Sunday, September 24, 2006

Subscribing & Download links

Folks,

Please enter your email address (in the box on the right tab) if you would like to be notified of updates in the future.

Also as requested by some of you, I have included a download link for all my songs on the right tab as welll.

Thanks!
Meera

Friday, September 01, 2006

Tuet --Jo, Vidyu and Myself

Yet another malayalam number but a tuet (3 of us) this time.

It was real weird when Jo sent me this song and said "you know what? I don't have an MP3 of this and neither can I find one on the net. So, here's a file which I sang so you can listen to it and learn" Ofcourse I reacted more to the information on this song than the actual song itself!! I had definitely heard of it, but didn't know where and when!?!

I listened to it and was pleasantly thrilled to find that the same song exists in Tamizh (Poongaaviyam- from Karpoora mullai; KJY, P.Susheela and Chitra). I quickly pinged Jo to let him know that I know the song even before I heard the 2nd word in entirety. So end result was I never heard the malayalam version since I knew the Tamizh one.

In the Tamizh version, this is picturised on Amla and Srividya. They are getting together when the latter comes to know that Amla is indeed her daughter. As expected emotional river drowns both of them and the rendition reflects it. So I visualised that scene when I sang what seemed to be Amla's parts since I followed after Vidyu started and Srividya starts in the movie (-:

I still remember this line "mounam polum paadum, kaalam ennum thengum" where Amla is shown sobbing while singing. So, you might find that line a little hesitant, weak and it is intentional.

Now, I am sure folks are wondering this long long drawn out rant about the song. This is infact the anticipatory bail I am taking for that single line in the song *LOL*

Jo & Vidyu are huge success stories in their own right, so guess I shall invite you to listen now...

Movie: Ente Soorya Puthrikku
Music by Ilayaraaja
Originally sung by KJY, P Susheela and Chitra
Sung by Jo, Vidyu & Meera


Aalaapanam | Music Codes

Friday, August 25, 2006

Battle of the Na/Nha's

Am back with a post-a malayalam one after a long hiatus. Pradip suggested this song way long back and here it is-- the final product.

Honestly had a real tough time pronouncing the Na and Nha sounds in Malayalam. Since I am predominantly a Tamizhachi, I have never had to fight constantly between Na and Nha in most of my native tongue songs as against in Malayalam where these 2 are present in every 2nd word literally !!! Had almost given up when Pradip really took pity on me and decided enough is enough and said "Ok-- I guess you are fed up with me, so I decided not to bug you anymore".

** A bow & a relieved smile**

I don't know whether Pradip is left handed, but we have a saying in TamilNadu as "Left-la aduchaar da!" [Just an indication that one can do what ever they do best with their 'left hand' inspite of being right handed predominantly] That's about the only phrase I can think of right now after I heard the final mixed version. It is truly a pleasure to sing alongside an awesome talent like him!!

Song: Swayamvara Chandrigae
Movie: Chronic Bachelor
Music by: Deepak Dev
Originally rendered by Jayachandran and Sujatha
Rendered by Pradip & Meera
Mixed by Pradip


Swayamvara Chandrigae | Music Codes

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Vizhiyil Vizhundhu

© Manohar 2006


Been donkeys years since I posted anything. Well, however the donkey now decided to bray and here's the result *LOL*

I still distinctly remember this movie, being the controversial dig it was at intercaste marraiges. Created an uproar then. Actually coming to think about it, not a bad concept given the conservativeness TamilNadu was immersed in then. Probably still is....*ahem ahem*

Ilayaraja at this absolute best here- such evergreen ones! Ofcourse, my favourite was not the much acclaimed "Aayiram thaamarai" but the rather pleasant, amazing seconds laden "Kaathal Oviyam". I touched cloud nine when the latter became my maiden stage song when Thillana launched way back in 2000.

This song featured today has an especially amazing quality to it.
Reasons: set in Suddha dhanyaasi which in itself is such a mesmerizer, the way the orchestration has been woven into the song, and to top it all the light jathi which accompanies the 1st interlude giving a wee bit more insight into what IL is - a strong propogator of melody and a stickler to structure.

There is a lot of confusion as to who rendered the female part, B.S.Sasirekha or Jency. I debated that and finally decided to take my ears into consideration alongside some reliable music portals information. So BSS it is....

Murali sent me this karaoke ages ago and has shown considerable restraint in not reminding me no more than once a week (-: Thanks for the karaoke Murali.

And.....as always criticisms are welcome. Well for accolades, I accept Mastercard and Visa *Grin*

Song: Vizhiyil Vizhundu
Movie: Alaigal Oyvathillai
Music by: Ilayarajaa
Originally rendered by: IL and B.S.Sasirekha.
Sung by: Pradip & Meera
Karaoke track by: Murali
Mixed by: Pradip



Gems of Ilayaraaja: Vizhiyil Vizhundhu (cover version) with Pradip Somasundaran | Online recorder

Monday, June 05, 2006

'Kannalae kaadhal' from Aatma

Have attempted a song with Pradip Somasundaran. Do listen to it and let us know your comments.

Movie: Aatma
Music By: Ilayarajaa
Originally sung by KJY & S Janaki
Sung by Pradip & Meera


Kannalae Kaadhal | Music Codes

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Hrudhayam ekkadunnadhi??

The Tamizh version of this number was our first duet together. This was also one of my earliest posts where I was still a nouveau audioblogger, not that I am any better now *LOL*. I still remember times when I have deleted the whole recording by mistake, and mourned the rest of the day for that version would have been my best!!

This song is again being re-released in Telegu this time around. So here's fulfilling Kiran Malla's request!


Movie: Ghazini

Music by Harris Jayaraj
Originally rendered by Harish Raghavendar and Bombay Jayashree
Sung by Jo & Meera



Hrudhayam Ekkadunnadhi | Music Codes

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

BlogSwara hits the net today @ 11.30am PST

Folks:

BlogSwara, an online music album put together by many audiobloggers around the world and principally fuelled by Joseph Thomas is releasing today @ 11.30am PST (12am IST on 25th May).

This album has multitude of talents ranging from composers, orchestrators, lyricists and singers. The songs will be available for download from the blogswara website.

Your comments and criticisms are deeply appreciated!

Thnx to all who have/are supporting us in this venture

Friday, May 19, 2006

Thhaaa..zzzhhh...thiraa...vaaaiiii

Where: Good Ol' Singggggara Chennaeeeei ( read as how the new age VJ's pronounce Tamizh)
When: My Undergrad days
Imp., note: Decided to do this song.

It just so happened that I was one among the 2 in our group who could *really sing* some of the sangathis in this song. This number was narrowed down as an entry to the group competition and we 2 were definitely not a group by any stretch of imagination. So me-- the royal pain that I am, took it up as a challenge to get the group to sound as one, to break all predictions, change the face of the department and uphold the name, blah blah blah!!

Every one of us got to see each other more than necessary in the 2 weeks that ensued. But, little did I realise at the end of 2 weeks that we were still stuck in the 1st line, specifically the word Thaazhthiraavaai. Somehow to my ears, the notes never felt right. My ears seemed to perceive it as the oddest notes ever, and invariably I ended up saying *CUT* and each practise session was more of a bottomless pit akin to an Akshaya Pathiram

So when Murali suggested this song, I was so overcome by nostalgia that I gladly agreed. One thing that worried Murali immensly (as I was led to believe later ofcourse) was whether our roles would be reversed, and if I would don the taskmaster's role? Would he have to sing Thaazzhhh..thiiiraa...vaaaaiiiiii again and again and again?

Pssttt.. It was only 2 months ago that I found out how much my juniors 'liked' me!(?) Every weekday/weekend for a month to learn just one line?? What a way to remember??? *LOL*

Song: Poonkadhavae
Movie: Nizhalgal
Music by Ilayarajaa
Originally rendered by Deepan Chakravarthy & Uma Ramanan
Sung by Murali & Meera




Poongadhavae | Music Codes

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Harris's Trump card ..... atleast then!!

A song which tossed Bombay Jayashree from a rather disciplined sampradaayam laden South Indian Classical Music into the Tamil film music arena. Incidentally, she was launched by yet another success story of today-- Harris Jayaraj.

Thanks ML for the karaoke track....

Movie: Minnale
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Originally rendered by: Bombay Jayashree
Sung by Meera


Vaseegara | Music Codes

Monday, May 01, 2006

Alaipaayudhae....en manam

An almost month long un-intended sabbatical and I am back with a song requested by a friend. This gaanam also has the honour of being one of the most sought after songs in classical dance circles for eternity now. Needless to mention, this composition has ARR's style stamped all over it!

Sunitha, here is the song in your honour. So simply enjaay maadi....

Movie: Alaipaayudhae
Music by ARR
Originally rendered by Kalyani Menon, Harini & Neyveli Ramalakshmi
Sung by Meera Manohar & Meera Manohar (-:


Alaipaayudhae | Music Codes

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Aiympulangalil ondru...

This song from the movie Rhythm depicted Kaatru. Set to music by ARR, this number was a smash, instant hit in the south when it released. Sung by Unnikrishnan & Kavita Krishnamurthy.

Anand & I have attempted to create our version here...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The violinnnnnssssssssssssss....................

I am sure anyone who hears this song will never ever forget the violin notes that kicks up the song.

Some common trivia:
  • This song was featured on Ravindar-- the then famous dancing star (apart from Kamal in those days ofcourse!!).
  • This movie starred Shivaji in the main role with Ambika. Thank god for small favours that this wasn't pictured on him!?! *LOL*
  • The singer Raaj Seethaaraman went off the planet after this and couple of other numbers which he rendered for IL.
  • Anyone who wants to catch Shivaji dancing can see Kaalam Maaralaam by SPB/ VJ in the same movie. Wonderful song but pathetic picturisation !!

Movie: Vaazhkai
Music by: Ilayaraaja
Originally rendered by Raaj Seethaaraman & P.Susheela
Sung by BlueByrd & Meera


kaatrae en vaasal | Upload Music

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The essence of dhwani....

Famed music director of the yesteryears Naushad at his very best in this number. In the original, KJY's haunting hindustani style was matched up by the subtly sad yet yearning filled voice of P.Susheela. An amazingly lingering number....

Movie: Dhwani
Music by: Naushad
Originally rendered by KJY & P.Susheela
Sung by Jo & Meera Manohar


Anuraagalola gaathri | Music Codes

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mayil pola ponnu onnu

Movie: Bharathi
Music: Ilayaraja
Originally sung by Bhavatharini
Sung by Meera Manohar


Mayil pola | Music Codes

Friday, March 31, 2006

MSV era: 2- ndaavadhu baagam....

Kavidhai Arangerum Neram from the movie Andha 7 Natkal.

Music by:MSV
Originally rendered by: Jayachandran & S.Janaki
Sung by: Murali & Meera
Karaoke track by: Murali


kavidhai arangerum | Music Codes

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Lullaby

This malayalam poetry penned by Indu has been given life to (aka composed) by Jo and sung be me.

Make sure you don't fall asleep (-:


Lullaby | Music Codes

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Malai kaatru

Movie: Vedham
Music by: Vidhyasagar
Originally sung by: Hariharan & Mahalakshmi Iyer
Sung by: Jo & Meera


malai kaatru | Music Codes

Friday, March 24, 2006

The toughie....

Movie: Punnagai Mannan
Music:Ilayarajaa
Originally sung by Chitra
Sung by Meera

Karaoke courtesy: Murali



Edhedho | Music Codes

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Pehla Nashaa...

The song that catapulted one too many artists to the limelight in the early 1990's!!

Movie: Jo Jeetha Wohi Sikandhar
Music: Jatin-Lalit
Originally rendered by: Udit Narayan & Sadhana Sargam
Sung by Meera
Karaoke courtesy: Anup


Pehla Nasha | Music Codes

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Kaetillallo???

An absolutely delectable number from the movie Naran...
Music: Deepak Dev
Originally rendered by: KJY & Gayathri
Sung by Jo & Meera
Mixing & effects: Anup

Little nuances and improvisations of Jo carry this song right through.....

Thanks Anup for mixing this!


Thumbikinnaaram | Music Codes

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A gem from the MSV era....

The song is Swara RaagaSudha......
Movie: Andha 7 Naatkal
Music by: M.S.Viswanathan
Originally rendered by:Jayachandran & Vani Jayaram
Karaoke composed by: Murali
Sung by: Murali & Meera

Well, for juntha who already know about Murali (popularly known as MS from dhool.com), whatever I say will not suffice. ONE of the most gifted singers I have heard in a long long time.... It's really my pleasure to have worked with such an amazing talent.

I certainly look forward to more numbers in the future....


Swararaaga | Music Codes

Friday, March 10, 2006

Dead Of The Night

An original composition of Anup's for which I have done a classical kinda Alaap aka Alaapanai.

Now, what does the title mean? A different mood perspective OR to break the silence of the night OR a lame attempt to disguise an inability-to-find-a-better-title OR...

Well, all the rest is left to imagination!

Original Music Composition: Anup & Meera (Aalaap)
Abashruthi Vocals: Meera
Guitar compounder: Anup
Audio Mechanic: Anup


PLEASE NOTE: This piece sounds much better in Winamp. So people interested, please mail either Anup or me if you would like to listen to that.


Title/Song copyright as follows:
Great composition, rave reviews, blah blah...simple & awesome : (c) Meera
Technically flawed, composition sucks, hate it the moment u turned the volume up blah blah...plain and simple atrocious : (c) Anup


Dead of the night | Music Codes

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Crescendo

My first foray into Malayalam songs *GULP GULP*

K.S. Chitra's "Ariyaadhae"
Chitram: Raavana Prabhu
Sangeetham: Suresh Peters

Well-- here is my honest attempt to reproduce the song in all its entirety and glory.

Karaoke courtesy, Mixing and Effects: Anup


Ariyaadhae | Music Codes

Monday, February 20, 2006

Suttum Vizhi Chudare

From the movie Ghajini...
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Originally rendered by: Sriram Parthasarathy and Bombay Jayashree
Sung by: Jo & Meera Manohar

Idea originally mooted by Jo. Needless to say, his vocals speaks for itself!!


Suttum Vizhi Chudarae | Music Codes

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Kaakai Chiraginilae goes ROCK!!!

Lyrics: Subramanya Bharathiar
Vocals: Meera Manohar
Guitars: Anup Menon
Composed by: Meera and Anup (Background track based off the background music from the movie Crimson Tide)

This is just some random e-jamming that we both did, and as is evident: my maiden attempt at composing. The 'Brains' behind creating this painstaking rock piece out of a semi-classical song is none other than Anup!!!

Wonderful work Maaann.....


Kaakkai Chiraginilae | Music Codes

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Ninaithu Ninaithu

Movie: 7G Rainbow Colony
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Originally sung by: Shreya Ghosal

An audio recording after quite sometime, and an 'audiopost' probably the first time around....

So, needless to say-- I sure do welcome your thoughts on this piece!

Thanks


Ninaithu- vocals alone | Music Codes