Monday, June 28, 2010

Yuvan is on Twitter

Finally, Yuvan is on twitter. I was waiting for this :) Now, we can get some reliable updates.

Here is the address:

Join Twitter. Follow Yuvan!

Here are few updates from Yuvan and his friends on Twitter:

Yuvan's first tweet: Hi guys I'm new to this!!! Working on naan mahan alla now!!

Siddharth says: He's favourite music director, my friend, and the son of my god ilaiyaraja, @Raja_Yuvan..the one & only yuvan shankar raja!!cheers!

Siddharth says: Yuvan is here after lots of coaxing and threatening by @arvindkrsna and me:) show him lots of love people...all Oy! music lovers, "seheri"!!

Itwofs Karthik says: Yuvan Shankar Raja is on Twitter. Follow him - he's Da Star!! @Raja_Yuvan

ArvindKrishna says: PLEASE WELCOME my BEST FRIEND,a PRODIGY n one of the highlyTALENTED musik directors we hv 2day!The Most wanted Yuvanshankar Raja @Raja_Yuvan

Last but not least, I said: Man... You made my day. Hav been waiting to see you here. Welcome :) We love you :)

@Raja_Yuvan Hey Yuvan. I'm ur 1st follower. Wow... So happy and proud:):)

And Yuvan replied: @vovinith hi thanks!!!!

Ha ha.... I'm so happy :) Come on, Join and follow this youth icon! :)


Keywords: Yuvan shankar tweets, twitter account.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Aridhu Aridhu - Music by S Thaman

His Eeram did not impress me much. His Mundhinam Parthene did only to some extent. When everybody went ga-ga over Munthinam Paarthene songs, I felt a little awkward and suspected if the music sense in me was fading! LOL. I still could not enjoy the songs thoroughly. Now, composer S Thaman arrives with Aridhu Aridhu which kindles me to revisit his earlier albums.

Here is my take on his Aridhu Aridhu.

Un Uyirai kollum, sung by talented Karthik is very Rahman-ish in terms of orchestration. The beats that start at the part 'seyalgaL valikkiradhu.......' affirms that. The high point of the track is however, Karthik's soulful rendition and meaningful lyrics, "ஏர்க்கலப்பைகள் ஏங்குதடா...." for instance.

"Missing Something", a seducing melody, seductively sung by Reeta. The overall feel of the song resembles Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply". More of English verses and less of tamil verses, almost make it an English song.

Oh la la li - A peppy number brilliantly rendered by Suchithra. I have never been a fan of her voice in any of her earlier songs. I liked her voice in Pesum Poove (Mundhinam Parthene). Now, I have fallen in love with her voice in this song. A rocking number with thumping music arrangement. Lyrics are my only concern here.

Azhagaai Sirithayada, sung by the film's director Mathivanan, gives a mysterious feel. Mathivanan's singing is not convincing. The song would have reached greater heights if Thaman had roped in a different singer.

Despite the powerful orchestration (Excellent layer works which is more common in Yuvan songs) Kanavugal edhuvarai failed to impress me. and Saturday girlOdu is perhaps the weakest song in this album.

Overall a fantastic album. Go for it.


Keywords: Thaman, taman, Arithu arithu songs review, music review, album review, aridhu aridhu, madhivanan,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

செம்மொழியான தமிழ் மொழியாம் - எனது கருத்துக்கள்

செம்மொழியான தமிழ்மொழியாம் - உலகத் தமிழ் மாநாட்டிற்காக ஏ ஆர் ரஹ்மான் உருவாக்கி இருக்கும் பாடல்.

தமிழ் மொழியின் சிறப்பினையும், பழம்பெருமையையும் எடுத்துரைக்கும் "செம்மொழி கீதம்" (Semmozhi Anthem) என்று அழைக்கப்படும் இப்பாடல் எப்படி இருந்திருக்க வேண்டும்? ஆனால் எப்படி வந்திருக்கிறது?

'பிறப்பொக்கும் எல்லா உயிர்க்கும்' என TM Soundarajan அட்டகாசமாய் துவக்கி வைக்க, அடுத்த வினாடியே 'யாதும் ஊரே, யாவரும் கேலிர் ('கேளிர்' என்பதே சரி) என பிழையாக உச்சரித்து அதிர்ச்சியளிக்கிறார் ரஹ்மான்.

கார்த்திக், சின்மயி, ஹரிணி, விஜய் ஏசுதாஸ், சுசீலா, என ரம்மியமான குரல்களுடன் பாதி பாடல் பயணிக்க, தவில், நாதஸ்வரம் இணைந்து நம்மைப் பரவசமூட்டும் அந்த தருணத்தில் தான், பெரும் அதிர்ச்சி. மேற்கத்திய Rap இசையுடன் களமிறங்குகிறார் ப்ளாசே (Rap singer Blaze). 'எம்மதமும் ஏற்றுப் புகல்கின்ற (புகழ்கின்ற)' என்று அவர் பாடி நிறுத்த,
'செம்மொலயான தமில்மொலியாம்' என்று ஒரு CHORUS பாடி முடிக்கிறது. அங்கு தடம் மாறி, தடுமாற ஆரம்பிக்கும் தமிழ்மொழி கீதம், கிட்டதட்ட கடைசி வரைக்கும் தடுமாறுகிறது எனபது வேதனை.

தமிழ் மொழியின் பழமையைப் பற்றி பேசும் பாடலின் இசை எவ்வாறு இருந்திருக்கலாம் என்ற எனது கருத்துக்கள்.

> மேற்கத்திய இசை வரும் பகுதி இடைச்செருகல் போல தோன்றுகிறது. தமிழைப் பற்றிய பாடலில், மேற்கத்திய இசையை எதற்கு? தவிர்த்திருக்கலாம்.
> கர்னாடக இசையை வைத்தே முழு பாடலயும் செதுக்கி இருக்கலாம்.
> தமிழ் மொழி உச்சரிப்பில் சிறிது மெனக்கட்டிருக்கலாம்.
> வயலின், வீணை, யாழ், மிருதங்கம் போன்ற இசைக்கருவிகளைப் பயன்படுத்தி, பாடலை அலங்கரித்திருக்கலாம்.
> SP Balasubramaniam, S Janaki, KJ Yesudoss போன்றவர்கள் பாடாதது எனக்கு மிகப்பெரிய குறையாகவே தோன்றுகிறது.

இறுதியாக, பாடல் கேட்டு முடிக்கும்போது, ஏற்படவேண்டிய 'என் தமிழ் மொழி' எனும் உணர்வு, ஏற்படாமலே போய்விடுவது ஏமாற்றம்.

ஆக, செம்மொழி கீதம் என்னைக் கவரவில்லை. ரஹ்மானிடம் எதிர்ப்பார்த்தது இது அல்ல. பெரும் எதிர்ப்பார்ப்புடன் இருந்த எனக்கு, ஏமாற்றமே மிஞ்சியது :-(

இத்தனையும் தாண்டி இதனை ரசிக்க வைக்கும் சில அம்சங்கள்:
> 30 பாடகர்கள், இசை அமைப்பாளர்களின் அணிவகுப்பு .
> தமிழகத்தின் பெருமை வாய்ந்த இடங்களை அழகாய் படம் பிடித்திருக்கும் ஒளிப்பதிவு.
> கௌதம் மேனனின் இயக்கம்.

இசையை பற்றி மட்டுமே பேச விழைந்ததால், காட்சியமைப்பைப் பற்றி அதிகம் எழுதவில்லை.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kadhal Solla Vanthen - Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja

Kadhal Solla Vandhen, is an upcoming movie directed by Bhoopathy Pandiyan that has Balaji of Kana Kaanum Kalangal in the lead. The film was earlier titled Naan Avalai sandhitha pozhudhu.

There are totally five tracks.

"Oh Shala" song is the best in this album. A scintillating song with foot tapping beats. Lyrics by Saradhi (newbie?), seamlessly blend with the tune. Yuvan's rendition enhances the charm of the song. If picturized well, the song can become a massive hit among the audience. The song is simple with three basic notes in the pallavi. Yuvan has beautifully shuffled the tunes to form Charanam. First interlude is noteworthy.

Enna Enna aagiren sung by Vijay Yesudoss is an excellent melody with nice lyrics. "Kadhal Silai ondru........." part in Enna aagiren song is awesome. The song has the potential to become super hit. Oru Vanavillin a passable track is completely spoiled by Udit.

Charanam parts in "Anbulla Sandhiya" more than compensate for it's lackluster start in Pallavi. This song is supposed to give a haunting feel to the listeners, but fails miserably.

Experimental track of this album arrives with "saami varugdhu kadhal samy varugudhu", a thiruvizha kind of song (not exactly of this genre) sung by poosari. The song reminds us of various Iyappan songs that we get to hear in during the season. Make no mistake. Only the use of Udukkai makes you feel so. This song has ultimately funny lyrics. Selecting a real Poosari to render this song is a good move. The song can rock B and C center audience.

Yuvan's score for this less popular movie is excellent. Two great songs. Worth going for!

Tags: nan avalai sandhithabodhu, naan avalai sandhitha pozhuthu, kaadhal solla vanthen, kathal solla vandhen, yuvan shankar raja, oh shalla, bhupathy pandian, boopathi pandiyan, balaji.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Vasanthabalan's Angadi Theru - A must visit street

Angadi Theru, the descriptive title says it all. Yes, it is the tale of a couple who works for a famous Textile Store in T Nagar.


Jothilingam (Akhil), a guy who hails from a village ‘Ittamozhi’, comes to Chennai to work in a Textile Store as a salesman. That owes to the sudden demise of his father in an accident. There he meets the floor supervisor Kani (cho chweet ‘Anjali’). Their meet starts with a fight and soon turns into love. Love blossoms between the couple. Another couple in the same store, who loved each other, faces a tragic end. Will the lead couple, who are terrorized by this incident, unite?

As far as the story and screenplay are considered, this is certainly a feather in director Vasantha Balan’s crown. The screenplay in the first half works so beautifully while the sequences in the second half are quite predictable.

The first scene of this movie is symbolic. But it has been shown in a way that audiences realize it only as they reach the end. Well done Vasanthabalan. There are so many brilliant, poetic, emotional scenes in the movie. For instance, the scene where younger sister of Akhil, who is longing to see his brother, asks for the ‘Senthil Murugan Stores’ labeled bag from a lady, in her village. Brilliant. The love between Akil and Anjali has been portrayed so beautifully, especially in the songs.

Talking about the performance, everybody has done their parts well that includes the lead pair, Akhil’s friend who provides the comic part and his girlfriend, the floor in-charge Karungali. However, the best of these performances is undoubtedly from Anjali, who stuns the audience with her realistic performance. With her expressive eyes and girl next door look, she has done a fabulous job in acting. Akhil, though, has done his part well, needs a little improvement in facial expressions.

Songs are excellent. GV Prakash’s ‘Un perai sollumbodhe’, Vijay Antony’s “Aval appadi ondrum” are soothing to ears and the songshave been picturized beautifully. However, the background score is not effective. Cinematography is excellent.

Of course, this cannot be called a flawless movie. The movie has its minus points. To quote a few,

The second half is predictable. Though the friend of Akhil provides a comic relief, we have seen such characters in of movies. The tragic second half is supposed to create a shock in audience. But it doesn’t really.

Overall: The impact of the lighter first half is more than the impact of the tragic second half. I’m not a big fan of Vasantha balan’s Veyil. I thought he was overrated. He proves me wrong with his Angadi Theru. Looking forward to his next venture.



Tags: Vasanthabalan, angadi theru movie review, saravana stores, senthil murugan stores, akhil, anjali, gv prakash kumar, vijay antony