Saturday, August 29, 2009

Kuch tho log ( cover version ) with Jay Swami

Thanks to Jay, here is a beautiful pick from Kishore Kumar’s stable. Jay sent me an arrangement for this, and have always liked this. And, here’s my shot at it.

I absolutely enjoyed working with you, Jay :-)

Originally sung by: Kishore Kumar
Original music by: R.D.Burman
Movie: Amar Prem
Arranged by:
Jay Swami

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Vandhe Maataram ( cover version )- Orchestration by Sushane Shankar

A long story……………………………………………………………

To cut it short—
1. Asked Sushane if he will play violin for an unplugged version of my vande maataram. Ans: yes
2. Was down with sore throat, so was late in sending it to him. Sent in 2 days before with an even worse sore throat than I started out !
3. He got back to me saying it would be great if we can do orchestration for it and he can do it. Ans: yes ( me )
4. Aug 14th, 11.30 AM: Sent me a version but that just had the pallavi (technical/computer hanging issues et al), not the charanam. I was a little shocked, bemused.everthing rolled into one. Then he had this brilliant idea to make the charanam into a virutham.
5. Aug 14th 11.30 PM: I went along with that idea and this is what we came up with

Also, he has added some lyrics of his own to this wonderful piece.

Ennuyir annai thandha yen anbu desam nee
Mozhi ina jaadhi bedhame yedhum attraval nee
Valam thandha Manne
Vanangugirom unnai….

Thanks Sushane, it was awesome working with you.

Folks— Posted this on August 15th 2009 on my muziboo space as a tribute. Hope you enjoy listening to our interpretation of Vande maataram

Vande Maataram
Orchestrated by: Sushane Shankar
Sung by, harmonies & mixed by: Meera Manohar

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Nilaa Kaaigiradhu ( Cover version ) from Indira

Song that introduced and shot Harini, the golden voice to fame. Amazing movie featuring Anu hassan and directed by Suhasini Maniratnam, dealing with caste/communal issues and women’s rise to freedom in a small interior village in TamilNadu. What better way to celebrate our independence with a song from a movie which rightly fights injustice across various levels?

The movie and the audio album had 2 versions, the second being “piruchified” by none other than Hariharan. Awesome awesome one if you want to get goosebumps. The version I have presented has more influence of the male than the female ( ofcourse not the insane brigas of Hariharans LOL)

Thanks to Montreal Babu for the k-track!

And your time and interest to listen and comment… much appreciated :)

Movie Name: Indira
Original Music by: ARRahman
Originally sung by: Harini
Director: Suhasini ( whoo hoo!)
Lyrics by: Vairamuthu ( whoo hoo again :)
Cover version sung & mixed by: Meera Manohar

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tu Muskura ( cover version ) with Pradip Somasundaran

Absolutely fell in love with this song when I heard it in 2008, the year it released. Always have wondered why this album of ARR wasn’t as popular as his other Hindi ones. Then… I made the mistake of seeing the movie :-( Very sad state of affairs to say the least, and definitely the lesser the said, the better!

Music by ARR, just beautiful!!! And this is the 2nd song I am covering after Tu hi mera dosth with George Kuruvilla.

This song is a beautiful romantic number with great singing by Alka Yagnik & Javed Ali. Not a big fan of hers, but I have found her giving her best for ARR consistently, and this song is no exception.

I had a pre-requisite to do this number, and that was Pradip being available. Given the complexity of the ending swarams/jathis, and the voice match— somehow couldn’t imagine anyone else giving this song the required dedication, that it so richly deserves. So, thank you Pradip, for doing Javed’s parts, and for all your help especially in my nemesis lang., Hindi LOL

Thanks in advance for your time, and happy listening!

Movie: Yuvvraaj
Original Music by: A R Rahman
Originally sung by: Javed Ali & Alka Yagnik
Cover version by:
Pradip Somasundaran & Meera Manohar
Mixed by: Pradip

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