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#87 : Day Sixty Eight- Rahmania – A tribute

It’s day 30 of Rahmania and I write this post with a heavy heart. I might as well continue writing about the songs I love, but then, it would become all about me, my likes and my life. That’s not what I had in mind when I took up the challenge of 100 days of blogging. Today, its about the man. The man who unknowingly touched many lives through his music. The man whose compositions speak way louder than his words.

People normally assume that the likes of me “have become fans of him” after he won a couple of Oscars. It is a blissful feeling to ignore such ignorant-pretenders. Before Facebook, twitter and internet took over, there were things like television, radio and normal conversation. The need to proclaim the love for something in public was non-existent. For some of us, it is still that way. Then why have you been writing about this man you ask?

It’s Simple. Music unites people. I’ve connected with a lot of people over this common topic. I’ve had people who are almost strangers asking me to write about a particular song. There are just a handful of people who can do that, bringing people together – AR Rahman, Ilayaraja, JK Rowling are a few to name.

Eventually we are all forgotten pages in the lives of others. Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to be that page which would give at least a moment of happiness if not chapters of remembrance? Wouldn’t it be worth while to cherish that moment when you connect with a stranger all because of a song which probably holds different set of memories for both of you. I digress. The man and his compositions are legendary. His humane nature is truly inspiring. What we see is what we get really when it comes to him. How do you know you ask?

My fiance shared this incident with me. His friends and him, they were waiting among the large crowd which thronged Rahman’s house every year on his birthday. Rahman came out and waved to all of them before speeding off in his car. Being the ardent fans they were, my fiance and his friends picked up their bikes and followed the man till a building near Taj Nungambakkam. His car stopped momentarily and a man from the car signaled these guys to follow them to another building which was away from the main road. The car finally stopped and out step the man who signaled them – the driver. He asked if these guys had camera and advised them to keep it ready. Rahman himself stepped down with a gentle smile and wished these guys. He asked each and every one of them their names and as to what they were doing in general. He stood and posed for photographs before politely excusing himself. Chasing a celebrity is probably is not a good idea. He might as well have booked him for it, yet he didn’t. He wasn’t angry that they followed him all the way, nor was curt when he met them. Stellar example of how to be even when you have truck loads of money and a room full of trophies.

This sir, is my little tribute to you. I have zero knowledge of music. I know in all possibility that you certainly won’t read this. But if you did, please know you impacted my life in a way no one else apart from my father did.

Good music has the power to heal or destroy a soul in trouble. Please be assured that your’s healed and couldn’t have possibly destroyed any soul.

Signing off with a song which I promised would be last.

Why is it at the last?

I don’t know!

Why not other songs?

I really don’t know.

Kaiyil Midhakum Kanava nee!

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#86 : Day Sixty Seven – Kannamoochi Yenda En Kanna!

Day 29 of the ARR madness, I decided to save the best for the last. The year 2000 was a milestone of sorts to me. That was the year I actually started watching Tamil movies and this movie – Kandukondain Kandukondain was the first movie I remember watching properly without taking a break. I used to watch movies in installments due to the lack of ability to sit still for a good three hours.

My favorite color is blue. It’s been that color since the year 2000. This song is the reason behind it – Aishwarya Rai’s blue lehenga  and that peacock feather background to be precise. I simply fell in love with that color and the composer’s tunes too. That’s when I officially became a Rahmaniac. No turning back since then!

It’s difficult to pick songs from his entire discography. There are just too many favorites with fond memories attached to each song. It’s simply overwhelming to look at back and see how many favorites I’ve missed out because I couldn’t really pick. One can’t possibly “rank” favorites among his compositions. With the month coming to end tomorrow, I’m saddened a bit that I wouldn’t be writing more about his compositions. Nevertheless, I can always repeat such an activity later 😀

 

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#85 : Day Sixty Six – Manmohini Morey! 

Day 28 into ARR fever, today’s number is a truly mind blowing one. 

Sung by the extremely talented singer Vijay Prakash, this song has a Classical-Gazhal undertone. Combined with modern music, this song is an absolutly divine! 

Starring Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan, the visuals seem a wee bit silly for a song of such a caliber. Having not watched the movie I might have overlooked the impact of context, but that doesn’t really justify as to why the visuals seem so distasteful shot. 

Being a musical, Rahman seems to have poured his soul and sweat to ensure that all tracks are artistically appealing. In fact I debated a good one hour before deciding upon this song. Its simply too hard to pick between Tu Meri Dost, Tu Muskura and this number! 

Given a choice I’d pick all three. So the song for today is not just this track but all three. For ARR’s music it’s okay to cheat a bit 😂😜

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#84 : Day Sixty Five – Chandralekha!

Day 27 into ARR madness and this one is a gem of a song. 

Sung by singer Anupama, this is a techno pop number which set a benchmark for pop numbers in the Industry. Anupama’s voice combined with Rahman’s magical interludes, this is song is every rebel girl’s dream song including mine. The rhythm is so unpredictable that a first time listener would be absolutely delighted at the rythemic twists and turns! 

The visuals are also equally scintillating! Shot with a fort in backdrop and beautiful lighting, the song and the visual complement each other so well! 

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#83 : Day Sixty Four – En Mel Vizhundha Mazhai Thuliaye!

Day 26 of the ARR celebration on my blog, as promised I’ve taken up a request. This one comes for my friend Kavya Janani. We share a part of our names apart from the love of ARR’s music and Harry Potter. In spite of being complete strangers, there are few things which truly unite you. This is the best example. I hardly know her. Our interactions have been via Facebook, but I connect with her thanks to ARR and JKR – two people whom I owe a lot.

Sung by singer PS Jayachandran and KS Chitra, this song renders you speechless. Lyricist Vairamuthu has once again proved his prowess over the language. One can’t possibly imagine a better song to describe the pain of separation and finding your loved one back again.

Looks like 30 days aren’t going to be enough to celebrate this man at all.

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#82 : Sixty Three – Mudhal Murai Killi Parthen!

Day 25 into ARR fever, this song is upon a request from my fiancee. The love for ARR’s music is something we have in common, just among a handful of other things. He wanted me to feature this song today and la, wish fulfilled. This is also dedicated to my to be sister in law. Apparently, this is one of her favorite movie.

Sung by accomplished singer Srinivas and Sujatha, this song is a total melody. It’s about the feel of first love. Actor Rahman and Vindhya have done a fantastic job of acting for such a fab melody. All the songs in this album are way too good. I had initially wanted to write about Mazhai Thuli song, but then he asked and I couldn’t say no.

It’s 25th already and I have plenty more favorites to go. Picking songs is becoming increasingly difficult.

What’s your favorite ARR track? Let me know, I’d be happy to feature it for your, just for tomorrow only though 😛

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#81 : Day Sixty Two – Meherbaan!

Day 24 into the ARR fever, this one is a transcendental number.

Though the movie didn’t fare well, the songs are way too good. Sung by the master magician himself, this number is one perfect romantic number. That husk in his voice brings out that perfect emotion of being in love.

Here is the song,

This version doesn’t have the actual visuals from the movie. I found the original visuals a bit depressing. The hero goes on to sing this song with  permanent frown and sadness on his face. Let’s just forget about the visuals and listen to the song shall we?