Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kuhu Kuhu

This is one song that is very dear to me 'cos it's filled with beautiful memories of growing up listening to the radio. Musically, my ma was the greatest influence and I remember her teaching my brother and me to recognise raagas based on their "chalan" and catching the "pakkad" of every raag to identify and she'd have these little quizes making us guess the raag of a song.. On Vividbharati, she would have the whole family listen to Sangeet Sarita and Swar Sudha which had classical music themes..and the raag of the day introduced by a clip of film song based on that raag.. I think that was the way I learnt to recognise different raags as I never really got a chance to learn hindustani classical music which was what my parents always wanted me to..
Ma would sing Kuhu Kuhu and make us identify the raags..Sohini..Bahar..Jaunpuri..and Yaman....
About 12 years ago I got an opportunity to learn ...but that couldn't last for more than a year ..which I still regret very much :( Keerti ji I am very thankful for those few months that I could learn from you and hope you will listen to this! :-)

This song was originally composed in Telugu in 1957 for Suwarna Sundari by Sri. Adi Narayana Rao which was later made in both Hindi & Tamil. The Telugu version is sung by Ghantasala & Jikki, Tamil by Ghantasala & Susheela and Hindi by Rafi & Lata.

I have always wanted to sing this ... and here is my attempt of Kuhu Kuhu. Rajesh Raman, a very talented fellow blogger has joined me in singing this beautiful composition. I hope you like it.

Rajesh, you have done a terrifc job singing this and thanks for mixing :-)

Film : Suvarna Sundari
Music Director: Adi Narayana Rao
Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
Original Singers : Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi
Sung By : Vidyu & Rajesh Raman

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nazaare Hazaaron Ki - Original Composition by Srikanth

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I have recorded a Hindi original with Srikant Devarajan.
Srikanth Devarajan is a Composer, Producer and Song Writer from Maryland, USA. A very talented and versatile musician, it always is a pleasure singing his tunes. The lyrics to this song is by Sashi Gundala who is from New Jersey, USA.
The song Nazaare Hazaaron Ki is a dedication to Mother Earth, what she has given us, her vastness, her beauty..

There is a Tamil version to the song by Alisha Thomas, a very gifted singer. Thanks so much Srikanth for ur encouragement! Absolutely enjoyed the recording sessions :-)

Thank you for listening and please let us know what u think of this effort, composition, lyrics and the singing :-)