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My interview by Venky Ramachandran – On music

February 24, 2021

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Interview: Bombay Jayashri

February 2, 2021

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Readers Write In #323: Reminiscences of a Yesudas concert

January 11, 2021

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(by Jayram Sataluri) It was Sunday, April 17th 2011. I was at JP Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey waiting outside the school.I did not have the exact money to pay for the ticket. But a family friend who I hadn’t seen in a decade understood my predicament and paid for it. I paid […]

Interview: Subhasree Thanikachalam

December 11, 2020

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Gemini Ganesan’s 100th birthday: The King of Romance held his own alongside MGR and Sivaji Ganesan

November 17, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/tamil-features/gemini-ganesans-100th-birthday-the-king-of-romance-held-his-own-alongside-mgr-and-sivaji-ganesan/ K Balachander and Sridhar were two filmmakers who used the actor in consistently challenging roles: he fit easily into them because his on-screen persona was like water, capable of taking the shape of the vessel. Most people today, when you speak of Gemini Ganesan, will probably remember him as ‘Mahanati’ Savitri’s husband. Or as […]

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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