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