Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Unique Music Director!

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Ramesh Vinayakam! I had heard some of his songs in radio and knew he is good.  Hearing one of his songs in a reality show and noticing the tune, background music, I thought I should write about him.  I had seen him giving tips to new budding singers in a reality show and they were too good.   Now, hear some of his songs and you will notice his name when you hear a 'sara hatke - different' song hereafter!



Ramesh Vinayakam is the male singer.  Female singer? Soft, melodious song. This movie, 'Nala Damayanthi' was directed by Kamal Haasan.  His influence is there in Madhavan, you can notice in the video!

The next song also is sung by Ramesh Vinayakam...'Different' type:







I was looking out for Ramesh Vinyakam's songs and came across this gem, from the movie 'Ramanujan'. I am hearing this song for the first time. Vani Jayaram's voice is entirely different...unique. I like this voice of hers. Wiki has written this about the song:

'Being a film about a mathematician, the songs were related to mathematical terms as well. Poet Vaali had written a number, "Narayana Narayana", which was said to "incorporate the idea of infinity and nothingness'

This is another song from the same movie, Ramanujan.  I wonder 
why I hadn't noticed this song before! Hear this:



Ramesh Vinayakam and Vinaya (new voice I think and sounds lovely) are singing. Or is it Kaushiki Chakraborty's voice?  Please write in the comments section if you are familiar with this voice! The tune is good.  The background music is soft.  'Different' type of song.  The lyrics are too beautiful.  You can see/read them in the comments section too (in you tube)! Na.Muthukumar is superb here. My impression about the lyricist has gone up now!

Wiki says this about the songs of Ramanujan:

He said that he had to go classical for one part of the film and into European sounds for another segment. No modern instruments, but old world instruments were used in order to bring the period alive, while four orchestral pieces were recorded in Germany, where the composer worked with the Stuttgart-based GermanPops Orchestra that has worked on contemporary and classical styles. Being a film about a mathematician, the songs were related to mathematical terms as well. Poet Vaali had written a number, "Narayana Narayana", which was said to "incorporate the idea of infinity and nothingness", while another number, written by Thirumazhisai Azhwar thousands of years ago, "stresses that numbers are absolute".One of the instrumental tracks, "One to Zero" was described as a "musical metaphor" as it was based on the numbers, with Vinayakam explaining, "One is represented by one note, two by two notes and so on, while zero is represented by a rest.After the initial exposition, at any point of time, three of these layers criss-cross each other from a distance of one beat from each other".

Thirumazhisai Azhwar's song sung by Unnikrishnan is here. It describes about numbers and the music...listen!

This looks like western classical. From the movie, Ramanujan. I am ignorant of this music. But sounds important.  Click  and see! 

This is a fast number, sung by Vinayakam.  Background music is interesting!

He has done many devotional song albums.  He is proficient in Carnatic music, Western music and has a diploma from Trinity college of music, London.  

He is speaking about 'Ramanujan' here. 

Waiting to hear more music from him in the future.

12 comments :

Rama Ananth said...

I have heard some of them, and really enjoyed them, other I have yet to listen to them. Thanks for picking up such gems, would surely listen to those i have not yet heard.

Sandhya said...

RAMA ANANTH: Hey, You are the first commenter! I have hear some more songs of him and remember enjoying them. Coudn't recollect them now! Thank you!

VCMouli said...

Somehow for me music has to be authentic and mixing Bharateeya Sangeetam with Western music completely washes out the beauty of both.
Music becomes something flimsy - just hanging in the air!
Have you ever heard western music composers mixing their Gregorain chants with our music?
The very thought would be considered blasphemous whereas we have started doing everything and anything to gain attention.
Why I do wonder!

Sandhya said...

VC MOULI: I have written about his film music, here. He has done devotional music in pure Indian raagas. Film music should be soft to the ears and with rhythm. Melodious means, it should touch our hearts...any music will do. Mainly people should like it.

Thank you, Mouli!

Destination Infinity said...

I heard one song, the voice is fine. You should listen to 'Oruthi mele mindum mayyal aanen' song from Jeeva. What a voice! I saw the movie Ramanujam, it's good.

Destination Infinity

Jeevan said...

Vizhigalin aruginil was my favourite song, but until read this post I don’t know who composed this song. Vinaya has a sweet voice and I have seen her singing in Sun singer, who also trains kids for singing. Will listening to Ramanujan later and I think the composition has great details?

Bikramjit Singh Mann said...

:( i did not understand any


Bikram's

sm said...

nice post
will be back again to listen songs

umsreflections said...

Thank you for some beautiful songs here Sandhya...I missed watching this movie and the songs too !
Loved the Vani jayaram's song - so different !
And amazing melody in the music composition :)

Sandhya said...

I heard the 'oruththi mele' song. New voice and it is good! Nowadays it is not just 3-4 music directors and 6-7 singers! So many new music directors and so many new voice and many are good too! Golden era has begun for film music!

I am going to watch 'Ramanujan' in a day or two!


JEEVAN: Until I read about 'Ramanujan' here, I didn't know that music can include so many details. The song is good. And the movie too, I heard!


BIKRAMJITH SING MANN: Language barrier is not there for hearing melodious songs, I feel, Bikram! Hear them, you will agree with me!


sm: Sure, sm! Thank you!


UMSREFLECTIONS: Yes, his music is different and very melodious!

Loco mente said...

I love Nala dhamayanthi songs... I shall check out others too...
Thanks for sharing!

Onkar said...

Very nice

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