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Friday, June 16, 2006

A great solo of SPB - Vanthal Mahalakshmiye!

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The movie "Uyarntha Ullam" was released in 1985 acted by Kamal, Ambika, V.K.Ramasamy, Radha Ravi and others, directed by S.P. Muthuraman, produced by A.V.M.

It was a story about the 'born-with-a-silver-spoon' man, who knows only 'spending' in his life, a drunkard and doesn't care about anything else. Radha Ravi, who helps Kamal when he was drunk, joins him in his Bungalow and turns out to be a Villain - later throws Kamal out. Losing all his wealth, Kamal goes to Ambika's place, a house-maid who came to work in Kamal's place, earlier. They both fall in love and after several usual sequence of events, Kamal fights the villains in the climax and wins - and then all goes well with a very-predictable happy ending!

There was nothing extra-ordinary in that movie except for the Music by Maestro and some scenes in which Kamal's performance was excellent.

When the big-house comes up for Auction, Kamal realizes his blunders and regrets about everything he'd done to lose the hard-earned wealth by his father, grand-father. While leaving the Bungalow he touches that monsterous wood pillar and exclaims sadly 'made of burma teak wood' with a great expression on his face.

Maestro composed some excellent tunes for this movie. P.Suseela's "Kalai Thendral" is a mind-blowing melody song. KJY & SJ would take our hearts away with their 'enge en jeevane' song. SPB rendered two more dancing songs - one for the rich Kamal and one for the Poor Kamal, viz. "enna venum thinnungada doi" and "otta sattiya vachikittu'.

This song "vanthal mahalakshmiye" is a master piece solo of SPB composed in Kalayani Raaga. The interluds are just great, setting the stage for a festival mood. SPB is as usual great in the alapanas and also left his 'trade-mark' smiles and laughs in several places. He emphasized words like 'theiveegame' 'pennanatho' 'naan paadave', etc. extremely beautiful.

This song always brings joy in me, whenever I listen to it.


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