Tuesday, March 28, 2006

First Round of Airtel Super Singer

In Coimbatore. 1st and 2nd April.
I might be posting updates from there or might not. Depends on how it will go. Am frankly looking forward to it.
Went to Besant Nagar beach after ages. I grew up in Adyar and I really miss that place. Nothing like Adyar and nothing like being close to the beach. Cycling down most of the times. Mom and I went and ate at Planet Yumm, bought some spiced boiled peanuts, which I buy from one particular lady. Its super. Sometimes, I have driven almost 18 kilometers to get that one pack of peanuts.
Anyway work has been great as usual. And its been great on the music side also. Life is good and me is joyful :)

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Change in Plans

Instead of judging the competition, I am now hosting the show.

And now I wil be brandishing the mic in Coimbatore, Madurai and Chennai.

Something I have not done before and seems to be good fun, and I learn another skill. How cool is that? :D

Monday, March 20, 2006

Aahista Aahista.....

Snatching some time to blog. This song has been looping in my player and in my brain for about 4-5 days now. Actually its been looping subconsciously from the day I heard it. This song has made me smile, put me in retrospective mode, made me weep..... Its wonderful to listen to Mr Udit Narayan's not to mention the soft strains of Ms. Sadhna Sargam's voice. BTW its the song from Swades.
I really marvel at Mr Udit Narayan's capacity as a singer. He can sing total 'gaana' songs and songs like this. And its taken me quite a long time for my pea brain to understand that though this song seems to be slow, its actually not. It has a quite a pace.

Most of the times, I cant work or do anything else when I am listening to music, contrary to what most people. Cant concentrate on anything else. .....It would have been something to listen to Rahman sir weave his magic in the song. I had the chance to listen to him play for the first time, when he played in En Uyir thozhiye in Kangalal Kaidhu Sei. It was as if the Raag Durga just flowed through to his keyboard. Fluid. Total bliss for about... how long I dont remember.. but it was one of the best Durga-s I have ever heard. More than singing for him, I wish I could be the fly on the wall and hear him play. I have heard it a couple of times, but as a rasika, I really long to hear more of that.............................. if only words could translate music..

Wish sometimes, I could have had the talent of a poet, for none other than he who is talented in poetry could find the right words to describe music. As for me, whatever I say with describing music is concerned falls way too short of what I want to express. Thats where some words help.. spellbound. speechless.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Judging the Zonals

I will be on the Judging Panel for Super Singer for the Coimbatore Zonals along with Mr Malaysia Vasudevan. People can either send the tape to Vijay TV or walk in at the venue, where I am not sure. Though its slightly strange that they put in a pip squeak like me on the Judging panel, considering I am one of the youngest still........

The dates for The Madurai Zonals are the 5th and the 6th, and moves to Chennai about 10 days later. Around the 15th or 16th. Not too sure. Will update.

You will probably see me on promos for the show, asking people to participate.
One of the lines I was asked to say:

"Neenga Nalla paaduveengala? Appo enga kitterndhu thappave Mudiyaadhu" (Do you sing well? Then you cant escape from us") Literal translation of course! :D

But anyway, I think its going to be great fun!

BTW did I mention that winning this would entitle the winner to sing for Mr Harris Jeyaraj?
Chitra amma named me as her favourite singer in the present generation in today's Daily Thanthi

Was trying to sleep late as usual, and was woken up my sms's asking me to check up Daily Thanti. Feels great to be named as a favourite, at least for now, by a legend. No one else can dream of becoming legend. That is over with Chitra mma. Even when I met her first, I saw that she has a great soft corner for me, and a casual visit then, which we initially planned for about hal an hour stretched to several hours. I recorded and still record a lot of Malayalam songs at her studio. And a few others as well. From here, I take this oppurtunity to thank her and hope and pray that her blessings will continue so that I become a better singer and a more evolved person.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Quick Update

Super Singer Zonals on the 1st and 2nd of April in Coimbatore. If you live around there, be there :)

Monday, March 13, 2006

Can you sing?

Then you must be doing what you can to take part in the "Super Singer" of Vijay TV. They are looking for the best voice in Tamilnadu. So its time to get under the arc lights and behind the mike. Gear up, exercise your vocal chords and watch Vijay TV for more info :)

And Watch this space :)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Can you speak Swedish or Norwegian? Get in touch with me asap!

Well this was the last resort so that just in case someone as googling around and stumbled here they could contact me. Really all that I want now is a miracle.

Another translator has just not replied to any of my mails. Whats with this damn unprofessionalism? And this is only with the Norwegian and Swedish translators. Heard now that their demand is high, so they can pick and choose what they want and if they get bored in between they just dump people like me I guess.

Friday, March 10, 2006

English ........

I got this joke from a co-translator today. Really liked it
The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

Conclusion. Eat & drink what you like. It's speaking English that kills you.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Of excuses and more

Picture this. I assign work to some translators 5 days ago for delivery on Monday.I follow up and everything seems fine. And then on D Day, everyone has some excuse or the other to come up with.

Someone died, I have a virus, there was a power cut. And a few more as well. Its strange how people come up with the weirdest excuses sometimes. And how many people 'die' in the family or have an accident or fall sick. End result was I almost had a nervous breakdown. Though I managed to submit 3 files, two files in Noregian and Swedish rspectively need to be done. They are pretty huge. And thus soup state continues. Its just about 2 days since I slept. Managed to catch some rest this morning for about 2 hours. Then had a recording for an ad jingle. Came back. The the transponder transformer near my building burst and whole area was in darkness. I went into hyper tension mode again. But thankfully power was restored in about 10 minutes. Which was surprising.

So people, if anyone knows Swedish and Norwegian, get in touch with me

Also happened to sing at Vettaiyadu Vilayadu audio launch a couple of days ago. It was a pretty long function. Met a lot of people I knew. The launch happened at Satyam Theatres. And they screened one song "Velli Velli Nilave". Damn cool I thought. Then went out for lunch and then for a photo shoot. And came back the computer. Its been days since the system has been shut down. And the way things are going, it will be like that. But then I realize I thrive under pressure as long as work is concerned.
Also I saw that there were times I wanted to say something and then my brain totally shut down and there was no thought process at all. Dont know what that means. "ZGo sleep" maybe! :)
Going to meet my prof again for the project for my masters. So many other things are also happening. ... watch this space :-)

As for me, I better start jamming on the keyboards again.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Extremely cute!

Have been outta blogging for such a long time now.

Have squeezed in a lot of work a couple of shows, one of which was in Coimbatore last Sunday and stuff like that. Beginning to understand how some people lose touch with friends and a lot of other things in life. Guess I now know why lots couldnt come to German class now that I am missing my own French classes. Not to mention a whole lot of other things. Even mailing people is postponed. I dont come online these days even to check offlines. I dont know whether this is transitory or not, but now that I am into work, I need to give my all. And also see that starting of a company is not childs play. Its only when more than 3 deadlines creep up per day, you know what work is all about and what it is to keep your word, at least as far as work is concerned. Also found that work gives me a perpertual high, eventhough sleep is in short supply. Maybe now, I would be able to understand how workaholics work, and when I do start counseling, I would be able to give in my personal inputs as well.

Happened to watch this ad. Check it out. Its damn cute. Really love the "Paati" in there. :) And I miss mine .. badly