8.30.2005

Worst Criticism on Thiruvasakam Album

I don’t know why some cynics like X and Y, when writing about IR’s music in Thiruvasakam album, talk and complain more about everything else except music. They talk about the big budget, the producer, the public fund, IR’s ego, the way it was promoted and marketed, IR’s film music, about Thiruvasakam and Manickavasagar, about its religious meaning, about everything else except its music.

The reason is mainly because these people don’t have ears for good music. It is not that they are worried about adulteration of Indian classical music. It is that they don’t know anything about either form of music and as a result they couldn’t appreciate a good collaborative effort like this. Their argument about the other issues related to the album may even be true which I don’t mind but when they say that the music is bad, it truly shows their ignorance in the music form to which this album belongs.

I do sometimes feel that IR is an egoistic person but such a feeling doesn’t stop me from enjoying his music. Some stupid are complaining that Illayaraja has used Thiruvasakam for his tunes and has not composed music for Thiruvasakam. For that they claim that IR’s introduction speech in the start of “Putril vazh” song itself is the proof. I wonder whether there guys heard “Polla Vinayaen”. I can’t imagine how blindly they have criticized the music and has published it openly without any hesitation. Is it possible to compose a tune like that of “Valvinayaen thannai” and use the verses from some literature to fit it in the tune? Or is it possible to compose the tune of “Umbarakatkarasey” without the verses. One of the great aspects of this album is that the verses are given prominence and tune is set aptly underlying the theme and the notes truly carries the emotion that it intends to evoke. And even worse is the statement comparing this oratorio to other Tamil Devotional albums of L.R.Eswari, Iyyapan albums etc., clearly shows how extremely ignorant in music and myopic these people are.

Another gentle man has commented on Illayaraja’s voice. Illayaraja’s voice is what that gives a unique divine sound to the music. I never get angry easily but this statement took me to my extreme limit. Is he sure about what he is talking? Can anyone think of “Janani Janani” song without IR’s voice? He says that he could visualize only Raj kiran and Ramarajan while listening to Illayaraja’s voice and that clearly shows how pathetic his music taste is and myopic a person he is. Do anyone of us ever have had such a visualization while listening to “Thamae thamakku sutramum” and “Masatra sothi”.

I know understood why Illayaraja didn’t release his First Symphony he composed for London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

16 comments:

Bala (Karthik) said...

The comments from the
X and Y who aren't acheivers in any way. The comments don't even deserve a reply. Let them say what they want to. Please don't bother even giving space for them in your blog....

Mumbai Ramki said...

X ,Y -> WHy lets call them .I have read some of the articles in X website .they are mostly coarse ,rude and no thought flows in his articles .

It is not so uncommon that people with no reviewing capability review albums !!!!!

I was told that in US ,people study a course for this !!!

Nithya Swaminathan said...

Hi,
Came from Maestromagic group... As 2 others have already said, ivangalukku ellam blog space kuduthu, celebrity aakadheenga... IR indha madiri chillarai-ku ellam mela irukkar...

Suriyana pathu naai kolacha, naai-ku thaan thondai valikkum... It doesnt diminish the greatness of the Suriyan in any way... indha X, Y ellam verum naaigal maatume! Ulagame oru vishayatha paarattum bodhu, chumma veembukkaga indha madiri edhavadhu ezhudhina, sila peroda gavanam namma pakkam thirunbum appadinu oru alpa aasaiyila ezhuthittanga... vidunga...

Chronic case of identity crisis, and nothing else!

Anonymous said...

neenga ellam intha blog-la yeluthi than x periya ala aganumnu illa. he never think like that. to criticize his criticism - we should think that are we capable for that.

Suresh Kumar said...

anonymous: who are X or Y. you don't even have the guts to disclose who you are but you are talking about the capability.

Navaneeth said...

In any part of the life there are abt hundreds of crticiism we hear..coz our country has 60% of "SO CALLED INTELECTUALS" doing nothing, leaving in other money, doesnt have any goal will do this nonsense...NOTHING CAN STOP IRs MUSIC JOURNEY..he has gone into molecule level in music...so just igonre them..and listen to his music, be cool and enjoy

Muthuvel said...

(Offtopic)

Suresh,

I suppose u took the shuttle from Navalur to Tidel on tuesday (or wednesday) afternoon. I was also travelling in it. Am the same guy who was writing reviews in Mouthshut under the id (manoj_muthu)...am in Navalur now.

When i saw you, i thought of saying a hi and introducing myself ..but thot that wud be awkward at tht time... then i thot of saying 'hi' atleast before getting down at TCO...but u were fast asleep with a bookmarked book in ur lap:-)..so i left

Suresh Kumar said...

hi manoj:

Thats great to hear. i think u are going to be the first Msian whom i am gonna meet. Will M2M you from mouthshut

dhanasekhar said...

Please post the review of the moview : "Oru Kallooriyin Kathai"

Muthuvel said...

Hi Suresh,

My name is Muthuvel only... i created that id as motuhshut pissed me off while registering as i tried other combinations.. BTW Manoj is the name of one of my very close friend.

Arjuna_Speaks said...

suresh - I have written abt deepak dev in my blog - check it out - listen to those songs and let me know :)

mysorean said...

Hi Suresh,

I am not sure if you remember me. I am n.aditya from MS. I have also started my blog sometime back.

I have added you to my blogroll. Nice to catch you here too.

Suresh Kumar said...

hi adi,

will check your blog.

Sadish said...

I am a great fan of IR and after reading those articles by Charu and Gnani, I felt the same as you.

they do not understand how much difficult it is to compose music for the verses and they just want to get popular by using negative criticism.

as Nithya already mentioned, IR is like Suriyan and these people have to be just ignored.

-Sadish
simpleinside.com

Anonymous said...

Hi All,

Nice to see those rear gaurd action against some meningless reviews on this great album. I Also want to share my finding that this album should not be heard in a sound system with surround effect 'ON'. Some people are complaining that the words are submerged in the music and is clear. This is because that 'those' people might have turned there surround effect 'ON' on their music system or PC. This is due to the fact that the Thiruvasakam' album is already 'recorded' in surround sound technology. No need to add a
surround effect.

venkatesh said...

Hi All,

Nice to see those rear gaurd action against some meningless reviews on this great album. I Also want to share my finding that this album should not be heard in a sound system with surround effect 'ON'. Some people are complaining that the words are submerged in the music and is clear. This is because that 'those' people might have turned there surround effect 'ON' on their music system or PC. This is due to the fact that the Thiruvasakam' album is already 'recorded' in surround sound technology. No need to add a
surround effect.

venkatesh