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Friday, February 17, 2006

Classical Kuthu

Nobody has acheived the almost perfect marriage of the classical with the "local" like Ilaiyaraaja has. I have 4 songs in mind which are as timeless as a typical IR song and at the same time induce an involuntary urge in the listener to get up [even if in deep sleep] and dance, or at least dance mentally, if you will.
Needless to say, the list is not exhaustive.

1) Ada Maapillai [Siva]: Rendered by the one and only SPB and set to kApi rAga, this is one hell of a "local" song, though not fully kuthu, devotedly following the course of the rAga it is based upon.
This song engages the listener right from the second SPB goes "indha ooril, pala pera paathuputeen.....". Watch out for the first interlude which flows like a river [like most of IR's songs]. This song is characterized by minimalistic but essential use of instruments, percussion or otherwise, a factor which distinguishes IR from other MDs. This song is also special to me because it is sung by "SPB" Balaji, a member of the Ilaiyaaraja Yahoo Group fan club [see "Links" sidebar] in every one of our meetings, complete with chorus and the interludes done vocally by Balaji!

2) Thanni Thotti [Sindhu Bhairavi]: A quintessential song in every 'drunk-listener' list. I mean, when i'm drinking, what better line to hear than "Saarayatha oothu, ada jennala thaan saathu!"? *
Another kApi gem. Depending on your mindset, this can be comic or tragic, when watched. To me, Sivakumar has always been a very good comedy actor. And i really mean it as a compliment. Seriously.

3) Oora vittu ooru vandhu [Karagattakkaaran]: IR-Malaysia Vasudevan combo is a very successful one. You can't think of many "happy" songs or non-devotional songs in shaNmugappriyA in TFM. This is one of them. Women might like the song just a wee bit more [watching the song] than men because of their favorite Ramarajan dancing in it

4) Kaadhal Kasakkudhayya [Some Pandiarajan *er]: Very similar to the aforementioned. All the points, including the point about women liking it more

P.S: All these fundas about rAgas might give an impression that this writer has sound knowledge on rAgas and all. If you can't see through that, so be it :)

* - I know, there is "Sorgam Madhuvile", but that's out of scope as far as this post is concerned.


  • Great Bala... Yup, IR kuthu is classic(al) kuthu.. We can call IR's kuthu as "Klasikal".

    Yo man... the perfect kuthu is "Kaana karunguilae" from sethu.

    And ooru vittu orru vanthu is 100% folk.

    By Blogger xperienceblog, at Fri Feb 17, 04:54:00 PM  

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    By Blogger xperienceblog, at Fri Feb 17, 05:00:00 PM  

  • Hey Vicky,
    How could i forget "Kaana Karunguyile"!

    Hey, you going for Dr.Vijay's wedding? I can't make it man :(
    And heard namma pasanga [yahoo group members] thaan kacheri nu???

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Feb 17, 05:09:00 PM  

  • adiye manam nilluna nikadhadi -neengal kettavai

    idhile kaapi, karakara priya, edhuvum kedayadha? :(

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Fri Feb 17, 09:29:00 PM  

  • ya man... its members' kutcheri.

    And i thought of playing Bass for songs like kannan vanthu, en vaanilae,... Even i cudnt make it man :(


    By Blogger xperienceblog, at Sat Feb 18, 09:54:00 AM  

  • PK,
    Adiye manan was pure kuthu... adhu enna ragam nu theriliye...

    Pl let me know next time you play in a concert...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Feb 20, 04:12:00 PM  

  • Sure Bala, I'll let u know. But I am sorry to say that, I wont be playing Bass for Tamil (read as Ilaiyaraaja) songs hereafter unless the current situation changes.

    .. The current situation is -
    1. People never giving serious thought about playing IR music
    2. Even if they give some thought, they never give full dedication
    3. They care little about Bass in IR songs
    4. Sound engineers (so called) are awful - possess little IR music knowledge

    So am planning to get back to my humble coutry/classic rock/blues/heavy metal roots. Meanwhile, am learning Spanish guitar & Tamil folk songs.


    By Blogger xperienceblog, at Mon Feb 20, 05:56:00 PM  

  • All the best Vicky :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Feb 20, 07:16:00 PM  

  • bala...

    do u have a link to hear or download kadhal kasakuthiy cos i love that song but havent found any link.

    By Anonymous ravi, at Tue Feb 21, 03:57:00 PM  

  • ravi,
    Why don't you check out in raaga.com? I'm sure you'll find it there....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Feb 27, 07:11:00 PM  

  • no bala... i havent found it in any site


    By Anonymous ravi, at Tue Mar 07, 05:11:00 PM  

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