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P. Jayachandran: Master of Melody

28 May

P. Jayachandran is a legendary singer who has always kept a low profile in spite of singing several hit songs in Malayalam and Tamil. He has sung many Tamil songs under Ilaiyaraja and almost all the songs were wonderful melody songs and most of them were duets. He has sung a few songs for other music directors like A.R.Rahman, Vidyasagar, G.V.Prakash etc. Here is a list of some memorable songs rendered by this soft-spoken, very talented singer.

TAMIL

  1. Poova Eduthu-Ilaiyaraja-Amman Kovil Kizhakaale-A song with an unconventional tune set in Mayamalagowla raaga, sung with the nightingale S.Janaki.
  2. Raasathi Unna-Ilaiyaraja-Vaidehi Kaathirundhaal-One of his biggest hits ever, an unforgettable number.
  3. Vizhiye-Ilaiyaraja-Thazhuvaatha Kaikal-A relatively unknown song but a very good one in Kalyani raaga.
  4. Poo Mudithu-Ilaiyaraja-En Purushanthaan Ennakumattumthaan-One of the best songs you can hear in Hamsadhwani raaga, sung with Sunandha.
  5. Kodiyile Malligapoo-Ilaiyaraja-Kadalora Kavithaigal-A song tailor-made for Jayachandran, sung with S.Janaki, very emotional number!
  6. En Mel Vizhundha-A.R.Rahman-May Maadham-A soft number sung with Chitra, great lyrics by Vairamuthu.
  7. Oru Deivam Thantha-A.R.Rahman-Kannathil Muthamittal-I like the Jayachandran version more than the Chinmayi one, one of Rahman’s best songs.
  8. Poovanathil-Vidyasagar-Thambi-A nice number.
  9. Kanavellam Palikithey-G.V.Prakash-Kireedam-I was so happy that GVP chose Jayachandran to sing this song as we were hearing him in Tamil after a long time. His voice sounded so good! This is an inspirational song sung with the singer-of-the moment, Karthik.

MALAYALAM

  1. Ariyathey-Suresh Peters-Raavan Prabhu-A brilliant composition in Darbaari raaga, sung with Chitra.
  2. Prayam Nammil-Vidyasagar-Niram-One of my favourite songs of Jayachandran, listen to it, its very addictive!
  3. Therirangum Mugile-Suresh Peters-Mazhathuli Kilukkam-A song with superb piano and guitar interludes.
  4. Aararum Kaanaathey-Vidyasagar-Chandrolsavam
  5. Kallayee Kadavathu-M.Jayachandran-Perummazhakaalam
  6. Chitramani Kaatil-Deepak Dev-Symphony-The ideal song to listen at night, so mellow!

Found a TREASURE: I am elated!!!

2 Apr

I had been to Landmark this evening for browsing books and music (my monthly ritual of visiting major music shops-my temples!). When I was crossing the Tamil music section, I just saw 2 A.R.Rahman MP3 CD’s released by Aditya Music. I thought they must be Telugu songs of ARR but I was wrong! To my pleasant surprise, the CD’s contained most of the Tamil albums of ARR, especially the older ones whose original CD’s are difficult to buy today. Without second thought I bought them and when I listened at home, they were of superb quality.

The reason I am elated is that I did not have the original CD’s of many of these old albums of ARR as I could not find them. Aditya Music has bought the rights of all these movie albums from Pyramid Music-the original audio company which used to release these cassettes!

When I was listening to the songs I remembered my childhood, when I used to rush to the music shop to buy the cassettes of these films and play them so much that they almost got erased. Now I have the wonderful, ORIGINAL QUALITY MP3 LEGAL CD, which I can hopefully savour for the rest of my life! Thanks to God for giving me this treasure. The curious thing about this is that I searched and searched but found only 1 copy of these 2 CD’s Volumes 1 & 2. I was searching if there is a Volume 3 of these CD’s but could not find them. The tried the Aditya Music site but it is a static website 😦 I will visit other music shops to see if there are more volumes.

It was almost I was destined to buy these today. This has happened to me innumerable times, where an album I am searching for years, suddenly falls into my lap! Each of the CD’s cost only Rs 75. Here are the details of the film albums on the CD’s.

Volume 1

  1. Padayappa
  2. Indian
  3. Bombay
  4. Karuthamma
  5. May Madham
  6. Kizhakku Cheemaiyile
  7. Love Birds
  8. Pavithra
  9. Rangeela (Tamil-I prefer the original Hindi)

Volume 2

  1. Muthu
  2. En Swaasa Katrae
  3. Duet
  4. Mr.Romeo
  5. Gentleman
  6. Sangamam
  7. Iruvar
  8. Uzhavan

This is A.R.Rahman’s vintage collection at its best. I already have Roja/Kadhalan & Pudhiya Mugam/Thiruda Thiruda original audio CD’s.  The only old albums left to have in original are:

  1. Indira
  2. Minsaara Kanavu

A million thanks to Aditya Music for bringing out these old gems of ARR again. I am going back to listen to these melodies………..