Monday, March 17, 2014

Bhare Naina - A post from my sister Sowmya

After much hesitation and constant pushing, my sister Sowmya Shivaram, a very talented musician from Mumbai, has managed to record her voice and share it with us.. With limited access to hitech recording equipment and software to blend track with voice, IMO she has done an astounding job to show that in the end all that matters is prowess of the singer's voice and emoting abilities..
Finally managing to kick-start life into my long - since dead blog with this post.. Hope you all enjoy and do let her know of things to feel proud of and to improve in her singing.
As always don't forget to use headphones to listen to the post..

Thanks folks!

Listen to her post

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Neelavarna Paahimaam

Sudha's debut in the blogging world is an endearing krithi composed by Shri. Iraiyimman Thampi - a highly talented contemporary of Swathi Thirunal and the composer of the famous "Omana Thingal Kidavo". Neelavarna is composed in the ragam Surutti in praise of Lord Padhmanabha. There appears to be some similarity in the styles of Swathi Thirunal and Iraiyimman Thampi especially in the usage of mudhras like "Kamalnabha Jaya Jaya". Apparently he was one among the eminent musicians who adorned Swathi Thirunal’s court. Even in the midst of existing competition, their mutual encouragement and admiration had helped them in polishing their potentials.

Here is Sudha's take on it. Please feel free to provide your comments! Thanks for listening.

Ragam: Surutti
Arohanam: S R2 M1 P N1 D2 N1 S ||
Avarohanam: N1 D2 P M1 G2 P M1 R2 S
Composer: Shri. Iraiyimman Thampi
Blogged by: Sudha Ananthakrishnan

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Merupai merisena - My debut in cinema playback singing...

Movie: Cricket, Girls and Beer
Originally sung by: Karthik Nagarajan
Music by: Shyam & Das
Language: Telugu

I am very excited to let you all know that I have finally managed to make a debut in singing for main-stream Indian cinema. I got the opportunity to appear alongside big names like Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam and Karthik and it happens to be for a Telugu movie called Cricket, Girls and Beer with Shyam Vai and Tirthankar Das as composers.

They are highly talented and rapidly up-coming musicians based off of NJ. I recorded
the song in Ramoji studios at Hyderabad last December and had to wait until audio was released officially, before I could post it here.

I would probably need a separate blog to detail the thrill I had in going through this experience… but the gist of it is as follows:

Last April, Shyam happened to listen to my music blog and was curious to try me out for singing a back-track for singer Karthik. I was very happy about it, thinking I must be lucky to get to record a track for the highly acclaimed and talented singer. Now destiny had it that when the back-ground instrumentalists in India listened to my track, they were kind enough to note that I could be given a chance to sing the main song itself!!

So with confidence, Shyam and Das decided to give me a try and instead have Karthik sing Happy Happyga from the same album. Standing behind the mike at Ramoji studios, you have no idea how nervous I was... suddenly becoming aware of all the dynamics involved in recording in a studio..phew!! while the composition by itself was simple, I had to sing in a scale so high (as it was required for this scenario in the movie) that I had take about 3 breaks between the recording to re-gain my voice. On top of this, I had to emote AND pronounce properly while singing in a language that I do not know…my only inspiration during such testing moments was Sonu Nigam – He is THE man..I still don’t get how the guy manages to emote and pronounce so incredibly well even when singing in a language he wouldn’t probably know… and finally, here is the product for all of you to enjoy and critique..

Like I said, I could ramble on and on about my thoughts and experience… but let me cut it short and let you listen to the actual song. As always, do let me know what you think! Thank you for listening!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Un Samayal Arayil - Dhill

Movie: Dhill
Originally sung by: Unnikrishnan and Sujatha
Blogged by: Adithi Devarajan and Karthik Nagarajan
Music by: Vidyasagar
Language: Tamizh

Happy new year to you all. I have made a post after a quite a long break and I am glad to be back. Vidyasagar compositions always give me the unique satisfaction and feeling of completeness that is incomparable to any other. When sung with a dedicated and gifted musician like Adithi Devarajan, the satisfaction multiplies - no better way to return after my hiatus.

Please click here to listen to our version  
(You may also listen to it on the player to the right)

Un Samayal Arayil is a simple but skillful
creation with Unni and Sujatha giving a starlet performance. I had mentioned to Adithi a long time ago that even this simplicity seems to pose difficulty, and for me to do any justice at all to this song, i will need tons of practice especially with Adithi's performance being so brilliant.
So here it is for you to rate! Look forward to all your comments.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Unakkena Irupen - Kadhal

Movie: Kadhal
Originally sung by: Haricharan
Blogged by: Karthik Nagarajan
Language: Tamizh
Music: Joshua Sridhar

This has been a song that put my singing scale to a rigorous test - a debut masterpiece from Haricharan under Joshua Sridhar's composition - so much so that I can hardly hear myself now..:-p it was definitely a struggle. I had to prepare my mind and voice for over 3 days to sing this song - you get into that mood and vigor you need to sing a song thats this difficult :) So I am finally through with it and have given it my today's best..

I look forward to comments from all of you listeners. Thanks!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jag Soona Lage - Om Shanti Om

Movie: Om Shanti Om
Originally sung by: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Music Composed by: Vishal & Shekar
Language: Hindi
Blogged by: Karthik Nagarajan

Hello Music world!..It has been a long 6 month break since I posted something glad to be back :)

If there is a singer I would want to worship - then it is probably Rahatji. No matter
what composition you mete out to him - the out put is a stellar performance that will make you think that certain people are gifted beyond comparison. Jagsoona Laage is a song that is pregnant with the emotions of a failed lover and Rahatji does so much justice to the song, not to mention Vishal & Shekar's laudable composition.

A special word of thanks to Sindhuja, for taking time to do the initial screening on whether I had allowed any slips in singing this song.

Do let me know how I fared in this attempt to blog this song. As a friendly reminder, please use headphones or earphones to listen to it. Thanks for your time and interest.

Munbe Vaa with Meera Manohar

I had a special liking to this song always because of Shreya Goshal. Naresh had also done a great job. A very good singer that she is, when Meera came up with the idea to do this song, I was only all the more happy to do it :) Hope you guys enjoy this posting. Please do take time to comment on it as well..look forward to them.
Thanks again! :)

Movie: Jillendru Oru Kaadhal
Music by: A.R Rahman
Blogged by: Meera Manohar & Karthik Nagarajan
Language: Tamizh