது.

    தமிழ், இந்தி, தெலுங்குப் படங்களிலிருநëது ஏறத்தாழ 30 பாடல்களை சங்கர் மகாதேவனும், ஹரிஹரனும் இணைந்து மேடையில் பாடுகிறார்கள். ஹரிஹரனின் கசல் பாடல்கள், சங்கர் மகாதேவனின் கர்நாடக இசை மற்றும் இருவரும் இணைந்து வழங்கும் பாப் இசையும் இசை நிகழ்ச்சியின் சிறப்பு அம்சங்கள். அதோடு `சிங் வித் கிங்' எனப்படும் பாட்டுப் போட்டியில் பரிசு பெற்றவர்கள் இந்த இசை மன்னர்களோடு சேர்ந்து மேடையில் பாடுவதற்கு வாய்ப்பு பெறுவார்கள்.

    சாங்குவின் மீடியா நிறுவனம் விழா ஏற்பாடுகளை செய்துள்ளது.

    விரைவில் தனியார் டிவியொன்றில் இந்த இசை நிகழ்ச்சி ஒளிபரப்பாகவிருக்கிறது.[/tscii]

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    http://dinamalar.com/2007aug29/kalki.asp

    ARR's janagana and Bharadwaj interview...

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