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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mamthe-Madhuram---Neeraajanam



Mamthe-Madhuram---Neeraajanam---SPB

Movie Name: Neerajanam
Music Director: O.P.Nayyar
Singers: SPB, Janaki
Director: Ashok Kumar
Year: 1988

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Mamate Madhuram
mamatE madhuram
mamatE madhuram

marape SiSiram
yedaku vidhiki jarigE samaram
jarigE samaram

mamatE madhuram
mamatE madhuram

marape SiSiram
yedaku vidhiki jarigE samaram
jarigE samaram

manishiki valapE varamaa
madi valapuku vagapE phalama
manishiki valapE varamaa
madi valapuku vagapE phalama

adi paapama vidhi Saapamaa
adi paapama vidhi Saapamaa
yeda unTe adi nEramaa
mamatE madhuram
mamatE madhuram
marape SiSiram

yedaku vidhiki jarigE samaram
jarigE samaram

Gundela dhaatani maaTaa
Yeda bindhina theeyani paaTaa
Charanaalugaa tanu nilnchunaa
Charanaalugaa tanu nilnchunaa

Pallaviga marabinchunaa
mamatE madhuram
mamatE madhuram
marape SiSiram

yedaku vidhiki jarigE samaram
jarigE samara
mamatE madhuram
mamatE madhuram

Song and Lyrics posted by : Mr.Gopalakrishnan, Covai

Manasu okka mathukalasam - Neerajanam



Manasu okka mathukalasam - Neerajanam

Movie Name: Neerajanam
Music Director: O.P.Nayyar
Singers: SPB, Janaki
Director: Ashok Kumar
Year: 1988


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Manasoka Madhukalasam
Manasoka madhukalaSam
pagilE varakE adi niTyasundaram
Manasoka madhukalaSam
pagilE varakE adi niTyasundaram

Manasoka madhukalaSam

Ohoho... Ahahaa......Ahahaa... ohoho....

marichina mamatokkaTi
mari mari pilichinadi
marichina mamatokkaTi
mari mari pilichinadi

oka teeyani pari taapamai
oka teeyani pari taapamai

Manasoka madhukalaSam
pagilE varakE adi niTyasundaram

Manasoka madhukalaSam

Ohoho... Ahahaa......Ahahaa... ohoho....

Tola kari valapokaTi
Tala pula tholichinaDhi
Tola kari valapokaTi
Tala pula tholichinaDhi
Gatha jenmalaa anu bandhamai
Gatha jenmalaa anu bandhamai

Manasoka madhukalaSam
pagilE varakE adi niTyasundaram
Manasoka madhukalaSam
pagilE varakE adi niTyasundaram

Manasoka madhukalaSam

Song and Lyrics posted by : Mr.Gopalakrishnan, Covai

Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu-Neerajanam



This is lovely number melody song from Neerajanam. I thank to Mr.Gopalakrishnan sir, Covai.

Song Name: Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu
Movie Name: Neerajanam
Music Director: O.P.Nayyar
Singers: SPB, Janaki
Director: Ashok Kumar
Year: 1988

A…….Aha Aha ….
A…….Aha Aha ….
Oho Oho Oho …

Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu (2)
Ee Janmalo, Mari Aa Janmalo (2)
Eka Ye Janmakaina Ilage eee…..
Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu (2)

Oho Oho Aha Aha
Aha Aha ..Oho Oho…Aha
Aha Aha ..Oho Oho
Oho Oho Aha Aha

Ye Harivillu Viribusina , Ni Darahamanukuntini
Ye Churu gali Kadaladina, Ni Charanala Shruti Mintini
Ni Prati Rakalo Yenni Sasi Rekhalo (2)

Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu (2)
Ee Janmalo, Mari Aa Janmalo (2)
Eka Ye Janmakaina Ilage eee…..
Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu (2)

Oho Oho Aha Aha
Aha Aha ..Oho Oho…Aha

Ni Jatagudi Nadayadaga , Jagamugindi Selayerula
Oka Kshanamaina Ninu Vidina Madhi Tonikindi Kanniruga
Mana Prati Sangamum Yenta Hrudayagamum.(2)

Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu (2)
Ee Janmalo, Mari Aa Janmalo (2)
Eka Ye Janmakaina Ilage eee…..
Ninu Chudaka, Nenu Undalenu (4)

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

SPBMANIA.COM..new Website for Songs database & more..

Hi to all,

I wish a very very happy Birthday to our beloved Guruji.. :)

friends we need all your help and co-operation in creating a full fledged database for all the songs sung by our beloved spb.

In this regard as a small step towards this I have started a dedicated website
www.spbmania.com ...Please go through the website and give your valuable suggestions, comments on how to make it the ultimate treasure house...

click
here to visit the site.

Blessings from our Guruji...

Dear Vikas,

Elated to know about the launching of spbmania.com.

I know how much of your valuable time is spent in this AFFAIR. I am not showing my gratitude just because the site belongs to my songs and music. Music never is a property of one individual. First, it happens with team work and nourishes and grows with the patronage of listeners. its a boon for the listeners of good music and helps artistes like us to live even after our journey's completion.

I thank and appreciate the good work of you and all your friends in keeping me known and alive for some more time to come.

God bless you.

Sincerely,

S P Balasubrahmanyam.

I have posted 3 Marathi songs of Guruji from his Debut Marathi Album "Nishigandh" Click here

I express my heartfelt thanks to one and all who have been directly/indirectly helping,advising and supporting me in this endeavor.


Regards,
Vikas Kamble (zakaas4u)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Freedom from Pain



A walk to claim victory over joint pain

A walk to claim victory over joint pain >> Link thanks To The Hindu

COIMBATORE: For the second successive year, Ganga Hospital's walkathon to highlight the benefits of joint replacement surgeries saw a determined group of patients demonstrating how they have been helped to overcome pain in the hips or knees that virtually immobilised them for months, years or even decades.

Led by playback singer S.P. Balasubramaniam, hospital Chairman J.G. Shanmughanathan and Directors S. Rajasekaran and S. Rajasabapathy, women and men who had undergone joint replacement operations walked nearly one kilometre from a school to the hospital in the city on Sunday to declare their victory over pain. Managing Director of Sri Krishna Sweets was among the others who took part in the walk that was co-organised by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Central.

Slogans

Wearing T-shirts with the following slogans: “Freedom from Pain” and “Dependence to Independence”, the walkers later took part in a lemon and spoon race and a walk race. A woman from Uganda, who underwent surgery only eight days ago, was among the participants, Dr. Rajasekaran said.

The orthopaedic surgeon and president of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India said the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme for Life-saving Treatment was a boon to arthritis patients who did not have the funds to meet the high cost of knee or hip joint replacement surgeries.

Dr. Rajasekaran said the hospital had so far performed 75 joint replacement surgeries under the scheme. “These patients, who could not dream of undergoing this procedure earlier, have now been cured of their problems with the entire costs met by the Government under the scheme,” he said. Severely deformed knees and hips had been set right. “We have done over 1,000 procedures to fix fractures, joint replacement and spine surgery under this scheme,” he said.

K. Ashok (28), who had suffered a debilitating injury in his right hip, took part in the walk and other events on Sunday. “I was unemployed for a year as I was in bed. I underwent a hip joint replacement only in December and am able to drive a tractor now, thanks to the insurance scheme,” the farm worker said.

S.K. Asok Kumar (42), a technician in a software company, had severe pain in both hip joints. Steroids taken for skin allergy treatment was said to have been the reason. “Now, I can climb stairs and carry out my work,” the beneficiary of the insurance scheme said.

Apart from injuries and drug-induced problems, arthritis was a very crippling problem, Dr. Rajasekaran said.

Alarming evidence

There was evidence to prove that one in five persons above the age of 60 had some form of arthritis.

If not treated, it could worsen to a stage where the patients would be totally dependent on others for mobility and even their daily routine. This, in turn, could cause depression in the patients.

Stating that there were 20 million people in the country with severe arthritis, he said this musculo-skeletal disease could affect even children and adolescents.

Timely and proper treatment could prevent them from being crippled for life.

Apart from the lack of awareness, the lack of access to treatment and the inability to meet the costs were the main reasons for not undergoing timely treatment.

The Government's insurance scheme removed these obstacles that had stood between the poor and joint replacement surgeries.

Interaction

At a function held after the walkathon, Dr. Rajasekaran showed pre-surgery and post-surgery footage of severe arthritis to show how timely surgical intervention helped. Mr. Balasubramaniam also spoke the benefits of good health and advanced medical care.

This was followed by an interaction between the audience and doctors on arthritis.

Monday, March 01, 2010

SPB Mumbai Concert Review



The much awaited program of S P Balasubrahmanyam at Mumbai took place on 27th Febrauary at the famous Shanmukhananda Hall at Sion.



Ragalaya – A cultural organisation which conducts/encourages lot of programmes on Music this year decided to felicitate the Legendary Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam after felicitation S Janaki Previously. The award of Lifetime achievement was presented to S P Balasubrahmanya in a traditional way i.e through Music. A couple of upcoming talented singers showcased their talent by singing few songs and then it was announced that S P Balasubrahmanyam would be presented with the Life Time Achievement Award.

The programme started at 6.45 pm and the Legend entered the Hall exactly at 7.15 Pm. He handed over awards to those who won singing competitions conducted by Ragalaya. The kids who received the awards from the hands of Legend were elated and the joy was evident from their expressions.


It was time to celebrate, Clad in Shining Black outfit, the legend was presented with the Life time achievement award, with the anchor praising the legend for all his achievements. It was now time to Balu to speak a few words and balu fondly remembered about his association with Shanmukhananda Hall where he performed for the first time in the year 1971. He recollected that he used to rehearse with legendary Lata mangeshkar whenever there were any foreign concerts.(in HIS own words - I had the previlage of working on the stage as a part of a attorny with Bharatratna Lata mangeshkar. And everytime we were abroad she used to call me all the way from chennai for rehearsals here in mumbai. I was very much afraid of asking her but one day I took my heart into hand and asked here "Didi, why are we singing the same numbers again and again and you are spending a lots of money on me by asking me all the way to come from chennai for rehearsals. then Didi told that Baluji with these rehearsals we can make mistakes with confidence".


He candidly admitted that "I am bound to make mistakes...and its my right and you have every right to excuse me. Dont calculate the numbers or language we are singing, Think about the music as a language”

The pure magic then started to flow, first with the evergreen Ilaya Nila from the film Payanangal Mudivathillai(1982) exactly at 7.30 pm.

The auditorium was full and the melody started raining. Whenever Balu sings songs of Ilayaraja he seems to enjoy them more and more as the time passes, same was the case with this song.

As it was a programme organised by Ragalaya which I think is basically is a Kerala based group, it was apt to sing the first song of his career in Malayalam – Ee Kadalum Maru kadalum from Kadal palum(1970), which was brilliantly composed by the great Devarajan. SPB recollected how he came into picture of singing this song which was supposed to be sung by K J Yesudas. SPB also recollected about the man who made this song his meal- Mr M Sekhar, the most popular arranger for almost all the music directors at that time and father of a prodigial song who now is known as Alla Rakha Rahman. It was a rare thing in his concerts, as SPB usually doesn’t sing full song in Malyalam, and here he sang the full song with the same emotion he sang almost 40years ago.



Next was the eternal/immortal number from his quiver, no guesses for it, it was the song which made public stand and take notice of this man from konetammapeta. Yes it is from the film sankarabharanam and the song Shankara naada sareera para.. This one song whenever SPB sings he never forgets to mention that after this film people started respecting him. It was the same magical voice which sang that song almost 31 years ago and it was the same magic again



Nilave Vaa from the film Mounaraagam was the song which followed Shankara naadasareera para which received a tremendous applause.

It was now time to sing a hindi song and we all were very curious to know which song he would select. The moment humming started entire audience started humming the song, It was again an Ilayaraja composition in the original, Saathiya Toone kya kiya from the film Love.


The co Singer was a relatively young and new girl, who was so nervous singing with the legend and erred while singing, Balu being the seniormost singer with a mind boggling 30000+ songs carried on with the song with great aplomb and at the same time motivating the little girl who was visibly shaken.
It was a time to take a small break by the legend and upcoming singers …. upcoming singers sang some melodious songs and masakali from Delhi6 was among them which received the maximum applause.

Baalu came again with another raja number Maanguyile Poonguyile from the film Karakatta karan which was again a show stealer. With the percussionist getting a special mention. After this song SPB told the main person of orchestra to make a habit of introducing all the musicians, He then asked him to get al l the musicians names.

We were eagerly waiting for a rahman number and very curious/eager and desparate to hear from SPB. Hold your breath we were surprised by the selection of the song. If surprise was a smaller word then rendering of the song was something else (absolutely out of the world). Yes it was the great melody from the wizard of music, Alla rakha rahman from the film Duet. Anjali Anjali pushpanjali.

It was the same co-singer who earlier erred, but this time Balu himself was guiding her in every note. You might be wondering which version of the song he sang,(Duet was made in telugu, hindi also and spb has sung the song in all the languages), He started in pallavi in Tamil and then charanams(antras) in Telugu and Hindi and again finished the Mukhda in tamil. Who else can do this with the same ease. The musician who played Saxophone was given a standing ovation.

There was one more surprise waiting for us. AS soon as the song was over, it was announced that another legend is coming, everyone were on their toes as to see who it would be and mind you it was a total surprise of lifetime when we saw a stout man with yellow shirt and while dhoti with a cloth band on his head, coming , removing his chappals and prostrating on the feet of SPB. It was SIVAMANI, the greatest drummer india has ever produced

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He spoke a few words about SPB saying that he is my guru, god and everything, for which Balu who is known to be a very humble man said that it is SivaMani who had made internation fame, with sheer hard work.


It was an affectionate union of two legends in their own fields


There were a few kannada people and spb again decided to give a treat for those kannada fans who were present there with yet another Raja number from the film Geeta – jothe Jotheyali . As usual it was the vintage balu with all those hummings and sangathis….



Then a vintage song was to be sung, the very first song of spb Ayiram nilava vee from the film shantinilayam. The co-singer was a maharashtrian who doesn’t understand a single word of tamil, yet she gave a good company to balu.



Sundari Kannal Oru was the song followed by Aayiram Nilave Vaa. Before this song the anchor asked about the speciality of the song to the legend and He replied that this song was recorded in Mumbai with the orchestra of R D Burman by Ilayaraja. The moment the starting bit was over everyone in the studio stood up to give a standing ovation to Ilayaraja.



Then came the song of the show- No guesses – The eternal emotional song from the magic box of Lakshmikant Pyarelal- Tere mere beech mein kaisa hai ye bandhan- It was simply SuPerB. It was the song which received greatest applause.




Finally admitting that he is not comfortable in singing medley, he did sing a medley starting with the song which is very close to his heart – Ye divilo virisina parijaatamo from Kannevayasu and continued with takita tadhimi, sangeetha jathi mullai, Unakenna Mele …..Engeyam eppadum, sangeetha megam

We had to leave the show half hearted as we were not fully satisfied, it was like a thirsty person getting only one glass of water…….



mail me at vikaas.k@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

SPB Concert in MUMBAIIII...on 27th Feb 2010

Raagalya Music Awards 2009

The Raagalaya Music Award- 2009 is announced. The most popular playback singer Shri. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam is the recipient of Raagalay Music Award 2009. The award ceremony will be held at Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharandra Saraswati auditorium, Sion (E) on 27th February 2010 (saturday) at 6.30 pm, followed by a grand musical evening by Shri S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & other popular singers.

As in the past, Raagalaya is conducting a light Music Competition on 31st January 2010 at Marol Education Academy, Bhawani Nagar, Marol, Mumbai-400059 on 31st January 2010 from 9.00 am onwards. The competition will be in 5 age groups ie. (A)- 5 to 10, (B)- 11 to 15, (C)- 16 to 25, (D)- 26 to 40 & (E)- 41 & above. There will be 2 winners (1st & 2nd) from each group. Contestant are allowed to sing any Indian languages song of thier choice preferably Malayalam. The song should be by heart. We will be providing a keyboard & tabla as a support. Award will be handed over on 27th February 2010 at Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion (E) during the Raagalaya Music Award 2009 mega event.


Those interested in donor passes for this musical programme can contact on +91 09821090857

Dr.SPB FANS ANNUAL MEET - DETAILED WRITEUP



Dr.SPB FANS ANNUAL MEET - DETAILED WRITEUP

The much eagerly awaited Annual Meet with SPB organized by the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation took place on 21st February 2010 (Sunday) at SPB’s very own “Kothandapani Audio Laboratories” at Chennai between 11.30am to 2.00pm

I am once again tremendously pleased to present to you a detailed write-up of the event. I have tried my best to make it as elaborate as possible. Please pardon me if anything is left out.

Before starting off on the event, let me brief about what took place at the venue in the preceding one hour to the Meet.



For Prog Slide show clik here

On one side, we had Madhumita, Lakshmi and a few others commanding posts at the entrance to the venue and ensuring that all the participants registered themselves for the event by paying the fees and collecting their badges & payment receipts

We also had the Bangalore Fans Team (coordinated by Prabhanjan Tattar) displaying an array of rare Gramophone records & CDs of SPB’s songs. He was so possessive about it and rightly so, that he had displayed a placard which read “Please do not touch” which many fans obliged. (SPB later during the fag end of the Meet expressed his thanks to this fan for having taken pains to display a collection of his rare audio records of his songs)

Inside the auditorium, we had the primary organizers Giridhar Raja, Ashok, Seshadri & Sampath going over the final arrangements for the Meet. There was Satish on the Keyboard who was preparing himself to support some of the enthusiastic singers who were to perform during the Meet

We had some of the fans rehearsing their part to perfection and eagerly awaiting the moment to perform on stage in the presence of the Legend. There were supporting members who were getting the necessary “minus-1” tracks organized & then with Ashok going around finalizing the list & order of performers.

Here & there, we had many fans enquiring each others’ health & wealth, as for many, it had been a long time that they had met

Ashok, as his role demanded, gave a brief summary of the events planned for the Meet and he also presented a few guidelines to the participants in the program as how to organize themselves for each event of the Meet so that time could be fruitfully used & spent. For eg., he requested that Photographs be taken in batches of 4 so that time could be shortened, that performers understand their place in the queue so that they are ready to come to the stage to perform without delays & so on …………..

Simultaneously there was a slide show running on the big screen of the auditorium on the various charity events that have been organized by the Fans Association over the last several years.

For first time visitors to the Kothandapani Audio Laboratories, there were a few things to observe. Many of us have heard the Legend talk so passionately about Shri Kothandapani (his Mentor), Mohammed Rafi (his Inspiration), Ghantasala (his Master) and Radhakrishnan (his close Friend). Many people talk a lot but lack in deed. But when one observed the Audio Laboratory, one could see the walls at the entrance decorated with big size paintings of all the above 4 personalities for whom our SPB had so much regard & love & about whom he has talked a lot in his public interviews.

Having given a prelude to the Meet, let me now go to the body of the Meet.

The program was to start at 10.30am. However, the Legend had all the fans restless when he did not turn up on time. Anyway, waiting for him is also a pleasure in a sense that it shows us again & again how much we all adore him when we almost die to see him sooner. Some of the fans participating in one of the special events planned for the day may have been thankful as they could rehearse their part of the program to perfection. Performing before a Legend like him was never going to be easy

The Legend entered the venue at 11.30am and greeted one and all with his trademark ‘Namashkaaram”. We had a few children offering him flowers at the entrance. While many fans were quite eager to get his image embedded on to their cameras and cell phones without any delay, he chided them and took them into the auditorium along with him.

As he entered the auditorium, fans inside gave him a standing and applauding welcome. We had one die-hard fan Balaji ( a grown up boy with the mind of a child) literally stopping him in his tracks and lovingly & adamantly pleading with him to sing the Sankara song from Sankarabharanam for him. SPB promised him that he would do so in the later part of the Meet. The organizers then guided him to the dais where he greeted all the fans

Ashok first announced the list of programs that were to take place which read like this

1) Invocation Song
2) Photograph Session (combined with memento presentation to fans by SPB)
3) Celebrity Talk Video
4) Charity Event
5) Special Performances by Fans (Dance & Music) (first time ever at the Meet with Karaoke tracks)
6) Speech by SPB
7) Vote of Thanks
8) Launch of Audio/Video Website by Bangalore Branch
9) Distribution of autographed photograph of SPB
10) Lunch

With reference to the earlier Meets, one of the prime events missing out was the “Question & Answer” session which has been part & parcel of all earlier Meets. As understood, this was replaced with the Fans’ Special Performance event (organized for the first time in a meet in a planned manner) which was a pleasant addition as it provided a stage for many to perform in front of an artist that they admire and adore. Time never permitted having both events and hence we had to do away with the Q&A.

Satish started off with the rendering of a devotional number (his own composition as understood later). It was a classic performance in a low and controlled tone which was very much appreciated by the Legend himself who blessed him with a legendary kiss on his forehead

Next, as planned, we had the fans (many with their families as well) capturing themselves with SPB for the present, future & posterity. Many of the fans had brought their own presents which they offered to the Legend before posing for the photographs. Happiness was abundant on all the faces considering that it was one of the rare moments when one came in contact physically with the much loved human being. On his part, SPB as ever, lent his pleasing disposition to the photographs. He also presented a memento (a pen holder with a clock) to all the fans on behalf of the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation (Courtesy :: Sridhar & Team for capturing the moments both on Still & Video Cameras)

Next was the Celebrity Talk Show on the Video. Each & every time, the Legend mentions this part of the program as the most embarrassing one. He likes talking a lot about others but is at sea when others praise and talk good about him. This is one of his traits which had drawn one and all to him. In this show, first, we had the veteran Music Director M.S.Viswanathan talking about all the good qualities of our SPB. He went on to narrate the incidents which led to SPB singing his first Tamil song in his composition. This I will not repeat in detail as many already know about it (like how he sang “nilave ennidum nerungadhae and MSV asking him to learn Tamil – as his Tamil diction was not OK and come back for a sure chance and how two years later MSV once passed SPB in a recording studio in the then Madras and recalled him and gave him his first break in Tamil Films………….). MSV pointed out that apart from Sangeetham (Music), Balu had lot of Ingidhum (courteousness) which had made him a success. He mentioned that Balu never forgot his seniors in the film industry and that has been one of his success points which had endeared him to one and all. Kamalahaasan then followed in the show. He mentioned how they had grown up together in the film industry and how SPB’s voice had become synonymous with his in the Telugu Industry for dubbed films and how his singing voice had become an identity for him in the Tamil Industry to which he had danced & emoted a lot. He considers SPB as his Annayya (big brother). In fact, he made the comment of the day when he said “Balu is my Telugu Annayya and I am his Tamil Thambi (younger brother)” This created a pleasant ripple of laughter and applause from the gathering. He also mentioned that the workload handled by Balu was stupendous in the sense even though he was a senior to Balu in the film industry there were many dry years for him whereas Balu had been working non-stop for so many years and still working and may give many more thousands songs
Next, we had his long lasting friend Gangaiamaran (a music composer / lyricist and compere) speaking about SPB, how they had grown up together, and those early years in their career when they had all worked together in SPB’s orchestra and how SPB had even then shone as a good human being. Melody songs composer Vidyasagar was the next & final celebrity. He said that SPB was a very blessed person and a great human being. He was sure that SPB still had it in him to last for over 100 years and that even today he is a very disciplined singer who added great value & meaning to the songs composed by Music Directors

Following this, was the Charity event, one of the prime purposes of the Annual Meet. Two deserving institutions namely Dean Foundation (a center for Palliative care for terminally ill patients like cancer patients etc.,). They are based out of Chennai. The other was a school by name “Thirumpundi N Munuswami Memorial government senior secondary school” and “Panchayat Union elementary school”. Both are in a village called Keezhkuvalaivedu near Vandavasi, around 120 kms from Chennai. These two institutions had been earlier identified by the organizing committee comprising Ashok, Seshadri, Sampath and token donations were handed over by SPB to the representatives of these institutions. We also had the representatives talking about their institutions and the services rendered by them. One of the institutions based in Chennai helps out those terminally ill patients (like those suffering from cancer, brain tumours etc…) who are homeless and without any support and help them to tide over the last days of their lives in a bearable manner. It is really heartening that such institutions exist to serve the society and the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation is indeed headed towards its objective while serving such institutions. The other institution was a school in Vandavasi for whom the Foundation donated class room furniture, stationeries etc…. Goods worth Rs.1.30 lakhs were donated to these two institutions in kind comprising Table/Benches, Bureaus, storage racks, ceiling fans, food plates, self-care kits and floor mats. The SPB Fans Charitable Foundation expresses its heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed generously to this good cause.

The next event that followed was one of the most awaited one as it was to be a platform for the many fans to showcase their talent, love and admiration for the Great Singer and Human being. First it was film singer Kalpana (also daughter of SPB’s close associate during his early singing career) singing a medley of SPB’s Telugu & Tamil songs with Satish accompanying her on the keyboard playing the lead notes. From then on it was the non-professional fans that had a dream day singing his songs passionately. Every effort that day had a beauty to it and the Legend patiently listened to each and every rendition with great attentiveness and gave due appreciation for the efforts. (Later in the program he mentioned that this program was much better than him talking all the time – he advised the fans not to restrict themselves to his songs but also to perform good songs of other singers as well – Aah!!!! – that is our beloved SPB. The List of performers is given below

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(Dear Friends >> Nine members only i was recorded at my mobile others for missing due to recording problem in my mobile, but all are will come at video- covai ravee)

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No. Name Performance Language Film/Album Any other remarks
1 Ms. Kalpana Yaarodu yaaro/Aveshamantha Telugu/Tamil Salangayil oru sangeetham
2 Kumari Sheela Kuluvai Unnadae devadevudu Telugu Swarnakamalam Kutchupudi dance
3 Vijay&Priya Poonthalir Aada Tamil Panneer Pushpangal
4 Natarajan H Ilayanila Tamil Ninaivellam Nithya
5 Balaji S Pachamala Poovu Tamil Kizhakku vaasal
6 Ramachandran with Vijay Enna Satham indha neram Tamil Punnagai Mannan Guitar performance
7 Vijay Mangalampalli Anuvu anuvuna velasina deva Telugu Maanavudu Daanavudu
8 Lakshmi & Raghav Malare Mounama Tamil Karna
9 Sridhar N Keladi Kanmani Tamil Pudhu pudhu arthangal
10 Mithilesh Roja Jaaneman / Keeravani etc Telugu Combination of songs a medley of songs. He is a paadutha theeyaga finalist
11 Malarvannan Ilamaiyenum poongatru Tamil Pagali Or Iravu
12 Chandramouleeswaran Unnai Naan paarthadhu Tamil Pattikattu Raja
13 Syed Toufeeq Yaava Raagoko Yeko Nannede veene Kannada Album Non-filmy album song
14 Ashok R Anbuk kadhai Tamil Urudhi Mozhi
15 Iyappan Pon maalai pozhudhu Tamil Nizhalgal
16 Dasaradhi Medente meda kadhu Telugu Sukha dhukkalu
17 Satishkumar.R Hungama hai kyoon Hindi Ghulam Ali's Ghazal Ghazal
18 Balasubramaniam Naanaga naanillai thaayae Tamil Thoongadhae thambi thoongadhae
19 Srinivasa Raghavan Keyboard NA Combination of songs Keyboard-Instrumental


The penultimate event was the Legend’s Speech. He started off on a humane note by narrating the incidents of his previous day (to the Meet) which he had spent with Kanchi Shri Jayendra Saraswati. He said that he had performed for him for about 45 minutes and had later had a discourse with him on human behaviour and nature. He said that Shri.Jayendra explained that even though animals are not blessed with the sixth sense they gave better output for their intake of food whereas humans though possessing the sixth sense and ate better food failed to perform better most of the times. So, he requested one and all to be a better human being and serve the society. He then congratulated the organizing committee and the fans for churning out such a wonderful Meet. He was not keen in pointing out any one person in particular and he called himself and the fans included as one big tree and he did not want to name specific branches as he felt all branches were important for him. He encouraged the fans to go on and continue doing such good events and charities and never ever to break this wonderful chain that has formed now. He wants it to get bigger and stronger so that bigger charity events could take place finally benefitting the society. He said that he had very ambitious plans in contributing to the society and for that he would need the help of his fans to raise funds by organizing his concerts for a good cause. He paid due respects again to his Mentor Shri.Kothandapani who had predicted this popularity and fame as early as 44 years ago. He also became nostalgic and recollected those days (around 20 years ago) when the Kothandapani Audio laboratories (the venue of the Meet) was built. He mentioned that it was one of his friends who had heard that the site was available for purchase and had recommended to SPB to purchase the same (that was many years ago) and build a recording studio. Initially it seems the Legend had declined the proposal citing financial constraints. However his friends came together especially his close friend Radhakrishnan from Madurai who went ahead and paid Rs.30,000 as token advance for the land and handed over the document to SPB and asked him to do whatever he liked with it. This effort & initiative of his friend had forced SPB to embark on building this monument in the form of an Audio Laboratory and naming it on his Mentor Shri.Kothandapani. He also specifically mentioned that every brick of the building had his friend Radhakrishnan’s blood and sweat as his friend had shifted from Madurai to Chennai for this purpose and had completed it in a record 6 months time. The unfortunate thing, he mentioned, was that his friend was no more when the inauguration ceremony took place. He citied this as one of the reasons for not celebrating his birthday every year and also for not being available to others for getting greeted on that day. To make it lighter he pointed out certain ardent fans like Covai Ravee however somehow get hold of his whereabouts and wished him each year on his birthday. He felt that they would make good FBI or CBI agents. He also felt happy for all the love and affection showered on him by his fans. He was appreciative of the performance of the fans who sang his numbers. Apart from Kalpana & Satish whom he called professionals, he was impressed with all fans who sang his songs and the enthusiasm that accompanied their singing. He specifically congratulated the child performers namely Kumari Sheela (the niece of Mr.Srinivas, an ardent SPB fan from Yelloru and who has been generously donating big amounts for charity year after year) who performed a kuchipudi dance and Master Srinivasa Raghavan (son of our Seshadhri) who played a few English numbers on the keyboard. He felt it was better having a performance like this than him talking all the time. He suggested that fans also sing good songs of other singers as well. He was also very appreciative of the good charity work being done by the Fans association and he felt proud in lending his name for such good causes. He pleaded with one and all never to let this good chain break but continue even in his absence later. He also promised that he will continue giving good songs till his vocal cords support him and that he would stop singing the day when he is not good (LET US PRAY TO GOD THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS). He still felt that even though he may not possess the range of his yesteryears, he was right now performing at 95% range. This should be happy news coming from the man himself and one that should make all of us happy for many more years to come. He particularly mentioned that he was overwhelmed by the love and affection of all his fans who had taken time from their busy schedules and attending this meet. He was however more overwhelmed by the love of fans from Karnataka whom he had termed as being crazy about him and who would give their life for him. While on this, he was very appreciative of the tremendous efforts of his fans namely Narayan & Abubakkar etc to whom he expressed his thanks for putting in efforts to collect his songs from all remote parts of South India and compile the same in an effort to create a total database of his songs (he went to the extent of saying that they have become his reference books for any rare songs that he wanted for any of his concerts. When he needed he would get it over internet from them in a few minutes. Such was the efforts that these fans have taken and for which the Legend expressed his gratitude). He wanted this exercise on database to be done as it would be a great reference guide for the upcoming singers as they could learn how he (SPB) had performed badly in his younger years and how he had become better & better and then very good in the later years. He felt that the database of his songs would guide the present young singers who had abundant talent in not committing such mistakes as his. He was of the opinion that Kalpana who sang in the event was very much talented and that the industry had not tapped her potential to the hilt. He admitted that she was much more knowledgeable than himself & well learnt with proficiency in Carnatic & Hindustani genres of music and he praised her in saying that she had sung his sings better than him during the Meet (what magnanimity – no one in the world will never ever say such words as our Legend)
He expressed surprise on how fans like Ashok, Seshadri etc could find time to organize such an elaborate event involving identification of the right institution for contributions and visiting them to determine their authenticity and their needs and also getting the “minus 1 tracks” organized for the performers. Finally on behalf of the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation, he gave away mementos to the chief organizing committee members. When Ashok wanted SPB to present memento to SPB’s brother and also Mr.Vittal who had helped out at the Audio Lab, the Legend mentioned that it was their duty and declined any memento for them.

Next, we had the final closing off event in the form of a Website inauguration. As mentioned in the earlier paragraph efforts are on for compiling all of SPB songs and towards this initiative, a set of Bangalore Fans have created a website with the help of a professional agency. A sample demo was given on using this website. One could search for details of SPB songs compiled so far and download songs as available or could also upload details of rare songs that one came across. By this, the database records can go larger thereby encompassing more number of SPB songs. Hope fans will support this endeavour by including details of the song into this website for the benefit of one and all
(Website Reference :: www.spb.abhimani.info – this was mainly coordinated by Toufeeq in association with an agency known as Sysnest)

We finally had the Legend heed to the request of one of the fans (Balaji who had asked him to sing Sankarabharanam song earlier) and we were treated to a few lines of the “Sankara nadha…….”. When SPB completed singing it, the fan was overwhelmed with emotion to the extent that he said to SPB “You are my Sankara”. This phrase really humbled the Legend but he promptly replied “If I am Sankara, then you are my son Balasubramaniam”. That resulted in a great round of applause. In fact Balaji was accompanied by his mother who was getting embarrassed with the childish behaviour of her son. The Great Human Being that he is, our SPB promptly convinced the mother not to get embarrassed with her son saying that one rarely gets blessed with a son who lives his entire life as a child not hurting others and being innocent always and a child at heart. It was a heart warming & heart touching moment.

With this, the great Meet came to a close formally at around 2.30pm and all the Fans then were treated to a typical Chennai Lunch which also provided an opportunity to interact with one another and appreciate the organizers and performers of the day.

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED READING THIS AND THAT THE NON-ATTENDERS OF THE MEET COULD ENVISAGE THE HAPPENINGS AT THE MEET.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

SPB and The Drunkard Raaga by Balarykar


Many singers have successfully sung the drunkard songs. Lets see how they have all fared.Rafis in your face drunkard song "Choo Lena Do Nazuk Hoothon" gives that necessary courage for a drunkard to coerce his wife into drinking. Its another matter that they fail almost always without realising that they are not the late Rajkumar to succeed. Rafi's another song "Koi Saagar Dil Ko Behlata Nahin" truly conveys the message that no amount of alcoholism will ever help to overcome a heart break. Nights are longer than days. Yes, Einstein also confirms the same in "Din Dhal Jaye".Kishore Kumar has his own share of deaddictable songs, especially play backed for the legends Amitabh Bachhan and Rajesh Khanna, though we will not list them here for lack of appropriate e-space. His gem "Peenewalon ka peene ka bahana chahiye" from the movie "Haath Ki Safai" for Randheer Kapoor reflects that the drunkard is like a buffalo. Just like the buffalo continues its walk irrespective of the season, so does the drunkard irrespective the emotive state. A lesser known, but a really good d-song of Kishore Kumar is from the Mithun Chakravarty starrer "Daata" and the song is "Roona dhona chod chod de" in which he urges the damsel to forget all the sadness and raise the drinks towards the heaven. Its questionable though how a drunkard can go to heaven. Oops! Of course, from hell a toast can be raised in the direction of the heaven. Madness is the way out. A simple proof is that the poet says the fire arising of sparks can be extinguished but not the ones thats lighted from the rains. Thats the way its said in "Chingari Koi Bhadke" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpM0jPd6-7w .Talking of the damsels and the drinks brings us the legend Pankaj Udhas. His truly inspiring song (strictly for the drunkaaards only) "Huwi bahut hi mehengi sharaab, ke thodi thodi piya karo, piyo magar rakho hisab, ke thodi thodi piya karo" tells us how to handle the inflation smartly. Yes, inflation DOES affect the drunkards. Why did you ever assume that there is no Drunkonomics in the first place? Going through all the Pankaj Udhas songs one is led to believe that the brothel is truly a good place to hang out and the prostitutes are women of wisdom!Yes, this article is not at all about any of the singers mentioned above. Please forgive me for my drunkard walk. Probabilists have been eternally inspired by the random (drunkard) walk and will swear that a simple application of the Borel-Cantelli lemma shows that the below listed events occur infinitely often with probability one (that is, infinite recurrence is a certainty):(a) a probabilist returning to the drunkard (random) walk;(b) a drunkard returning to the wine shop;(c) the author of this article mentioning SPB.

Yes! I am writing this article about SPB which when expanded gives us infinite letters, viz., Sripathi Panditharudalaya Balasubrahmanyam, and I have always wondered why the name "Balasubrahmanyam" is written in infinite different ways though there is enough empirical evidence that each of those variations have been repeated infinite times. I now swear to stick to SPB only. By now the reader is supposed to have understood that the "Drunkard Raaga" is infinite dimensional. SPB has managed to sing the most variations within Drunkard Raaga. While there have been many singers who use this raaga, most of them commit the cardinal sin of singing the Drunkard Raaga. They just don't realise that one does not sing in this raaga. Its the ultimate truth in this universe that the drunkard raaga gets in your body, soul, and everything within, and then whatever you say/sing/blabber/shut-up, it is the DRUNKARD RAAGA. Lets explain this raaga a bit more.The Drunkard Raaga has two components. First is the signal, which has a format. This format may be simple, complex, or chaotic. Whatever the format, the functionality is always known. To be more specific, its like a computer program which can do whatever its been instructed to do. There is no surprise here, though we all appreciate it. Many singers do this first step with grace. And then comes the cardinal sin. They all stop here only without bothering about the second component. This step is also like the half part of the drunkard walk. The drunkard has to walk and many people tend to do it without ever realising that the direction has no 'left' or 'right' written on it. So after a while they are all doing either a right or a left. This is where the great SPB excels. That damned raaga is in him which enables him to erase the 'left' and 'right' each time he takes a step. Thus the picture is complete and this is really the second component of the drunkard raaga. The ability to erase the names is what is famously known to the probabilists as the 'White Noise'. This white noise effect is truly there in almost all the drunkard songs of SPB. Having done all the theory of the drunkard raaga in SPB, now lets have a sample of some of his drunkard walk.To begin with, let it be made very clear that the focus here is SPB's drunkard walks in hindi. This language has not exactly been a forte of his. Still, we will be satisfied with this "Dariya". So what if its not 'Saagar'.Watch this song on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozyCjgtzUJA& .

The movie is "Ek Hi Bhool" and the walk begins at "Bekhudi Ka Bada Sahara Hai". See how uncertainly he goes around it and feel the noise at "Kitne halki hai, kitni boojhal hai, koi aurat nahin ye botal hain,band isme jahan saara hai", and then back to "Bekhudi Ka Bada Sahara Hai". Listen how well, noisily in truth, he reverts to "Beekhudi kaa". I am sure that Anand Bakshi must have been wondering who wrote those lines. Spot on the bang SPB, bang on the spot, SPB. The song was cast on Jeetendra. In this entire song, the feel is of having drunk whiskey. Don?t ask me how.There has been this flop of a movie called "Santaan". This movie was completed in a record time and again Jeetendra comes to do that walk. The situation is that the son ditches parents, and the father realises that Tulsi and Ved Vyas wrote simple encyclopedic facts on Ramayan and Mahabharat. The perennial challenge was to write something about the parents struggle. And thus goes the song "Tulsi ne Ramayan Likhi, Ved Vyas ne mahabharat. Kyun kisine kabhi naa likhi, maa baap ki kahani". The music by Anand-Milind had probably been a decade late. Nevertheless, it powers into the drunkard performance of SPB. Upset with the iconic saints, this has a shade of DesiDaru. After all, the character is not rich guy. I know you are missing that there is no youtube link.Lets be done away with Anand-Milind. If they had Sameers company in the previous song, the great Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote the truly noisy words "Banke bigad gaya kaam, very sorry, I am so sorry, ulte huwe badnam, very sorry, I am so sorry". I am not too sure if it was picturised on Salman Khan or Amjad Khan, or both. It had its roots in the telugu movie "Prema" where SPB did the honors earlier. Both are good and intoxicating. Some songs are lost and not yet captured at youtube.A mother is singing rhymes to put the baby in the world of dreams. And a bastard listens to it. How does he feel? The torment, that anguish, justified frustrations, etc, all in the company of a huge quantitative arrack of daru is capture here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC3Qzwuqg4g . The movie is Benaam Badshaah and Laxmikant-Pyarelal are at it again.A lover separated from his rich princess is tormented and is in search of the mirage in the Sahara desert. Unsurprisingly, that mirage for a broken heart is perennially a bar room where Mithun Chakravarty is seeking solace. Though there is no lip-sync here, its undoubtedly a intoxicating songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dJPrQbJavY . Though the actor is striving and showing the desi version, the song actually reflects the rum(ification) and Alka Yagnik complements like a true princess missing her abode. This pair has given such marvelous duets that I actually feel its one of the most underestimated duet pair in the hindi film world. Trust me, its so underestimated that it puts to shame even the less due that is generally given to SPB in bollywood. Well, thats another article in waiting from the author. I hereby solemnly declare that once the detoxification of this article occurs, this will be certainly evaluated to the ranks it should be. Nadeem-Shravan are among the very few who gave too good songs with SPB.That "jeeye to jiye, kaise bin aapke" is probably the biggest hit drunkard song of SPB does not make it necessary that I should also bore you with it. Its popular, its everywhere. Whats there for me or you? I mean, come on. If anybody starts a random walk in the crowd, they must be kicked. I won't write more except thanks to Nadeem Shravan and of course Salman Khan.Women, especially from the subcontinent, hate the drinks and then the drunkards. It comes as no surprise that on one occassion, the drunkard could not take it any more. He is a mard first, and then a drunkard. So, there he goes. "Naa baaba na baaba, na baaba naa, aurat ka bharosa na baaba naa. haan baaba haan baba, haan baba haan, ye ek na do na teen, ye saari ki saari hai bewafa". Its important to understand here that though I am in the noisy state, its difficult for me to give up something thats rhyming and repetitive. Its really annoying that the reader thinks the noise won't like the signal. Its around the signal (drinks) that we owe our existence. So, jai ho signal ki. Just guess the lyricists state of mind and the torment he under went."Ek, Ek se Bhale Do". I do know that this is a song about unity and not about some stupid mindless walks. But I am blabbering about ek (SPB), and ek se bhale do (SPB with Kishore Kumar). Now add R.D. Burman on the top of it, and tie us to the chairs and keep Dimple Kapadia before us. You are certainly joking if you presume we won?t be intoxicated. Whew! Now, thats truly taking the square of a random walk and destroying sanity. Its fun to be insane. He he he! This 'scotch on the rocks' performance is known as ?Yun hi gaate raho? from the classic "Saagar" movie. Its difficult not to find its video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XV4N-Xu2K8 We now declare that the shop is closed for today. Yes, we know we have to have it one more time. We did not try the "Desi Daru" unlimited version. Did we? Frankly, I don't know, and it does not matter. Its shame to keep the hisab. I introduced drunkonomics, but did not I declare earlier that I am very weak in the "ics" of "academics". So, what will we do. Anupam Kher on street and madness on other side just never ever happens. Uparse bandar ko sharab bhi de di. So what happens is "Saari umar mein, is jeevan ki daud mein bhaga ghoda". LP were certainly bad and knew the word "havoc". Movie goes by the name of "Sansar".To close out, a few pointers. Its likely that SPB is probably the only singer ever in India to have received a National Award for a random song. I mean how damn good was it from the movie "Saagara Sangam".

Its telugu, admitted. This song is "Thakita thadimi". Watch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs38L1jIQC0 . And all the above songs can be put in one single "Vaa Mancha Vaa". This is a tamil song. Its so notorious that it converted a simple next-door girl name into a volumptous sexy babe. Smitha later became famous as "Silk Smitha". Thats the power there is in the drunkard raaga when it came out of SPB.Thanks for the tolerance and admittedly you need to curse Arghya (he asked me to compose the entire above poetry), SPB Bangalore team (RGN, AR particularly), and SPB Mumbai team (VK and NK). Back to the room. Buyyyyyee.PS: The author is a teetotaler and does not encourage in any way to get into alcohol practices. Also, each of the artists mentioned in this article is respected and no potshots are attempted to put one above other.

All the mistakes are owned by myself. Thanks again...Balarykar