Saturday, October 13, 2012

Music Time

From the movie Azhiyadha Kolangal, a personal favourite [Music: Salil Chowdhury; Singers: P. Jayachandran and P. Susheela]. A video is available, but its audio is sad. You can listen to a much better version (click on AB3).

That last link takes you to The World of Salil Chowdhury, a true labour of love by a devoted fan, Gautam Chowdhury. The site has extensive cross-references to other versions of Salil's compositions; among the four variants -- Malayalam (1977), Tamil (1979), Bengali (1980)and Hindi (1989) -- the best is the Hindi version (click on AB3).


  1. gaddeswarup said...

    I am glad to see film songs posted here. Growing in coastal Andhra villages, I watched several Hindi and Tamil movies in the forties and fifties. Cinema was great leveler. It brought various types of music and ideas to common people without specialized knowledge; they had to appeal to common people to make money. Many film people had egalitarian ideals and sometimes sneaked in some of their ideas.I think Salil Chowdary came from leftist background but not knowing the languages I am not sure how many of his songs were explicitly idealistic like some from N.S. Krishnan. I remember a song from one of Krishnan's films about the coming differences between fifties and sixties saying that temples will be converted to schools......