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I have written about single songs rarely, but Ayyanar’s Paniye demands that honor. This is one song in recent times that I can truly call a homage to the Ilayaraja genre! And it is not by his sons, but by a rank outsider! To be fair, it starts a bit too mod for comfort and […]

A R Rahman recently composed theme songs for 2 states – the first was for Gujarat, scored for Gujarat’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and the second was the theme song composed for World Classical Tamil Conference. Now, what would be the shelf life of such songs, composed for specific occasions? In case of Bharatbala’s Vande Mataram […]

Thursday February 25, 2010 19:00

Heard about The Secret of Kells?

Up? Yes, seen it and loved it. The Princess and the Frog? Heard about it; don’t feel like seeing it. Fantastic Mr. Fox? Wes Anderson – must see. Soon. Coraline? My hot favorite for Best Animated Feature Film Oscar – over Up! Brilliant film and it’s a pity it is releasing in India almost an […]

Monday February 1, 2010 07:18

Double Grammy for A R Rahman

No point in stating the obvious, since the news sites have carried it adequately – AFP and NDTV. But, this double-win should put to rest the murmurs that Slumdog Millionaire’s score is ‘not one of Rahman’s best’. I’ve heard it being said so many times, every time someone started the Oscar topic – and I […]

Monday December 28, 2009 22:08

The decade definers!

As we near the end of another decade, more than listing the top XX songs/ soundtracks/ films of the decade, I’d like to highlight 2 relatively unsung things that have enabled ground-breaking changes in the way we perceive entertainment – the file formats (and the technologies behind) MP3 and Xvid. Despite Apple’s iconic iPod and […]

Wednesday August 26, 2009 20:45

I love Indian Film Music!

Ever since I remember, I’ve always been fascinated by film music. Having lived in many Indian states (my Dad was a banker; meaning, a transfer every 4/5 years!), I’ve acquired a taste for listening to film songs in any Indian language – regardless of whether I understand the lyrics or not. My interest in Western […]

Saturday June 27, 2009 12:41

Nothing to Beat It!

(Note: This appeared in today’s Bangalore Mirror, as my tribute to MJ) It was back in the ’80s. I was in school, in Coimbatore – a B-town and far from the metro-style trappings. We had a new kid in school, who had moved in with his parents from Dubai. One day, he invited a few […]

Monday May 18, 2009 08:23

Congrats, Salim and Sulaiman!

Salim Sulaiman finally have some long-overdue international recognition. Yes, they’ve notched up a Daytime Emmy nomination under the category, ‘Outstanding Original Song – Children’s and Animation’, for their track, ‘We like being small‘ for the series ‘The Wonder Pets’ in Nickelodeon! Whether they will end up winning this award is immaterial – the nomination, in […]

Monday February 23, 2009 09:11

Jai Ho, Rahman!

Jai Ho, Rahman! Academy Award Winner, Best Original Score, Slumdog Millionaire Academy Award Winner, Best Song – Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire

Thursday January 22, 2009 19:08

Oscar nominations are out…Rahman in!

Wonderful beginning! Original Score: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Alexandre Desplat; “Defiance,” James Newton Howard; “Milk,” Danny Elfman; “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman; “WALL-E,” Thomas Newman. Original Song: “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E,” Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and […]

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