25 September 2007


One of the advantages of living seven seas (okay, not exactly) away from India, when the time-zones are 12hours apart, is that I get to listen some of the best songs broadcasted in Suriyan FM, Chennai. Well, it is indeed a pity that they broadcast some kick-ass songs at a time when the city sleeps, but that is a different point. In case you want to listen to it online, go here (clicking will open a media player). Of course you could also listen to AahaaFm here (clicking will open a media player), but then again, Suriyan FM simply kicks big time butt at this time of the day.

Anyway, I heard two amazing songs, composed by (Who else?) Illayaraja, showcasing some amazing bass guitar work.

First the song in the Ragam Chalanatai, Panivizhum Malarvanam from the movie Ninaivellam Nithya.

And then an amazing song "Nee Thanae" from the same movie.

This song, IMHO, is a much better song that the "Pani Vizhum" one. For one, note how the flute follows the singer and how effortlessly S.P.Balasubramaniam moves through the song. This song is set in Madhyamavathi. Again, note the opening guitar and flute pieces and the interludes. What a song !!

I still remember quite clearly. I saw this movie in 1983 in a family friend's house in Manali, Chennai. I saw this movie along with another movie called "Poo Ondru Puyal Aanadhu". While that movie was some kind of a violent story about politics and the lady protagonist taking revenge (I think it was dubbed into tamil from telugu), Ninaivellam Nithya was more of a soft love story types. I think it can be only Raja who can imprint these kind of memories, only to have them re-awakened many many years later !


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Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 10:21 PM


  1. Blogger shobakramesh posted at Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 7:58:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    We also saw the movie sindhu bairavi the same day.
  2. Blogger Lavanya posted at Monday, October 8, 2007 at 7:48:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    apart from the bass guitar, i like the veena bit in pani vizhum.

    Maybe thats because its my mama who played it.


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