Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blogswara V5 released!!


Blogswara Version 5 has released. I am sure you would have checked out the teasers that were posted a week ago. 

I have sung Poothaadum Poongaavanam, a Tamizh number in this version along with Vijay S. Please do listen and let us know how you liked it. Music is by Vijay S and orchestration by Nishanth Mani

Thanks a ton to Nishanth who burnt the midnight oil and mixed every draft version that was sent to him :)

This version has many different kinds of original compositions, so please listen to all the songs and let the artists know how it sounded
Thanks much!!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Ninaithu- Shreya Ghosal at her best

This was my first post almost 3 years ago, but sans K-track though. Found this somewhere quite a while ago, and I  just, just couldn't resist the awesome K-track , so here it is.. encore

Probably one of the slow ballads of Yuvan Shankar Raja's that has managed to stay on my mind for quite a while now. Pity it didn't get featured in the movie. Female version is by Shreya and I think she has done an amazing job on it. Somehow, the male version by KK somehow didn't impress me that much, which is very surprising since I think KK rocks in similar songs.

This K-track starts with one of the most beautiful instrumental pieces which was featured in the movie. Following that comes the actual song.. 

Dedicated to my better half.... for his upcoming birthday! Advance Happy Birthday, Manu :)

Movie: 7G rainbow colony
Music by: Yuvan Shankar Raja
originally sung by: Shreya Ghosal
Cover version by: Meera Manohar

Ninaithu Ninaithu paarthaal | Music Codes

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Blogswara (BLS) Version 5 teasers

Blogswara aka BLS , the online collaboration between musicians worldwide is set to launch its 5th version on 12th December 2008. 

Below, you will find song teasers from this version. Tons of new talents and fresh ideas, so please do check it out when you find the time. 

I have sung a Tamizh number "Poothaadum Poongaavanam" alongwith Vijay S in this version. Music by Vijay S and Orchestration by Nishanth Mani. 

Thanks for supporting and encouraging this effort!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

13.1 miles done and a song to follow it up :)

Sunday last, managed to finish a half marathon . Clocked 2H and 58 mins!! It was awesome and probably one of the most life changing experiences I have had until now. 

Now, to the main action item :D

Arun GS suggested this song ages ago, been more than a couple of months I would guess. Somehow, life was happening in the last couple of months with additions, subtractions and what nots. So, thanks to you Arun, for being a patient soul :-)

This is a Malayalam number that I have attempted after a very very long time. Think the last song I sang from "Gods own country" was with Pradip Somasundaran almost a year ago!!! Well, time to revisit again...

Song: Maaya Manchalil
Movie: Ottayaal Pattalam
Music Director: Sharath
Originally rendered by: G.Venugopal & Radhika Tilak
Cover version by: Arun GS & Meera Manohar

Please do let us know how it sounded. Valare nanni!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Raathiriyil Poothirukkum

Am glad to introduce Narayanan Raju, an aspiring singer and a dosth of mine through this song :) Narayanan performs with an established Telugu band "Aavakkai" and also with an upcoming band "Sahana" in the Bay area San Francisco area.  

Taken a classic hit from the IL stable and given it a shot here. The movie Thanga magan broke records in its own way when it was released. Probably the most famous number in the movie when it released. Hamsaanandhi raagam handled exquisitely by the Maestro.

So, here it is..

Song: Raathiriyil poothirukkum
Movie: Thanga Magan
Music by: Ilayaraaja
Originally sung by: SPB and S Janaki
Cover version by: Narayanan Raju & Meera Manohar

Raathriyil Poothirukkum | Music Codes

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Duet with Sindhuja

Recording almost after 2 months, this time it is a female duet with Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam

This rustic folk number is very beautiful, easy on the ears and amazingly rendered by Swarnalatha & Uma Ramanan.

Murali Venkatraman requested this song and he also chose the singers to go along with it :) Took the time to make a k-track for it and pointed out things that we could improve on after the 1st take last week. So, thanks Murali for unearthing this song, making a track and getting us to render it.

Song: Ooradangum Saamathilae
Movie: Pudhupatti Ponnuthaayee
Original music by: Ilayaraaja
Originally rendered by: Uma Ramanan & Swarnalatha
Sung by: Sindhuja & Meera
K-track by: Murali Venkatraman

Ooradangum saamathilae | Music Codes

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Finally a live recording :)

Dole Dole (part 1)

Dole dole (part 2)

One of the chartbusters that I sang as part of 'Thillana" at Sacramento in December 2007. Unfortunately the full song is not available.  

Fellow thillanaites Durga and Anitha have rendered the harmonies for this number while Subbu is my co singer (thanks for the video thalai:) 

Audio not of great quality, but still a live song :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

IL's masterpiece

Probably one of the very few songs in recent times that immediately got to me the first time I heard it. 

Just so beautifully orchestrated and better, delightfully rendered. Interestingly, I thought Bhavathaarini was *actually* passable in this song :)) 

Jo & I are collaborating on a song after nearly a year now. I have done all the voices while Jo took on Hariharan's part. 

Song: Kaatril Varum geethamae
Movie: Oru Naal Oru Kanavu
Music by: Ilayaraaja
Originally rendered by: Bhavathaarini, Shreya Ghosal, Sadhana Sargam & Hariharan.
Rendered here by: [Me]3 and Jo


Kaatril varum geethamae | Music Codes

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Kanda Naal Mudhalai..

Swarasthaanam completed 2 years this February. And, I vanished off the face of the blogging world for 9 long months!!

Well, as many of you might already know, my son Ayush came along in June of last year. He's almost 9 months, a happy-go-lucky child with a long tail that needs to be constantly tucked in!! As for life, it's filled with a pair of tiny feet which makes every passing minute memorable & absolutely adorable which I never thought possible...

Last year was pretty good, *eventful* is the right word I guess. Got to meet Anup Menon in June although wish he had stayed for a longer time!! New years was good, spent a little differently-- hitting the pillow before midnight for a change. And finally met up with Murali Venkatraman aka MS of dhool forum -- after nearly a year and a half of being in touch via phone and IM's. We thought of recording something in those 5 days that he stayed with us, but then, Ayush was too intent on pulling his glasses every conceivable chance the kid got-- so one might say it didn't exactly work out as expected ;-)

Finally, here is a song after a long break. Thanks Jo for mixing the song.

Kanda naal mudhalai | Music Codes

Song: Kanda naal mudhalaai
Movie: Kanda naal mudhal
Originally rendered by: Subhiksha & Pooja

Music by: Yuvan shankar Raja
Mixed by: Jo

I picked this song as a comeback one since I am reminded of Ayush everytime I hear this. So, welcome Ayush into this beautiful wonderful world (a little late in welcoming, but nonetheless :)