Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Life at Sonagachi ( original composition) with Balamurali Balu

My 3rd original with Balamurali Balu after Yaaravan & 80's Ilayaraaja feel , and first collaborative effort with Hricha Debraj, a very gifted vocalist! Bala- was immensely satisfying to work on this, thanks for the opportunity!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Songachi, Kolkata, I would suggest that you read up about this before you listen. It might help you appreciate it better.

And, gives me great pleasure to announce that this single is available on itunes and amazon now

“Life at Sonagachi”
Originally sung by: Hricha Debraj Nee Mukherjee & Meera Manohar
Backing Vocals and Harmonies: Meera Manohar
Original Music, Arrangement, Orchestration and Mixing by: Balamurali Balu

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thendral Vandhu Theendum (cover version)-Avadhaaram

Been my long time dream to cover this song, probably ranks highest in my list of totally digged songs for many years now. This is basically a folkish kinda song, and intentionally have done it with a weirdly open throated tone (a sore one at that as well) in the hope of imparting that rustic, crude, and probably a little imperfect charm of the typical down south folk style. For those of you who don’t know Tamizh, the song is about a guy who describes how life around her is, to a blind girl. He tries to show her in words as to how colors, flowers and love look and feel, for instance. The picturization is also interesting for those of you who are visual buffs :) This is also yet another attempt of mine in changing lyrics to make this a female solo as well.

This goes out to my parents who are celebrating their 43rd wedding annivsersary today, and to my brother who celebrated his bday on Nov 14th… I owe my inculcation into music, fueling my interest to listen to all kinds of music amongst other things to the 3 of them! To top it all, all of them simply adore this song- guess that was good enough reason to attempt it. K-track is a bummer but some songs can’t be passed up =)

Guess, that’s quite a long write up from me!! So here goes….

Movie: Avadhaaram
Original music by: Ilayaraaja
Originally sung by: Ilayaraaja & S.Janaki
Original lyrics by: Valee
Lead vocals, backing vocals, harmonies & Mix: Meera Manohar
K-track: Balaji Seethaaraman
“Tweaking of ktrack” :) Balamurali Balu

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Thathithom (K.S.Chitra cover)- Azhagan

This is considered one of Chitra’s anthems and definitely one of the most challenging numbers she has done, EVER! Amazing, absolutely brilliant composition by Maragathamani (aka Keeravani/M M Kreem). Lovely lyrics as well by Valee. The beauty of the song is the almost minimal/non-existent orchestration and her voice just filling the ears……

Here’s my humble attempt at it. It was a total monster roller coaster ride for me :)

Movie: Azhagan
Originally sung by: K.S.Chitra
Original music by: Maragathamani
Lyrics: Valee
Lead, harmonies and mix: Meera Manohar


thathithOm viththaigaL katridum thathaigaL sonnadhu thathithOm
thithithOm thathaigaL sonnadhu muthamizh endruLam thithithOm
sindhithAl thALam thAnE varugiradhu
thALam oru sugam rAgam oru sugam reNdum iNaigiradhu (thathithOm)

kaNNil pEsum sangeetha mozhiyadhu kaNNan aRiya oNNAdhathA
unnai thEdum yEkkathil iravinil kaNNukkimaigaL muLLAvadhA
kuzhalinil varAdha rAgam yAvum en kuralinil varAdhathA
endhan manamidhu endhan ninaividhu endrE purigiradhA (thathithOm)

vaNNa thOgai eNNangaL ivaiyena minnum vizhigal sollAdhathA
kaNNan mArbil ponnoosalAdida ennum iLamai pollAdhathA
yamunaiyil varAdha veLLam undhanin karuNaiyil varAdhathA
kAdhal oru vidha yAgam en kural kAdhil vizhugiradhA (thathithOm)

sa ri ga pa ma dha pa ma ga ri sariga sarigasariga sariga thathithOm

pa ma dha ni madhani madhani madhani Sanidhapa madhari gamapa padhanisariga thathithOm

sanisaSaSaSa dhaRinima padhaniSa RiGariga mapadhaniSa RiGaRi mapadha RiGaRi sariga RiGaRi Ri rimadhaRi rimadhaSa

Sanidhapama Sa nidhapamaga ri
ni dhapamagari sa dha pamagarisani ri

sarigasasa rigama dhapamaga rigamariri gamapa nidhapama gamapagaga mapadhamama padhanipapa
dhaniSaRiSani dhaniSaRiSani dhanisarisani dhanisarisani
sarigasariga sarigasariga sa
sarigamapadhaniSaRi GaRiSanidhapamagarisa GaRiSanidhapamagari riRigaGa Sanidha

en kaNNanE vA
un meerAvai nee ingu pArAyO
kAdhal vEdhanai
adhai enna enbadhu
ini/adhai engu solvadhu

hmmm….hmmmm…I love u….

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