Before Sarvam Thaala Mayam, my impression of GV Prakash is that he is a really good music director who has composed some of the best hits in the Tamil movie industry. I had never rated him as a good actor perhaps due to the types of roles that he has done in the past.
My personal favourite is his composition for the 2010 Tamil movie, Aayirathil Oruvan titled “Maalai Neram” sung by Andrea Jeremiah. He also did a great job in music scoring for other blockbusters like Madrasapattinam, Deiva Thirumagal and Raja Rani. Image source: Wikipedia.
It is difficult to place Vidyasagar in the Tamil movie scene – you see the 1980s and 1990s was dominated by the one and only Maestro Illayaraja and then 2000s thereafter we had AR Rahman changing the whole way we hear Tamil songs and then we had other music directors like Vidyasagar. Image source: Times of India
Western classical music is perspective – look at the number of people involved in a symphony! Our traditional music is lonely – Ilaiyaraaja
A very young Ilaiyaraaja with the very talented SP Bala and S. Janaki in the early 1980s during a recording session. Image source: The Federal
As long I could remember, I have been listening to Ilaiyaraaja music since I was still young and started to have an appreciation of his style of music – all the way from the 1970s (you are aware that Annakili was not his first movie and that he had to impress the producer Panchu Arunachalam by singing a song that his mother sang and using the table as a music instrument?) to his latest flick in “Neethane En Ponvasantham” – thanks to my Dad who was a big fan of Ilaiyaraaja (Ilaiyaraaja means the “younger” Raja – that is because the Tamil music industry already had another music director named Raja – the famed A.M. Raja).
The song “Enna Solla Pogirai” (meaning – “what you are going to say”) been humming in my mind for the last few days. It is one of my favourites among Shankar Mahadevan’s songs and when I watched Shankar Mahadevan singing it in a concert over Astro Vannavil; it was a great feeling to hear it again. Image source: Youtube
(Everything I need to know about cricket, I learned it from the movie “Lagaan” – a combination of great masala story, a fight by the underdogs, crude cricket manual, the usual Aamir Khan perfection & lovely AR Rahman music. Image source: The European Film Awards)
I am a Malaysian Indian and yet cricket and I is like oil & water. It never mixed primarily because I don’t play the game (it is not a major game in Malaysia). It is the same as the Afro-Americans not knowing to play basketball or the Japanese, not knowing about Sumo. The only time I tuned in to see cricket on TV is when I caught the sight of beautiful Indian girls cheering for their team.