Land mark albums of last century in TFM
Topic started by prabhudas (@ nico.pediatrics.sunysb.edu) on Mon Jan 17 23:34:21 EST 2000.
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Dear TFMDF ers,
I was planning to start this topic before the end of 1999, but I guess there should be no specific time period to discuss this topic
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- From: aruLarasan (@ psiphi.umsl.edu)
on: Thu Jan 20 18:41:00 EST 2000
the link has a comma and hence doesn't owrk. here it is once again. http://tfmpage.com/forum/3828.13122.22:50:42.html .
- From: Pinchi Srinivasan (@ proxy.netsetter.org)
on: Tue Jan 25 16:20:53 EST 2000
I know this topic is on TFM but, IMHO, GURU (malayalam) is the best album of the century
- From: Sadaf (@ )
on: Wed Jan 31 13:50:38 EST 2001
I am doing a research in my college & i need some infomation about the criteria of choosing the nominees of filmfare awards & then the criteria of selection.
Can u plz help me...? I will be grateful!
- From: Theva (@ 184.108.40.206)
on: Wed Jan 31 18:08:09 EST 2001
There are many albums that you have mentioned that has changed the face of TFM songs. But, I think Kadhalan was the one that totally changed it all. It introduced us to other types of music. Not the same old thing all the time. The tunes were very catchy. And they still get me. Rahman, gave a hint of that in Gentleman with Chikku Bukku Rayillu. But after that, Kadhalan was the one that totally changed everything. So, my choice would be Kadhalan. I know that IR's Adi Rakkamma kaiya thattu gave that spanish scent at the beginning. But I didn't really see that again later on.
Ciao for now..
- From: e.hari (@ 220.127.116.11)
on: Thu Feb 1 13:06:35 EST 2001
One of foremost quality of a land mark album is, it should break away from past at the same time, set a tone for future musically, or commercially. If that is the criteria, IMO, the following albums should be in my list of land mark albums
Tthis is one of the first albums, where tamil music incorporated western rock/roll style. G. Ramanathan, who changed with time so easily, be it scoring songs for MKT/PUC in 30s/40s or setting songs for 50's social/mystical themes, gave one of path-breaking albums in 50s.
2. Pava Mannipu.
If one wanted to trace the origin of MSV/TKR music style in 60's, he ought to start from this album. For the first time in TFM, we heard whole lot of new instruments and orchestration, be it accordion dominated - 'kalangalil aval vasandham' or a western influenced, still melodious 'Andha Nall mudhal' and whole lot songs, which set the tone for the whole decade.
If we want to present to the world one album, based on pure carnatic and tamil classical music, this is the one. As mentioned by Udaya, apart from presenting whole lot of tamil singers, in every possible genre, and classical complexity, the greatest quality of the songs lied in its easy accessibility to the lay-men. This album also showed, why K.V.Mahadevan is the ultimate composer, when it comes to pure classical movie songs.
If the album pava mannipu represented the 60's this one set the tone for next 2 decades in the 70s. It showcased how rich indeed is our folk music and it forced the movies and music to search for realism in our rural heart land from the fantasy world of movie sets. The sogns Macchanai parthigala and anna kili unnai thedu , not only introduced illayaraja to the exclusive club of top tamil music composers also helped people to escape from the temporary flirtation with inferior, but highly catchy music from north.
5. Ninathale Innikum.
Here is the album, which probably the best, in terms of no of songs featured in the movie and still each being hit in its own term. Though this great album, did not help MSV to prolong his career further and did not set any new trends should not take the credit away. This album had songs for everyone, be it a melodious "bharathi kannama" or ageless ' Yadum ooore" or full-length guitar dominated 'Kathu irudendan' or the racy ' namma oru singari" or one of the all time dance number ' engayum eppodum'. There are whole lot of other songs like 'innamai nirandha", "anadha thanavome' "vannile megam", which makes this album so unique and priceless.
5. Nenjathi Killadhe
The popular belief is that this movie with stunning visuals and a great direction, more than the album, was a trend setter in 80s. But no one can deny how much the music helped to enhance the great visuals. The song 'paruveme' still invokes the beauty of early morning mist, whenever we hear the song. 'Uravenum' is the all time classic, for any one doing research on the east-west fusion and the western classical orchestrations in indian music in general.
6. Payanagal Mudivadalli.
Though a hugely popular movie in terms of music, this music still can not be called the best from illayaraja. But this album made him so popular, it changed the whole working culture of music business. It changed the role of music director for ever and no more directors/actors and producers were the important factor in movies. Cutouts for Illayaraja were created and directors/actors lost their important power in enforcing the music and it left to what illayraja provided. Though it may have helped lot of movies, it also enhanced the music sinking to low standards because of lack of competition in late 80's early 90's.
7. Agni Natchathiram
If this movie is the first ultra-modern movie portraying the most modern society, the music helped to define it and helped the director mani rathnam to explore further. The whole album rarely used indian percussion and relied more on western type of percussion. If there is any instance of a movie and music speaking the same language, this is it. Musically this album opened to set the tone for lot of future modern movies in the next decade.
There is nothing to tell about this album, since every thing is already spoken and well documented. It changed not only tamil music also changed the whole indian music be it any region or any language.
There will lot of questions about this album being listed under landmark albums, and I agree that musically both the albums may not be qualified. But the success of these two albums in mid 90s, changed the commercial landscape of tamil film music. To a industry, which for last 50 years used to be employing one or two composers at most, suddenly the success of these albums opened and paved the way for lot of second-string composers sharing the lime light. And in that context, the music directors deva and vidya sagar, and specially deva, still going strong and providing a viable alternative and now suddenly tamil music world have more composers than it had any other time.
Apart from this, I may say albums like 'kalyana parisu", "Vallavanuku Vallavan", "Oru thalai ragam", "sankar guru", "palavani solai" changed the tamil music world temporarily but significantly, some musically and others commercially.
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- From: cram (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Wed Feb 7 06:03:34 EST 2001
good one going here, and as always, we have udhayaji's insightful inputs.
my choices (in no order except that in my memory):
the apogee of IR's folk essays. every song is an evergreen one, and this is also one of the few purely folk albums that clicked in every nook and corner. it also came at a time when IR's dominance was complete, and this album best exemplifies that era when a film ran only for the man's music.
a treasure trove of IR's classical-based numbers, each song is a gem, be it the operatic sangeetha jaadhi mullai, the joyous vellich chalangaigal, the rage-filled poojaikkaga, the classical romantic nadhiyil aadum, and the rest. this is one album i never get tired of listening, and i am sure that holds good for a great many IR fans too. the freshness that this album retains is amazing, which is why it gets my vote.
folk rules, as the album proved. probably the only album where vairamuthu and IR both shared the honours equally. if the music was breathtaking, the lyrics were no less enchanting. i am yet to come across an album which is remembered as much for the lyrical content as for the musical.
more later friends
- From: sundari (@ )
on: Fri Sep 5 18:19:02 EDT 2003
i want to see 40s and 50s movies and songs like awaiyar mandri kumari chandraleka were classics. i dont remember any of them much that is why i want to see them now and enjoy and hear the music. i missed them all when i went to india in summer. help!anyone out there!
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