Archive for the Music Category
Paul Mauriat (1925-2006), was a French Orchestral conductor. India’s one of the greatest composers ever, Illayaraja, in one his books, referred Mauriat as “Father of Light Music”. As a child, Paul Mauriat was fascinated by Jazz music. Though he was a composer of merit, he became worldwide popular as an arranger by re-recording the greatest hits.
Anil Biswas (1914-2003) was the pioneer of orchestral music and playback singing in Indian film music. He once said that he was the Uncle of Indian film music if R.C.Boral was the father of Indian film music. He was born in a small village, now in Bangladesh. He was very fond of listening to folk music in his childhood.
T M Soundarajan, popularly TMS, passed away at the age of 91, on 25th May 2013. Another legend of film industry after T K Ramamurthy and P B Sreenivas had gone. Yokibu has already carried two parts article on this giant. In this week, as a mark of respect, let me give some of my most favourite songs of both TMS and PBS.
In Part 1, we discussed about two ragas Atana and Asaveri. Tyagaraja Swami composed 12 and 9 songs in these ragas respectively. We shall deal with another three ragas in this article.
The moment someone mentions the word S.Balachander, the first thing that appears in mind is his majestic personality and the contributions he made to the Carnatic music world and more specifically to the south Indian instrument Veena.
Mellisai Mannar T K Ramamurthy, one of the duo of “Viswanathan-Ramamurthy”, passed away at the age of 91 on 17th April 2013. T K Ramamurthy was a great violinist.
2013! This year saw the demise of two greatest violinists, M S Gopalakrishnan and Lalgudi Jayaraman. Sri. Lalgudi Jayaraman (1930-2013), “Lalgudi” to all of us, passed away on 22nd April 2013 at 82. Lalgudi was a complete musician. He was a violin virtuoso, a vaggeyakara and a musical mathematician.
P B Sreenivas (1930-2013), fondly PBS, passed away at the age of 82. PBS was gifted with a mellifluous voice. Though he sang many tamil songs before “Kalangalil aval vasantham”, this song made PBS, a household name for ever.
Veena S. Balachander’s death anniversary falls today the April 13th. Veena Balachander was a child prodigy, a virtuoso, a genius, an innovator, a creator, a self-taught, a musician’s musician, a film actor, a film music composer, an inspired film director, a producer, a chess prodigy, a great orator, a fantastic writer with fabulous command over language, a human with great sense of humour, an excellent photographer and last but not the least, a very handsome and gigantic personality.
Osibisa is a Ghanaian African band formed in 1969 by 7 people of African origin. Osibisa was one of the first African tradition bands which became popular worldwide.