Nithyashree or Bombay Jayshree: On

Nithyashree or Bombay Jayshree:

On Saturday, Nithyashree‘s performance in Mylapore Fine Arts Club was one of the best carnatic concerts, I’ve witnessed. It never had any dull moments. From the start to finish, Nithyshree was full of energy which made the audience spell-bound.

Being the grand daughter of DK Pattammal is just one of the advantages she has. But she clearly races others with her ability to grip the audience and with the choice of her songs. She seems like a fresher from college who is with lots of high spirits and thoughts to change the world in a fashion, he/she likes. And that is what is giving her the energy to stay put throughout the 3 and half hour show.

Like Suhashini in Sindhu Bhairavi movie, she understands the importance of tamil songs to get the audience votes. Most of her songs were in tamil. A song called Ragathil Siranthathu Kalyaniya Kaambothiya was fabulous. But Nithyashree special was Muruganai Kaana Ayiram Kann Vendum. She looked like Rahul Dravid against the Aussies. Nithyashree is a performer to watch out. She has lots of time and age to accomplish what her ancestors did.

Some tidbits from Nithyashree show :

a) Someone got up in the end of a song and asked Nithyashree to reduce the speaker volume and told her that they can enjoy the music well. After the concurrence with the backseaters, she asked the speaker guy to do the same. At the same time one mama behind me whispered loudly (!!) ” This is Kattukathal (shout)”. Maybe his experience with carnatic was more for him to comment on her but many don’t understand the fact that she sings from the deep throat and hence the voice may sound like too many decibels. Also her choice of songs are very fast and racy that makes one feel that she is too fast. Slow songs alone don’t depict a melodious song.

b) She gives a suprise stare at people who leave in-between the songs. So many a time she prefers to sing with her eyes closed. Even I wanted to have a cofee when she was researching with her raga aalapanai. But I thought it was so uncooth to get up and walk in-between a show like that. Many never bothered to think that and they just walk out. I only pray that there will come a rule when people cannot go out during songs. I am sure that attending a 3 hour concert is stressful. But we also need to think that it affects the singers.

c) Many wrote the song which they wanted her to sing, in a sheet of paper and passed it to her. She finally sang one song out of that bunch. Because it is practically impossible for someone to sing all songs requested. And also every singer will have a pre-defined plan of the songs to sing. This would be a big nuisance for them. Carnatic music unlike film music cannot to be very spontaneous. Because film music is defined and is pre-writte fully. Whereas, carnatic music has to be explored on every raga and is built on that imagination. So singers who come with preparation cannot deviate from the plan. Atleast I hope. But I am sure geniuses like M.S. Subbulakshmi and Maharajapuram Santanam can do their best to any song any time.

A day before this show was the turn of Bombay Jayashree aka Jayashree Ramnath in The Music Academy. Unlike Nithyashree, Jayashree doesn’t sing loudly or too fast. But she displays a class on her own. A very patient singer whose voice is pure magic and that is a major factor for her success. Many carnatic greats have called her a very mature singer. Not much of hulla-gulla happened in her show. She just tied her audience with her magical voice so not many were roaming around. Her song Sri Maha Sankaracharyam was the highlight of the day. But she wasn’t singing tamil songs at all for most part of the show which was one of the reason why public thinks Nithyashree is much better singer than Bombay Jayashree.

The Chennai Marghazhi Arts Festival isn’t over yet. One of the shows that I am looking for Actress Shobana‘s dance programme called Sampradhaya. Will write on it if get a chance to watch it.


Kollywood 2003 – Music 2:

Kollywood 2003 – Music 2:

Top 10 Songs of 2003:

10) Ithunundu Muthathilla – Dhool (Vidyasagar)
9) Ale Ale – Boys (A R Rahman)
8) Thamkitta Theemkitta – Thirumalai (Vidyasagar)
7) Unnai Naan – Jay Jay (Bharathwaj)
6) Secret of Success – Boys (A R Rahman)
5) Enna Thavam – Parthiban Kanavu (Vidyasagar)
4) Illankaathu Vessuthey – Pithamahan (Illayaraja)
3) Uyirin Uyirey – Kakkha Kakkha (Harris Jayaraj)
2) Devathaiyai Kanden – Kadhal Konden (Yuvan Shankar Raja )
1) Ennai Konjam – Kakkha Kakkha (Harris Jayaraj)


Kollywood 2003 – Music :

Kollywood 2003 – Music :

a) Best Picturised SongEnnai Konjam from Kakkha Kakkha. Splendid camera work from R.D Rajasekhar. The new style of editing called avid editing reached the audience. A clear difference between the normal editing methods and the avid editing techniques were seen. Harris Jayaraj’s Amazing tune that gives the pace. Offlate many of my collegues have started to drive car with this song singing continously in the background. Also the romance in Jyothika’s eyes, very evident of her true life.

b) Best Picturised Solo SongDevathaiyai Kanden from Kadhal Konden and
Kadhal Vandhaal from Iyarkai. Both were pathos songs from the single male lovers. D.Kanden had amazing camera work and some freeze techniques. K.Vandhaal showed the unexplored harbour machinery and shyaam singing the song in a small boat. It also had amazing sea side visuals and nice pallavi.

c) Best Lyrics in a songVaali for Secret of Success (Boys) and Thamarai for all songs in Kakkha Kakkha, specifically Uyirin Uyirey and Thoodhu Varumma. Vaali was at his best in Boys. SoS had simple yet thoughtful lyrics. Thamarai, the female lyricist, certainly brings a new dimension to film music. Her lyrics have a feminine touch and is a relief to us who have been hearing to the stereotyped lyrics from male lyricists. Especially the songs in Kakkha Kakkha proved her nerves. Thoodhu Varumma is one such song. It went very unnoticed because of it’s bad picturisation.

c) Best Male SingerKarthik for Manase Manase(April Mathathil) and Harish Raghavendar for Devathaiyai Kanden (Kadhal Konden). Great work by these youngsters.

d) Best Female SingerSadhana Sargam for various songs. Specially for her fabulous vocals in Iniya Nadhi from Manaselaam.

e) Best Bit songKanni Saami, the ayappan song from Boys. Scored by Pravin Mani, this is one song that I keep humming from the day I heard it. Good folk tune.

f) Best Ghana – It is the Madras Ghana and not the Hindi ‘Ghana’. Manmatha Rasa falls into this category and hence the clear winner. Though it had bad lyrics like the heroine calling the hero to Enna Kanakku Pannenda, it created a wave. Good job by the ‘Kannin Mani Kannin Mani’ Dheena.

e) Best SongUyirin Uyirey from Kakkha Kakkha. Undoutedly the best song of the year. With blasting music and soul searching lyrics, this takes over it’s contender Devathaiyai Kanden by a photo-finish. But it was badly picturised however.

f) Best Movie with good musicBoys and Dhool. Both had the good variety of music in the movie. Something that all directors wish to have in their movies. Dharani was however successful to extract the best of the best from Vidhyasagar. Though Shankar’s Boys was an honest attempt, the music wasn’t the same. Secret of Success was inspired by Eminem’s Without Me and Maro Maro had the underlying beats of Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us . However, the experimental number like Dating and the electric guitar special Girlfriend were some of the best of the year. Since it was a musical , Boys also joins the list.

g) Best BGMsKadhal Konden and Kakkha Kakkha, both had fabulous BGMs. Especially the encounter bgm in Kakkha Kakkha was close Mission Impossible tune. Also the theme music of Kadhal Konden was amazing. Interestingly, both are the most used ringtones in Tamil Nadu.

h) Best Music DirectorHarris Jayaraj for Saami and Kakkha Kakkha. You know why.

i) Best of the BestIllankathu Visuthey from Pithamahan. After a long time, a song that was picturised well and had the magical maestro touch. It’s a song that can stand time. Maestro Rocks!!

Some more on Kollywood music coming up !!


Kollywood 2003 : This section

Kollywood 2003 :

This section of Kollywood 2003 will contain the best and worst of 2003 but with a slight difference. The categories will be different from the normal ones, more technical and more important ones. Leave your thoughts on the comments box. I will consolidate them later.

Though Anbe Sivam was released on pongal 2003, it is not considered as a movie released in 2002 because it recieved it’s censor in 2002 and hence not considered here too. Else it would have won most of these categories for the kind of class it had.