"அந்த நாள் ஞாபகம் நெஞ்சிலே வந்ததே
நண்பனே ! நண்பனே !
நண்பனே ! நண்பனே !
இந்த நாள் அன்று போல் இன்பமாய் இல்லையே
அது ஏன் ஏன் நண்பனே "
அது ஏன் ஏன் நண்பனே "
What a song to start with the second part of this musical journey!!.Now if you don't know Tamil,don't get puzzled,am translating it.Am just cherishing the memories of our olden days my friend,but the present days are not as happy as those days.This song was composed by 'Mellisaimannar' M S Viswanathan and the lyrics were written by none other than our evergreen young poet Vaali.Today we have so many new instruments.Lot of facilities in composing a song,recording etc.But those days,these many advancements were not the songs just remain immortal.Even after almost 40-50 years of its release,MGR's Naan Aanayittal song remains the favorite for many music lovers(preferably fans of Tamil movie songs).This is not the case with Tamil songs alone,in every language we have such songs.Mohammad Rafi's songs remains evergreen classics.
If these songs are able to attract the people of this modern era too means,its not only because of the music director or singer.It is a teamwork.Of-course,every achievement is a result of team work,that is different,but here I would like to share some of the incidents and the factors responsible for the success of these (g)old songs.Nowadays we have the facility to mix the music separately,the track can be sang separately and everything can be mixed together later.But that is not the case during those days.
Once recording was going on for a song.And the composition itself took lot of time to get completed.To bring a co-ordination in everything,the chorus section,instruements,the main song etc itself, it took a long time for this particular song.Everyone were already hungry.After the composition was over,everyone started moving out, but suddenly the person who was incharge of the recording part stopped everyone and said that there was some error while recording,so the entire song has to be recorded again.And they didn't have anyother option than to redo the recording and they did.Unfortunately I don't remember the song but the singer was veteran Tamil singer,T M Soundararajan.
This kind of hardwork and man-work is one of the main reasons for the success of these songs.And I have quoted a song at the top of the post,andha naal nyaabagam,a unique incident is associated with this song.The visuals of the song is such that the hero just runs in a joy and he breathes heavily and sings the song.To make it natural,the singer ran from steps in the studio and sang this song with a heavy breathing.Again the singer is Mr.T M Soundararajan.Just watch the song with visuals,you will understand how perfectly the visuals and the audio matches.
This is a unique quality of TMS.By listening the song itself(without seeing the visuals),we can identify whether its an MGR song or a Sivaji's.For Sivaji,he will sing in high pitch and for MGR he will sing with a relatively soft voice.Something like this.Watch these 2 songs,you can easily identify the difference.
Not only like this,he has differentiated his voice to suit the mood of the song in different ways.In a movie called "Gnana Oli",see the way he sings for the younger Sivaji and just observe the way he has modified his voice to suit the oldman character of Sivaji in the same movie.Just listen these songs,amma kannu summa sollu and Devane ennai paarungal below.
Amma Kannu :
Devane ennai paarungal
He sang for a variety of heroes and he worked for a variety of music directors including the legends like M S Viswanathan,K V Mahadevan,Ilayaraja etc.He also has worked with T Rajendar,who is a very good music director.Also he sang for heroes including MGR,Sivaji,Gemini Ganesan,Jaishankar,SSR,Rajnikanth etc.The combination of MGR/Sivaji+Kannadasan/Vaali+M S Viswanathan and/or Ramamurthy + TMS/SPB was a terrific one those days.Just watch these songs,TMS sang for Jaishankar and SSR respectively.What a voice it is!!!.Its all God's gift.
Jaishankar in Naan Malarodu Thaniyaga :
SSR in Gnyayiru enbadhu Kannaga :
One suggestion,watch these songs with little less volume.It will be an awesome feeling.
I am a huge fanatic of TMS' voice,that's why when I started off with black and white songs,I started focusing on him bit more.Well so many great singers are there apart from TMS like C S Jayaraman,P B Srinivas,T R Mahalingam , A M Rajah etc. If you want to listen their voices,just click on their names,I have shared a song sang by these people.You people must listen to the voice of C S Jayaraman,its such a unique voice and it might also appear bit funny to fans of modern day songs,still give a try,he is a great singer.In the link,listen to the "Kaaviyama Nenjil Oviyama" song of C S Jayaraman.
If I leave with this,then people might accuse me that am a male chauvinist :D.To be honest,I simply love the voice of so many female singers like P Susheela,S Janaki,Vaani Jayaram,Chitra,Jensi etc.
Just watch this song, Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakkathile.Singer is P Susheela madam.
This song is a true masterpiece.When a private channel(I think Vijay TV or Raj TV am not sure of this) conducted a felicitation function to Susheela madam for her 50th year in cinema,Isaignani Ilayaraja sir requested Susheela madam to sing this song only.Its not only his favorite,but also my favorite.Amazing voice.Especially observe when she sings "kanavil vandhavar yaarena ketten kanavarendraar thozhee kanavarandral avar kanavu mudindhadhum pirindhadhu en thozhee".It is not only Susheela madam's voice,but also 'Kaviyarasar' Kannadasan's meaningful lyrics and Viswanathan-Ramamurthy's soothing music has given life to this song.This what happens when great people work together in a song : the song remains immortal and it attracts more and more generations.She has sang so many popular songs like Nenjam Marappadhillai,Naalai Intha Velai Parthu,Sonnadhu neethaana etc.
Also watch this song,which is yet another masterpiece.
It is from the movie "Nizhal Nijamaagiradhu".What a voice these people are gifted with.Vaani Jayaram madam and SPB sir.Beautiful voice and meaningful lyrics is what again made this song a huge hit.Just listen to the lyrics too."Maniyosai enna idi osai enna edhu vandha podhum nee kettadhillai"[meaning : "you haven't heard either the sound of bell or thunder",that is he has not heard any sound] - these lines itself indicate the artiste who takes care of the heroine is a deaf person.Also just listen the lines,"thalladum pillai ullamum vellai thaalaattu paada aadhaaram illai Deivangalellam unakkaaga paadum paadaamal ponaal edhu Deivamaagum" -[meaning: you are like a kid with pure heart and there is no evidence for singing lullaby for you. God will sing lullaby for you,if not then nothing can be called God] these lines describes the good nature of the character.Man what a genius this Kannadasan is.
Just watch this song,you can know the power of Janaki madam's voice.I am not sharing the video song from the movie,this is a stage show performed by her some yrs ago I think.See how beautifully she sings even at an old age.Simply love her voice.
Original song :
I really regret for not writing much about the legend P B Srinivas.His songs for Gemini Ganesan are popular even today ex: Manithanenbavan Deivamaagalam etc.As I am writing about music in general,couldn't write complete details about all the singers.And it will be meaningless if I don't write much about the "Mellisaimannargal" M S Viswanathan-Ramamurthy , "Mama" Mahadevan etc.Now don't confuse yourself for the reason associated with the prefix "Mama".I will tell that in my next post.In my next post,I will be dealing with M S Viswanathan-Ramamurthy,Pattukottayaar,Kannadasan,Vaali etc.
P.S. : Pardon me for a pathetic translation.As I am posting the translation of a song,I couldn't phrase the sentences properly.The translation is only for people who don't know Tamil.Others feel free to ignore it :-).
To be continued :