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R.Sudharsanam - A Great Composer of Melodies !!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:36 am    Post subject: R.Sudharsanam - A Great Composer of Melodies !!! Reply with quote

A tribute to a great composer


During the peak period of MSV-TKR and MSV and amidst classical based melodies by "Mama" - K.V.Mahadevan - there was one composer who gave constant and consistent melodies, which had a totally different feel and freshness and a unique stamp of its own. The composer is none other than the Great R.Sudharsanam.

Undoubtedly the "Mellisai MannargaL" were ruling the Tamil Industry in terms of the volume of songs, sheer melodies, extravagant orchestrations - streching the limits of Indian Music to a different plane (or) horizon.

Yet R.Sudharsanam had his own quality and stamp in his songs and he had been careful and succeeded in managing to a much greater extent to avoid the influence of MSV-TKR in his Music.

Sudharsanam without a doubt has set a phenomenal style in Melody music - completely unique to himself!

The other great aspect that amazes me in this Legendary composer is his Variety. Generally musicians tend to get into a comfort zone after a while, but I feel Sudharsanam's songs always had the touch of "Novelty" in each of his compositions.

An interesting statistic - R.Sudharsanam has been a part of the beginning of two Legendary actors in Tamil Cinema.
Parasakthi - "Nadigar Thilagam" Sivaji Ganesan.
KaLathur Kannamma - "Ulaga Naayagan" Kamal Hassan.

Somehow from my childhood I always had an attraction to Sudharsanam's songs and personally he is definitely one of my top favourite Melody composers of the Golden Era !!

Here is the Tribute - a compilation of some outstanding and fabulous compositions of this Melody Legend.

1) Ammavum Neeye - KaLathur Kannamma

An all-time favourite devotional melody of many TFM fans. Also remembered as a history - first movie and song of Kamal Hassan. Beautiful Melody, nice chorus in charanams!!

Best part: Rendering of "Muruga, Muruga" has a great soul strring effect in this song!

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAdqM3odYXw

2) KaLai Vayasu - Deiva Piravi

A soft melody with soft hummings - absolutely no gimmicks! Dholak usage at its best - subtle yet attracts.

Best Part: "Pollathathu.... Manam Pollathathu". Wow! Conveys a touch of sarcasm!

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhW6k3bwpHQ

3) Azagiya Midhilai Nagariniley - Annai

For a long time I thought this was a MSV compo. A perfect duet, SUPERB Melody!

Best Part:
Prelude! The variation before starting of the pallavi
Second Charanam! PBS hummings after first line in Charanam II

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCq3jLj17iI

4) Naan Oru MuttaLunga - Sagothari

A great Chandrababu Hit! A totally different type of song. Be it the lyrics (or) the song! A casual - yet soulful. Perfect tune for a road-side philosphy!

Best Part:
Chandrababu's Voice;
Interludes - The rhythm.
Has a slight feel of "Maand" ragam in some portions, other pls confirm. Great imagination.

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0jp8ffvhqA

5) Kanna Karumai Nira Kanna - Naanum Oru Penn

A soothing song. Very soulful number.

Best Part: Orchestration!

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7axJfVRFkI

6) BuddiyuLLa Manitharellam - Annai

A great philosphical song... Presented in a totally different way! Amazing Melody! Another all-time favourite Chandrababu hits

Best Part:
Spanish Style
Accordian Usage


7) Bak Bak Maada Puraa - Annai

Another swinging melody! Another song, I thought it was MSV's in my childhood - later I identified with the difference in style & presentation.

Best Part:
Sangathis (End of charanam)
Flute in ludes!

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYlHzz8z_oI

8. Emara Sonnathu Naano - Naanum Oru Penn

Another classic Sudharsanam number, with interesting "Left-Right" sequences!

Best Part:
The rhythm during the starting of Pallavi
Melody in Charanam

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz_iDw0sLOA

9) KaNgaLin VaarthaigaL PuriyaathO - KaLathur Kannammaa

Starts as a slow melody. But Gemini comes and picks up the pace of the song. A typical Sudharsanam rhythm for this song. R.Sudharsanam-A.M.Raja had been a deadly combination!

Best Part:
Orchestration in the prelude
Bubbly tune

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9yLyfaMROE

10) Oh Rasikkum Seemaane - Parasakthi

A path-breaking film in Tamil Industry. Even now, this song is cherished and celebrated by many!

Best Part
Prelude - Orchestration & Humming

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh-G1Y3__d8

11) Arugil VanthaaL - Kalathur Kannamma

A perfect tune and an amazing song apt for the situation - a confused hero! The song reflects perfectly the mind state of the hero (Gemini)

Best Part:
Prelude starts as a funny music - but suddenly would take a twist and would become 'Mystic'. Great imagination!!

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vskDxpdMIGA

My most favourite (or) the Best song according to me is:
12) Anbaale Thediya - Deiva Piravi

What a soulful number ??!! Amazing voice of C.S.Jeyaraman and soft-melodic Janaki's Voice. Awesome Number!!

Best Part:
Can't pick - Listen to the whole song, please!

Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKNm1zznffY

Dear All, please add other great songs from R.Sudharsanam!

MSVTimes.com Salutes this Great Composer for his contribution to Melody Music!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


Nadaswara O is by Govarthanam . He excelled in Patanathil Boodham & this movie for AVM rajan
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi ram,

forgot the wonder ful kakidathil kappal seithu of anbu karangal
wonderful piece of sudarsanam master as he is being fondly called
i think his son is goverdanam or brother may be
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ram,

I join you in saluting this great composer. I must admit that his songs do have a different timbre. Parasakthi, Deivapiravi and Pattananthil Boothama are some of my favourites. Andha Sivakami Maganidam Seithi Solladi in Pattanathil Bootham never ceases to amaze me.

Mr.Sudarsanam's brother - Govardhanam used to be an assistant with our Emperor.

Damodaran Pachaiappan
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