Interview: Santhosh Narayanan

Posted on October 9, 2018


Santhosh Narayanan talks about his 25th album, Vada Chennai, directed by Vetri Maaran. He speaks of the song, Kaarkuzhal kadavaiye, and why he wanted it in this album. He talks about his sound and why it came about, and how he goes about composing a song. He speaks of how ideologically inclined directors like Pa Ranjith and Mari Selvaraj have shaped his work and his life.

He speaks of the gaana song’s resurgence and how his gaana songs are different from those by Deva. He talks about Karuppi, from Padayerum Perumal, and his rural songs versus those by Ilayaraja and others. He speaks of his love for MS Viswanathan. He discusses how he composes background music, and his pet cause of substance abuse.

He talks about how he chooses a genre, and why he works with a particular set of singers. He name-drops Attakathi, Pizza, Soodhu Kavvum, Jigarthanda, Iraivi... He concludes with thoughts on his new open-door policy about interviews and whether it will last.

Thanks to all who responded to this earlier post: There’s going to be a Santhosh Narayanan interview at some point. Given the passionate and opinionated (understatement max!!! 🙂 ) music lovers who frequent this blog, I thought I’d ask if you guys have any questions. I mean, I do have a bunch of questions. But if there’s something extra that comes in from you, I’ll try and bung that in too.

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