9.17.2008

Ey Aa O !

Bought the DVD of the cultural show called ‘Ey Aa o’ – a show by Paul and Vel. The DVD was recently released by A.R.Rahman. It is a very unique show (conducted all over China) in which the diversity of Indian culture was exhibited through the different forms of Indian music like carnatic and Hindustani classical, bangla, Rajasthani and Tamil folk. The highlight of the show is the item they did with Tamil folk instrument ‘Parai’. The synergy, enthusiasm and the electrifying energy with which they performed should be seen to be believed. The song composed for famous verses of ‘Thirukkural’ covering multiple genres of music is another novel attempt and this song ended the colorful show on a good high note. Even other items were good but were too long to sustain the interest of a listener. There is a lot of intercuts to behind the scenes footage in the video with the music from the concert continuing to play in the background. They could have avoided such cuts as it was very distracting after a point. The audio and video quality of the DVD is very good.

Going by the statistics at least 60 unique visitors have listened to all the interludes but only 3 gave answers. I don’t know what to infer from this.

Waiting to grab the CD of S.S.Kuraman’s ‘Poo’ Soundtrack. Is there any website where we can pay (in INR) and legally download the new Tamil soundtracks?

‘Agam’ – one of the six winning bands of Rahman’s ‘Ooh La La La’ show, has posted 6 of their soothing numbers in their blog. I like all of them.

Finally A.R.Rahman has decided to release his next private album 11 years after ‘Vande Mataram’. And as always my expectations are sky high.

I just can’t believe the glorifying reviews of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. I liked Vikas Swarup’s Q&A but there was too much bollywood masala in it, especially towards the end. I am sure that they would have changed a lot of things for the movie. Going by the praises in all the reviews, it seems that Rahman’s score for this movie has hit the bull’s eye. Here is another soundtrack to the long list of Rahman soundtracks (Yuvaraj, Ghajini, Delhi 6, Sultan, and Chennayil Oru Mazhaikaalam) to lookout for.

Vidathu Karuppu’ is now available for online viewing and downloading and a zillion thanks to Rajshri pictures. ‘Vidhathu Karuppu’ is light years ahead of anything that Indian Television or at least Tamil television has seen till date. The genius of Indira Soundarajan (writer) and Naga (director) in ‘Vidathu Karuppu’ is unparalleled. The series with its concept and philosophy had a huge impact on me and so was one of the prime reasons for me being an agnostic now. I am also eagerly waiting for ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ series being directed by Naga for Kalaignar TV which is still under production.

Airtel Super Singer 2008 is little dull overall. But I enjoyed last week’s grooming sessions; especially Sriram Parthasarathy’s composition was beautiful and it was interesting to see him enthusiastically teaching the nuances of the song to the contestants. ‘Ungalil Yaar Aduththa Prabhudeva’ hits a new low in Star Vijay TV’s series of reality shows.

Listening to ‘Thiruvasakam in Symphony’ (finding extremely difficult to get out of it), How to Name it, Nothing but Wind and Wall-E Original Soundtrack (Thomas Newman). After listening to the samples, I decided to stay away from Raaja’s ‘Manikantan Geet Mala’.

13 comments:

Saravanan said...

I listened to couple of interludes. I cud not figure out the songs. So I waited for the your answers. I was surprised I cud not find Cheeni Kum interlude, which I listen often.May be lot of people like me.

Suresh Kumar said...

Saravanan - Yes. May be many tried like you and I am sure most of them would have guessed atleast one or two of them....

//I was surprised I cud not find Cheeni Kum interlude, which I listen often//

I am surprised too....But I am not sure how even i would have done if i had to answer someone else's quiz

DD said...

I could recognise only Cheeni Kum and none of the rest, though looking at the answers I was myself surprised I could not recognize a couple of them. Which was why I did not answer :)
Raaga.com used to offer legal downloads, mostly for the hyped and big movies. Dunno if they have it for Poo.

Suresh Kumar said...

DD - I thought that this could be one of the reason, people stood away as they could guess only one or two... And will check out Raaga

Vinith said...

suresh, is ther any specific reason why you dont prefer illegal downloads. am jus curious to know.
plenty of sites offer free music download. are they all illegal? i want to know this. coz i thought the music files whic come for free in web after a week of audio release is legal. isn't?
pls educate :)

Suresh Kumar said...

Vinith - I don't know whether they are legal or not. I also listen songs online which I think is legal. But I don't write about them if I don't buy with my own money. I feel that if I don't own it, I have no rights to comment on it, especially when one's comment is taken seriously by others and make them decide whether to buy the music or not. I feel it is as offesive, illegal or unethical as anything else.... Just my opinion...

Suresh Kumar said...

And also i think listening streaming audio in some of the sites is legal, and i think these sites also pay money to audio companies but I don't think it is legal to download songs online without paying unless otherwise mentioned....

Anonymous said...

Have you watched the malayalam show, asianet idea star 2008/2007. All shows are on youtube, and the singers I think are a fantastic lot. I feel, musically, Kerala is so very rich compared to the rest of south india, percentage-wise.

Vidathu Karuppu, I just watched too, having read some raving reviews last weeek. Amazing that they shot it 10 years back, nearly...it is too good. Where has all that creativity gone nowadays? Not just for viewers, but even for the actors, it must have been a fantastic experience in comparison to the crying fest they pour now.

-kajan

Prasad said...

Suresh, Thanks for the link for Vidathu karuppu.. Its the best tamil tv series made so far.

By the way, I was listening to the title track of this series and the bg score from Rehan,just like the story and direction, the music was also ahead of its time. Do you know what is this talented composer upto now ?

Suresh Kumar said...

Kajan - Have seen few episodes, I remember seeing Urvashi, Usha Uthup in the show as Judges... Yes I have heard a lot of good things about the show... But I am not a regular viewer... WIll try to catch as much as i can...

Yes, Vidathu Karuppu is a Masterpiece in every sense of the word. Do watch it till the end, it will be a lifetime experience...

Suresh Kumar said...

Prasad - Yes, The BGM for Vidaathu Karuppu was great... mostly BGM is not used... The spine chilling title score is one of the best till date... His score for Swarna Regai, Iyandira Paravai are equally great... Also he is the one who gave the Sun TV its signature tune... But I don't know where he is and what he is doing now....

Vinith said...

Yep. Thanks suresh for the clarifications. I think i have listened to more of illegal versions than leagla ones. i'll have to pay and download or i have to buy it from stores. The problem here is i dont get it in the local stores. I need to travel all the way to city to get it. :oops:
Will take strain to buy in stores henceforth.
Thanks suresh

Suresh Kumar said...

Vinith - Good to know that...