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Besides the fact that many people seem upset over Kochadaiiyaan’s animation (motion-capture, at that, not to include people who are forgiving about the quality of animation due to assorted reasons like, ‘budget’ and ‘thalaivar’), I think this turn for Rajini – the larger-than-life hero – is very, very interesting. People have known that stars use […]

Sunday January 19, 2014 09:56

A very personal take on Sony Neotank GTK-N1BT

Update (February 1, 2014): I went to the nearby Croma to buy this and while there, tested a couple of other options available, including JBL’s Flip, another smaller Bluetooth speaker from Sony and Bose’s SoundLink. Bose blew my mind with its sound! It doesn’t have Sony’s USB drive (input), a screen (this comes in handy […]

Tuesday November 26, 2013 20:21

Welcome to Tamil cinema, Justin Prabhakaran!

Recent earworm: The song from Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum – Onakkaaga Poranthaenae! Totally addicted to the lovely tune, enough to write about it in a separate entry! From whatever limited memory I have, we have very few period-transition songs in Indian films… where a song starts with one period in time (the kind of music associated with […]

Back in September this year, Kannada composer Gurukiran sued the producers of the Telugu film ‘Potugadu’ for using two songs from his film, Govindaya Namaha’ without his permission. Potugadu is the official (that is, rights sought and paid for) remake of Govindaya Namaha. The Times of India reported that Gurukiran was offered a tidy sum […]

I see a lively discussion about my review of Shuddh Desi Romance, though the discussion has moved on to ‘the best song of the year 2013’, going by my assertion in the review’s first line that Gulabi is it… at least so far this year. So, when pointedly asked, ‘In what universe is Gulabi the […]

Wednesday August 15, 2012 10:28

20 years of A R Rahman – what does it mean to me?

Note: Besides this one, by me, I found quite a few noteworthy pieces on the same topic. Here’s a list that I enjoyed reading (and listening, in some cases). I thought I’ll simply tweet this list, but that may get lost… so, adding it on top of my own post, so that it remains as […]

Wednesday October 12, 2011 17:23

Thank you, Jagjit Singh!

For a voracious music listener and reviewer now, I didn’t even own a music system (the one that plays cassette tapes) till 1992. That was the year I joined college (commerce – meaning, more than enough time in hand), in interior Tamil Nadu (Salem). 1992 was the year that I convinced my dad to buy […]

If you do not know about an Indian music magazine called ‘SoundBox’, I don’t blame you. It costs Rs. 150 and is available very, very selectively as far as I know. I – thankfully – get it, due to this blog of mine! And I love it! The latest issue has a cover story on […]

Monday September 27, 2010 18:33

Coke Studio in India? A wish-list!

Supriya Nair’s piece on Coke Studio, in OPEN magazine is l-o-n-g overdue! While it explains beautifully about what makes the show and its music unique, what it leaves is for me to opine and ponder. Here goes! If we (as Indians) are left wondering about the future of non-film music in India, I see the […]

Saturday September 25, 2010 09:17

The Return of The CommonWealth Games Theme song!

Nice return, that is. The last time I was complaining and asking if Rahman was given a brief. It looks like the entire country (VK Malhotra, Aadesh Shrivastava and mainstream Indian media, in particular) has given the brief, in the form of feedback, based on the draft version released earlier!

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