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Sirippil undaagum ragathile pirakkum sangeethame

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject: Sirippil undaagum ragathile pirakkum sangeethame Reply with quote

When you are entrusted with a task to handle a mentally retarded man , you will have to become another like personality . then only one can understand the emotions, feelings that run through them…….

Sometimes, you will have to scream ……
At times, you will have to be tough…..
Also at times you will have to cry ……..
Most of the times, you will have to cajole ……..
Also one will have to laugh and evoke laughter so that the person understands you and obey your command…….

What Bagyaraj did with Banupriya in Aararo aariraro was with a comical touch ( but Banupriya was pretending to be insane )

But what JJ did to Nadigar thilagam was something different in ENGIRUNDHO VANDHAAL

This movie arguably is the best of JJ incidentally………( ofcourse Suryaganthi was another IMHO )

The fact that the great Sanjivkumar tried his best in Kilona , the hindi version but himself admitted / surrendered with modesty that he could not match with Nadigar thilagam is another story ( not only this character, SK acted in the hindi version of Navarathri as well but once again , he conceded his limitations though he did well )

JJ is entrusted with the responsibility to take care of NT who becomes mentally retarded on seeing his lover die right before his eyes for the failed love affair …….
Typically , NT gets the rough treatment from all the members of the family , Balaji ( elder brother ) and others…….gets beaten, chided for his insanity …..
As they found NT to be a big headache, they hire the services of JJ ………

JJ gradually gets into the positive mind frame of NT and he starts liking her as he finds her the only person in the world who could understand / appreciate his state of mind……

There is no proven science as to when or how a retarded person gets back to sanity …….

Eventhough JJ herself finds the task herculian , soon she studies him and changes her approach and successfully convinces him that she is one to give solace and comfort

GENERAL THEORY IS THAT A RETARDED PERSON LAUGHS MOST OF THE TIMES………

This was aptly used by the Director to bring in a song sequence wherein JJ and NT go out to a water falls area and start exchanging notes through laughter….

It’s a funny situation and a bit tricky also for, a Music director to break his head to get an appropriate tune …..

But if the MD happens to be Mellisai Mannar , do we need to say anything further about his credentials ??

SO WHAT HE DOES HERE IS TO COIN THE SWARAS AND MERGE WITH THE LAUGHTER…….

Whatever JJ laughs, NT responds by churning out swaras ………

And a lovely worded beginning to a song…. SIRIPPIL UNDAAGUM RAGATHILAY ….PIRAKKUM SANGEETHAMAY ….. ADHU VADIKKUM KAVIDHAI AAYIRAM AVAI ELLAM UN ENNAMAY ….KANNAY POO VANNAMAY !!

Captivating lyrics ……perfect understanding of the situation and what a melody this song ultimately turned out to be….

During the laughter , swara exchange, it will look as if TMS and PS are in for a big challenge to out perform ! such will be the intensity

The melody king MSV didn’t miss the opportunity ….and its yet again a classic from his repertoire

MSV had also given a thought provoking song for MGR in Naan yaar naan yaar nee yaar in Kudiyirundha kovil , a song sequence during which MG will be briefly insane…..

The prelude comes in the form of a sweet humming from TMS followed by MSV’s customary sitar …….

The flute interludes before the first charanam will take us to a dream world

I have observed MSV switching over to tabla support often during the charanam ( umpteen number of songs …..list is exhaustive ) this could be his style of structuring a song ……

The second interludes are a mix of group violin and sitar ( with drums support )…..and finally PS resumes with NILAVENA VALARATTUM KAVITHAI VELLAM….

The beauty of the song lies from the fact that when TMS goes in high pitch, PS will counter by low pitch.....

when TMS sings Thangam paadhi vairam paadhi angam enbadho ??? IN HIGH PITCH

PS mellows down by saying ...nool idayil vaazum penmai un isayil aadum bommai.... followed by splendid humming ohohohohoho........
by now TMS gets back to normal levels and sings.... Kannay poovannamay ...ellaam un ennamay !!
This type of improvisation made MSV a unique composer !! hats off !!!

Its yet another TMS-PS wonder !! another song wherein TMS breathes like Shivaji


This movie had other memorable songs :

1. Oray paadal unnai azaikkum – NT during the marriage reception of his lover had to sing this
2. Naan unnai azaika villai – A stage when NT pleads to JJ not to ignore him but treat him with all kindness that’s being to a kid ….MSV’s usage of Shenoy during the interludes will be nice…..
3. Kalidasa mahakavi kaviyam – a song needed to show that the 2 have understood each other and the resultant love making …. Its Seerkazi Govindarajan who sings this time…..any idea how he was roped in ?? briefly JJ also sings in between…

Engirundho vandhaal was directed by A.C.Thirulokchander

For Mellisai Master, its another success story of the early 70s………….
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Balaji,

Once the great MLV said MSV could tell the swaras even for the "kheel satham" (i.e of the door) then why not laughter. Every song in "Engirundho vandhal" is a gem. What a song "Orae Padal Unnai Azhakkum". What a situation and what a music. Can we see an another movie like Engirundho vandhal' these days. A billion dollar question. Can we get songs with this aesthetics. I doubt.

Keep it up

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

S.SAMPAT wrote:
What a song "Orae Padal Unnai Azhakkum". What a situation and what a music.

"Orey Paadal Unnai Azhaikkum" has a uniqueness. The song starts with "Sa" and goes through as "Aaroganam". In the very next line it comes down as "Avaroganam" and will end in "Sa" again. I'm not sure if MSV did this by intention. (One can just hum and see for a minute to feel this). A rare sight of MSV!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Ram,

Great observation. Yes ur right indeed about the melody of "Orae Padal"
As i already said for the king it comes naturally. What a great composer.

bye for now
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear sampath &all,

The very mention of "ore paadal " makes one emotional.try to think of this
song on its compositional brilliance alone. typical to the level of kirthana sung
inchowkka kaalam",how the master brings out the countours,and new shades of harikamboji.A priceless gem, a lesson in compositional brilliance,a peep into the genius of the creator,due to the grace of the CREATOR of this creator.

sorry, I am at loss of words,

s.r.sankaranarayanan
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:10 pm    Post subject: Orey Paadal Podhum! Reply with quote

Orey Paadal - Intha oru Paadaley MSV-n mettukal jalathai ulagam ulla varai parai satri kondirukkum!!!

Vazhga MSV!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear M/s S.R.S and Vaidy,

Mr. S.R.S, as u rightly pointed out. what a classic handling of Harikambhoji scale. And in this song TMS sir, is out of the world. I am too at loss of words.

Mr.Vaidy, though u have not had any formal training in music, you have the heart and ears for the best music in the world. what more qualification you need. And if at all this little fellow is known to all the MSV lovers around the world, that is because of you, Ram,Venky and ur associates who are responsible for the launch. And not the least, thanks to the amazing technology which abridges all geographical barriers and distance and unites the hearts of lovers of the giant MSV.

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