Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I happened to read the report in TOI this morning on the performance of Tamil films for the first half of 2009 in Kollywood.
Whenever I become a part of the movie I have always prayed, spoken to God and given him a petition to make the movie a commercial success. From what little I know a lot of people are extremely passionate about cinema, some pledge their houses and put their entire savings on the line, run into serious debt to release a movie that they make. All for the sake of pursuing a dream. And those who dare to dream and dare to act on those need all the divine help they can gather. That's my opinion.
Looks like some prayers have been answered. To read that Ayan was a blockbuster, Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu and Yaavarum Nalam were hits was brilliant to read first thing in the morning.
Also as long as Laesa Parakkudhu was concerned, I remember how wonderful the session with Sri Selvaganesh was. Until then I had only known him as a brilliant percussionist. But working with him was beautiful. He was tolerant and happened to sincerely, heartily appreciate every nuance by a singer during a recording. Several weeks later I met the Vinayakaram family at the screening of VKK. The stalwart that he is, Sri Vikku Vinakaram was kind enough to tell me that he liked Laesa. I have heard several elders talk of how difficult it used to be in earlier to get that one compliment from a musician. When you hail from a family of classical musicians or even if you happen to have the opportunity to move with one, they would easily share with you on how difficult it was to learn and get anything in the name of a compliment from a Guru or anyone else, especially from classical musicians.
And Laesa has been my caller tune ever since the song released. To this day I have people asking me "Have you sung this song"? Mostly surprised. And the credit completely goes to Selvaganesh ji. I did not realize the kind of expression he brought out of me until I heard the song on the CD.
Coming back, let me say this post is a thank you to Mr God for fulfilling some of my prayers.

40 comments:

Alsu said...

Have you sung that song ? :O

msr said...

Hullo
Had been a lurker here for long. :)
Couldn't skip past after reading the last line. Am compelled to ask what makes you think God is Mr ? :)
Thanks.

senthamizh said...

hi., neenga thamizhla kuda blog ezhudhalame...

Cute Cadre said...

Nice post Chinmayi

santhosh P kumar said...

hi chin,
Praise the Lord

santhosh P kumar.

Chinmayi Sripada /Chinmayee said...

Alsu: yup!
MSR: Well thats how I relate to Him and its a personal choice. Thats perhaps what God is all about. He can be addressed/related to depending on will
Senthamizh: ippodhaiku naattam illai. I am comfortable blogging in English

SHAN said...

Dear Chinmayi,

Nice to see you in cheering mood ..
Be happy . Our stay is very short.

Regards,

SHAN,

boom said...

as always, couldn't tell it was you!!
great song!!greater singing!!best wishes for many more like this!!

Chandru said...

Chinmayi

Are you sure it is Mr.God? I thought Saraswathi is the goddess of 'Ayya kalaigal Arupathinangu'.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chinmayee,

IMHO, those pledging houses,jewels and putting all their savings should think about the quality of story line/crew they are investing. Spending money on crap story/director/team will end up digging their own graveyard.

What is that caller song?if you can provide link to listen, we can also enjoy.

Regards
Srini, Sharjah

EsKay said...

Happy for the success of the movie that you have been involved! Fair enough!!

Praying for the success of the movie that you become part of? parantha manappaanmai!?

Reading some of your earlier blogs and then this statement...
engeyO idikkuthey!!

Jayamurugan said...

Wish all your prayers are fulfilled.
By the way, will we be able to hear you on FM again? Hoping that you would reply... :)

msatheeshkumar said...

Hey congrats Chins........

Arun said...

Brilliant rendering. I didn't know it was you until I read this blog. Just a quick check on TamilBeat and I've started to listen to it with more attention.

Chinmayi Sripada /Chinmayee said...

Ekay: just stating facts. Thats all. Have been doing it from day one. And I clearly do not understand what you are driving at. I am happier with clarity :)

Everyone else, thanks.

Nisha Devadas said...

hi chins,
i never knew it was u who sung that song.. really really awesome..hats off..

sanjay said...

As someone who learnt classical percussion from the great Vikku Vinayakaram, I was so happy to see the movie and soundtrack do so well. I had only seen his son as a percussionist and although he had branched into doing a lot of fusion, I was pleasantly surprised to get such a stunning soundtrack fom him for that movie.

I have come across some classical musicians who (arrogantly, in my opinion) diss film music.

Vikku Vinayakaram however, was involved with fusion from a very early stage and I was so fortunate to witness some of his jamming sessions that used to happen at their home cum school at Triplicane along with Mickey Hart & Sivamani.

It is so great to hear about their success and their humility.

Alagappan said...

it is indeed a good song and I loved it.

i'm a regular follower of your blog and i often recommend your posts to my friends.

i have a suggestion for you : you can try using twitter. It helps you to be connected with your fans/ well-wishers. It is more or less like blogging, but it offers quite a few advantages too.

-Alagappan

jishu said...

Hai akka,
First of all prayers for u to get the best interpreters for ur company.Akka,u can try giving some Ads in the newspaper relating this.Its just my suggestion.Its really surprising that,"Laesa parakkudhu manusu" song was not in the nomination list.Praying for you, to get the "Best Female play back singer"!. Wishes in advance.
-jishu

Shankar said...

Happy for u!

Hariharan said...

Hi,

Your very first few lines

"Whenever I become a part of the movie I have always prayed, spoken to God and given him a petition to make the movie a commercial success."

Looks like more is needed...since one of my all time favourites and even urs as per ur orkut profile "Kannathil Muthamittal" was a commercial dud...how i wished that tamil film audience must grow up...How can they ever make such a movie a flop...it was like man dis is the best movie ever made and had it been made in hollywood..pirsuit of happyness must bow to this movie...

Even now whenever they show this movie on tv i make it a point to see it...this movie was like...

Just now words to express..i literally cried when amudha says " Can i call you amma!!"...

Also dis movie had one of ur best songs till date - the title track....

Instead of praying to god that the movies become a commercial success..hope we start praying that the tamil audience grows up to whole heartedly accept such movies.

Hariharan said...

Hi,

Your very first few lines

"Whenever I become a part of the movie I have always prayed, spoken to God and given him a petition to make the movie a commercial success."

Looks like more is needed...since one of my all time favourites and even urs as per ur orkut profile "Kannathil Muthamittal" was a commercial dud...how i wished that tamil film audience must grow up...How can they ever make such a movie a flop...it was like man dis is the best movie ever made and had it been made in hollywood..pirsuit of happyness must bow to this movie...

Even now whenever they show this movie on tv i make it a point to see it...this movie was like...

Just now words to express..i literally cried when amudha says " Can i call you amma!!"...

Also dis movie had one of ur best songs till date - the title track....

Instead of praying to god that the movies become a commercial success..hope we start praying that the tamil audience grows up to whole heartedly accept such movies.

Saravana said...

This is a very cool song....Planning to sing this in any show? will be great..

And thats a good news about these flims ..Good to know that, esp. after that shocking information from Yuhi (Vijay awards) that 2008 had only 7 hits and the rest 111 didn't do well at the box office.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chinmayi.....I know its out of the topic....but just curious to know.....y is ur website not updated from 2005 :-) ??

knowmebetter said...

Hi Chinmayee,

Delurking here for the first time...but have been reading your blog for quite some time now....I listened to that song from VKK and gosh, I wasn't able to recognize that it was your voice at all!!! But then, the song was very well-sung by you and karthik....really soothing to the ears!!! What a difference between kannathil muthamittaal and this!! somehow kannathil.. and enna idhu, enna idhu (Nala Dhamayanthi) had similar voices but this sounds refreshingly different!! Way to go!! Btw, I love both those songs that I've mentioned here and I love this VKK song too.....

Cheers,
Deepa

Priya said...

Nice blogging..do update with twitter at ur posts..

Anonymous said...

Chinmayi San...

Is there anyway you can add in audio link (like youtube) to all your songs - (not sure abt copyright issues) but imagine the wonders of 30 sec audio link...

Moreover it becomes nice collection of your all songs over a period of time...

What do you say ???

hav fun !!!

பிரியமுடன்... said...

Happy to hear these things! Sometimes narration may speaks!You have been walking towards Himalaya....Not very far! Hope...Passion...Enthusiasium may take u there! May God bless u! Good! God makes people's sarrow as zero...thats...Go(o)d.

Parthasarathy S said...

What happened to your coffee club?

Ganesh Raman said...

Nice Post..Keep Blogging

Parthasarathi said...

Hi Chinmayi,

Thanks for sharing your happiness with us. Fans like me will always stay with you to hear your songs and make it to hit. You know, my ring tone is this song Leasa parakkuthu.

Cheers,
S.Parthasarathi.

வண்ணத்துபூச்சியார் said...

wishes Chin...

B said...

That song was amazing.. I did a camping trip with my friends in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Rocky Mtn National Park.. All these places heard that song..

Kumar.B said...

what happened?? not to hear in the morning coffee show??

Krish said...

true chinmayi..really true.
Laesa has discovered a 'new' chinmayi..seriously..such a nice song it is..and ur voice is so tender in d song :)

Kavi said...

That is a great song.. And, btw.. saw that u have a twitter account... And u are accessing it through the web... U may download TweetDeck a client or can be called... well... as a gadget... :)... I'm sorry if u already are using it... If not just try it... It rocks!!

MADHAV said...

Laesa parakkudhu manasu is a very nice song. I like the lyrics, the rendering and the video. When everything falls in place like in this song, its superb isnt it? Had no clue that you have sung this one. Neat!

Regards
Madhav

Anonymous said...

inum konjam siruchurukaalaaaaameeeee.. :)...
any ways great pic chinmayi..

Raja

Anonymous said...

dear , could u please tell me how to add twitter on ur blog. ie, could u send me a link or something ?
imemayaself@yahoo.com

thank u !

-Maya

VijayGanesh. S said...

I was listening to Moonar soundtrack and i liked your track "konjam poo". It is a sweet song Chinmayi.