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The song Neeli Magan Nee Allavo from Malaikallan
VAK Ranga Rao and I now correspond by SMS. He does not believe in smart phones and given his hearing, it is impossible to call. So SMS it is. A couple of months ago he texted asking if I recall the Tamil version of Ra Ra Yasoda Nandana, the hit dance number in Aggi Ramudu.…
A Wonderful Javali in the film Malleeswari (1951)
Pilichina Biguvatara is an outstanding example of a javali composed for film. A small tribute to this song which appears in the 1951 Malleeswari
From Loves of Carmen to Pathala Bhairavi via Jadoo
A brief account of how a 19th century opera song made it to Tamil and Telugu via Hollywood and Bollywood.
Tyagaraja as a Music Director
How the tune of Tyagaraja’s Nada Tanum Anisam was used for a film song in 1949
Those Bad Girls in Night Clubs
A listing of some favourite old film songs, all featuring the vamp or villi.
From Nastik (Atheist) to Maheswari (Goddess)
The song Gagan Jhanjhana Raha from Nastik 1954, made it as Aram Kattha Deviye in Maheswari, 1955. Read on for more…
From Lajwanthi to Engal Selvi
Remembering the lousy Lajwanthi of 1958, remade as Engal Selvi in 1960. Both versions however had very good songs.
Meethi Meethi baaton and Konji Konji pesi
The song Meethi Meethi Baaton se bachna zara from Qaidi 911 (1959) became Konji Konji Pesi Mathi Mayakkum in Kaithi Kannayiram (1960)
The Tune Behind Katrinile Varum Geetham
The famed Katrinile Varum Geetham is actually based on the tune of a Hindi gramophone recording of Sheela Sarkar. The back story on how this came about is here.
Que Sera Sera, sung by Bhanumathi
A story on who Que Sera Sera, from Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, ‘inspired’ a Tamil song before being used wholesale in a Telugu film
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