RE: What goes into making of a song? (Part II)

Suryam (
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 00:20:31 +0530

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>-----Original Message-----
>From:	Ram Vishnubhotla []
>Sent:	Thursday, June 26, 1997 11:03 PM
>To:	ghantasala
>Subject:	What goes into making of a song? (Part II)
>(ra)sAlUri rAjEswara rAvu (S.R) took 6 months to compose music for the movie 
>mallIswari. In those days, composing sessions use to involve the MD (music 
>director), lyricist and the director. Every person involved would have a 
>very clear understanding about the situation. The MD used to give 
>suggestions to director on how to picturize the song and the director 
>used to give suggestions to the lyricist and the MD. It is actually a 
>good team work. One of the main reasons of the success of the songs in 
>rahasyam (finacially it was a disaster) is the team work. Even the 
>producers used to have a good taste.
>In the same movie, the hero/heoine get seperated but keep thinking about 
>each other. So, the team decided to use kALidAsAs mEghasandEsam as the 
>theme to create the song "AkAsavIdhlO... " in a rAgamAlika. The yettugaDa 
>of G in the caraNam "gagana SImalanElu O mEghamAlA.... " is very well 
>composed by S.R and sung by G.
>Now, nobody has time to have these kind of detailed sessions. More than 
>half of the movies in telugu last year (1996) are dubbed from other laguages.
>With the changes in the technology and introduction of new musical 
>instruments and new recording techniques are giving a new dimension to 
>the cine music. Only time can tell the life of these songs. Nowadays 
>everyone seems to be in a hurry including the hero/heroine to express 
>their romance :-))).
>One day SPB sang 18 songs and recorded them (I think it is a record 
>in recording :-))). The life of a song lies in its creativity. We forget 
>some songs soon after we get out of the theatre. Some we can never forget 
>in our lifetime.
>In the cine/light music compositions, there are no restrictions that the 
>MD/composer has to stick to the same notes of the rAga in 
>the well defined ArOhaNa/avarOhaNa. They deviate from the standard notes 
>to give a different punch/flavor to the compositions. 
>If the composer deviates too much from the ArOhaNa/avarOhaNa then it is 
>difficult to say the rAga in which it is composed. It is always a 
>challenge to find the rAga of K.V. Mahadevan's compositions as he 
>deviates to a great extent.
>People who do not have any classical music background can also compose 
>songs. But their creativity can be limited. At the same time, not everybody 
>who learns classical music can compose music. Getting exposed to various 
>forms of music/instruments is very important for a creative MD. The 
>harikadha "sirulucelangE bhArata bhUmini pAlincina bhUpAluralO.." in 
>"shAvukAru" is a superb creation by G. IMHO, it is just because of his 
>exposure to this form of art (please note that G's father is a harikadha 
>bhagavatAr) since he was a child. I would like the list members to listen 
>to it one more time as it has a piTTakadha in it and it is the usual way 
>of narrating the harikadha. Again, the burrakadha in kanyAsulkam, 
>"puttaDi bommA pUrNamma" is a master piece of its kind. 
>Understanding the situation where the song is picturized is the most 
>important for the success of the movie. BUT, you might have come across some 
>movies where the songs are good but the movie is bad (rahasyam is a 
>typical example). 
>Using an instrument also has some influence on the MD to compose a song in a 
>particular rAga. Examples are:
>1. tushAra sItala sarOvarAna in sAntinivAsam is composed in hindOLam. The 
>singing character uses sitAra and hence G might have decided to compose in 
>2. manasE andAla bRndAvanam in manchi kuTumbam is composed in 
>hindOLam. Again the singing character uses vINa and hence kOdanDapANi might 
>have decided to compose in hindOLam.
>How can people without any classical background compose? The key to that 
>is that they have good voice. They can reproduce any song sung by others 
>and with some imagination, can borrow the mood for their own 
>compositions. Some smart singers, know their vocal abilities and 
>choose/compose songs that would perfectly match their voice. IMHO, SPB 
>falls into this category. He is able to succeed more of a singer than a MD.  
>In one of the episodes on pADutA - tIyagA, one of the contestant sang a 
>song (more of a combination of a folk and a lullyby) of his own 
>composition. He selected that song, because he felt it would suit his 
>voice and he is very much right in that aspect. But he could not succeed 
>beyond the quarter finals.
>In my opinion every person is a singer, only the degree varries. For a 
>person to be a writer, first she/he has to be a good reader. Similarly, 
>for a person to be a singer/composer, one has to be a very very very good 
>listner. The listening should not be limited only to the singers voice 
>but it should include the beat, the mood, various intstruments used in 
>the compositions and last but not the least the lyrics.
>Using a singer just for a small line gives a diffent dimension to the 
>song. The first song I noticed was composed by G in "peLLinATi pramANAlu" 
>and the song is "bRndAvana candamAma" by leela. G comes at the end of the 
>song with a small line "andamella nIvE Anandamekada nAdE..". In the movie, 
>it is the best way the hero lets the heroine know that he is 
>interested (you can call it love :-))) in her. What a subtle way of 
>expressing the love? Similarly, in "iddaru mitrulu" S.R did compose the 
>song exactly the same way in "pADavEla rAdhikA". G comes at the 
>end and sings "praNaya sudhAgItikA". I do not see these kinds of 
>exchanges in the new movies. :-((((