Let us take a break from film discussions to enjoy a violin treatment of a favourite raagam, the peaceful Mohanakalyani, performed by Arun Krishnamoorthy. If you check the related videos, he also does a fine Charukesi as well.
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Here is another one of my favourite songs. Who could not appreciate the beauty of these poetic words set to yet another one of Ilaiyaraja’s divine melodies? From Bharathi, the award-winning biographical film of Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi.
Music, lyrics, and picturization – the three pillars of film songs. There are more than enough stories of fine songs being ruined with shoddy picturizations. There are fewer, but still enough, stories of great lyrics being lost in subpar or overpowering music. Occasionally, though, we get a song where the three elements come together effortlessly and beautifully. The result is something special indeed. I’ll focus on one such song in this post: Pachai Nirame (The Colour Green), from Alaipayuthey, circa 2000. Here’s a rough translation done by yours truly:
Today we examine the half-comedic and half-serious semi-classical song “Suga Raagame” from Kanni Raasi. The comedy elements of the song (that is, Janagaraj’s character and MV’s imitation singing for him) are amusing when you know the context of the film, but oh, how I wish that there existed a version of this song done properly. Really, it seems almost wasteful, just like throwing away a diamond, to create such a beautiful melody and song but then have it sung in a mocking comedic manner half of the time.