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My Tamil Music Corner

 Crown Prince into tuning music
Asif Ali, the Crown Prince of Arcot has decided to step into the life of a music director. Having worked for a Hindi movie, Ali is now working for a Tamil film 'Shanmugha'. Asif Ali has composed music for numbers penned by lyricists Pa Vijay, Snekan, Muthuvijay and film Director Yuvan himself. Playback singers for the film include Tipu, Srinivas, Anuradha Sriram, Srilekha and Sai Sundar. The music is said to be a mixture of Classical, Carnatic, Western and Hindustani.

 "Chevalier" award for Balamuralikrishna
Dr M Balamuralikrishna,veteran carnatic musician has been selected for the "Chevalier" award by the French government. He will be the first Carnatic musician and second from South India to get this honour after legendary actor, the late "Sivaji" Ganesan. The award is being conferred on him for his distinguished contribution to the field of arts and music.

 Ilayaraja's musical symphony 'Thiruvasakam' in April
Chennai, Feb 12 : Music director Ilayaraja is ready with the much-awaited "Thiruvasakam", a symphony based on Manickavasagar's Tamil verses, and would release it here on April 14, the Tamil new year's day.

The release will be followed by launches in Tamil Nadu's Chidambaram, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirunelveli and Nagercoil, Ilayaraja told reporters.

He also announced launches in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Singapore.

" Thiruvasakam" is one of the most revered works in Tamil literature.

The music director said his aim was not to provide a new dimension to the Tamil masterpiece or show off his musical talent through the compositions.

" We have a responsibility of telling the youth things in such a way that they understand the greatness of literary and religious masterpieces like 'Thiruvasakam,'" he said.

" There will always be people who will question why these verses have been rendered in the album this way. I am not trying to say that this is the only way to sing them," said the music director.

Ilayaraja has sung six songs in the album. "You have to listen to my voice, that is your fate," he said amidst laughter.

Rev Jegath Gaspar Raj of Tamil Maiyam, a non-profit organisation that has produced the album, said "Thiruvasakam" has witnessed excellent performances by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in Hungary (140 players), American playwright Stephen Schwartz, five-time Grammy award-winning sound engineer Richard King, and more than 200 musicians from Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Budapest and New York.

 Some good tracks in Vidyasagar's 'Ji'
Film: "Ji"; Music Director: Vidyasagar; Singers: Udit Narayan, Sujatha, Madhu Balakrishnan, Madhushree, Sreelekha Parthasarathi, Shankar Sampoke and Kay Kay.

With the forthcoming release of "Ji", Vidyasagar is making a bid for a place among the big league of Tamil Nadu's music directors. Ajit is hoping for a hit with "Ji" after his "Attahaasam" fared moderately.

And, for that, he will require a little help from the music of "Ji" - help that was not forthcoming in "Attahaasam". Will Vidyasagar provide the vital input?

The first track, "Kiliye Kiliye", sung by Udit Narayan and Sujatha, is already a hot favourite on Chennai's radio channels. The second track, "Ding Dong" (sung by Madhu Balakrishnan and Madhushree), is, however, eminently forgettable.

The next track, "Thiruttu Rascal", is rather interesting with Sreelekha Parthasarathi's sugary voice chiding a thieving rascal. It is eminently worth listening to.

The next track by Karthik, "Sarala Kondayil" is reminiscent of Malayalam folk music.

The first track on Side-B, "Yethanai Yethanai", is melodious. Shankar Sampoke's voice has a haunting lilt that adds to the tune.

The only other track in the album, "Vamba Velaikku", sung by Kay Kay, is hum-able but not in any way memorable.

" Ji" is by no means a must buy. It can be best categorised as a time-pass album


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