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Sunday September 30, 2018 20:04

Stories of song title discovery

One of my classmates from school had shared a song (audio file) with a note, “Central theatre interval music 30 yrs back” in the school alumni Whatsapp Group. This is the Central (and Kanakadhara) theater in Coimbatore where I grew up. It’s amazing how we make associations with music! It’s also fascinating how we struggled […]

George Michael was the first international music artist that I consciously followed, idolized and loved. The kind of love that led me to collect every single song of his, including his obscure singles that very few people would have heard. My cousin sister introduced me to George Michael and I hold her in high esteem […]

Tuesday July 21, 2015 21:25

Milliblog turns 10!

Back when there was no satellite TV and internet, I used to be glued to my daily night fix of new (Hindi) film music through radio. I still don’t know which radio stations they were, but there used to be 15 minutes programs created by record labels like TIPS, Venus and TIME audio among others […]

Tuesday February 25, 2014 22:18

A nostalgic look at the music of Azhagan

After K.Balachander split from Ilayaraja, post Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, he seemed to be in a state of flux for his next film’s music. The immediately next film was Oru Veedu Iru Vaasal, which, I honestly don’t recall having any songs, despite having violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh in the lead and having composer VS Narasimhan credited […]

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 […]

(Note: I had posted something about Tamil composer Deva only on Milliblog’s Facebook page, last week. I got quite a few mails from people asking me why I had not posted it on the blog and restricted it to Facebook Page of Milliblog alone. I need to remember that not everybody if on Facebook! So, […]

Monday September 9, 2013 10:50

10 observations on Kochadaiiyaan teaser

The much-awaited teaser for Rajnikanth’s latest film, Kochadaiiyaan is out. Here are 10 observations from my side, to kickstart the debate around it. 1. There is special effects in a live action film and then there is animation. The quality of animation, going by this teaser, is massively disappointing. It is no different from the […]

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 […]

Last week, as I was lazing in Coimbatore on a short holiday, I watched an old Ilayaraja song on Jaya Max, one of those channels that nobody seems to be watching. It was ‘Sangeetha megham‘ from Udhaya Geetham, starring ‘Mike’ Mohan as a singer, like he has been, for most of his films. Mind-bogglingly beautiful […]

This is something I have always wanted to ask, but never did, so far. So, here goes! Moondram Pirai released in 1982, at least according to Wikipedia (released on February 19, 1982). The film’s Hindi remake, Sadma, released in 1983 (July 8, 1983). My question pertains to the magical soundtrack by Ilayaraja. There are 5 […]

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