Echoes of the Maestro – Song 22 – Thenil Aadum Roja

Thenil Aadum Roja is an absolute delight, capturing the essence of a mother serenading her child. P. Susheela Amma’s graceful rendition brings out the beauty of Panchu Arunachalam’s poetic lyrics. I’m not sure if it was widely popular at the time, but listening to this song with closed eyes invokes a profound sense of peace and tranquility.

Echoes of the Maestro – Song 21 – Hoi Mama

This song begins with a Bengali style but smoothly transitions into a traditional folk song. It is featured unusually in a Tamil film, where it is used to reconcile two quarreling lovers, portrayed by a different couple. I’ve never heard this song and even after so many years, this song sounds different especially the guitar portion in the interlude after the second pallavi.

Echoes of the Maestro – Song 20 – Ek Dafa Ek Jangal Tha

This song is featured in Sadma, which marked the Hindi debut of Balu Mahendra and Illayaraaja. While Sridevi and Kamal, the lead actors of the film, were already familiar faces, Sadma catapulted Sridevi’s reputation as a performer, earning her widespread acclaim as a

Echoes of the Maestro – Song 19 – Kalyanam Paaru

Uthiripookkal was the second Directional of Legendary Director Mahendran. Many of us might have heard Azhagiya Kanne which is pretty popular even now, if you randomly switch to Sun Music or any other Tamil music channels sometime in the day there is a 50% chance you might stumble upon that song.

Echoes of the Maestro – Song 18 – Naa Kosame

If an iconic film can inspire many other film Industries in the country back in the late 70’s it is none other than Don (1978) starring Amitabh Bachan. Yugandhar is the official Telugu remake of Don starring legendary N.T.Rama Rao and this is the only film Illayaraja got to collaborate with him.

Echoes of the Maestro – Song 16 – Oththa Rooba

Illayaraaja has given us another fantastic song from the same album, Badrakaali. A few weeks ago, I shared a song that was banned from All India Radio; that song was very folksy. However, this one is more of a song where both lovers respond to each other. As usual, Illayaraja’s touch with Malaysia Vasudevan and S. Janaki’s voices adds more fun. Do give it a listen!

Echoes of the Maestro – Song 13 – Chinna Kannan Azhaikiraan

Chinnakannan azhaikiran is one of those that invokes a calmness in you whenever you listen to it. A couple of days back when I wrote about Kaadhal Oviyam song from Kavikuyil I discovered that Chinnakannan azhaikiran is also from this album and from that time it has been ringing in my head.