Sunday, November 12, 2006


Hi! it's been a while since I've updated my blog.....have been so caught up in the routine :(
I have been trying to learn this awesome song 'Telusa Manasa' ..a Telugu duet from the movie Criminal by the great SPB & Chitra and remembered that I had sung the Hindi version months ago for Taranaa. I distinctly remembered Soumitra too had sung the same song and I'd loved his rendition. I asked him if he could lend me his voice so that I could combine both our songs and make it into a duet as it is in the movie..
Here's it is..a revival of our songs that were long forgotten and tucked away in our respective computers! :)

I've also recorded the title song from Hum Tum with Soumitra. He's done an awesome job with it.. Please do give it a listen and let us know what u think of it :)

Thanks much!

Movie Name : Criminal
Music : MM Kreem
Original By : Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu
Sung By : Vidyu & Soumitra

Friday, October 13, 2006

It's all about Anil

It's been about 6 months since I hv been part of the audio blogging community. Wow! 6 months! :-) seems like a long time ..The first time I posted my song Jadoo hai nasha hai, I got a comment from a great musician Anil BS and I checked out his blog and Anil, honestly felt honored that u even heard my song! He, as u all know is an amazing musician.. his tracks are sooo much like the original and when I got a track like that, all I wanted to do was give it my best shot, to try and do justice to the beautiful track.. This track for Yeh Sama is made by Anil and he sent it to me a while ago ... It's only now I could complete it and I hope u like it. I'd say, it is more about the track than the song! Anil, u hv done an awesome job! Thankyou SO much for sharing the track with me.. Also, a couple of weeks ago, I'd posted a malayalam song, Mainagam on my blog. It was just my voice as I had no track for it. Anil heard it and last week, he sent me an email saying he has added music to my song!!!! Well, we all have tried singing to a perfect Karaoke track..but how dificult could it be creating a track around a song that is already sung which is not perfectly in rhythm??? I must say Anil, it was a bold attempt and I so loved it..and want to share it with all of u. Hope u like it.. Please let us have ur comments.

Song : Ye Sama Sama Hai Ye Pyar Ka
Music : Kalyanji Anandji
Movie : Jab Jab Phool Khile
Original Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar
Sung by: Vidyu
Track : Anil B S

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Aao Naa

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is one of my favorit'est' show and I've watched every single episode, some more than once :) I remember most of the songs performed by the participants and after Debojit won the contest there was this episode where all the 12 finalists came up to perform. The one song that absolutley got me was Aao Na performed by Debojit and Nihira...I'd never heard the original but I kept watching the recorded version of this show several times and then later figured this was originally sung by Udit Narayan & Sadhana Sargam..Debu & Nihira were no less in their performance of this song...Awesome...
From then I have been wanting to sing this one but couldn't lay my hands on the track.. Finally, sometime in June, I heard Soumitra's version of this song on Taranaa. He had sung it soo beautifully, I asked him if he'd let me borrow his voice. Though the track was always there on Taranaa, it was called Gunji si hai...and I didn't realise it was the same song! :) I recorded my 'version 1' sometime in July and then I got so busy with the summer and recording took a back seat :)
After 2 months, here I am with the completed version.. It was a lot of effort to make sure we both sang the swars together and Soumitra, I want to thank u so very much for lending me ur lovely voice and for helping me with feedback/correction in putting this song together.
This one time, I especially want to thank my family for putting up with my constant singing of Ga Ga Re Ga Ga Re for so many weeks that after a point, I almost got disowned :(
Thanks Pratika, Prarthana & Kush!!!! :)


Movie : Kyun Ho Gaya Na (2004)
Music : Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Original by : Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam
Sung by : Vidyu & Soumitra

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Diwana Hua Baadal

Dear friends,
While Ashaji celebrated her B'day on the 8th, as a tribute to her, here is my attempt at Diwana Hua Baadal sung with Azam Khan. This is a duet very dear to me and it's with pleasure that I share this with all of u! Azam and I sang this a couple of weeks ago but we were both not very happy with the track and waited to get hold of a good track. And, when we did get a track, we both got so busy with routines that this project sat on the back burner :( I am so glad we finally finished it and Azam, thanks so much for singing this with me! You sound really good! Loved all your expressions and modulations!

Some time back Pradip suggested we sing this Malayalam duet "Swasathin Thalam" from the movie "Achuvinte Amma" and as soon as I heard it, I loved it! But, honestly, I was very unsure of being able to carry it off as it is more of a song with the play of breath than the voice itself. Took it as a challenge and practiced singing in whispers :) I was really thrilled when Pradip okayed it :) Here is the result! Pradip has not only sung sooo well, but has also done an awesome job with the mixing. Thanks so very much Pradip..
You will find 2 versions of the same song with the doubling effect like the original and one without at Pradeep's blog.
So friends, please give it a listen... we've worked hard on this one :)
Thank you all for listening.


Song : Diwana Hua Baadal
Movie Name : Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
Music : O P Nayyar
Original Sung By: Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle
Sung by : Azam Khan & Vidyu

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Malayalam Songs

Hello friends,
don't know if u all know this but I was fortunate to have been born in beautiful Kerala..Calicut and have been influenced by Malayalam language and music a great deal. I used to sing a lot of Malayalam songs until I was in Calicut but once I moved out I lost touch with it totally :( Many years later, actually, about a few months ago I chanced upon Jo's blog and got back to listening to Malayalam Karaoke songs. So when Jo asked me to do this song with Meera and him I was pleased. Unfortunately, there was no original song I could listen to but Jo had recorded the whole song for me and that's how I learnt it :)
Jo and Meera, thanks for ur patience and for giving me this opportunity to sing with u both....I know I took like forever to record my lines :( You both have done an awesome job singing this beautiful song..

I hope u will all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed singing it with the two great blogger friends!

You can listen to it in both Meera & Jo's blog.

Thought I'd share this recording which was done months's an old malayalam song 'Mainagam' from the 80's and was and still is one of my favorites by S.Janaki. Since I don't have any Karaoke tracks for Malayalam songs, I decided to record just my voice.

Thanks for listening..

Movie: Thrishna
Song : Mainagam
Music : Shyam
Original By: S. Janaki
Sung By : Vidyu

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

My attempt at a Bengali Song

It's been 2 weeks since I recorded any new songs. There was so much going on and didn't get a chance to. I'm sure everyone has been busy with family, kids, vacations...Soon we'll all be back to the regular routine and I am so ready for favorite time of the year. Not just the weather, I love the colors..makes me happy! :) Besides, I love the holidays..Halloween, Thanksgiving...decorating the home. We normally go for long drives just to enjoy the beauty of the fall colors.
Anyways, back to music..I have been busy with this project the past almost 2 months ever since Soumitra wrote to ask me if I'd like to sing a Bengali song with him. At first I was like."No way"!!! I mean, I don't even know the language! But he encouraged me to atleast give it a try before giving it up before attempting and I said "OK..send me the original, lyrics..let me see and no deadlines" :) and all the time I thought, this is never going to happen :) But the tune is sooo pretty and I have always liked the Hindi version. So, I tried and finally my version 3 was okayed! I have to thank our dear friends Amit & Vijaya for helping me with the diction, pronounciation. They spent a lot of time with me helping me to say the words right and also explain the meaning of the song. Soumitra, I have to thank u so very much for ur patience and for the trouble u took to translate the song for me. It helped a great deal. I know it is not perfect, but it has given me immense satisfaction of trying something different :)

Thanks for listening

Song : Amar Swapna Tumi
Movie : Ananda Ashram
Music : Shyamal Mitra
Original By: Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar
Sung By : Vidyu & Soumitra

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Tujhse Naaraz Nahin Zindagi

Hi friends,
After a seemingly long, stressful week, I made some time to record a song earlier today. It has been a while since I have and I really missed picking up that mic and singing :) So, the next question was "what do I sing"??? So many many lovely tunes..and I wanted to sing them all!!! You know how it is..when u get into a mood to sing, u want to sing them all :) Knew that was so not going to after a lot of thinking...major decision making (like it was a life and death matter!!!) I settled on this one...
I always have had a liking for RD songs..and this one especially used to be my favorite when it was new...years ago..and then totally forgot about it.. today I happened to see the track and decided to sing it..:)
Hope u all like it.. Thanks in advance for listening :)


Movie : Masoom
Song : Tujhse Naaraz Nahin Zindagi
Music : R.D Burman
Original By : Lata Mangeshkar
Sung by: Vidyu

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Tribute

Hi friends,
Hope all of you and your families are safe..I mean, I hope and pray all of you who have families in Mumbai are safe.. This week I thought I'd update the blog with a prayer, Allah Tero Naam.. for the families of all the people who have lost their dear ones in the Mumbai blasts and for those who survived. (Thanks Swati for the forward on Mumbaikars..was so touching..)

Here is one of my all time favorite Ghazal. The recording quality and track are not all that great.. so, was hesitating to put in on my blog. Since Murali mentioned my attempt of Ranjishi sahi, I had some friends email and ask me where they could listen to it. it is. As there is no way I can sing it the way the original is, I have tried my own variation in it.. I was also influenced by Anuradha Paudwal's rendition of the same.
Thanks so much for listening..

Album : Allah Tero Naam
Movie : Hum Dono
Music : Jaidev
Originally Sung By : Lata Mangeshkar
Sung By : Vidyu

Ghazal :Ranjish Hi Sahi
Originally Sung by : Mehndi Hasan
Sung By : Vidyu Appaiah

Monday, July 10, 2006

Piya Bina

Hi friends,
haven't had a chance to upload any songs the past couple of weeks..have been busy, took a vacation with family and also did a show with Abhijeet on July 4th at Kansas City. He was amazing and what an experience it was!!!
Thought I'd update the blog with this recording which was done a few months ago at a music party.. Not a perfect recording but all the same, thought I'd share. I love this song favorite from this movie.
Album : Piya Bina
Movie : Abhiman(1973)
Music : S D Burman
Originally Sung By: Lata Mangeshkar
Sung By : Vidyu Appaiah

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Aap Ki Ankhon Mein Kuch

Hi guys..
Weekend is here and I thought I'd update the blog! This is getting to be a weekend event! :) First off, I want to thank each one of u who took the time to listen to Aao Huzoor. As fun as it was singing it, being a great fan of Ashaji, I was so intimidated by this song as I so didn't want to goof with it! :) And then I thought, if I don't try and give myself a chance I'll never get the pleasure of saying atleast I tried !!! :)

Here's this week's song....It's from the movie's my personal favorite duet by Kishoreda & Lataji. Years ago, when I used to sing for a band in Calicut, I remember singing this one..and then forgot all about it! Now, having got back to singing, I was always on the look out for a track and a person to sing it with ;) . There is a story behind my having got the track finally... Like u all must have figured by now (or haven't u?? :) ) I am also a member of Taranaa Karaoke Club ( and hey, if u decide to become a member, don't forget to mention me ;) ) They always have these competitions going on, sometimes monthly, sometimes bi-monthly's just for fun..for the members by the members and one of those competitions, I won the prize! Along with the the sponsored prize, Taranaa gives the member a track of the winner's choice and of course I asked for Aap Ki Aankhon mein :) Incidentally, this competition was so close, that I won by 1 vote!!! and the guy who missed by that 1 vote is Soumitra Sarkar with whom I have sung this duet with. Soumitra lives in Australia and sings with a passion..He does a lot of shows out there with live bands and is getting pretty popular, I hear! :) But because of the time difference, it seems forever to co-ordinate and get the voices together! But we have attempted :) I hope u all will like this..we thoroughly enjoyed singing simple as this song sounds, once we attempted singing we realised how tough it was to get the murkis, emotions and the flow the greats have put into this beautiful song.. Thanks for listening! :)

Movie Name : Ghar (1978)
Original Sung by: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Music Director : Burman R D
Lyrics : Gulzar
Sung by : Soumitra & Vidyu
Track : Taranaa

Monday, June 12, 2006

Aao Huzoor Tumko

Hey guys,
Meet my good friends Piya-Deb, the singing couple! They have started a very interesting concept for music hobbyist and enthusiasts.
Please check out this site to see what they are upto!!! Here's the link

Meanwhile here is a song by Asha-ji which is from my old collection hope you all like it!

Album : Aao Huzoor Tumko
Movie : Kismet
Music : O P Nayyar
Original by : Asha Bhonsle
Sung by : Vidyu

Monday, June 05, 2006

Dil hai chota sa

Dear friends,
My first Tamil Single - "Vasikayakari" recorded with Srikanth of Studio1234 was released yesterday. To listen to it, please click on the link 'Srikanth' provided on this blog.
Working with Srikanth was a totally different experience for me. Not only is he talented, he is very encouraging! My knowledge of Tamil is quite limited, but Srikanth patiently explained the meaning of the entire lyrics which helped me with the emotions required in this song. Being used to singing all familiar film tunes, I din't know what to expect when it came to singing an original compostion! I must admit I was kind of nervous :) But the easy person Srikanth turned out to be, he made me very comfortable! He would read aloud the Tamil lyrics and I'd write it down in Malayalam as that would help me pronounce it better! Thanks Srikanth! It was a pleasure working with u!

Thought I'd also add one more song which I had recorded earlier. This is one of my favourite AR Rehman composition. Though I like the Tamil version better I tried it in Hindi. Hope you like it!.
Thanks for listening.

Album : Dil Hai Chota sa
Movie : Roja
Music : AR Rehman
Orginal sung by : Minmini
Sung by : Vidyu

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Pehla Nasha

Hi friends,
This is one song I have always wanted to sing but never got an opportunity to. A few days ago, Pradip asked if I'd like to sing this with him and I certainly didn't let go off this chance! Thanks Pradip for ur patience and also mixing it. I hope u all like it !
Thanks for listening.

Some of you noticed a slight rythm problem in the beginning this has been corrected now!!

Album : Pehla Nasha
Movie : Jo jeeta wohi sikandar (1992)
Music : Jatin-Lalit
Original Sung By : Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan
Lyrics : Majrooh Sultanpuri
Sung by : Pradip and Vidyu

Pehla Nasha

Earlier post replaced ... retained this for the comments ...thanks

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Jaadu Hai Nasha - My first attempt at Audio Blogging

Hey friends, this my first attempt at Audio blogging! Thanks to Jo , Pradip and other web bloggers who inspired me to create this blog!
I hope you all like it!

Song : Jaadu Hai Nasha
Movie : Jism
Original by : Shreya Goshal
Music : MM Kreem
Sung By : Vidyu