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Saturday, June 30, 2007

A Vintage SPB Telugu Song : his first SOLO Hit



Dear SPB Fans,

It has been quite some time that I had posted a Telugu song. So, today’s posting is of a vintage SPB song. This song is quite significant, in the sense that, it was this SOLO song rendered by him, in the year 1967, which became a hit and helped boost his credentials and status in the film industry.

Song : mEDanTE mEDaa kaadU, gooDanTE gooDU kaadu
Film : Sukhadukhaalu (1967)
Music : SP.Kothandapani
Lyrics: Devulapalli Krishna Sastry
Playback: S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
Cast for the song: Chandramohan, Vanisree
Others in the movie: SV Ranga Rao, Ramakrishna, Haranath, Jayalalitha, Ramana Reddy


This movie was directed by K.Balachander. This was a remake of his Tamil hit film “Major Chandrakanth”.

There is a background story as to how our SPB got the chance for this song. This detail was featured in one of the websites and below is the story.

S.P. Balasubrahmanyam shares details about his first solo hit experiences:
Intially Kondandapani gaaru wants Mohammed Rafi to sing the song mEDanTE mEDaa kaadU..., but then due to issues with accent, he decided to go with Ghantasala gaaru. The 'muhoortam' of the film Sukhadukhaalu was to start with a song recording with Ghantasaala. Ghantasaala got sick and sent word that he could not come. The producer, Raghava, was furious with music director Kodandapani and others that this was allowed to happen on the muhoortam day. Kodandapani approached Raghava and suggested that there was a young man in the studio that can sing the song and if Raghava approves, the recording can proceed.
Raghava listened to SPB rendering the song mEDanTE mEDaa kaadU... and agreed for him to sing the song for the film. (Kodandapani gave SPB his first break in Sree Sree Sree Maryaada Ramanna, and SPB hung out with him a lot, working as an assistant. SPB named his recording studio and his film company after Kodandapani.) The Tamil film has music by Kumar who worked only once with KB. But the songs are all time great hits. But Kodandapani has used his own tunes for this film which is also a great musical hit.


Lyrics not available for this song and hence I am posting only the song.

GO AHEAD & LISTEN TO A VINTAGE SPB VOICE. The voice has a strong resemblence to that of Ghantasala Master and also his style of diction is different as compared to later years. Was he imitating the Master in those early years based on some pressure???. It appears so. I am not sure.

Please click on the link below to go the ESNIPS website wherein the song will be played automatically

http://www.esnips.com/doc/ddc4e4d9-84cc-4916-a663-1dc3b4afdb90/MedanteMedaKadu-SukhaDukhallu

Friday, June 29, 2007

padaiththAnE brahma dEvan....The GREAT SPB-yai



Dear SPB Fans,

The presentation for the day is of a song very close to our SPB’s heart when it comes to his association with the Music Director V.Kumar, a great composer in the late 60s & 70s.

Song : padaiththAnE brahma dEvan….
Film : ellOrum nallavarE (1975)
Music : V.Kumar
Singer : SPB
Lyrics : Pulavar Pulamaipithan
Actors : Muthuraman, Lokesh, Manjula, Jayanthi and Major Sundararajan


I had seen this song in the film in the year of its release and heard it a few times after that but not often. A few years back, there was a singing contest "Raja Geetham" (further episodes of this program is still going on Sundays at 12:00noon) conducted by RAJ TV and anchored by Abdul Hameed of Radio Ceylon fame After the preliminaries, the quarters & the semis, was the finals. Eminent persons were invited to judge the contestants. Our SPB was one of the judges. Having him as the judge and not making him sing a few songs would have been a sin and luckily RAJ TV did not commit one. The finals started off with a few opening songs by our SPB. I remember the program quite well. He sang one song each of the music directors who were close to his heart. I remember him singing “rAganagal padhinAru…” of MSV’s composition and then I remember this song in discussion “padaithanE brahma dEvan…” of V.Kumar’s composition. He had a few good words for Kumar’s composition and he mentioned about this song when he discussed about him and said it was close to his heart in terms of its composition beauty and then sang it too. It was a heavenly experience to listen to his singing. Now, recently when I came into contact with this song again, on the NET, I was reminded of that event and thought I should present this song with the incident.

My own recollection of the song in the film is that “Muthuraman & Manjula are newly married and they are in a decorated room on their first night together. And Muthuraman presents his thoughts about her in the form of this song”.

The lyrics too, bring out the attributes of the lady, in terms of describing her beauty and the delightful havoc it is creating in the Man, she had married.

LYRICS :

padaithanE brahmadEvan
padhinAru vayathu kOlam

padaithanE brahmadEvan
padhinAru vayathu kOlam
ithu yAr meethu pazhivAngum sOthanai
unai kAnbOrku sugamAna vEdhanai
padaithanE brahmadEvan
padhinAru vayathu kOlam

antha kannadi nee pArkum kannadiya ?
illai un mEni athu pArkum kannadiya ?
nee indri vAnathil nilavEthadi -- adhu
unai pAdum thAlAtu neelambari...

ithu yAr meethu pazhivAngum sOthanai
unai kAnbOrku sugamAna vEdhanai

padaithanE brahmadEvan
padhinAru vayathu kOlam

unnai ravivarman kAnamal pOnanadi
antha rathi mAran kandAlum tholainthAnadi

unnai ravivarman kAnamal pOnanadi
antha rathi mAran kandAlum tholainthAnadi

idhu kOdiyil oruthiku vAikindrathu
athu kOdAna kOdiyai yEikindrathu
oru arul vEndi... nAn kEtpEn... thEvanai
ini thinondhOrum varavEndum suga vEthanai..

padaithanE brahmadEvan
padhinAru vayathu kOlam
ithu yAr meethu pazhivAngum sOthanai
unai kAnbOrku sugamAna vEdhanai

padaithanE brahmadEvan
padhinAru vayathu kOlam



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Thursday, June 28, 2007

SPB's First Malayalam Song "ee kadalum maru ..."


.......Devarajan .......Vayalar Ramavarma

Dear SPB Fans,

Recently, I had posted our SPB's first Kannada song. Today's posting is of a song which is HIS first Malayalam song

song : ee kadalum maru kadalum .....
film : kadalpaalam (1969)
music : Devarajan
Lyricist: Vayalar Ramavarma
Actors : Bahadur, Adoor Bhasi, Jayabharati, Prem Nazir, Sathyan (Double role)

As I am not familiar with this song, I am not able to present details about it. However, the lyrics appear to be thought provoking and inspite of my ignorance of Malayalam I am able to understand the lyrics to some extent (based on similarity of some words with that of Tamil words). It seems to bring out the essence that one is able to find only people identified as Hindus, Muslims, Christians & so on and not as plain human beings.

I came across an article in THE HINDU dated 15 Feb 2006 which is about a concert by our SPB at Tutucorin on 12 Feb 2006. From this, it seems he had sung the song in discussion. Following are the words drawn from the article "He became emotional when he sang `Ee Kadalum Maru Kadalum..' from the Malayalam movie `Kadalpaalam'. "The lines are so meaningful and are much relevant today when human values are facing a degradation," he pointed out to the crowd.

LYRICS :

Ee kadalum maru kadalum bhoomiyum maanavum kadannu
Eerezhu pathinaalu lokangal kanaan ividunnu ponavare
Avide manushyanundo avide mathangalundo
Ee kadalum maru kadalum bhoomiyum maanavum kadannu
Eerezhu pathinaalu lokangal kanaan ividunnu ponavare

Ivide manushyan jeevichirunnathaay ithihaasangal nuna paranju
Eeswarane kandu ibileesine kandu ithu vare manushyane kandilla
Kandilla kandilla manushyane kandilla

Ee kadalum maru kadalum bhoomiyum maanavum kadannu
Eerezhu pathinaalu lokangal kanaan ividunnu ponavare

Ivide samathwam poovittirunnathaay veruthe mathangal nuna paranju
Hinduvine kandu musalmaane kandu ithu vare manushyane kandilla
Kandilla kandilla manushyane kandilla

Ee kadalum maru kadalum bhoomiyum maanavum kadannu
Eerezhu pathinaalu lokangal kanaan ividunnu ponavare


I am not able to find the original song track and hence i am embedding Video Link which links to an Video format of the song sung by SPB recently in some program for ASIANET Telivision. Please click on the Play button. Please ignore the message displayed on the video screen and just click on the screen which will take you to the "YouTube" site where the song will be played automatically.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

An SPB-KJY duet :: en kaadhali yaar sollava





Dear SPB Fans,

Here is a unique combo number by two of the greatest playback singers of Indian Cinema, the two MUSIC DOCTORS – Dr.K.J.Yesudoss & Dr.S.P.Balasubrahmanyam. By posting this song, I must be inviting the wrath of our COVAI RAVEE because he had already started a campaign of posting male duet songs of our SPB with other singers and he had already posted some numbers in the Tamil Blog. This song might have been on his proposed list for posting. But, I could not resist the temptation of posting this number which had been at the back of my mind for quite some time. So, with due apologies to RAVEE, I am posting this song. (Dear Ravee, please accept my apologies)

Song : en kaadhali yaar sollava …..
Film : thangathilE vairam (1975)
Music : Shankar-Ganesh
Singers : KJY & SPB
Actors : Sivakumar, KamalHaasan, Jayachitra & Sripriya

While the MEDICAL DOCTORS are primarily bent on taking care of the anatomy, our MUSIC DOCTORS are doing royal service attending to the minds & souls of the masses to relieve them of their tensions, stress & blood pressures through their soulful rendering.

Medical Doctors are awarded doctorship after completion of 5 or 6 years of academics consisting of one year Internship. But, our MUSIC DOCTORS had to toil through years & years of internship (performances) before being conferred the Title.

This song happens to be the first duet sung by these DOCTORS who were in their internship stage during the year 1975.

This is a stage song featured on Sivakumar & KamalHaasan who play brothers in the film. KJY sings for SK and SPB for KH. This song is bubbling with our SPB’s enthusiasm and improvisations which is a must for a song of this type. He has been given the chance to render lot of English phrases in this song and he does it quite happily and enthusiastically too. KJY’s is a very composed rendition and he does not attempt anything extra. The song sounds very pleasant in their mellifluous voices.

Shankar-Ganesh’s composition needs to be lauded abundantly. It provides the right mood and great swing to the song. The starting music of the song seems to resemble some Hindi number (not sure?). The interlude is also great before the charanam and the song continues without a break thereafter with many English phrases voiced by our SPB and finally ends up as a song with only one charanam. Our SPB ends the song with lot of improvisations on the words. While listening to this song, I am reminded of the “Yadhon ki Bharat…” Hindi song as it gives similar feel.

The other KJY-SPB songs that come to my mind are “maama maama en paarthE..”, “irandu kaigal naanganaal….”, “kaattukuyilu manasukkulla…”. I am not sure if there are any other songs in their combo. Can any one add to this list?

LYRICS :

SPB : 1-2-3 1-2-3

KJY: en kaadhali yaar sollava
isai ennum peNN allava
raaga thaaLangaLil, nalla bhaavangaLil
naan kondaadum kaNN allava

SPB: en naayagi naan sollava,
nadamaadum silai allava
neela nayangaLil, konjum naLiNangaLil,
naan kondaadum kalai allava

(sound of applause and whistle)

SPB: iLa nenjam kai thaaLam pOdum
narai mudi konda thalai kooda aadum

KJY :my song will provoke the feelings of the folks

SPB: yeah thats true hahahaha
padhinaaru niraiyaadha paedai

KJY:ingu manam irundhaal varavendum
naan aadum maedai

SPB: pakka thuNai irundhaal
perugaadhO aanandha Odai

both:perugaadho anandha Odai

SPB: hai baby come to the stage huh

girl:me?

SPB: thats good
come on dont hesitate why dont u dance with me?


SPB : inamendrum mozhi endrum baedham
endrum illadha kalai dhaanay geetham

SPB: music has got no language no caste no creed

sure sure!!!(cheers cheers????)

SPB: then forget your age mummy, rush to the stage

SPB :varavEndum vayaadhana maadhu

KJY :andha ilamaiyilae aadaadha aattangaL aedhu

SPB : indru mudhumaiyilae pazhangaala ninaivOdu aadu

both:pazhangaala ninaivOdu aadu

KJY:en kaadhali yaar sollava
isai ennum peNN allava
raaga thaalangaLil, nalla bhaavangaLil
naan kondaadum kaNN allava

SPB: en nayagi naan sollava,
nadamaadum silai allava
neela nayangaLil, konjum naliNangaLil,
naan kondaadum kalai allava



en kaathali yaar s...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

paniyum naanE ...... from panimalar



Dear SPB Fans,

This is a melodious composition from the Shankar-Ganesh duo.

song : paniyum naanE malarum neeyE ....
film : panimalar (1981)
music : Shankar-Ganesh
singers : SPB & Jency
lyrics : Muthulingam


This song I happened to come across now, nearly after 25 years. This song has some fine nuances by our SPB and some great humming at a few places and also towards the end with Jency accompanying him aptly. Jency, inspite of her nasal tone, had given many melodious numbers under the baton of ILayaRaja and for Shankar-Ganesh she has rendered a few as well. She reigned supreme in the late 70s and early 80s when ILayaRaja used her a lot but midway in the 80s, he seemed to have deserted her for whatever reason.

This song was featured on Ravinder & Madhavi. The song has been shot in beautiful natural locations. Lot of overlapping of images has been done in the making of this song. Overall a delightful tune. I read somewhere that this may have been a lifted tune from Hindi but no one is sure. Anyway it sounds pleasant to the ears. So, please enjoy listening to it. Both audio & Video versions have been provided. Please choose to your liking.

Can any of the fans please explain what is meant by "paNdavar poo pOl" appearing in the second charanam ?

Lyrics :

paniyum naanE malarum neeyE
paruva raagam paaduvOm
thithikkum muththangaL
santhikkum kannangaL
senththamizh santhangaL
sinthattum, haaan
thithikkum muththangaL
santhikkum kannangaL
senththamizh santhangaL
sinthattum mmm

paniyum neeyE malarum naanE
paruva raagam paaduvOm
thithikkum muththangaL
santhikkum kannangaL
senththamizh santhangaL
sinthattum
thithikkum muththangaL
santhikkum kannangaL
senththamizh santhangaL
sinthattum

chithtira sOlai
senthaen vaazhai
sinthaiyil aagum kaathal thOgai
mannavan maarbil maalai aagattum
chithtira sOlai
senthaen vaazhai
sinthaiyil aagum kaathal thOgai
mannavan maarbil maalai aagattum
maNam tharum
en thegam unnOdu
thinam thinam
nee kaathal neeraada
maNam tharum
en thegam unnOdu
thinam thinam
nee kaathal neeraada
hey karpanai thaeril
arbutha vaanil
sOrgamum pOi varuvOm
varuvOm
varuvOm
varuvOm

paniyum neeyE
malarum naanE
paruva raagam paaduvOm

ha ha na na....

la la …..

mangala mangai
rathiyin thangai
sangamam aaha vanthaaL inge
gangaiyai pOle inbam pongattum
mangala mangai
rathiyin thangai
sangamam aaha vanthaaL inge
gangaiyai pOle inbam pongattum
suham
tharum
un paarvai poonkaattru
itham
tharum
un vaarththai thaalaattu
suham
tharum
un paarvai poonkaattru
itham
tharum
un vaarththai thaalaattu - haan
paNdavar poo pOl
sangathi serththaal
kaviyam pala thOndrum
thOndrum
thOndrum
thOndrum

paniyum naane
malarum neeye
paruva raagam paaduvOm
thithikkum muththangaL
santhikkum kannangaL
senththamizh santhangaL
sinthattum

la la laala …..pa pa pa.. la la la..






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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ennodu Paattu Paadungal - Episode dated 26.05.2007

Dear SPB Fans,

I am glad to bring to you all one of the previous pending episodes (Episode No.19)-EPP-26.05.07 (courtesy : Covai Ravee for the audio file links).


This episode started off with a fresh set of 6 contestants who will continue in the next episode also.

Our SPB welcomed the contestants, the audience and the chief judge.

Details of this episode as follows :

Kural for the Episode :

(KuraL no.65)

மக்கள்மெய் தீண்டல் உடற்கின்பம் மற்று அவர்
சொற்கேட்டல் இன்பம் செவிக்கு.

Children's touch delights the body
Sweet to ears are their words lovely

Our SPB explains this as follows "VaLLuvar says there are only two types of joy. One is touching a child's tender body and embracing the child which gives joy to our body. The other is hearing their talk which gives joy to the mind. All other types of joys are trivial, he says" . So let us give the next generation a beautiful world to live in, like we received from our parents, our SPB said.

Introduction of the Chief Guest / Judge by SPB:
Our SPB introduced & welcomed the Chief Guest Mr. Aadhi who was a renowned guitar & mandolin player. He has played for many of the South Indian Music Directors namely M.S.Viswanathan, K.V.Mahadevan, V.Kumar (TAMIL), Satyam, Chakravarthy (TELUGU), Rajan Nagendra (KANNADA), Devaraj (MALAYALAM)..... and was their pet musician. For the past few years, he has been serving as the Secretary of the South Indian Film Musician Union. He is trying to earn opportunities for manual instrumental players to work with the current set of music directors in the current technology driven scenario.


First Round of the Contest (melody songs as per the contestant's choice": The list of songs of this contest were,
1) aagaaya vennilaave...... from arangEtra vElai (Dr.KJY & Uma Ramanan)
The contestant was Renu. SPB praised the contestant abundantly saying that all parameters namely rhythm & sruthi were good. However, he advised her to sing with a little bit more involvement to make it more beautiful.



2) aanandha raagam.... from panneer pushpangal (Uma Ramanan)
Sharanya Subramaniam rendered this song. Our SPB said to the contestant that even though the start was a bit shaky she had made up later. He said the reason was that most of girls singing today, even professionals, are singing in false voice. He told the contestant that above a particular range she had started singing in a false voice without knowing it. He demonstrated the difference between singing in a false voice and natural voice (open voice) by singing a few lines of the song himself. He requested the contestant to enjoy while singing. He said that everyone makes mistakes. He was modest enough to accept that he too had made lot of mistakes during recording and had received scoldings from the music directors. The main thing was to learn from one's mistake and eliminate it in futrue, he said. Subsequently, the permanent judge ManoBala chipped in saying that eventhough Uma Ramanan had sung less number of songs, all of them were hits and he himself along with other directors like Manivannan used to request for atleast one song by her in their earlier films so that the film runs well. This view was also shared by SPB.


3) unnai ninaikkavE...... from Jay Jay (Reshmi)
Lakshmi Priya rendered this song. Immediately after the song, our SPB asked the Chief Guest Aadhi to elaborate about his efforts to find work for yesteryear manual musicians in recording of a song in this electronic era. He said that 70~75% of the manual musicians are without work nowadays and he was trying his best to bring in a situation where the current crop of new music directors would use them for film music inspite of the modern electronic gadgets available which had rendered them jobless. ManoBala expressed similar thoughts on this.



4) vizhigalin aruginil.... from azhagiya theeyE (Ramesh Vinayagam)
Venkataraman sang this song. Our SPB paid abundant compliments to the contestant saying that he had excellent breath management and also that all parameters were quite good along with the way of presentation. He also mentioned that his voice sounded closer to the original singer Ramesh Vinayagam. If that was by nature then he said it was OK but if it was an imitation, he advised against it. Then he had a few words about Ramesh Vinayagam whom he said was a good composer having his own style. SPB said that Ramesh's first album was with himself (SPB) and it was really good music by him. He also sang well but was not oriented towards it. But unfortunately he was not doing much films due to whatever reasons, he said. He also spoke about the lyricist Kavi Varman, who works for a bank, who had penned the lyrics for this song. He said that his style was good and he never used an indecent word in the lyrics. He also revealed that the Ennodu Paattu Paadungal title song was by him. He requested Kavi Varman to continue in his own style without comprimising.

5) ennuLLE engO .... from rosaappoo ravikkaikkaaree (Vani Jayaram)
SivaSakthi sang this song. This time the chief guest Aadhi expressed his comments to the contestant. He said that her voice was good but she had to take care of Sruthi which was faltering at a few places. He stressed on the importance of sruthi. Our SPB also chipped in saying that when reaching higher note her pitch was getting reduced by a quarter note. He told some examples to explain about Sruthi.


6) malligai en mannan........ from theerkka sumangali (Vani Jayaraman)
Ranjani sang this song. Our SPB said to the contestant that she should have the song with 1/2 note lesser as she was struggling a bit at higher notes. He said that it was not a rule to sing in the original sruthi it was recorded. Ranjani replied that she had sung at a lesser note only, but still, our SPB suggested she could have lowered it by 1/2 a note to sing comfotably. He also said her rendition had some shades of carnatic flavour coming in which he said she should avoid while singing light music songs. Likewise while singing Carnatic songs light music shades should not appear, he said. Balancing the two was quite difficult which only a few were able to do, he confirmed. He citied examples of Yesudas, Unnikrishnan & Vani Jayaram who inspite of being basically carnatic musicians took care not to mix it up when singing light music. He sang the portion of the song where the contestant had tried to sing with more brigas and sangadhis like a carnatic singer which he said was not required for a song of this type as it would spoil the effect of the song. It has to be used only to the extent required for light music songs. He asked her to remember these two points for improvement. He said that she had a wonderful voice and was also singing openly unlike the present singers who are singing in false voice. She was not singing in false voice which is a good characteristic, he said. He also told her that striking the right balance between carnatic & light music was in her hands and that it does not come by teaching. The contestant replied that she would try to do her best to which our SPB said that she will do it as nothing is impossible. He said everything was in her hands and he further complimented her saying that present day singers like her had better IQ than the previous generations and that they absorbed anything faster like camphor catching fire instantaneously. He said that he himself took many rehearsals to perfect a song. He then went into his past experience of recording a song during those days when he said recording was done only on a single track for all the instrument players and singers and also that there used to be no air conditioning and that musicians used to sweat such that they removed their shirts off. Inspite of all that good songs were recorded, he said. The situation has changed a lot now, he said. He finally thanked the contestant for having presented a good song.

Message from our SPB :
"In the previous weeks I had talked about people criticising the cricketers for their bad performances & passing insulting comments on them. But, we ourselves fail to do simple things. We are not supposed to smoke in public places but we find lot of people smoking. In trains, people smoke in the toilets and even in aircrafts people attempt smoking. When we ourselves are not able to control these small weakness on our part what right have we got to criticize others. Cigeratte smoking does not only affect oneself but also has bad influence on others. So, please smoke only at designated places. This is an indication of being cultured. One does not have the right to spoil others' health, so abstain from smoking in public places "



SPB song :
Our SPB concluded the episode by singing one of his all time great songs which is a creation of M.S.Viswanathan - Kannadasan duo "vaan nila nila ...." from the Tamil film "pattina pravesam"





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Monday, June 18, 2007

aaja meri jaan kaha tha tune sanam


hi spb fans,

todays post is a greatest ever melody by our guruji. If it would have been released at that time, it would have been a super-duperhit song for SPB in Hindi.


I found this information on RDburam yahoo group.
"AA JA MERI JAAN WAS NOT MOVIE PLANNED FOR RD. IT WAS ANURADHA WHICH HAS GIVEN HIM OFFER TO COMPOSE AN ALBUM FOR HER FEATURING 8 DUETS.THERE WERE 4 SINGERS SELECTED TO ACCOMPNAY HER.
THEY WERE SPB, AMIT KUMAR, SHAILENDRA SINGH AND DANNY DENZOPPA(!!! REMEMBER HE HAS SUNG FOR RD PREVIOULY ALSO). hOWEVER THEN CASSATE COMPANY SIT ON THOSE SONGS AND THEY WERE NOT RELEASED.

ONE OF THE SONG WAS AAJA MERI JAAN WHICH WAS USED AS TITLE FOR MOVIE
FEATURING THE HORRIBLE HERO KISHEN KUMAR. ONLY FOR LAUCHING RD SONG
WAS USED . I REMEMBER SEEING IT ON CHITRAHAAR BUT LATER ALL SONGS WERE
DONE BY AMAR UTPAL.

tHE SONG AAJA MEI JAAN SUNG BY SPB AND ANURADHA IS BASED ON MUSICAL PIECE iNFACT RD HAS USED THIS TUNE FOR BEGALI PUJA SONG WHICH SPB LIKED AND
COPIED IN TAMIL. SO WHEN rd USED THIS TUNE AGAIN IN HINDI HE CALLED
SPB FOR SINGING!!!

(http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/pancham/message/1470 )

I am posting its original version in which SPB is singing with Anuradha Paudwal & also its Live concert version in which Chitra is singing with HIM.

Enjoy !!


aajaaaa
aajaa meri jaan...,
kaha tha tune sanam,juda na honge hum,
dil naa maane jaane tu hai kahaaaa


Aayi aayi aayi aayi ...
baahon mein teri, zindagi meri
o mere saathi chhod ke tujhe jaoongi kaha
tu hai jahaa main hoon waha

aaja , aaja meri jaan
na kar aise sitam, kasam teri kasam
dil naa maane jaane tu hai kahaaaa


aajaaaa aajaa meri jaan...,

kaha tha tune sanam,juda na honge hum,
dil naa maane jaane tu hai kahaaaa















Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ennodu Paattu Paadungal - Episode dated 19.05.2007

Dear SPB Fans,

I am glad to bring to you one of the previous episodes -EPP-19.05.07 (18th episode) (courtesy : Covai Ravee for the audio file links).

This episode was a continuation of the episode dated 12.05.07 with the same set of 6 contestants.
The chief judge for the previous episode was Sound Engineer & Recordist HMV Raghunath and he also continued his presence for this concluding episode of the contest.

Details of the program as follows :

Our SPB welcomed everyone.

Kural for the Episode :

(Kural No.435)

வருமுன்னர்க் காவாதான் வாழ்க்கை எரிமுன்னர்

வைத்தூறு போலக் கெடும்.

Who fails to guard himself from flaw

Loses his life like flame-lit straw

Our SPB explains it as follows : Prevention is better than Cure. Guarding oneself against eventualities is better. This is what VaLLuvar tells us through this kuraL. Vaccinating a child against diseases, rain harvesting to prevent water scarcity, doing meditation to overcome anger - all these are the acts of smart people. If we are not smart, we tend to become like straw kept near a fire, we will be consumed by it. Prevention is better than Cure. Please don't treat this kuraL just a formality for the program, if one follows it, life will become better.

First Round of this Episode (second round of the contest):

As detailed in the previous posts, this round features fast paced or peppy or rhythm-oriented numbers chosen by the contestants themselves.

The list of songs of this round were,
1) kAla kAla murattu...... from manidhan (SPB & SP.Shailaja)
The contestant was Sharanya Easwaran. He advised the contestant to take care of her Sruthi parameters as she was deviating quite often from the notes.

2) injiringO injiringO.... from thenAli (Chitra & Kamal)
Megha sang this song. SPB advised the singer to develop stamina so that she could render sustained notes. Raghu praised the contestant and said that she sounded very promising in this type of song and wished her well for the future.

3) aadippaaru mangaaththa...... from may mAdham

Charumathi rendered this song. He praised the contestant for her singing and advised her to sing more openly.

4) vai raaja vai.... from pancha thanthiram (Shalini & Sreenivas)
Vandhana rendered this. He lauded the contestant abundantly. He said that she was singing with an open voice which is quite welcome. He advised her not to attempt singing in false voice like most of the present day singers are doing. He recommended false voice only wherever it was absolutely necessary or unavoidable for a song otherwise he wanted her to maintain her identity.

5) kaakka karuppu.... (Anitha)
Bhavatharani Ram sang this song. Our SPB was curious to know from the contestant if the character singing the song in the movie was an Anglo-Indian or so. She was not sure. Raghu told that it was a mentally retarded person in the movie. Our SPB felt that the diction at many places were not correct. Even if the original singer, due to lack of knowledge of the langauge, had sung it like that, he advised contestants to sing it correctly when they are presenting it. He was worried that langauge was not given the importance nowadays and felt that this would lead to detoriation. Sometimes, he said, persons take even 15 days to write such lyrics. Only sound was given importance with the words taking a back seat. He told that contestant that it was not her fault but asked her to pronounce the words correctly if she knew it.

6) vaseegara........ from minnalE (Bombay Jayashree)
Amrita sang this song. He complimented the contestant for having chosen a good song and singing it comfortably


Final Round of the contest :
This round featured songs which the contestants had to identify from the tune/rhythm pattern rendered by our SPB which was from a collection of songs submitted by the contestant during audition. The songs under this category were

1) vaan polE vannam.... from salangai oli (contestant : Sharanya Easwaran): Our SPB had a few words for the contestant regarding diction.

2) malarndhum malaraadha..... from pAsa malar (contestant : Megha) : SPB talked about this great composition. He said that it would be an eternal one that will be listened to, by future generation also. When one thinks of love between a brother & sister, only the film "pAsa malar" comes to mind, he said. He was in awe of the acting of Sivaji & Savithri in this film. He said that people used to come out of the theatres with tears pouring down from their eyes after seeing this movie. Such a great film it was.

3) thoda thoda ....from indrA (contestant : Charumathi): Our SPB rendered a whistling portion of the song for the contestant to identify. He later told that A.R.Rehman himself had whistled in the song.

4) O Butterfly .... from Meera (contestant : Vandhana) : Our SPB advised the contestant on sustaining voice at the higher notes. He also said her tempo was a bit slow for the song and asked her to take care. he demonstrated by singing a few lines.

5) rambambam.... from Michael Madhana Kaamaraajan (contestant : Bhavatharani Ram) : He called for more josh on the part of the contestant for this song and he demonstrated it by singing a few lines himself.

6) guruvaayur appa......from pudhu pudhu arthangal (contestant : Amrita): SPB called for a bit more involvement in singing by the contestant.

The competition came to end with this round. All the three - our SPB, the chief judge HMV-Raghu and ManoBala came on to the stage. Our SPB thanked the chief judge for having participated in the program and felt that Raghu had given the contestants lot of information including the technicalities of music. He further praised Raghu stating that in those days when punching method was not available, he used to record on a quarter inch tape. He had recorded the Suprabhatham of MSS amma, Bhagavath Geetha by Ghantasala, Sivasthuthu by SPB . He had also tried joining of tapes to provide a seamless effect. He has recorded almost all playback singers like Susheelamma, Janakiamma, Seergazhi Govindarajan ....and all Carnatic singers. He was a much sought-after sound engineer from all quarters and was quite busy even now at this age. He also knew many languages and spokes them perfectly. SPB thanked him and presented him with a memento on behalf of the organisors and asked him to say a few words. He thanked him for having come over inspite of his busy schedule.

The chief judge Raghu said he was in awe of the present day upcoming contestants saying that they handled lot of activities at one time like concentrating on their studies, learning carnatic music and also participating in light music contests and so on. He wished them all the very best.

Then our SPB delivered his message for the episode.

Message from our SPB :
The message for this episode was "from the newspaper we learn that the water table is at a higher & confortable level now in Chennai. This was due to the rain harvesting. If this had not been done, we would have ended up buying water or use technology to recycle used water which anyhow will not be like the original"

Announcement of the Contest Winner :

ManoBala, the permanent judge, announced the scores as follows :(based on shruthi, thaalam, bhaavam & performance)

Sharanya Easwaran : 190, Megha : 199, Vandhana: 182, Bhavatharani Ram: 165, Amrita: 185, Charumathi : 213

ManoBala announced Charumathi as the Winner based on the highest score of 213 that she had scored. Charumathi was asked to express her feelings at having emerged the winner. She said that after ILayaRaja, she adored SPB a lot and was happy to be with him. She was happy to have come from Malaysai and made her country and the Tamilians there proud by winning this contest

SPB song :
Charumathi then joined our SPB to sing the song "thoda thoda malardhadhenna....." from "Indira" thus accomplishing a life time dream. She indeed combined well with the Legend to come out with a good performance. Our SPB ended the song in his usual style singing some lines from the Hindi version of this song.

The next episode after this was on 26.05.07 with a fresh set of 6 contestants and a new chief guest/judge. Please wait for the posting on the next episode (episode no. 19)






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Thursday, June 14, 2007

paagal dil mera - aaja meri jaan (Hindi)


Dear SPB Fans,

As I was very bsy with my new job, I Could not get time to post a song on this
blog. I feel very very sorry for that.

After a long time, i m posting one Love song "Paagal Dil Mera" from Movie - "Aaja meri jaan". A very very beautiful song from a superflop movie staarring kishan Kumar (gulshan kumar,s brother & now owner of T-Series cassette company.)

Music was composed by RDBurman & also recorded 1 song with SPB. But after that some things went wrong between RDB & Gulshan Kumar, & Amar-Utpal got hte chance to compose for the same movie. The song composed by RDB & sung by SPB could not be released at that time.
If it would have been released at that time, it would have been a super hit song of SPB in Hindi.

i will post that song in my next posting.


This song is one of my favourite song. & i hope u all will Love that song.


enjoy !!

Song - Paagal Dil Mera
Movie Name : Aaja Meri Jaan
Year : 1993
Producer :Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.
Director : Ketan Anand
Cast : Taniya Singh, Kishan Kumar
Music Director : Amar-Utpal



paagal dil mera, tumse yeh keh raha
ab to tere bina raha jayenaa..

aaja meri jaan tumse hai pyar,
aaja mere paaas aa, mujhko chura


hum tere pyar mein kuchh aise kho gaye
kehte hai log hum deewane ho gaye
jaan-e-jaa tumne kya jaadu sa kar diya
dil mera pyar mein beqaboo kar diya

aaja meri jaan tumse hai pyar,
aaja mere paaas aa, mujhko chura

paagal dil mera, tumse yeh keh raha
ab to tere bina raha jayenaa..


thi khabar yeh hamein, kabhi to milenge
raah mein pyar ke phool khilenge
gaa rahi hai dhadkane ek nagmaa pyar ka
jhoom ke paagal hua mausam bahaar kaa

aaja meri jaan tumse hai pyar,
aaja mere paaas aa, mujhko chura

paagal dil mera, paagal dil mera...
tumse yeh keh raha, tumse yeh keh raha..
ab to tere bina , ab to tere bina...
raha jayenaa, raha jayenaa..
aaja meri jaan , aaja meri jaan...
tumse hai pyar,tumse hai pyar...
aaja mere paaas aa, aaja mere paaas aa..
mujhko chura, mujhko chura.....

paagal dil mera, tumse yeh keh raha
ab to tere bina raha jayenaa..







First Kannada Song by our SPB

Dear SPB Fans,

Today's posting is about the first Kannada song rendered by our SPB. History has it that he is the only singer who made debut in three languages namely Telugu, Kannada & Malayalam in a very short period.

As many of you might be aware, his first song was for the Telugu film "Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna" and the song was "Emi Ee vintha mohamu" in which he sang with stalwarts like P.B.Srinivas, P.Susheela & Raghuramiah. That was on Dec 15, 1966.

Immediately in the year 1967, he made his debut in both Kannada & Malayalam.

The Kannada debut was also with P.Susheela (He also sang his first Tamil song with PS later in 1969). So, our SPB had the distinction of making his debut in three langauges with PS - a remarkable debut indeed.

Now the details of his first Kannada song

Song : kanasidO nanasidO ....
Movie: Nakkare Ade Swarga (1967)
Music: M.Ranga Rao
Lyrics: Vijayanarasimha
Singers: SPB, P.Susheela

I think the actors in the movie were Narasimnha Raju & Jayanthi, but i am not sure. Maybe Kannada fans can confirm this.

Just listen to the blossoming SPB voice, so youthful in tone and velvet in rendering. It appears to have some shades of Ghantasala & PBS tone mixed with his own. This is a lovely duet & also pacy in composition, with PS' voice very very sweet. Our SPB would have been just 20 years of age and how effortlessly he has rendered the song like a seasoned singer in a youthful voice.

Go ahead, enjoy listening to a beauty


LYRICS :

kanasidO nanasidO
muguda manada bisi bayakeyO
idu ciguru hareya seLevo
ciguru hareya seLevo (kanasi)

iLidu baMdaLo bhAgya dEvate
jaladhA..re rUpa tALute
heNNu manasu halavu dinasu
eMdu dhAre tiLisitu
caMcalate heNNa hesaro
caMcalate heNNa hesaro (kanasi)

seLeye maiyali saleye niMdide
idu EnI amara sAdhane
olavu taMda gelaviniMda
amara daivI sAdhane
idu madhura hRudaya phalavo
idu madhura hRudaya phalavo (kanasi)

nAci svargave illi baMdire
aha nA..ri keMda tAvare
praNaya gIte modala sAlu
muttinaMthA nuDigaLu
idu doreye sudheya samavo
idu doreye sudheya samavo (kanasi)




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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

appappa thithikkum.... (nam SPB voice)




Dear SPB Fans,

Let me now present to you ALL, a fast & peppy number by the IR-SPB combo.

SONG : appapaa thithikkum…
FILM :
Jappaanil Kalyanaraman (1985)
SINGERS :
SPB (+ Special Humming by Dr.Kalyan (?) I think)
MD : "Maesto" ILayaRaja

This is a western type tribute from the Maestro. He has used lot of blow instruments in this song to give strange and weird effects. A real peppy and bouncy treat. Add to that, our SPB freaking out totally. IR must have given a free rope to our SPB to do whatever he wanted in this song and our Legend has shown that there are no limits for improvisations. To start with, a lovely humming, a fitting prelude to the song and then improvisations within the song phrases modulating his voice in different ways and once again great humming before the first charanam along with another person humming non-stop with him (i think this other person must be Dr.Kalyan (not sure about the name) who has used his humming skills in a few songs that i have heard eg. in the film "kiLinjalgal"). The song ends with a husky touch from the Great. A complete freak-out indeed.

The song was picturised on Kamal & Radha and i think the location was around Japan. I remember both of them going about on a boat during this song and i think it was shot in a night setting with lot of lights around.

Now, listen to this song and dance around

LYRICS :

appapaa thithikkum undhan mutham pon mutham
moatchangal siththikkum ingu nitham Yen vetkam
anandham kedaikatum pearinbam pirakattum
iLamaiku selavu irukatum ha
inimaikku varavu nadakatum
hey iLamaiku selavu irukatum ha
inimaikku varavu nadakatum
appapaa thithikum undhan mutham pon mutham
moatchangal siththikkum ingu nitham Yen vetkam

indhira ulagamum chandhira ulagamum
idhu than hey ithu dhan
manmadha nilavugaL sammadham tharuvadhum
sugam than ha sugam than
meanagai enn naatiyam
paarthadhal maraindhaL
oorvasi sila naatkaLai enn thoALgalil irundhaL
iravuku yedhu varaimurai hey
iLamaiku vendaam vidumurai

appapaa thithikum undhan mutham pon mutham
moatchangal siththikkum ingu nitham Yen vetkam
anandham kedaikatum pearinbam pirakattum
iLamaiku selavu irukatum ha
inimaikku varavu nadakatum
iLamaiku selavu irukatum hey
inimaikku varavu nadakatum

vaalibam irupadhum vaazkayai rasipathum
sila naaL hey sila naaL
athargaL poosiya sithargaL maraipathu
ethanAl ha ethanAl
kaadhaloA idhamanadhu
kaamaney varugha
vaazhkayO sugamanadhu vaalibam varugha
iLamayin pandhi nadakatum hey
enakoru pangu kidaikatum ha

appapaa thithikum undhan mutham pon mutham
aoatchanGal siththikkum ingu nitham Yen vetkam
Anandham kedaikatum pearinbam pirakkattum
iLamaiku selavu irukatum ha
inimaikku varavu nadakatum
hey iLamaiku selavu irukatum ha
inimaikku varavu nadakatum
appapaa thithikum undhan mutham pon mutham
moatchanGal siththikkum ingu nitham Yen vetkam..




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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

mEdaiyil aadidum melliya poongaatrE.....




Dear SPB Fans,

Here is a posting of a song after a long gap from my side. I thought I should commence again with an old love duet.


SONG : mEdaiyil aadidum .....
FILM : vaNdikkaaran magan (1978)
SINGERS : SPB, Vani Jayaram
MD : M.S.Viswanathan
LYRICS: Vaali


This is an exquisite composition from the Mellisai Mannar MSV. It is a pacy and lively melody with the singers providing the right touches to the lyrics. The first lines of the charanams sung by Vani Jayaram has lot of "zh" based words and her diction is very clear on all these words. Very cute and nice to hear. Our SPB's voice is lovely & great and just puts the words into a melodical swing. Just listen carefully to the last line of the song which our SPB renders. He provides a small pause before the word "aadinaal" adding a great beauty to it.

Kalaignar Karunanidhi joined hands with "Makkal Kalaignar" Jaishankar to make "Vandikkaaran Magan". The film was based on CN Annadurai's story and had fiery dialogues by Kalaignar.

Vandikkaran Magan had in its lead the hit pair of the 70s, Jaishankar and Jayachitra. This song was featured on Jaishankar and Jayachitra.


LYRICS :

mEdaiyil aadidum melliya poongaatrE...
nee aadaiyil aadinaal manmadhan viLaiyaattE (mEdaiyil)
mEnagai pOloru punnagai pudhuppaattE
unn mEniyin saayalO aanandha neerootrE (mEdaiyil)

pazhukka pazhukka rasam pizhiya pizhiya pazham
uLLoora kaLLoora thaLLaadumO...(pazhukka)
kudikka kudikka manam midhakka midhakka dhinam
vaNdaattam koNdaattam uNdaagumO..
Odai meenaada Odum neer vENdum
uravil naanaada oruvan nee vENdum (mEdaiyil)

laalaaaa haa....lalalaaaalaaa

odiya odiya idai neLiya neLiya nadai
ullaasa pallaakkin oorgOlamO...(odiya)
nerunga nerunga mella odhunga odhunga yennum
oodalgaL yuvaraaNi oyyaaramO
maalai idalaamO... manjam varalaamO
sElai thodalaamO... kaigaL padalaamO... (mEdaiyil)

nazhuva nazhuva yennai thazhuva thazhuva varum
viththaigaL kaNNaa unn veLLOttamO
mayakki mayakki pinbu maraiththu maraiththu vaiththal
anbE unn selvaakkin adaiyaaLamO..
kaadhal viLaiyaada kaaval kidaiyaadhO
kaaval thadai pOttaal aaval meeraadhO... (mEdaiyil)




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Ennodu Paattu Paadungal - Episode dated 12.05.2007

Dear SPB Fans,

I am glad to bring to you all one of the previous pending episodes (Episode No.17)-EPP-12.05.07 (courtesy : Covai Ravee for the audio file links).


This episode started off with a fresh set of 6 contestants who will continue in the next episode also.

Our SPB welcomed the contestants, the audience and the chief judge. He thanked all for their encouragement and support in making this program grow in stature week after week.

Details of this episode as follows :

Kural for the Episode :

(KuraL no.100)

இனிய உளவாக இன்னாத கூறல்
கனிஇருப்பக் காய்கவர்ந் தற்று.

Leaving ripe fruits the raw he eats
Who speaks harsh words when sweet word suits

Our SPB explains this as follows "we would have seen children playing on the roadside. Whenever they start fighting, they part with a symbolic "kaaiy" (meaning raw) and then when they unite again they do so with a "pazham" (ripe). "ka" means negative aspect and "pazham" means positive aspect. This is what ThiruvaLLuvar explains as "kaaiy" meaning bad words and "pazham" as good words. When good words are available to speak should we use bad words. So let us use only good words and keep the bad words to a bare minimum and live happily. If so, others will talk about us as honourable persons or artists.

Introduction of the Chief Guest / Judge by SPB:
Our SPB said "In the previous weeks we had popular music directors and musicians as chief guests. This time there is a small difference. We have a sound engineer with us now, who had worked with the musicians. He is not only a sound recordist. He is a music scholar and a music researchist as well. Starting from the old times till the present Unnikrishnan, he has recorded the voices of hundreds of singers. In particular he has the distinction of having recorded the devotional songs of former Chief Minister Jayalalitha. He was the first sound recordist from India to have been selected by the Japanese Government with a scholarship to learn about multi-track systems. As an artist what has he achieved? There are many. He has recorded hundreds of albums. He has introduced some rare raagas in Tamil music. For example, through the song "thavam irundhaalum..." composed by him and rendered by Susheelamma, he had introduced to all of us the dhushavanti raaga. He has scored music for the Tamil Film Kanchi Kamatchi and Kannada film vijay mahaan thesa. Over and above this, he has been preserving and maintaining the music treasures of the past 50 years and more. His family is a music family. Late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Ramanathan Iyer is his Father-in-Law. His wife Suganya is a veena exponent. Writer Geetha Bennet is his sister-in-law. South India's best recordist Guru is his son. He has named his daughters as Sujapriya, Rasikapriya and Sindhubhairavi - the names of raagas and has been living as an embodiment of music. He is HMV Raghunathan".

SPB welcomes Mr.Raghu on to the dias amidst applause and some divine instrumental music played by the orchestra.


First Round of the Contest (melody songs as per the contestant's choice": The list of songs of this contest were,
1) nila kaigirathu...... from indhra (Harini)
The contestant was Sharanya Easwaran. SPB said that it was difficult to sing such songs since unlike other songs, it does not have any instrumental music for relief. Even the starting humming bit sung with sustained breath is a big thing, he said. He said that all parameters were fine except that there was a small flatening at higher pitch which he demonstrated himself. He then asked Raghu his comments about this composition. Raghu said that it was a very good A.R.Rehman composition. He said that this song was an example for range & sustained notes. He also appreciated the contestant and asked her to take care of sruthi at higher notes. he said she had the parameters of a promising singer. He wished her all the best.

2) en uyir thozhi.... from karnan (P.Susheela)
Megha rendered this song. Our SPB's immediate comments were about breath control. He said that if it was due to fear it was OK and could be set right but if it was a normal occurence for her then lot of thought has to be given to it. He pointed out that she was splitting words for want of breath. He agreed that breath management was a tricky job. He demonstrated the way Susheelamma had sung it and where she had taken breath and he also imitated the contestant's way of taking frequent breaths in order to explain to her. This he said would be very difficult at the time of recording and that it should not be like that. This would hamper flow of singing, he said. He recommended open throated singing and wondered why the contestant had practised singing the other way. Let it be raaga or a song, it would be heard clearly only if sung openly, he said. Sometimes, we tend to blame the sound recordist for lack of clarity in a song. Only if the frequency given by the singer is correct, it will get registered properly. Equalisation parameters can only aid to an extent, many think that modern recording equipments can bring in a lot into the voice but that is not possible. Voice, timber & acoustics are the most important, he said. He once again advised on open throated singing and also pointed out that some of the words were not clear and had to be referred to the document to understand what it is. He then talked about the technicalities of the song. He said it was a Kavali style of song which Viswanathan Sir had composed, he felt maybe he had drawn some inspiration from an old Hindi number which was made by Roshan, grandfather of actor Rhithik Roshan. He also sang out a few lines of the Hindi number which is a Rafi song as highlighted by the chief guest Raghu. He was not sure which had come first but felt that great people think alike. SPB once again advised the contestant to develop open throated singing and also breath management. These may require some energy to be pumped in, maybe intake of vitamins or whatever is, to the thought of by the contestant, he said. He felt these are the qualifications attached to a song. He then asked Raghu for his comments. Raghu said that the contestant had sung well. Raghu also said that his guru used to explain to him the importance of swaragnanam during his younger days at All-India Radio days through an analogy which goes like this "Literature even if born before grammar, only after literature grammar is born. The flesh of a human anatomy will tend to fall down as a mass if not supported by the bone structure". He said ,similarly, swaragnanam is very much required. He also mentioned that he used to teach his students about swaragnanam through special notes. He dwelled in length on this saying that this song was in Amir Kalyani raagam which is treasure from the North and then explained its structure. He also sang out the swaras in the song and said that it could come out better if one learnt the grammar of music properly. That was how he had been taught by his gurus, he said. He also talked in length about the importance of understanding the grammar and writing down as notations so that one could easily present what one wanted. This he said had earned him appreciation from one of the foreign musicians who had visited India. He then appreciated the contestant for her range of voice and said that he found it promising and could improve with practice. Regarding breath management, he felt that the method of writing down notes may come up to which our SPB immediately replied that he was already practising this and that all his song books had notes indicating where to take breath by indicating as "br". This, he said, facilitated him to go back from the microphone, take in enough breath and then continue without any problem.

3) raadhaiyin nenjamE...... from kanimuthu pappaa (P.Susheela)
Charumathi from Malaysia rendered this song. While introducing she said that she had done an one year course in Malaysia in voice grooming. SPB pointed out to the contestant that she had missed singing a sangadhi which was there in the original. He said he was not well to sing and demonstrate it. He then mentioned that this was a lifted tune (maybe due to pressure from director or music director's influence, he said) from the earlier popular Hindi number "Khil tere..." tuned by S.D.Burman and sung as solos by both Lata Mangeshkar and also Kishore Kumar. It was a very popular song those days, he said. He finally appreciated the contestant saying that sangadhis came out well in her voice and everything was good except a small aberration which he sang and demonstrated. He also asked the contestant to sing out the particular phrase which she sang correctly this time which SPB said that she had become conscious now and had sung correctly. He concluded saying that only if one makes a mistake, it can be corrected. He then asked Raghu his comments. Raghu said she had sung well. He also expressed his opinion that one need not learn Carnatic music (our SPB face had a surprised look on hearing this comment from Raghu) for it could change the natural jasmine tone in the voice for it involved higher pressures on notes while singing. He asked her to maintain as it is and also opined that Carnatic music should be learnt to the extent as to understand its grammar and apply it for film songs. He also praised our Balu saying that he was the only one who could improvise a song to the requirement of a music director. This comment received good round of applause. He once again stressed on the importance on learning the grammar of music to sing as per the composer's requirement. He also said that he had been watching this program without missing not only for the sake of Balu but also as an opportunity to learn from it. He praised SPB saying that he expressed whatever very clearly like a mirror keeping diplomacy to a minimum. He felt SPB was saying it for the betterment of society. He then advised the contestant not to tune her voice with an auto-tuner which is a new trend. He advised her that her voice was really good and not to have it spoilt using modern equipments. South Indian music required voices which match with the tambura range and not the western keyboard. He finally concluded by appreciating the contestant for her beautiful voice and advised her to learn the grammar of music.

4) unnai kaanaadha kannum.... from (P Susheela)
Vandhana sang this song. He called for more involvement on the part of the contestant in order to express the emotions in the lyrics better. The dynamics were missing, he said. Inspite of his voice not cooperating today due to health problem, our SPB tried to demonstrate by singing & humming a few lines of the song. He also emphasised that all sangadhis should be sung distinctly and not hazily. This is possible only through the voice and that is the very reason why lyrics were written and singers were asked to sing so that the emotions are better expressed, he said.

5) aalanguyil .... from parthiban kanavu (Harini)

Bhavatharani Ram sang this song. Our SPB mentioned that this song was in Kapi raaga and felt like having drunk Kumbakonam degree coffee. He told the contestant that she had a unique voice. All voices nowadays are not distinct as 99.9% of the present day singers are singing in same frequencies as well as in false voice. He mentioned specially about Susheelamma's voice and the reason for it being unique even to this day. Give her any low quality mic and even then her voice would come out distinctly and clearly, he said. Raghu also acknowledged this view saying that even in Turner mics (i presume it was some mic of old technology) her voice sounded good and clear. Voice and timber is God given and coupled with practice and singing in an open voice will make it perfect, he said. He appreciated the contestant for having ensured these points in her singing. He once again praised her for her good voice and except for very minor mistakes which he said was normal she was fine. It was difficult song to sing and he felt the original singer Harini herslef would have recorded it with lot of takes.

6) mayangugiraaL oru........ from paasa malar (P Susheela)
Amrita from Bangalore sang this song. Our SPB said that this song by MSV could have been from inpiration from a Hindi number composed by S.D.Burman and he sang out a few lines of the Hindi number. He said the contestant had a unique voice and a bit of more involvement would make the presentation better.

The contestants part being completed, our SPB came on to the dias and said that with this, the episode came to an end and would continue next week also with the same set of contestants and then the winner would be declared. He then went on to deliver his usual weekly message

Message from our SPB :
"It is common to see people from all walks of life, right from the common man to the top politician passing off comments and criticism on others. Talking about the recent World Cup, we find that all are criticising the cricketers for their bad performance and passing degrading comments. People have even come up with songs insulting the cricketers. TV shows, Cartoons and wordings are floating around insulting them. Some of the cricketers houses and their families were targetted. People forget that even South Africa had lost to Bangladesh and that the result is based on a given day's peformance. He requested all to treat others with understanding. No one is perfect for that matter. Are we not making mistakes and performing badly in our roles ourselves? Take my own case when I was ruling the singing medium for 20 years or so. People used to ask "is there no other singer around ?". They even used to comment if All-India Radio was Balu-India radio due to the majority of my songs played then on Radio. Now, the same persons ask why I am not singing much. Regarding the cricketers appearing in advertisements, people think that the cricketers spend lot of time shooting for advertisements. They hardly spend a day for it. By seeinbg the advertisements repeatedly people think otherwise. One should also note that since they were playing well they have been called for advertisements. So, I request all to appreciate other people's sentiments and feelings and behave accordingly"

SPB song :
Our SPB concluded the episode by singing one of his own compositions "idhO idhO en pallavi.." from the Tamil film "sigaram"



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