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Pammal K Sambandham - Audio Release (Dec 29, 2001)

Pammal K Sambandham (in short, PKS) is a comedy *ing Kamal,Simran,Abbas,Sneha directed by Mouli, that is releasing for Pongal. Deva has scored the music. (Quiz: What's the only Kamal movie (before PKS) with Deva as MD? Click here for answer.) Post comments here.

Top Songs of 2001 (Dec 28, 2001)

Have you voted yet in our poll on Top 20 songs of 2001? If not, go ahead and Vote Now! - The voting will close in a few days. The top voted songs will be featured in a special radio programme in THR Raga, Malaysia, early next month. We'll host the recording of this programme for your listening pleasure. :-)

Subbudu's take on TFM during 2001 (Dec 27, 2001)

For a change during this busy December Music Season, Subbudu is reviewing TFM of this year. See the current issue of Kumudam (31 Dec 2001). Click here and look for the artcile 'Andha Naalum Vandhidaadho' in Puthagam 1. Post comments here.

AR Rahman felicitated by Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) (Dec 23, 2001)

How many are aware of the role played by IPRS? IPRS manages the copyrights of musicians and distributes due royalty for their work being 'exploited'. It also acts as a window for the users of music to obtain a legal license and negotiate the rate of royalty. IPRS is bad news for all those who have been playing music for commercial purposes without paying royalty-even auditoriums, halls and stadiums included. In fact, in Chennai, last month when Raj TV organised a tribute for Sivaji Ganesan, IPRS has apparently collected from the channel damages of over 1 lakh. Read more..
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Alli Arjuna - AR Rahman's New Release (Dec 21, 2001)

All Arjuna (*ing Manoj, Richa Pallod. Dir: Charan) audio is out. Except one song, all songs are rehash of Rahman's hindi songs from Pukar, 1947 Earth and One Two ka Four. The song list:

(Scrool down to the Top 10 list for link to audio.)
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Ilayaraja's family to score for Parthiban's new production (Dec 21, 2001)

Ilayaraja, Karthik Raja, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Bhavatharini are teaming together for an yet-to-be-named film produced by Parthiban. (Not to be confused with 'Elelo', by AR Rahman, which is postponed temporarily.) Sudha Ragunathan is singing her first song under Ilayaraja for this film. (Quiz: Name the song Sudha Ragunathan has sung for Deva. Click here for answer) The song is set in Simmendra Madhyamam ('aanandha raagam','kaatrodu kuzhalin naaadhame','nee pournami' are some of Raja's earlier songs in this raga), in which, incidentally, her guru MLV has also sung a film song - 'ellaam inbamayam'. Carnatic violinists Lalgudi Krishnan, Vijayalakshmi, Embar Kannan, V.V. Ravi are playing for this song. One more song of this film will be a jugalbandi between Sudha Ragunathan and a hindustani vocalist (Ajoy Charavarty, probably). Post comments here.

Interview with (Sankar)-Ganesh (Dec 16, 2001)

Ganesh of the famous duo Sankar-Ganesh talks about how they entered tamil films, their association with MSV,Kannadhasan,MGR and of course Devar films, their hit songs ('unnai naan paarthathu','ponnadhi maalai pozhudhu','paruthi edukkayila','megame megame','naan kattil mele','oh nenje','samsaaram athu minsaaram',etc.) and on the current trend in TFM. He also talks about his partner late Sankar Raman, his current projects, his acting, etc. Post comments here (Link to the Ambalam.Com interview is also here).

Bharat Kalachar Awards (Dec 15, 2001)

Mr.T.M. Soundararajan and Dr.P.B. Sreenivas, were conferred the title of `Gnana Kala Bharathi,' for their contribution to light classical music in films. The musician, Mr. Lalgudi Jayaraman, gave away the awards. More

Vani Jayaram's Songs (Dec 14, 2001)

Travel down the memory lane and recall some of her everlasting melodies. Join the fans and discuss about Vaani Jeyaram's songs. Go here.

Music Buzz on 'King' (Dec 14, 2001)

King (*ing Vikram, Sneha) is probably the next movie for the going-high hero Vikram, after Kaasi. Music is being scored by the tvserial-title-songs famous Dhina. Dhina who made his movie debut with 'Annai' has so far had a disastrous time in movies. Hopefully this movie will be a break. Dhina is scoring about 9 songs for this movie - half of which will be released as a non-movie album. This is something unique that TFM hasn't seen till date. Vairamuthu is writing the lyrics. Apparently his son Vai. Kabilan will pen one of the songs. Post comments here.

Padma Sheshadri girl sings for Rahman in Kannathil Muthamittal (Dec 14, 2001)

The girl, Vidya, is doing her Standard 9 in Padma Sheshadri Balabhavan Senior Secondary school, where ARR did his schooling too. She has sung ib Sun TV's Saptha Swarangal, Raj TV's Raagam Sangeetham , Humma Humma and Isai Mazhalaigal. While ARR was composing for Dil Se he had scouted for some humming voices from this school. Vidya was one of the girls who auditoned. She was selected as ARR liked her voice. She also did some humming in Dil Se's tamil version 'Uyire'. Then she also fondly remembers singing with ARR live on Chennai's Marina Beach for the Independence Day celebrations in 1998. They sang Vande Mataram together. She also accompanied ARR in his Dubai concert and sang there too. Pukar, 12ka4 and Lagaan are some other films in which she did humming. In Sangamam, before the song Sowkiyama starts the 'jal jal' kind of jadhi has also been sung by Vidya. She has also sung the 'thillalangadi' portion in DumDumDum for Karthikraja. She has also recorded a song with Hariharan in Udhaya and 2 songs in Kannathil Muthamittal - one with Tippu and another with Jayachandran. Post comments here.
Source: Dinmani.Com (Thanks to S. Karthik for the translation)

Balram - the PB Sreenivas of this millenium (Dec 2, 2001)

"Nee thaan en desiya geetham" - the male voice of this song from Paarthaale Paravasam, sent many oldtimers into a 'paravasam'. For, the voice was exactly like the melliflous PB Sreenivas of olden days. Those who thought PBS got back his voice were surprised to see Balram as the name of the singer. Balram, a keralite, has learnt carnatic formally, won several music competitions and sung in a few jingles. He has also cut an album 'Khwaabon Mein'. Post comments here.

New MD Imaan (Dec 1, 2001)

Iman is in the news after he was chosen the MD for GV films' big banner movie 'Thamizhan' in which ex-Miss World Priyanka chopra is making debut, hero is Vijay. This is actually the second movie for Imaan after "Kaathale Swaasam" (*ing karthik,meena. dir: prabhu nepal) - the audio of this movie, incidentally, got released yesterday. His movie break was expected following his great success with the title songs he scored for Prabhu Nepaul's tv serials (e.g. Krishnadhaasi - 'sikaram paarthaai'). This young lad was apparently working with Adhityan during his early days - he thanks Adhityan for his early learnings. If you can't wait to see his talent, click here for a song sample he has tuned for Thamizhan. Post comments here.

Rahman's sister Rehna speaks... (Nov 30, 2001)

AR Rahman's sister Rehna, who sang in the superhit 'Malai malai' (chocolate), in a candid interview. Source: Ambalam.Com.
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'Kaasi' - Music Release & Reviews (Nov 26, 2001)

Kaasi (*ing vikram,kavya madhavan,kaveri. MD: Ilayaraja. Dir: Vinayan) music is out. It's unique by the fact that there are 6 songs and all of them have been sung by Hariharan only!

Initial impressions posted on the forum:
"The lyrics are of fairly good quality, and HH does a fair job."
" Kaasi disappoints! The lyrics are some of the most meaningful that you would come across in recent Tamil movies. But as the music itself, IR has does not have anything new to offer-this is disappointing especially since the movie had such a great scope for good music; I feel that the Malayalam version was better!"
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Singing Roses :) (Nov 23, 2001)

Three roses, the indianised version of 'Charlies' Angels', *ing Jyothika,Laila,Rambha,Arjun, as you know is MD-ed by Ranjit Barot. The latest news is the 3 roses will be singing together in a song! All the three have been using voice dubbing for their movies so far, so now if they are going to sing with their own voices... kadavule kadavule :-)

"Kannaale Miyya miyya" Srivardhini (Nov 16, 2001)

Another upcoming singer 'Srivardhini' has charmed everyone with the hugely popular 'kannaale miyya miyya' from 'Alli thandha vaanam'. She was introduced by Vidyasagar in 'Poopparikka varugirom' (the song is 'ettil azhagu'). She is also popular among the chennai makkal through the popular title song of tv serial 'neela vaanam'. The song goes like 'thaalaattum kaaveri' (also by Vidyasagar). Let's extend a warm welcome and wish her more hits.

Upcoming Singing Talent Karthik (Nov 15, 2001)

Karthik entered TFM with the hit 'nenthukitten' in Star. Thereafter he sang under several MD's: 'krishna krishna' (dum dum dum, Karthik Raja), 'kaathe' (kaathal saathi, IR), 'manja kaattu maina' (manadhai thirudi vittaai, Yuvan SR). And recently 'moondrezhuthu ketta vaarthai' in Paarthaale paravasam under AR Rahman again. Being a friend of singer Srinivas, he has also sung in the pop album by Srinivas "Ussele". Currently he's singing under Deva, Sabesh-Murali, Bharathwaj and others. Post comments here.

Deepavali Releases (Nov 14, 2001)

Paarthaale Paravasam - Detailed Review (Nov 12, 2001)

Check out the detailed review by Shashi in the forum. In-depth technical analysis including ragas, rhythm patterns,ambience and other aspects. Post comments here.

"Hey, nee romba azhagaa irukke" (Nov 11, 2001)

This is a movie to be directed by Vasanth *ing Shaam, Sneha. The music will be scored by 5 MD's Ramesh Vinayagam, Srinivas (the famous singer), Murugan (brother of Anuradha sriram. Also sang 'nee illai endraal'), Jaishankar, Arvind. Quiz: Name another tamil movie scored by 5 MD's and the MD names. Click for answer.

Parthale Paravasam music released (Nov 4, 2001)

The music of Parthale paravasam is out. This is the 100th film of K.Balachandar and has music by A.R.R. Are the songs a letdown after their last combination, duet? Post your comments here.

Azhagi music released (Nov 4, 2001)

The music release function of Azhagi took place yesterday. The film stars Parthiban and Nandita Das, with music score by Ilayaraja. More details here.

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Nandhaa - Music Reviews (Oct 23, 2001)

These are some initial comments from fellow surfers:

"My initial impression is that it is a very mature attempt for someone so young and raw as YSR. It's very IRish in its orchestration, creates a sombre and dark mood for the film. I think this must also be the album with the best collective quality of lyrics in TFM in a long time, with Thamarai's lines outstanding."
"I feel this is a new point in YSR's career, as he tries to breakaway from his penchant towards fast, peppy numbers to much more mature stuff"
"after hearing the samples i liked only the "Kalli" song believe me this might be the instant hit "
"What a song by SPB and the other song i our maestro IR...haven't got words to describe my feelings after have listen the songs"

Detailed reviews. Post yours too.

MSV to release a ghazal album (Oct 22, 2001)

Apparently a pet project, MSV is releasing a ghazal album 'Sangeetham Sandhosham". Lyrics: Kaamakotiyaan. Singers: SPB, Srinivas, Chitra, Kalpana, Anantha Narayanan. The release function is on Oct 30 with a live performance of the songs. Update: Read an article in Kumudam here.

More on Nandhaa Audio (Oct 22, 2001)

The song 'maayane' (Aandaal thiruppaavai) has been soulfoully rendered (in Sindhu bairavi) by youngsters-sisters Rajalakshmi & Madhumitha. Does it remind 'maargazhi thingal allavaa', well.. they sung the chorus in this song too. There was a SPB-SJanaki duet recorded but not included in the audio release. Fans, don't be upset, keep a look out, it might be included later (insider news). Also, for some unavoidable reasons, the songs by Vani Jeyaram, Harini, Sandhya also could not make it to the final version.

Nandhaa - Audio release (Oct 21, 2001)

The much awaited "NANDHAA" film songs have been being released by Kamal Hasan and received by Bharathiraja in a function held at Hotel Connemara, Chennai. The song list:

  1. Mun paniyaa - SPB
  2. KaLLi adi KaLLi - Anuradha Sriram, Madhumitha & Chorus
  3. engenGo kaalgaL sellum - ILayaraja
  4. Or aayiram yaanai - Unni Krishnan
  5. maayanE andha - Rajalakshmi, Madhumitha & Chorus
  6. ammaa endraalE - Ilayaraja
Listen and post comments here.

News Bits (Oct 15, 2001)

Cinema Express Awards 2001 (Oct 14, 2001)

News Bits (Oct 12, 2001)

Thiruvaasagam to be orchestrated by Ilayaraja (Oct 10, 2001)

Maanikka Vaasagar's Thiruvaasagam is going to be orchestrated by Ilayaraja with Hungary's Budapest Symphony Orchestra. In a novel attempt, it's been planned to sound the English translation in the background simultaneously while the Tamil verses are sung in the foreground. This is being produced by Ilayaraja's Cultural Trust. Read more. Post comments here.

Light Music Scene @Madras (Oct 10, 2001)

A Hindu article on the light music scene at Madras. Includes brief interviews with Lakshman-Shruti, AV Ramanan's Musiciano, Abaswaram Ramji's Isai Mazhalai, etc. Read. Also read MSV's comments on the current day troupes.

Ilayaraja & SPB in a casual dialogue (Oct 10, 2001)

An audio recorded during a concert. Listen. Don't miss it! Source: Rajaangahm. Post comments here.

Ajith's Red (Oct 9, 2001)

The movie RED (*ing ajith, priya gill. MD: Deva. Dir: Ramsathya) boasts several firsts. Lata Mangeshkar is singing first under Deva, Lata & Asha Bhosle are singing first in the same tamil film (Quiz: Can you recall a Asha Bhosle song under Deva? Click here for answer), Silambasan is singing under Deva. Apparently Ajith really requested Silambarasan and thereafter he agreed to sing. The song is a duet with 'Anjumani' Mathangi, for which Vairamuthu has covered bests of the world like 'Italy Kattil', 'England Meththai', etc. in his lyrics.

Nandhaa (Oct 2, 2001)

Nandhaa (*ing Surya,Laila,rajkiran. MD: Yuvan SR. Dir: Bala) is a movie with a lot of expectation, as it's the 2nd movie for Bala after the critically acclaimed 'Sethu'. Bala raised eyebrows when Yuvan Shankar Raja was signed as MD instead of Ilayaraja (who was the MD for Sethu). However, everything seems to have gone as per Ilayaraja's advice, as Raja himself has sung the title song for Nandhaa. The other songs have been sung by SPB-Harini,S Janaki, Anuradha Sriram and Vani Jeyaram who is back in TFM after a long time. Yuvan has also composed a moving theme for the movie in Pantuvarali / Puriya Dhanasree, listen to it. Thanks to official site: Nandhaa.Com
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Udhaya - Music Buzz (24 Sep, 2001)

The song 'Thiruvallikkeni raani' (Sukhwinder Singh, Karthik) for the movie Udhaya (*ing Vijay,Simran. MD: AR Rahman. Dir: Azhagam Perumal) has been picturised on Vijay and Sophiya Haque (of 'september maadham' fame). The lyrics has been penned by Gangai Amaran - the first time for AR Rahman. This movie is slated for pongal release.

Jayalalitha,Kalignar,Ganguly & Nagma are singing.. (23 Sep, 2001)

Read and have a hearty laugh. Thanks to Aa.Vi.

Suresh Peters is here to drum again (21 Sep, 2001)

Suresh Peters, who entered TFM as a singer with 'chikkubukku rayile', is making a comeback as MD. He did score for a tamil movie several years ago. (Quiz: Which movie is it? Click here for answer.) His new movie is 'Thenkaasi pattanam' (*ing sarathkumar,napoleon. Dir: Manojkumar). Earlier he was busy with tamil pop albums, e.g. Minnal, apart from singing intermittently. He has also been busy doing Malayalam films. Check out here for more.

Harris Jeyaraj's 'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Main' (19 Sep, 2001)

The music of 'minnale' hindi version is out. 'Vaseegara' has become 'Zara zara' (BJ sings it again), 'Oh mama' has been sung by Sonu Nigam (with some improvisation in the middle), 'Venmathiye' hindi version goes to Kay Kay who has done a pretty good job. Roop kumar rathod doesn't have to worry too much, he gets a fresh song. There's one more new duet by Sonu Nigam, Kavita Subramanium. Listen and post comments here (check old responses if you can't find the audio link).

Manadhai Thirudi Vittaai - Music Reviews (17 Aug, 2001)

'Manadhai Thirudi Vittai' (*ing Prabhu deva, Gayathri Jeyaram. MD: Yuvan Shankar Raja. Dir: Narayana murthy) music has been released. These are some initial comments from fellow surfers:

"a good album i like the song sung by SM and another song by karthik"
"Its not bad, again a good album from Yuvan"
"yes,MTV is a very pleasant album with 6 songs sung by shankar,karthik,ysr,sadhna,hariharan,bhavadarini,there is a mass number "sadugudugudu"very good song in the scales of a rajini foottapper"
Detailed Reviews: 1, 2
Post your reviews here.

AR Rahman interview (16 Sep, 2001)

ARR talks about his work with Michael Jackson, Lagaan success, criticism on his songs sounding stereotypical, his singing, etc. More.

News Bits (15 Sep, 2001)

Interview with Jikki (14 Sep, 2001)

Excerpts: Krishnaveni became jikki for films. Originally from Andhra. Has sung over 10000 songs (including hindi, sinhalese songs). First song is 'arul tharum deva maathaave' (gyana sowndhari) under SV Venkatraman. Sang with AM Raja during college days that led to love and marriage. She has also sung under deva: 'othayadi paathayile' (aathaa un kovilile). On current day music: "Has improved technically. Quantity also has improved, but the quality has gone down".
Source: Chennai.Com
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Interview with (Viswanathan) Ramamurthy (14 Sep, 2001)


Source: Ambalam.Com Post comments here.

"Anju mani" Mathangi (13 Sep, 2001)

"Anju mani anju mani" is a recent superhit from 'Chocolate'. Many still think that this sensuous number is sung by vasundara das. ( There are also a few who claim it's Mumtaz's own voice, it's so apt!) It's actually sung by a new voice, Mathangi. A tamilian brought up in north india, Mathangi, apparently took lot of effort to sing this tamil number with help from Deva. If you thought she can sing only such light numbers, you should have caught her on "Sapthaswarangal" last sunday. She took up "meevalla guna" - the Kaapi kriti - and rendered with pure classical touch! Welcome to TFM...

"Paarthaale Paravasam" Songs (12 Sep, 2001)

The following are the 5 songs in this KB film scored by AR Rahman:

Look out for the audio soon! Post comments here.

Gangai Amaran's son gets married (11 Sep, 2001)

Gangai Amaran's son 'Venkat Prabhu' (hero of the dropped movie 'Pooncholai' and shelved tv serial 'Kundakka mandakka') got married on 10 Sep to Rajalakshmi, the foster daughter of dance teacher K.J. Sarasa. A photo.

Ilayaraja's BG score in 'Lajja' (9 Sep, 2001)

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More posts from Ehsaan & Nandhini (8 Sep, 2001)

Singer Nandini (7 Sep, 2001)

Nandhini entered TFM in 'Uyirodu uyiraaga' with the peppy song 'I love you, you love me too'. Now she is grabbing attention with the 'africa kaattuppuli' song in Aalavandhan. She visited TFM Page recently and posted this.
Post comments for her here.

More News Bits (6 Sep, 2001)

Bits (5 Sep, 2001)

Ilayaraja's 'Kaasi' (4 Sep, 2001)

Kaasi (*ing Vikram,Kavya Madhavan. Dir: Vinayan) is the remake of Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Gyanum, a malayalam hit *ing kalabavan mani. The following are the songs from the film, all of which have been sung by Hariharan:

Lyrics: Muthulingam, Pulamaipithan, Pazhani bharathi, Mu. Mehta
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PBS at Woodlands drive-in (3 Sep, 2001)

What's keeping PB Sreenivas busy these days.. Read.

Few Links (2 Sep, 2001)

More interesting posts from Ehsaan (2 Sep, 2001)

Ehsaan (of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy group) talks about Aalavandhan work (1 Sep, 2001)

Ehsaan writes "You have to understand that alavandhan doesnt really adhere to the typical tamil or hindi film soundtrack with 3 love songs and a few item songs. For that reason the film is not your typical film either. It is an intense action film even fitting in these songs has been difficult as the film can even do without songs. . I gues this doenst fit into the cliched film soundtrack as the film is not your regular kind of film with all the singing dancing etc. It's more cinematic music with tunes like ...." More.
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Sandeep Chowta to make tamil debut (1 Sep, 2001)

Sandeep chowta is the successful MD of 'Kaun', 'Mast','Jungle' and 'Pyar Tune Kya kiya'. Originally from Mumbai, he (ironically) got his break in Telugu with 'Ninne pelladatha'. (It was dubbed in tamil as 'Unnaye kalyaanam Pannikkiren'. Recall the 'greakka veerano' song?) He is now making his official debut in Tamil with 'One two Three'. The film will star the dance family 1) Prabhu Deva 2) Raju Sundaram and 3) Ragavendra Prasad. Jyothika will play the female lead. The film is directed by Subhash.

Buzz on AR Rahman's new offerings (31 Aug, 2001)

Singer Kay Kay (29 Aug, 2001)

Kay Kay (pronounced KK), or Krishna Kumar Menon, is a promising singer with a ganeer voice. He is in the limelight with his two songs in 12B ('love pannu' and 'mutham mutham'). Actually he is not really a newcomer to TFM. He has sung a few songs already under Ranjit Barot ('eechan kaattula' - VIP), AR Rahman ('strawberry kanne' - Minsara kanavu), Vidyasagar ('poovukkellaam siragu mulaithathu' - uyirodu uyiraaga), Aagosh ('naan keezhnaattu' - koteeswaran). He has also done a pop album 'Pal' and sung for several jingles ('yeh dil maange more' is his voice).

Alli Arjuna (MD: AR Rahman) Music Buzz (28 Aug, 2001)

Alli Arjuna (*ing Manoj, Richa Pallod. Dir: Charan) songs are in the making. Two songs 'sollaathe solaikkili' (SPB,Swarnalatha) 'endhan nenjil paahimaam' (Srinivas,SJ), are being shot in Malaysia. Hang on ARR fans, the album should be coming out soon!

12B - Music Reviews (28 Aug, 2001)

Some initial comments from fellow surfers:

"on first hearing nothing impressed me..... i doubt if its going to be impressing even after multiple hearings..... he has followed his *gurunadhar* style - some new voices, and you cannot understand most of the lyrics"
"12B is a superb album from HJ once again. I don't care about the lyrics.The music was nice that's all."
"Sukhwinder's Jothi nEril Vara song is such an ear-sore"
"sukwinder singh shd be renamed sukwinder should not singh!"
"harish raghavedras lovely voice has been wasted with just two lines in poovae vaai paesum other songs resembles rehamns stuff "
"I listened to 12B once. Should say good. Better that all Deva, VS and SAR stuff. But, again a replica of ARR kind of music. "

News Bits (27 Aug, 2001)

12B - Harris Jeyaraj's new offering (27 Aug, 2001)

The music album of 12B (*ing Shyam,Simran,Jyothika. Dir: Jeeva) is out. The album has 5 songs:

Have you heard the songs? Post comments here.

Indian Movie News Golden Jubilee Awards 2001 (26 Aug, 2001)

'Indian Movie News' is a popular magazine published from singapore. This year the magazine is celebrating it's golden jubilee. There was a special awards function last sunday with stars like Madhavan, Jyothika, Mumtaj, etc participating. The music awards went to Srinivas (best singer -male), Sujatha (best singer - female), Vani Jeyaram (Lifetime achievement award).

AR Rahman in Michael Jackson's 'Invincible' (25 Aug, 2001)

'Invincible' is Michael Jackson's new solo album in six years. It is executive produced by Michael Jackson, and features contributions from some of today's most successful artists including Carlos Santana, R. Kelly, Will Smith, etc. And, AR Rahman is one of them! Album DEtails. Looks like the composition 'Ekam satyam' that Jackson danced to during the Munich concert will be AR Rahman's contribution. Post comments here

Aalavandhaan - Music Release (17 Aug, 2001)

The music release of the much-awaited thriller 'Aalavandhan' (*ing kamal,raveena tandon,manisha koirala. Dir: Suresh Krishna) is slated for Aug 18. The album will be released by KB and received by Mani ratnam. The buzz about the album is: there are 6 songs.

Source: Dinakaran
There's a lot of expectation from the MD's Shankar-Ehsan-Loy who have raised a lot of eyebrows in Bollywood. Shankar (mahadevan) has also been in the news with his national award for 'santhana thendralai'. Post comments here.

On 'The Real Salute' (16 Aug, 2001)

'The Real Salute' is a patriotic song composed as someone asking forgiveness from the mother for neglecting her. The tamil version has been written and sung by Ilayaraja. Read more.

'Sangeetha Mala' - A CD-ROM on Papanasam Sivan (15 Aug, 2001)

Papanasam Sivan is a legendary composer,lyricist of very early TFM scene. Some of his well-known songs include 'giridhara gopala' (MSS in 'Meera'), Manamohananga (GNB & MSS duet[!] in 'Sakundhalai'), krishna mugunda (MKT in 'Haridas') and, of course, the 'manamadha leelayai vendaar undo'. Ashok Ramani, the carnatic singer grandson of Sivan, has conceptualised and published a CD-ROM tracing the life and works of Sivan in a wonderful audio-visual format. Check out the official website for more . Here's a review by The Hindu.

Independece Day Specials (14 Aug, 2001)

News Bits (13 Aug, 2001)

'Tippu' Ekaambaresh confirms love story (12 Aug, 2001)

It's a love of like-minded musical souls, a la Justin Timberlake - Britney Spears. Tippu and Harini met first at a pop album recording but it was just a friendly meeting then. But when they went for shows in Australia, they seem to have got together closer and found they share a lot. And, love blossomed. Then, iruvarum 'manam virumbuthe unnai' solla, 'venmathi venmathiye'-nu sad songs paada chance ilaamal, everything went smooth. They got engaged recently and marriage will be early next year. Post your wishes here.

Samudram: Sabesh-Murali's debut as MD's (11 Aug, 2001)

Deva's brothers 'Gaanaa kalaadharaa' Sabesh and Murali (the first two from the left in the pic) have made their debut as MD's in the upcoming movie 'Samudhram' (*ing Sarathkumar,Murali, Manoj,Abhirami. Dir: KS Ravikumar). Till recently they have been assisting Deva in the MD business (You couldn't have missed 'Isai Udhavi - Sabesh-Murali' in the titles, if you have seen any deva movie). The BGM for 'en swaasa kaatre' was also done by them, when AR Rahman's couldn't do it. They are supposed to have made their debut in '1000 poi solli' directed by Subaash, but somehow Samudhram's music got released first. Listen to the album and post comments here.

News Bits (10 Aug, 2001)

Ilayaraja's 'Kutti' (9 Aug, 2001)

Kutti (*ing Baby swetha, Nasser,Kousalya. Dir: Janaki Viswanathan) is a docu drama feature film on domestic child labour, produced in collaboration Danish Embassy. A special screening of the film to selected audience has come out with pretty good response. The news is two songs stand out in the film: 'chinna maharani' (by Mu. Mehta) and 'thangachi thangachi enge pore' (a touching song that comes when the film ends. Written by Ilayaraja himself.). Post comments here.

12B - Harris Jeyaraj's next release (8 Aug, 2001)

'12B' (*ing Shaam,Jyothika,Simran. MD: Harris Jeyaraj, Dir: Jeeva) music is in the making. Three songs, 'engeyo pogira megam', 'poove vaai pesum pothu' and one more Jyothika number have been shot already. In case you are too anxious to listen to the soundtrack, well here is a teaser. Theme music. (thanks to official site.) Post comments here

Paarthale Paravasam - Theme Music (8 Aug, 2001)

Paarthale paravasam (*ing Madhavan,Simran,Sneha. MD: AR Rahman) marks the 100th film of director K Balachander. Listen to the movie theme (has a groovy guitar bit!). (thanks to official site.) Post comments here

AR Rahman's 'Irandaamavan' (7 Aug, 2001)

Well, we are actually referring to the remake of 'Mudhalvan' in hindi :-) So anything new in 'Nayak' (*ing Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee) music? As expected, ARR uses all the tamil versions of the songs but for two. 'Mudhalvane..vane..vane' has been replaced with 'Saiyaan' (thank god, otherwise it would've been 'naayak.. yak .. yak'). One version of 'Kurukku chiruthavale' paves way for 'tu acha lagta hai'. Both are altogether new tunes.

'Minnale' after-effects (6 Aug, 2001)

'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein' - is the title of the hindi remake of the hugely successful Minnale. It stars Madhavan (hindi debut), Diya Mirza (reigningMiss Asia-Pacific), Saif Ali Khan beng directed by Gowtham (who also directed 'Minnale'). The movie also marks the hindi debut of Harris Jeyaraj. Apparently 'vaseegara' song will make it to the hindi movie as well and it will be sung by Bombay Jayshree herself (to the lyrics of Sameer).
Wondering about Gowtham's next tamil movie? Yes, it's already in the thought process. It's been titled 'Iru vizhi Unadhu' (yes, inpired by the Minnale song) and all songs are going to be penned by Thamarai. No prizes for guessing the MD :-)

Poovellam Un Vaasam (5 Aug, 2001)

A much-hyped film from Oscar Films, *ing the successul pair Ajith, Jyothika and directed by Ezhil (of "thullatha manamum thullum" fame). Apart from the well-known item number by Yukta Mukhi, this film also has Yugendran (son of Malaysia Vasudevan and singer of the hit 'paarthen paarthen') playing a villainous role. Yugendran has already played one such role in the tv serial 'Savitri'. The music album (MD: Vidyasagar) has 6 songs - 'chella nam vettukku' (MV,Sujatha), kaadhal vanthathum (KJY,Sadhana Sargam), puthu malarai (Sriram parthasarathy), thaalaattum kaatre (SM), thirumana malargal (SL), Yukta Mukhi(Clinton,Devan). The album is apparently selling like hot cakes in TN. Post your comments on this album.

News Bits (4 Aug, 2001)

Singers Harini and Tipu to wed (3 Aug, 2001)

Days of singing love songs only for films seems to have been over for singers Harini ('nilaa kaigirathu', 'manam viumbuthe unnai', 'telephone mani pol' and a lot more) and Tipu ('oh maama' from minnale, 'merkke vidhaitha sooriyane' from citizen). They have apparently fallen in love for real and going to get married soon. Post your wishes here.
Source: Ambalam.Com (UnConfirmed News)

Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan Passes away.

TFM Page pays tribute.

Music Buzz about actress Revathy's all-ladies film Mitr-My Friend

The music and movie trailers of 'Mitr - My Friend' are out at the official website mitr-myfriend.com. Read about how Bavatharini became the MD of this movie. Her composition 'suyasarithaigal ezhuthum megame' has been sung by Vasundara Das to the lyrics of Thamarai (lyricist of 'vaseegara'). Song Sample More..

Ilayaraja in a unusual setting - with Anu Malik, Lata Mangeshkar in a hindi film!

Ilayaraja is scoring the BGM for the bigstarcast hindi movie 'Lajja' directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The MD is Anu Malik. However, a rather unusual situation has demanded IR's involvement in the MD business as well. Read more about it.

New Players in the Game

Harris Jeyaraj's New Release - Majnu

It's long since any MD's release, other than AR Rahman's, was looked for so anxiously in the recent past. Harris Jeyaraj's is sure one now, after the stupendous success of Minnale. Everyone was waiting for his 2nd movie and it has come out on friday - Majnu (*ing Prasanth, Rinke Khanna. Dir: Ravichandran (of 'kannethire thondrinaal' fame)! It was released by ex-Miss Universe Lara Dutta in a function held at Taj Coromandel, Madras. The album has 6 songs:

  1. Mudharkkanave - Bombay Jayashree, Harish ragavendra, OS Arun
  2. Gulmohar malare - Hariharan,Anupama
  3. Padapada pattampoochi - Shankar Mahadevan, Kavitha Subramaniam
  4. Harigori bonsayi - Anuradha sriram,Febi mani & Chorus
  5. Pinju thendrale - MG Srikumar,Sandya
  6. Mercury mele - Devan,Unnikrishnan
Will Harris Jeyaraj come out winner this time too or just become a one movie wonder? Join the discussion

News Bits

K. V. Mahadevan is dead.

K. V. Mahadevan, a doyen of South Indian Film Music passed away at Chennai this Thursday, 21-6-2001. He was 83. TFMPage pays tribute.

SPB "paadaatha" paadalgal

Listen to SPB sing some of the goldies originally not sung by him. The songs include "poonkaatru thirumbumaa","nilave ennidam nerungaathe","oru naal pothumaa","ennai thaalaatta varuvaalaa",etc. (Post comments here.) More..

News bits

Tamil New Year Releases


"Netru Indru Naalai"

Review of the show (in aid of The Banyan) featuring AR Rahman, S Janaki and several tamil film artists including Madhavan, Jyothika. More..

AR Rahman interview from Chutti Vikatan

Rahman takes questions from kids. (Translated from Tamil, thanks to Karthik.)



National Awards '2000

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Interview with AR Rahman - from AVMAX

AR Rahman talks about his composing style, usage of non-tamil snigers, favorite lyricists, etc.

Vivek - actor, writer, singer and now lyricist

Vivek made his singing debut in "Kanden Seethayai"(*ing vikram,sowndarya) and sung "vingyanathai nambi". Now he is writing lyrics too for the film "Super Kudumbam" (*ing Prabhu, MD: Adhityan). The song goes like "millennium figure-gale nillunga". Need we say who will be singing this song. Vivek kaattil ippo adai mazhai!

TS Bhagavathy passes away

T.S. Bhagavathy - the singer who cut a name for herself in singing sad songs-mainly in Sudharsanam music (e.g. 'poomaalai neeye' in Parasakthi) has passed away. Discuss about her contributions to TFM and related interesting info.

Paa. Vijay's century

Paa. Vijay, the lyricist of the hugely popular hit 'karuppu thaan enakku pudicha coloru' (vetri kodi kattu), has grown so fast that he has penned his 100th film song for the film 'Narasimha'. (A lesser known fact: this young lyricist was introduced by Bagyaraj in 'Gyanapazham'.)

Life after Napster

Ignore what the courts ultimately rule about Napster: free file-sharing is here to stay. The music industry can unleash all the lawyers in the world, but it still can't stop it. Here are some alternatives to check out. More..

Dinakaran Awards

"Aathaadi Aatha" is a new album in which Mansoor Alikhan is going sing all the songs. This album is apparently going to span oyilaattam, karagattam, therukkummi up to rap songs. To add to all this, he is going write all the songs and compose also!

News bits

Pongal releases

Vanchinathan: Karthik Raja

Friends: IR
Dheena: YSR
Lootti: Deva
Paappaa: Mani Sharma
Naageswari: SAR

"Music must come from heart, not from keyboard": Harris Jeyaraj
An interview with the upcoming music sensation. (in tamil, no fonts needed) More..

Tamilnadu state awards for 1999(!)


Yugendran marries ex-DJ Hemamalini

Malasia Vasudevan's son Yugendran (who has sung several hits including 'paarthen paarthen', 'oh maria', 'pollaachi santhayile', 'chinna kaanankuruvi',etc.) has tied the nuptial knot to Hemamalini, who is an ex-DJ and celebrity in singapore. More..

Bharathiyar Award for 2000 to Vaali

Vaali will be the recipient of Tamilnadu govt's bharathiyar award for this year. More..

AR Rahman on Bombay Dreams

From Anandha vikatan. More..

Interview with Karthik Raja

From Thina Thanthi. More..

TMS to be awarded

Madurai Kamaraj University to confer TMS with "Thamizhch chemmal" award. More..

DeepavaLi releases:

Thenaali among the new releases!


Aalavanthaan: Music Buzz

Aalavanthaan (*ing kamal in dual role,raveena tandon. dir: suresh krishna) is an upcoming thriller based on kamal's own novel. Shankar Mahadevan is the MD.

Ilayaraja not interested in Bharathyraja project

The IR-VM feud seems to continue.. More..

More ARR US concert reviews

AR Rahman's latest: Thenali Audio Release

Thenali (*ing Kamal,Jyothika,Devyani,Jayaram. Dir: KS Ravikumar) audio to be out soon on saregama. Audio trailers have come out. Check here for the latest. Raaga.com has the songs in real audio.

AR Rahman's Toronto concert - Review and Pictures

AR Rahman heeds to the requests of his fans (who were dejected at the usage of p re-recorded music in earlier concerts.)

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Mani ratnam goes for Karthik raja?

The latest buzz is, Mani ratnam has signed Karthik Raja for his next production and revives his connections with the Raja family. Apart from this movie, Karthik Raja is also doing Vaanjinathan (*ing Vijaykanth). More..

Ilayaraja to join hands again with Bharathiraja

According to the latest buzz, the old friends are going to work together again in the movie 'Maanasthan' (Hmm..) starring Rajkiran. More..

Mani Ratnam's next production will have Dhina as MD

Mani ratnam's next movie production 'Dum Dum Dum' (Madhavan. Dir: azhagam Perumal) will have Dhina as MD. Dhina is a very popular MD in tv serials,e.g. "Sondham","Chinna paappa periya paappaa","Sundari Soundari". He made his movie debut in 'Annai' which went unnoticed. It's a wait and see whether he'll make it big.

Thenaali: Music Buzz

Rhythm: new album by AR Rahman

Rhythm (*ing Arjun,Meena,Jyothika. dir: Vasanth) is a new album by AR Rahman. Read all the latest about this album.

U.R. Jeevaratnam, 'Isaikkuyil' of 40's, is no more

Popular actress singer of 40's Tamil Films expired on 26th July 2000 in Chennai. URJ has sung the first song composed by MSV 'puthu vasanthamaame' (Abhimanyu) with Trichy Loganathan. More..

"naanum (ilaya)raja-um theevira RD Burman rasigargal" - SPB

Malarum ninaivugal and other titbits from SPB. (thanks to Ramki.) More..

"Naan romba kalakalappaanavan" - Mano

Singer mano-udan oru jollyaana urayaadal (in tamil, from Vikatan). More..

Chit-chat with Ilayaraja

Two TFM page surfers had a personal chat with Ilayaraja. Read about their experiences: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Post your comments.

Bharathi(MD:Ilayaraja) Music Release..

Bharathi is a movie on the life of the Mahakavi, directed by Gnanasekaran ("Mogamul","Mugam"). The music of this movie has just been released. Read about this album on our forum...!

Tamil Nadu State Awards

Singers turned MD's

National Awards 2000

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"All my songs were tuned after the lyris were written.." - V. Dakshinamoorthy
V. Dakshinamoorthy, a relatively unknown music director in tamil, is the composer of songs like "Nandhaa nee en nila (nandha en nila)" , "Nalla manam vaazhga"(Oru oothaappo kan simittugirathu), "aruvi magal alai osai" (jeevanaadi), "oru kaathal saamrajyam", "aadavan illaa ulagam ethu". Many famous singers from P.Leela to current day Bhavatharani have been a student under him. ARR Rahman's father Sekar was also his assistant. An interview (in TMNEWS tamil font).

New Releases (4 July 2000)

Moods of Ilayaraaja - a new album
Maestro Ilayaraaja is working on a new album titled "Moods of Ilayaraaja". More..

"Lataji and Ashaji are great singers. What they did or did not do is not for me to crib about. " - Vani Jeyaram
An Interview. More..

Karthik Raja Wedding Photos Go here. More..

Aishwarya Rajinikanth in singing debut
Rajni's daughter Aishwarya is singing under Deva for the movie 'Ramana'.

Malayalam film's 'Rahman'
Interview with Vidyasagar. (in tamil) More..

The music whiz seems to be caught in a net of his own making. More..

Vairamuthu - AR Rahman tiff?
Hot kisi-kisu. More..

"I want to sing till the last moment of my life" - S Janaki
A heart-warming interview. More..

Ila Arun gets 'Fresh' with Karthik raja
Ila Arun, the singer whose Choli ke peeche became the subject of a court case, has just come out with a "pop-folk" album with music by Kartik Raja. It's called Fresh. More..

'The youngsters will perform if given a chance' - Pazhani Bharathi
- an interview with the lyricist in ArAmthiNai. More..

'Rahman will bring a different flavour to a musical production in the West' - Webber
More on "Bombay Dreams". More..

Shankar of Shankar-Ganesh duo passes away
Music director Shankar of the Shankar-Ganesh duo passed away on Feb 18th. More..

AR Rahman's interview from Kumudam (translated)
AR Rahman talks about his classicl background, his raga usage, his favorite song recently, etc. More..

Buzz about Kamal's "Hey Raam" music

KJ Yesudas' New Album Ahimsa

K.J. Yesudas will be releasing his latest album AHIMSA, in which he sings in English, Sanskrit and Latin. This is a major project involving world-class musicians all over the world. He has been invited to sing the title track from this album at the UNESCO millennium concert in Paris, where he will be accompanied by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pakistani group JUNOON. More..

AR Rahman impresses Lord Webber

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (the world renowned composer responsible for the tremendous musicals `Phantom of the Opera', `Ms. Saigon', Starlight Express', `Evita' and `Cats' among other internationally known plays); himself knighted `Lord'; was so taken by the music of `Taal' that he called up AR at once to congratulate him. And that wasn't all. In tandem with Rahman, Lord Webber has at once begun work on a musical project called `Bombay Dream', which will be heavily inspired by Indian music. More..

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