Sunday, October 19, 2008

Raaja and I

Thanks for tagging me
and I apologize for responding late. This game is fun and let me try my bit.

The 5 things of me and Raaja that You May Not Know About(Please be as spontaneous as possible.. don't think too much..!! :-)

1) The moment that introduced you to Raaja..
Though I have heard several songs of Raaja in my 80s, I am not sure if I associated those songs with Raaja. Some of those songs that I used to repeatedly hear were "Om Namashivaaya" (Salangai Oli), "Ninnaye Rathi Yendru Ninaikkiraenadi" (Raghuman acted movie) etc. There was even one title song from the movie "Krishnan Vandhaan" that I used to repeatedly hear "Maadu Ezhuthaen Vandi Ellam". However, the album that I would really say that made me associate with Raaja was "Yejaman". As I had mentioned in my previous blog, my cousin gifted me this cassette and when I told that I liked the song "Nilave Mugam Kaattu", he replied "Mottai aala mattum thaan eppadi poda mudiyum".
I didn't realize what he said then. That certainly became the album that brought me and Raaja close.

2) Name one occassion where Raaja's music directly/ indirectly influenced your life.
Might sound silly to some of you. After I came back watching "Yejaman" from the theatre, I was plunged in some kind of sorrow for more than one day. I experienced the same grief after I watched "En Raasaving Manasile". I didn't realize then, it was the sheer power of his background music that directly touched my heart. If you want to understand what I mean, you must take a simple exercise. Take one of the above said movie and turn the Mute ON and watch the most serious sequence of the movie.

In general, but for Raaja, me and music would be a totally disjoint set. I now try playing keyboard; I try to identify raaga; I write this blog; I think music...It's all because of my Raaja.

3) Lets take Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi into account. Assuming that one of this is either your mother tongue or native language, name a favorite song in each of the other 4 languages that immediately comes to your mind

Telugu - All songs from Geethanjali

Malayalam - Aruna Kirana (Guru) & Thumbi Vaa

Kannada - Jeeva Hoovagidhe & Jothe yali

Hindi - (don't remember the song name - but the one that Yuvan lifted in his 'Theendi Theendi Theeyai') (Rim Jim Rim Jim?)

4) One song of Ilaiyaraaja that you consider rare and think a song that many people should have known but don't ..

Oru Kaaviyam Arangerum Neram (Aruvadai Naal)

Ennai Ketkum Kelviyai (Kasthuri Maan)

5) Lets keep the last one simple...Raaja's number that you are hearing right now/ most recently heard..?

All songs from Dhanam and Ulyin Osai


Ottayan said...

I remember Raaja's Aiyirame Mallarlgale and Paruvame as the one of the mist scintillating musical experience in my life.

From then on I have been a hard core Raaja fan.

Haven't kept up with his new releases, but you have rekindled my interest .

New kenny on de block ;) said...

Hello Boss,

Perfect! It is truly interesting and I am so glad to know how Raaja sir's compositions were/are incorporated with your life. Thank you so much! Well, I would appreciate if you tag 5 more bloggers for this blog game so that the chain would not be disconnected and also, we would get an opportunity to know how other Raaja sir's fanatics are integrated with HIS compositions. Infact, it is a rule of this blog-game. Ain't insisting you, though {wink}. Thanks once again. Have a good one!


~~Raaja rules!

New kenny on de block ;) said...

Yup, Ninnaiye rathi yendru is from the movie - Kanne Kani Amudhe and was composed by MSV sir. Nonetheless, it is such a haunting composition. You bet!

New kenny on de block ;) said...


You know wut?

When Rajini first time listened to the song - Nilave Mugam Kaattu. He wanted an alternate tune for this song. R.V.Udhayakumar was keen to have the same tune, which we are listening now. This song is guarantee for descend of our stress. You bet!

Wut about de song - Anu raagaa yenaayththu from the same movie? It makes my ambience gloomy {chuckle}.


~~Raaja rules!

Emjay said...

Welcome Ottayan to my blogspace.

Hi "Kenny on de block" -

Thanks for correcting me on "Ninnaye Rathi Yendru". It's a wonderful song, though.

Nilave Mugam Kaattu is a terrific song and I just get paralyzed when I hear such songs. Simplicity in its tune touching the soul directly.. That's the Raaja I know.

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