Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Met Thalaivar

at Vairamuthu Sir's 1000 paadalgal event. IMO its one of the best events that I have been a part of. Brimming with scholarship and an energy in the air in the room that I day, I haven't felt for a long while. With the titans from the industry, listening to SPB sir and KJY sir sitting at a 1 feet distance from the performance area. Quite an experience. Listening to Vairamuthu sir read out the citations that he gave out to every guest he had invited was another treat. Listening to Vaali sir's address which left us all in splits and Vairamuthu sir's impassioned one, was amazing. Nothing like listening to poets speak. Especially on their craft, their words and their points of view. Anecdotes and stories and laughter and life. 
I first performed with Vijay Prakash that day to a monitor-wise highly uncomfortable rendition. I have met him after more than a year, after performing at the VTV audio launch here in Chennai. Definitely one of the loveliest and nicest performers I have met.  But thankfully it got better by the time I went on stage for Uyire  with Hari ji. And Hari ji actually told me he liked what I sang.  Whatt-an experience listening to him sing Uyire. Its a dang surprise every time. Keeps you on your toes all the time. And he brings edge-of-the-seat entertainment to the music listener I think. 
The vibes that evening were amazing. Nothing discordant anywhere. Annnnnnnnddddd.....
After the Photo Op with the Honble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, I decided to say Hello to Superstar on Stage. Babbled and said I am huuuge fan. Yep, as original, impressive, smart and of course, original as that. He says "Yeah I know Chinmayi." .. And a few other words that I don't remember. But in my life I will never forget shaking hands with him. In this aspect I am exactly as crazy as every Thalaivar fan out there. The Superstar is all magic and earth-shatteringly simple. When I was an stage I smiled at him while singing Kadhal Anukkal and he smiled back. At that point in time I had no clue whether he knew me from Adam or for that matter, Eve. I knew in less than an hour later that I was mistaken and he knew me by name. Thanks to the cameramen, a million times for capturing that moment. I have a photograph of it now.
The one other thing I will treasure is from the Vairamuthu sir. His words to me, impressed in a sheet of gold. 
Chinna Thenral Nee
Chella Puyalum Nee
Thamizhil Paadum Kuyilum Nee
Vaazhga Chinmayi
- Vairamuthu
The other treasure, the first one this year, is of course, the calendar :) Glee!

44 comments:

ILA(@)இளா said...

Best New Year Gift!

My share of life said...

The PHOTO plss!!!

Arrchana Raj said...

Wowww...The best part - Vairamuthu's citation for each guest... !!!!
Annnnnnnnnddddd Of course ... Meeting Rajnii... :) :)
I thot you would have already met him! Realy first tim?? You have sung for Shivaji also...U did nt meet him during audio launch n other stuff? :o

Anonymous said...

so why have you stopped thanking the kannama donors?

Chitra Devi Nagayah said...

u look great n i saw d picture in indiaglitz.

M Arunachalam said...

Congrats Madam. You must be one of the luckiest persons on earth whom Thalaivar himself knows by name! Looking forward to see your snap with him.

Happy New Year.

Arun

sandy007 said...

Amaazing .... all the best and happppy new year ... keep the articles flowing in :) We are hear to know and read more about you and your experiences.

God Bless...

Take care ..

ardent fan said...

Congratulations Chinamyi!! Keep rocking :) And I learnt from Madhan sir's post that your uyire performance with Hariharan sir was the most amazing one on that day although I was not there!! Im sure you will reach the peak!! :) Godspeed :)

பாசிலன் கவிதைகள் said...

hello you realy lucky madam.. iam big fan of rajini.. and also your fan.. you will get happiness full of ur life

arvind_cool21 said...

Super.... :)

Thalaivar veriyai

arvind_cool21 said...

Super....Thalaivar veriyai :)

Nathan

rakesh said...

i too felt your joy and happiness reading your experience with our thalaivar....he always watches every one of us especially people like u who r in media light...but we think tat he doesn't know anything...great for u to meet our thalaivar...we always respect u chinmayi...and that lines for u by vairamuthu sir is simply superb..
pls post ur photo with thalaivar...

paramaguru said...

congrats!!

Infinite said...

Great.
It is amazing the kind of fan following Rajini has
It is cutting across generations, cutting across from common (wo)men to celebrities like you.

R.Gopi said...

Hi Chinmayi

You are the luckiest person on the planet...(as you met Thalaivar..).

Excellent narration and i simply loved to read this post again and again...

Also i WISH YOU, FAMILY MEMBERS, ALL YOUR FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2011..

My special wishes to you for the MEGA HIT SONG OF THE DECADE "Kilimanjaro" from Super Star's mega blockbuster movie "ENTHIRAN"..

Keep smiling and be happy Chinmayi..

My best wishes to you for all your future endeavours...

பிரியமுடன்... said...

சின்னத் தென்றல்
சின்மயிக்கு
சில வார்த்தைகள்!
செல்லப் புயலுக்கு
சொல்லப் புரியவில்லை
வைரமுத்துவை
வெல்லப்போகும் வார்த்தைகள்
எள்ளளவும் இல்லை
என்னிடம்!
ஏதோ ஒன்று சொல்ல
எனக்குள் ஆசை
வந்த ஆசைக்கு
வந்திருக்கும் வருடம்தான் வாகனம்!

புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

தமிழ்பாடும் குயிலுக்கு
தமிழில் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
ஆங்கில புத்தாண்டில்
ஆனந்தம் உங்களுக்கு
இல்லை இல்லை எங்களுக்கு!
ஆமாம்! கடந்த ஆண்டின் சிறந்த பாடலாக எங்கள் ஊரில் உங்கள் பாடல்தான்! ஒலி 96.8 ல் உங்கள் பாடல்தான் வெற்றிகண்டது! வெற்றிக்கு என்னுடைய பங்களிப்பும் இருந்ததில் இன்பம் எனக்கு! அன்றைய கவுண்டவுனில் நீங்கள் பேசியதை ஒலிபரப்பு செய்து அங்கே கூடியிருந்த 5 ஆயிரம் பேரையும் அசத்திவிட்டார்கள்! உங்கள் முகமும் அங்கேயிருந்தது! அழகிய வருடம் அங்கே துவங்கியது! என் எண்ணம் போல என்றுமே உங்களுக்கு வெற்றிமேல் வெற்றிதான்! வாழ்க பல்லாண்டு, புகழுடனும் வளங்களுடனும்! நன்றி!
என்றும்
பிரியமுடன் பிரேம்குமார்
சிங்கப்பூர்.

M GANESAN said...

Very nice post in the begining of this Year 2011.Thanks for Sharing your wonderful momments that you had with the great Legends.


Regards
GANESAN.M.

Anonymous said...

http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/gallery/m/Events/vairamuthu3111/877127.html

sandeep18march said...

wow....so nice...
i'm sure few years down the line there'd be singers/artists in awe of u as u r awed by these great artists...& very nice comments by vairamuthu sir as well...wat bigger compliment can u get :)

may the whole year b as 'glee'ful as it has started!!!

All the best...

Anonymous said...

Where is the picture?

Anonymous said...

In the Making of Enthiran program, you were the only one who mentioned the word - Thalaivar! Thanks for that and Congrats!

Red Mulberry said...

Sounds gr8!

Red Mulberry said...

Sounds gr8!

Sathiya said...

Wow...congrats Chinmanyi on the treasure from Vairamuthu sir! His words are indeed true. But thinking that Thalaivar might not know you is too much after having sung two super hit songs in his films Sivaji and Enthiran:)

Kothai said...

செல்லப் புயல்
--Nothing more to say :)

After Rahman sir gift,
you got another treasure by meeting thalaivar :)

Wish you to have a happy new year
with a rocking start like this :)

Ilavarasan said...

@ Anonymous

Who ever posted the Link of the pic ..
http://icdn1.indiaglitz.com/tamil/gallery/Events/vairamuthu3111/vairamuthu3111_334.jpg

Thank you .

Chinmayi . . Keep rocking .

Arvind said...

Chinmayi, "I am huuuge fan"! Yep, I know it original, impressive aaand smart :D

Harihara Kumar said...

Chinmayi,

Had a chance to see you saturday evening opposite to pothys. You were operating your car. I saw you from my bike in the opposite track. I wanted to get ur autograph but could not.

dot dot dot you know what... said...

Congratulations Chinmayi. I know what it feels like. I had a similar experience in Los Angeles a few months back at the airport! I saw the whole Jai Ho troupe and my hands were trembling as I went up to speak to the genius Mr. ARR. He was so simple and chatted with me for a few mins. I also went up and spoke to Hari ji and he obliged and sang a few lines for me from my fav ghazal "halka sa ek nasha sa".

I had a long chat with Vijay Prakash who also sat next to me on the plane. It was unbelievable the whole experience :)

Deepika said...

Wow....super...
congrats

Porkodi(பொற்கொடி) said...

Have been a lurker at you blog for quite a few years now, and am surprised you are still excited about the words and actions from these celebrities!! How are you not used to seeing/talking/getting praised by these stars yet?? :O Congrats on everything you have achieved in life, from Blue Elephant to Rajni!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chinmayi,

Thalaivar always know about his fans, and he must have watched "The Rajinikanth Phenomenon" debate and also you are famous enough to be remembered as one of the comments mentioned "you have sung two hit songs for Sivaji and Endhiran". Kindly share the photo.

Raghu

Mohan said...

Chinmayi, what most deserving honors for you to bring in the New Year. May it be filled with more joys!

Dong the korean translator said...

Enjoyed reading the post.

Manaswini.K said...

God bless you Chinmayi. Your interview of KJY was awesome. You were so elegent yourself and conducted yourself so well. One could actually feel the respect you had for the person and for the art.May the year get better and better as it goes and I always beleive 'The best is yet to come

Raj said...

@Chinmayi, great lines by Vairamuthu Sir to you... BTW, do you have any youtube link of your performance along with Hariharan. Would love to watch it.

Anonymous said...

எப்டிதான் எப்டிதான்.......
இப்படி பாடறேங்களோ?

Hooked onto it. Great! Keep it up!

-L.R. Vijay.

Anonymous said...

NiRaya thiramai nee
konjam Garvam nee
padarum paadal nee
thodarum thaedal nee

salo said...

Wow...Great.....
Happy new year.
Congrats and all the best.
Your so.... so....Lucky.
What a great words
chella puyal...china thentral...Thamizhil paadum kuyil .
Be happy always.

C.K.MADHAVARAJ said...

Chinmayi Voice is Rare Indian Pop Singers Voice! . . .

karthick said...

nice lines by vairamuthu sir

Rubini S- Rajoo said...

wow...akka tats really a superb new year gift 4 u.... :):)

Krishna said...

Congrats Chinmayi....keeps rocking!

MEENA KUMARI said...

chinnu... i know i am wishing you late... but still a very happy and prosperous new year to you:) i wish you win many many awards and laurels this year... i ll be the happiest if you win a National award...:) wishing you whole heartedly in advance sister... i am expecting one from you... god bless... great to hear that you had such an awesome start this year... hats off to vairamuthu sir.. enna kavignan:)and why dont you share your photo with our thalaivar???