Friday, May 27, 2005

Juke Box - Dedications

WOW! Friday atlast .... and what a wonnnnnnnnnderfully pleasant day it is .... The weather is just tooo awesome .... if only somebody shifted the alps to B'lore it would become another Blisserland (sorry switzerland) ..... The clouds having cried all night , it is tooooo cool and pleasant outside .... I am running out of words , having repeated pleasant more than once ...
I was listening to songs while coming to office , thanks to my darling husband for sparing his precious IPAQ ... Whenever i listen to songs , with headphones (especially while travelling in a pleasant (there i go again) weather) , i am transported to another world ....
I can associate so many people who have come , gone , come back again , stayed , peeked into my life ... with many songs . So, there is today's blog ... a musical dedication to folks i know ...
"Chura liya ..." never fails me to bring to memory the first time I heard and saw this song ... It must have been when i was in my 6th or 7th ... During those days , the best part of life were the back-to-back , entertaining in the truest sense , programmes on DD ... Starting with the colourful Rangoli and ending in the suspense filled Star Trek ... It was the first time i was seeing this song ... when i was surprised to hear amma say "oh! one of my favs " .. excuse me ... my mother hardly listened to music and anything other than tamil was unheard of ... and when she told me this was one she knew , my entire perspective of her changed ... "hmmm ... there is something more to a mother than just being a mother huh?" ....

"Lakadi ki kaati ..." would bring to mind the bunny teethed Lippo darling .... We were in splits the day we were returning from our college picnic in the first year ... we were playing antakshri and upon insistence from the guys , this darling friend of mine broke into the only song that she ever knew ... "Laakadddii kki kaaati ... khaaaaati pe goooooddddda" .... ha ha ha .... You are too cute lippo.... ummmmah!

"Kismet se tum..." is our love song .... The first time i heard it , i knew i had to play this for Rajesh .... and things were just not the same after we heard it together in the little cassette shop in Hanumkonda .... I am glad he is my "Kismet" ....

"Pudhu Velai mazhai "/"Yeh Haseen Vaadiyan ..." from Roja - will always bring Rajani into my memory .... One of my oldest and closest friends from Vizag ... We were in the same class since 2nd ... friends first , enemies next and then close friends ... This movie i remember was released when we were in our 7th or 8th class .. We were in the school choir at that time ... so it was one of our fav passtimes to by-heart all new songs and sing aloud during free periods ... This one song , I heard learnt in Tamil and she knew the telugu version ... And come a free time we would start singing this together , one in tamil and one in telugu and it would not even be nano seconds before the whole class got empty ... :)

"Dola dola ..." from Kadhalar dinam/Dil Hi dil mein .... is one of my favourites ... Everybody in my hostel hated it soo badly ... My room mates would yell, fume and fret when i played that song over and over again .... They recorded only this song from the movie when they gave a cassettee for my b'day , in fond rememberance ...

"Tum yaad aaye ..." this album was presented to me by Bhavana , on friendship day .... Every time i hear the songs , i get transported to LH (Ladies hostel ...) the terrace and all the places where i spent some memorable times with her ...

Ruchi Dua - Pigmy (as i fondly called her) will always be thought of when the song "Ghar aaja pardesi " plays ..... We danced for this song for the farewell party in ladies hostel during our first year ...

Sirisha.P and me tried to excercise the power of our vocal chords and had plans of taking the stage with the song ... " Hui hui main Mast ..." ... Fortunately we dropped the idea quickly...

"Aawara Bhawre .." from Sapnay will bring to mind the singing cuckoo of REC ... A.Sirisha ... she hit is big time in college with her musical and sweet voice when she sang this song on stage for the first time ... The power went off in between , but the audience was so lost in her melodious voice that there was pin drop silence and she completed the song in elan ..

"aakulo aakunai .." a relatively unknown song to most was my attempt at winning the best singer during my fresher year at college ... my teacher "Ms Prasanna" will always be remembered when i hear this song ...

"Papa kehthe hai ..." lives in most of our lives as probably the most beautiful song ever ... When I was a kid , my cousins , Kripa and manikki and myself would imagine ourselves as actors and actresses of the movie and sing this song aloud ... we would use a badminton racket as our guitar ... Oh! those sweet innocent days ..

Songs of Sagara Sangamam, Shankarabharanam will always make me miss my father ... I have never seen my father be sentimental except when he is watching these two movies .. to this day , he cries during the last scenes of these two movies ... Another song which is his favourite and mine also .. is "Manil indha Kadhal andri .." from Keladi kanmani ... What a beautiful renderation by SPB ....

The honey-dipped lyrics of "Illaya nila" ... will always be fondly remembered for the explanations that amma gave me ... during those days when i hardly understood any poetic tamil ... I miss you amma ...

how can i forget Latha and her inspiration for me to sing "dil ne kaha ..." wherever i participated in any singing competitions ... "Kurai ondrum illa..." , the classical song on Lord Krishna can never sound better other than when sung by my cousin Latha (who recently become a mom to a cute little girlie ..)

No thoughts on songs can be complete , without my mind going to that incident on "Bahon ke darmiyaan" ... I came from a co-ed school so being with boys or talking to them was nothing new to me ... When i joined RECW, I was shocked by how i was teased and tormented for just the fact that i spoke to a classmate of mine about some classwork , not only by class mates but by seniors also ... First class of Engineering drawing , we were asked by the lecturer to perform something on stage, after introducing ourselves ... Since , singing came naturally to me , i sang this song ... which was one of my favs at that time ... i never gave a single thought while singing it , except that it was a beautiful musical piece .. that eveing i was called to a senior's room and thrashed properly for singing an 'Adult' song , as she put it ... instead of being appreciative about the music and quality of singing , all she was bothered about was the picturization .. wonder what she would say if she saw the songs of today ...
After that incident , any time this song played in the TV Room , all my batchmates would yell for me to come ... :)

I will always be thankful to Aparna chavali for letting me know that the song "Jab koi baat .." existed ... since then it is on my top favs list ..

My interest in english songs will always be due to my husband Rajesh , who ensured that he gave me casettes with the choicest of english songs .. ones that i would understand and appreciate not the noisy rock songs ... Lobo , Abba , John Denver ... all my knowledge , thanks to you sweetheart ...

"Musthafa Musthafa .." brings back sweet memories of our ragging period .. and so does "Greeku veerudu ..." I can still picutre the antics of G.Padmaja ... This song always had the tag .. "Padmaja's ragging song" ... as was "Yaara o Yaara" - Harini (Met)'s ragging song ... the jig she performed for this song was superb ..

I could go on and on about songs .... Songs have always touched the most private chord in me ... they are part and parcel of my life ... and i cannot imagine a day when i have not heard one piece of music ...

There are more people and more songs associated with each one of them ... someday i would like to take time to jot all of them down ... I miss most of them who are no longer with me ... but then life goes on .. i make new friends , hear new songs and create new associations ..

1 comment:

lord emsworth said...

this is so true....songs are associtated very closely with our memories....they're like bookmarks ....
baahon ke darmiyan used to be popular when we joined college...so that's an entire phase of life that the song brings back............

similarly, DDLJ's songs, were a rage when the movie hit theatres in '95. we were in class 11 then.....the days of early adolescence and crushes......

'jingle bells' and 'silent night' are two carols which we used to sing in school during christmas....and everytime i hear those , 15 years of my life in St James' drift across my eyes....


and there's one song which reminds me of my darling wife kochi......she sings it better than anybody else......
it's 'raindrops and roses' from the sound of music.
each time i listen to it, i can imagine kochi, singing it, in her wonderful voice...and those expressions on her face as she sings......i love it when she sings that one..........