Topic started by Nirupama (@ 18.104.22.168) on Fri Jul 24 00:46:10 EDT 1998.
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Ravi: Thanks for your prompt response. With your suggestion, I am starting this new thread.
I'm Nirupama from Vancouver, Canada. Since I visit this site quite often and have found out your passion for tamil film music, I thought this bit of information will be interesting for you.
With a help of a friend who hosts a hindi show on radio, I started my own radio show for tamil film music. Since there are no other tamil radio shows in Vancouver, I thought tamils living here might appreciate this. But to my surprise, I received many calls from non-tamils(White Canadians, etc) inquiring about this strange yet wonderful eastern(or fusion, rather) music. The show is only three-weeks old, and every week I've been getting these phone calls. I've described this type of music to the best of my abilities, but still their curiosity is overwhelming.
Some of their comments in their own words are:
"Hey, I love this music! What is it called?" , "This is great! Where is it from?" , "I like traditional Indian music, but what you're playing sounds very interesting!" Some even asked me for the film and song names.
In order to find out more about their music preferences, I tried playing songs from different periods, styles etc. What do guys think about this? Any guesses on whose music style or what type of tamil film music they like?? I'll talk more about that later.....
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- From: aruvi (@ spc-isp-tor-uas-90-42.sprint.ca)
on: Wed May 26 22:02:38 EDT 1999
Thanks! Interest facts. I always thought that singers have a different voice when they talk because most male singers sound normal(Unnikrishnan, Sreenivas for example). I have heard like that about Swarnalatha too. Surprised to see that she has only sung about 14000 songs. But a lot of them are evergreen gems, which surpass a lot of the average songs that have come out so nothing to complain there. Thanks again and waiting anxiously for the Chitra interview.
- From: Nirupama (@ mut-53-0339.direct.ca)
on: Thu May 27 00:59:56 EDT 1999
Aruvi, wait! I'm not quite finished with SJ's interview yet! Here's the rest of it...
She said she avoids attending too many concerts as it would be a strain on her voice. I asked her about voice dubbing for heroines and she gave me the same reply.
** "I have composed music for one Telugu film titled 'Mouna Porattam'. It was later dubbed into Tamil with the same name".
When asked about how she learns the tune before recording, she answered:
** "I'm only given the tune when I come for the recording sessions. Most of the time the MD sings the tune and we record it onto a cassette. I spend about 10 - 15 min. practicing before we proceed with the recording. I usually learn the importance of the song by reading & understanding the lyrics. I can read and write fluently in Tamil, Telugu & Kannada".
** "I sometimes record upto 10 songs in a day, all in different languages. I tend to forget the tune as I leave the studio. Therefore, I spend time listening to my own songs before a stage show to remember all the variations & modulations in the song".
Does she take special care to maintain the quality of her voice?
** "My voice is truly a gift from God. I only try to avoid drinking cold water or eating ice cream. Apart from that I don't take any special precautions. Many youngesters feel that they don't even have to do this. I guess if they are used to it from a very young age, it won't harm them".
Her favourite singers:
** " I admired Lata Mangeshkar from my very young age. I also like Asha Bhonsle in some songs".
Why didn't she make a name for herself in Bollywood cinema?
** "There were quite a few offers from the North during the early part of my career. But I found it difficult to travel to Bombay and Madras back and forth on the same day. I also had many appointments here in the South. So, I started declining these offers till they got tired of asking me. The travelling is just too tiring".
Finally, before leaving I requested her to sing as much as she can in TFM. She said she will be happy to do that. She also said that there are lots of young singers in the industry now and they also should get a good chance to prove themselves. But as long as they need me, I will be happy to be a part of the music industry.
- From: aruvi (@ spc-isp-tor-uas-73-9.sprint.ca)
on: Thu May 27 06:20:35 EDT 1999
The first half is interesting, the second half touching! Thanks again.
- From: aruvi (@ spc-isp-tor-uas-91-92.sprint.ca)
on: Sun May 30 21:25:47 EDT 1999
Nirupama, where are you?
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