Topic started by Vijay (@ 184.108.40.206) on Sat Dec 1 14:39:37 EST 2001.
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I have to say that, in my opinion, this guy - Harris Jeyaraj - is probably the most overhyped music director in the history of TFM. It's irritating at times when people call him "the next A R Rahman", a "phenomenon", a "talented" young music director, etc., etc., as if the music directors before him weren't any of these things. The media is making it sound as if he is the most exciting thing to happen to music ever! His website, which was presumably designed at least partly by him, says he is "redefining" music. He says he wants to do something "different" as if all music directors before him were idiots. I'm tired of this!
"Behind the calm and serene face lies the spirit to venture into the unearthed mystery of music." - www.galatta.com. Are they going over the top or what?! This guy is nothing compared to the greats before him! His "Vaseegaraa" number has to be THE MOST OVERHYPED song ever in the history of TFM. I think it was the eroticism of the visuals of that song that made it so popular, not the music.
In reality, this guy is just a sophisticated version of Deva.
Someone in this forum asked the following question: "who are we to criticise music directors like Harris Jeyaraj, etc., etc.? Can we compose music like them?" I agree that is a good point. But definitely we do not claim to be "redefining musik" when we don't have the talent. Harris Jeyaraj is definitely more talented than I am, but he is not a phenomenon. I think he is too overhyped.
If anyone needed proof that, good marketing is more important than real talent nowadays, Harris Jeyaraj's phenomenal commercial success - I have to agree that, considering his mediocre (compared to the true greats, not to everyday simple music fans like myself) abilities, he is phenomenally successful - is your proof.
Another thing that is annoying is the way he uses A R Rahman's name to give himself a "trendy, sophisticated" image. He not only keeps saying that his most unforgettable moments were the days he spent with A R Rahman (in order to remind everyone that he used to work with the real Isai Puyal), he also copies his hairstyle, his music (his themes, his orchestration, etc., etc.) and does everything he can to give himself an image of a young, sophisticated guy. Okay, many of A R Rahman's albums were also quite heavily publicised, but A R Rahman himself was never given an image as a sophisticated musician (although he really is). Rahman, even if he was publicised so heavily, deserved all the publicity he gets as he always delivers, in fact he almost always exceeds expectations. Rahman is a true genius. Another thing to be mentioned is that he used to work with M S Vishwanathan, but when he first came to work in the industry on his own, he didn't make a fuss about it. And Rahman is a modest guy. He doesn't call himself Isai Puyal (that was a nickname given to him by his fans), and he doesn't claim to be redefining music. He didn't copy anyone's hairstyle or style of music or anything.
Even Karthik Raja and Yuvan Shankar Raja, sons of another true genius (Ilayaraja) didn't use his name to give themselves an image. They have said that they will try to be as different as possible from their father in their music, and they really are working differently. They may not be as talented as their father, but they don't call themselves the "lightings of musik" or the "princes", etc.
Harris Jeyaraj - "the lightning of musik"? Well, actually he is little more than a firework compared to the sun - a little bit of light, but only visible in the absence of the sun and it goes out very soon. I accept that he more talented than fellows like me. But we don't make a fuss about ourselves.
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- From: Madurai Adheenam (@ 220.127.116.11)
on: Sat Aug 14 16:40:24 EDT 2004
ARR is GOD!! He has proved it time again and again!! He is St.Thyagaraja reincarnated!!
- From: angry (@ 18.104.22.168)
on: Sat Aug 14 19:36:27 EDT 2004
ARR is passť. He seems to concentrate on his international ventures rather than tamil cinema.
Harris Jeyaraj is surely overhyped i agree with viyaj on that point of view.
Deva is recycling gaana songs over and over again. He havent done good music for the last couple of years
Yuvan Shankarraja is talented but he adds lots of noisy sounds to his songs and kill the mood.
Vidyasagar is like day and night. He could come up with superb music in one film and trashy music in another film. But still he makes hits after hits no matter how bad the movies are.
Karthick raja who?????
Ilayaraja no coments ...IR fans doesnt take against critics!!
- From: curses (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Sun Aug 15 00:23:05 EDT 2004
- From: Salem Kutty Samiyar (@ 126.96.36.199)
on: Fri Aug 20 15:19:13 EDT 2004
angry - konjam sonnalum nacchu-nu sonney - good!
ARR is God!
- From: venki (@ 188.8.131.52)
on: Fri Aug 20 17:21:04 EDT 2004
I think ARR is very overrated and hyped also. If you measure his songs minus the hype, they are very average.
- From: Guess Me (@ 184.108.40.206)
on: Fri Aug 20 21:24:16 EDT 2004
"If you measure his songs minus the hype, they are very average."
I dont think anyone who is listening to a song will be thinking of the hype it created then. The quality of the song is what it matters.
Ofcourse there will be no smoke if there is no fire. ARR has the raging fire inside which causes the smoke.
- From: Jithu (@ 220.127.116.11)
on: Sun Aug 22 08:06:47 EDT 2004
Harris is surely called an empty vessel.He did not even create a style of his own .while others
like yuvan,etc..have it.Surely he cannot be compared to Rahman.
- From: angry (@ 18.104.22.168)
on: Thu Aug 26 16:16:19 EDT 2004
Harris Jeyaraj is getting too much credit just cuz he was a r rahmans keyboard player in few years.
- From: sudalai (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Fri Aug 27 09:47:31 EDT 2004
>> ARR is GOD!! He has proved it time again and again!! He is St.Thyagaraja reincarnated!!
Madurai Adheenam (@ 126.96.36.199),
Inga thaan irukkeengalaa neenga.. ungala thaan kaanomnu thedittu irukkaanga... Kizhpaakkathula.. ;-)
- From: k (@ 188.8.131.52)
on: Fri Aug 27 10:20:59 EDT 2004
By the way...dod u guys listen to the 2 songs in Telugu KAAKA KAAKA, GHARSHANA...they are mind blowing... Guess Harris has stuff...but cannot be compared to IR or ARR...he will surely carve a niche among the City and the metro audience..who are HEP...This guy has a style...surely...I feel so...
- From: muneer (@ 184.108.40.206)
on: Fri Aug 27 11:35:25 EDT 2004
Hj is most overhyped person.Recent music scores of his films disappoints.Arul,Pepsi,chelleme...all are below average..still shines md's like Vidyasagar and Yuvansankanraja...because they keeps their styles
This overhyped guy lost his musicsense!!!!
- From: Nisha (@ 220.127.116.11)
on: Fri Aug 27 13:13:12 EDT 2004
He's just overhyped because people keep making a big issue out of how he copies AR Rahman and etc.etc.etc.etc......
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