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 fall..my 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


Unknown said...

Kia baat hai aap dono ki. Very enjoyable! The idea of singing in a different language is thrilling! Vidyu, hats off to your brave attempt. I know bengali comes natural to Soumitra but it was brilliant of him to come up with this idea. All mudulations sound great ... cannot comment on expression and emotions since the only bengali I know is "Ami tumake bhalo bhashi" from one of Kishore Da's song. You two sound very melodious and sweet. Thanks for sharing!

Hemanth Sharma said...

Good one. :)

Enjoyed both the voices to the fullest. :)

Keep coming both of you please...

Kiranz..!! said...

Vidyu n' Soumitra,

Great song yaar..! It soundz really nice.Great attempt to try multiple languages.

Vidyu " oru kunju swapnathin" was amazing..i think now only it came out professionally.

Srividya Kasturi said...

Wonderful! I enjoyed the tune very much and both of you have sung beautifully:)

Ramesh said...

Excellent singing Vidyu and Soumitra - Enjoyed very much though I could not listen to the entire song. Was in a hurry - Tx. Ramesh

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear the Bengali version of "Saara Pyar", one of my fav oldies. You guys have sung this real nice, would be cool if you could add the lyrics for the song. If possible pls mail.

On a musical note said...

I loved the song , you both have done well. This song (hindi version) ‘saara pyar tumhara’ from Anand Math, I think was the one I was fond of. I even remember Uttamkumar in this song…nice to hear something that I had not heard for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Lovely! I enjoyed this track very much!

Thank you for brining this into my little corner of the world!


Anonymous said...

Great job guys. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Is it the Bengali version of mujhko apne gale lagaa lo ? Haven't heard that song many times either, but the mukhDaa sounds somewhat similar in tune. Recording is excellent as always from you two. The synchronization is superb too. Thanks and keep singing...

- Sachin

Soumitra said...

Hey Vidyu,
Gr8 work even in a foreign language!Your hard work paid off and you have performed exceptionally well in this song. This happens to be one of my favorite numbers and thanx for doing it with me.

Pradip Somasundaran said...

Vidyu and Soumitra. What a nostalgic feeling. I went back to those days in Gujarat where I saw the movie.Extremely beautiful rendition by both. Vidyu you have now given me more options and there is more trouble for u coming on way...Now you will have to sing a Telugu song with me...:-)
The mixing was also soft and had the romantic element to it. Wonderful!

Vidyu said...

Dear all,
thanks SO much for listening..this one esp. since so much went into it before finally recording and it feels sooo nice to hear such good words..
Azam - yes, it was absolutley thrilling to sing in a different language.
Hemanth - thanks! :)
Kiranz - thanks..and thanks also for listening to Oru kunju..i love that song and was soo happy when Jo asked me sing it!
Vidya - thanks.. :)
Ramesh - thanks and I hope u got a chance to listen to the whole song :)
Sruthilayam, Swati - yes...saara pyaar tumhara is such a beautiful song..one of my fav..and that's what inspired me to try this one out as atleast I was familiar with the tune :)
Brete, Sachin - thankyou so much..
Pradip - SO glad u liked it :) Telugu, I am sure will be much easier as I know most of the South Indian languages :) Actually, Telugu is the only one I don't know at all!!! :) that'll be a good challenge :)
Soumitra - thanks for making this possible...u hv sung this soooo beautifully...it was absolutely inspiring for me. I SO appreciate ur patience and ur help.

Anoop said...

Dear Vidyu,

Wow, now you are becoming more and more versatile! Thats a mark of a great singer! Keep going with your multi-talented and multi-language singing and give us great numbers like you have always done so far! Your and Soumitra's rendition, tal-mel, emotions (I can feel!) have come out very well and you sound like a Bengali now! I won't be surprised next time when we meet you may ask me "bhalo achhen"?

Really awesome by both of you! Great idea Soumitra! Loved your rendition of this song! Very soft, romantic and emotional! Love all your songs!

Keep singing both of you! Vidyu, you should give some of the kannada songs' renditions too (which will be easy for you!). How'bout "Ni Nanna Hudgi"? I know that is not so much classical but I loved that one while I was in Karnataka! May be Hemanth could be your duet partner or Pradeep (I am sure he knows kannada too!).

Keep singing! :)


Anonymous said...

hi vidyu,i like ur voice.i am taranaaa's new member.wanna sing some duets with ya...i'll appreciate ya if u e-mail me at sumon93@rogers.com

Leena said...

Beautifull singing both of u.
Vidyu ur voice is simply magic no other word. Where r u, please do not deprieve us from listening to ur wonderfull voice , add more songs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vidyu & Soumitra,

Amazing singing !! Loved it :) !

You guys made my day :)!

Keep singing,

Shubho said...

Beautiful!!! Very nicely done... Soumitra you need to improve your Bengali pronounciation though as you are expected to do better than this being a Bengali...

Ganesh said...

Vidyu awesome even though I dont understand the language still enjoyed both of your voice, mixing is also great.

Meera Manohar said...

Wonderful Vidyu and Soumitra...

I didn't understand a word of it but your singing kinda compensated for my language ignorance (-:

Jo said...

Didnt understand a thing about the lyrics, but totally enjoyed it! Superb music and a wonderful rendition by both of you!!!

Vidyu said...

Anoop, Leena, Shubho, Ganesh, Meera & Jo,

thanks so much for listening and ur comments..so appreciate it..
feel very encouraged to keep singing :)

Vidyu said...

thanks for listening and ur comments..so appreciate it.. :)

Soumitra said...

wow...!! your website hit 1000 in such a short time...congrats :)...can i request you invest time for a player where we can play all the songs like some of the others have on their blogs..it would be so much easier :)
waiting for ur next update.
How about 'zara zara' ? :)

Murali Venkatraman said...

Vidyu / Soumitra:

Although I do not know bengali very well, I do have a good feel for bengali pronunication. I can definitely get a good bangla feel in Vidyu's pronunciation. Frankly, I believe Soumitra must have concentrated a bit more in the first antara. It is not flowing easily. Mukhada and Second antara are fine.

And about the composition itself - I think it is just run of the mill melody exempting very few good phrases.

You guys have sung very well.

Murali Venkatraman said...

BTW, this reminds me of the a tamil song:

"indha therku theru machchaanum themmaangu padichchaan"

Murali Venkatraman said...

BTW, this reminds me of the a tamil song:

"indha therku theru machchaanum themmaangu padichchaan"

Anonymous said...

Vidyu, Soumitro,

besh bhalo hoyechhe gaan ta aapnaar!!

keep it up.

Soumitra's vocals are little louder, though.

Anuradha said...

Your bengali is better than mine!!! Awesome! Thank you for singing a song in the world's sweetest language :)