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Readers Write In #288: The OTHER soundtrack of 1992

October 24, 2020

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(by Madan Mohan) A Tamil film soundtrack of 1992 deeply influenced my tastes in music.  But it’s not the one you’re thinking of! I know Roja is supposed to be the earth-shattering album of 1992, the one that caused a seismic upheaval and paved the way for a new direction.  I would even agree that […]

Interview: Suresh Krissna recalls his journey with SPB

September 30, 2020

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Interview: YG Mahendran, Kavithalaya Krishnan, Kalpana remember SPB

September 29, 2020

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#AskBR – Remembering SPB

September 28, 2020

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or talk about actors and directors… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam through the MSV era, the Ilaiyaraaja era, and beyond

September 25, 2020

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A journey through the great singer’s songs in Tamil cinema, by the two great composers who used him the most, and used him the best. How on earth do you write about SPB? How do you contain the vastness of his accomplishments, the vast pleasures he has brought us, in a couple of thousand words? […]

Yuvan Shankar Raja and Ilaiyaraaja: Like father, like son?

August 31, 2020

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On the younger composer’s birthday, a fanciful exercise that wonders if at least one set of “Yuvan songs” is rooted in “Raja songs”. When someone’s from a rich family, we say they were born with a silver spoon. Yuvan Shankar Raja, then, was born with a silver tune. It was a house of musical riches. […]

Interview: Govind Vasantha (Masterclass on scoring background music)

August 21, 2020

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#AskBR – AR Rahman

July 31, 2020

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MS Viswanathan: 10 beautiful songs from the Ilaiyaraaja era, the 1980s

July 14, 2020

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It’s been five years since the greatest melodic innovator of Tamil film music passed on. Here are ten songs that showcase his creativity even in his past-his-prime phase. There’s a point in every composer’s career where the baton is passed on to the next generation. There’s a new king, so to speak. In MS Viswanathan’s […]

The unshackling of Tamil film music from the Carnatic idiom happened long before Ilaiyaraaja (addenda)

June 12, 2020

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The unshackling of Tamil film music from the Carnatic idiom happened long before Ilaiyaraaja

June 8, 2020

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The maestro is a talent that comes along once in the bluest of moons. My point is simply that his genius doesn’t need the negation of everyone who came before him. June 2 came and went. And with the day, Ilaiyaraja’s birthday, a hundred tribute pieces came and went into the Internet’s memory. If someone […]

Ilaiyaraaja and Mani Ratnam: On their shared birthday, ten songs from their ten films

June 2, 2020

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Here are the top numbers from each film, where they both leave their respective marks: in other words, song sequences that stand out because of the music as well as the staging. Is the Ilaiyaraaja-Mani Ratnam combination the greatest among all the other directors the great composer has made great music for? I’m not sure. […]

Readers Write In #161: The curious case of ‘Sarattu Vandiyil’

April 24, 2020

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(by Sanjay Shankar) As a 90’s kid (well.. technically late 80’s, but who’s checking), I have eagerly anticipated and listened to soundtracks from Mani Ratnam (MR) movies, by IR and ARR.  These composers have churned out great tracks for other filmmakers, but they seem to have reserved some of their best work for MR.  In […]

Readers Write In #150: The healing, therapeutic effect of Aye Sinamika

March 25, 2020

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(by Raghav Ravichandran) The world is in distress after the outbreak of the deadlyCOVID-19 or Coronavirus. Every time you turn on the TV or look at your mobile, we get to see news of new positive cases tested in India or elsewhere and the death toll as a result of this virus. It’s impossible to […]

Tuning In: Sid Sriram on the creation of ‘Vaanam Kottattum’ songs

January 21, 2020

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Tuning In: Sid Sriram on singing for Ilaiyaraaja in PSYCHO

January 14, 2020

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Readers Write In #127: Five favourite Tamil songs of ARR from the decade gone by

January 10, 2020

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(by Raghav Ravichandran) The past decade has actually been a pretty mixed bag as far as ARR is concerned in my opinion. I don’t think I would have said that pre 2010. It was tough not to like an ARR song till then. But from 2010-2019, there have been many songs that still send shivers […]

Ilaiyaraaja’s masterclass at the International Film Festival of India  

November 27, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ilaiyaraajas-balki-masterclass-at-the-international-film-festival-of-india/ Balki gave Raja a situation and asked for the score to be composed on the spot. It was a privilege to watch the great man at work. The Ilaiyaraaja masterclass took place this Wednesday evening. Balki was moderating it, and I met up with him for […]

‘Ungal Naan’: In search of the “greatest” Kamal Haasan-Ilaiyaraaja album

November 18, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kamal-haasan-ilaiyaraaja-album-greatest-baradwaj-rangan Given the number of fabulous scores the maestro has crafted for the actor, here’s an attempt to settle on one being above all others. From the first film they worked on (16 Vayathinile, in 1977), the Kamal Haasan-Ilaiyaraaja  collaboration is one for the ages. While it […]

Readers Write In #93: 27 years of Rahman

August 27, 2019

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(by Nirupama V) A.R Rahman’s music has always been a part of my life. I have an old CD that contains the video songs of Baba from when I was 4 years old that used to be played on our old Philips VCD player that doubled as a tape recorder. I vividly remember falling in […]