வியாழன், 16 ஜனவரி, 2014

P.Susheela's songs in K.Balachandar Movies



K.Balachander   is a Indian film director who mostly directed films in the south Indian film industry. He is well known for the distinct themes, strong female oriented subjects, stories that reflect interpersonal relations and tragic ends in his movies. In a career that is spread over 45 years, he has contributed to nearly 100 feature films either as a screenwriter or director, thus becoming one of the most prolific film-makers in the country. Known among his colleagues as a tough task master, he is credited with having introduced and nurtured numerous actors, notably Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Saritha, Prakash Raj and Vivek.   Apart from directing , he also produces movies and teleserials under his banner ”Kavithalaya”. He is also a recipient of many awards like Dada saheb phalke award etc.
                                       Balachander’s movies are music centered too , where songs and scenes are interwoven. All the songs in his movies  reflect the situation making a profound impact in the minds of the audience.
                                     In this article we are going to analyze such songs sung by our melody queen P.Susheela for the movies directed by K.Balachander. It is estimated that she could have rendered more than 100+songs under his direction.
                                     The foremost song that comes in our minds from his super hit movie “Marocharithra” (a tragic love story between a telugu speaking girl and tamil boy –both from different caste and culture- how they try to overcome these barriers ,but finally end up killing themselves is the theme) is “ Ye theega puvvunu” from PS while kamala Hasan renders some dialogues. In this song, the situation is such that both the hero and the heroine doesn’t know each other’s language, yet try to express their feelings to each other. This is a pretty hard task for the singer because the emotion has to conveyed in amild manner because she can’t understand him. What an amazing job PS did!! Wonderful singing ,excellent composition by M.S.Viswanathan and beautiful acting by Saritha and Kamal.
                                        Another beautiful classic from Idhi katha kadhu (avargal in tamil ) is “Sarigamalu- galagalalu” from PS-SPB. This song was created as a duet for Jayasudha – Sarathbabu in the movie. Sarathbabu is a flute player while jayasudha is a dancer and so we find flute as the main instrument and also dance based lyric  in this number. Even though it is a tough composition, PS rendered it with ease and perfection.PS didn’t sing in the tamil version of the movie.
                                     Balachander’s “Yedir neechal”revolves around  the life of a young orphan(Nagesh) who does menial jobs  for a  few families who live as tenants in a building. How his life takes a turn and he becomes rich is the story. Among the group who support him,  one family consists of a  Brahmin Iyer couple (Sowcar and Srikanth) where the lady is more materialistic and keeps nagging her husband for more and more riches. A notable song from this movie “Aduthathu ambujathai” sung by PS + TMS (MD: V.Kumar) is picturised between these couple in a humorous  way. The song involves the  singers to sing in a particular Iyer accent spoken by a few Brahmins and it involves the female singer to express various emotions like nagging complaining,pacifying, fighting etc.  If that notes   are not in  right proportions, the song wouldn’t be a  success.  This song is  a testimony of PS amma’s expressions! Simply superb with right amount of sarcasm and accent in her tone to make  the song a super success !! One more beautiful duet from this movie “thamarai kanamgal” by PS+PBS
                                           Thaneer Thaneer(Daham Daham) is one more of K.Balachander’s masterpieces. The story moves around a group of people in a village who are experiencing drought for a long time and trying to survive under those harsh conditions.One of the characters is that of a young mother played by Saritha who tries to keep up the people’s spirits in the village. One notable pathos from this movie is “Kannana poomagane”(MD:MSV)(Thataku bommarinta in telugu) in which the suffering of the people is conveyed in the form of a lullaby. PS ‘s voice sets the melancholy mood for the situation and is apt for the situation.
                                         One more beautiful song which has a tinge of folk added to it is “Aavaram poovu” (MD: Narasimhan) picturised on Saritha and Rajesh from the movie “Achamillai achamillai”(Ye yendaka godugu in telugu). This is also one of Balachander’s fantastic movies where the hero has negative shades in his character(plays the role of a politician) and becomes the antagonist and the heroine ( a village belle) kills him to save the people etc. This song rendered by PS is very soothing and beautifully picturised .
Varumaiyin niram siggappu(Akali Rajyam in telugu) is one more great movie from the legendary director.
PS (MD:MSV) sang one qawwali type number  “Ranga rangayya(in tamil) “ and Gussa rangaiah (in telugu) for sridevi in this movie.  A totally different type of song rendered by Ps with much clarity and beauty.
“Kokillamma”is  a story  based on  a handicapped woman(deaf+dumb) played brilliantly by Saritha, how she is exploited by the society and the plight of such people are superbly exposed by the director.
In this movie all songs are by PS. One excellent number is “Komma meedha kokillamma”  which has shades of wisdom/or a riddle type of song in it.MSV is the MD .
                                                     “Kaviyathalaivi” is one of the best movies under Balachander during his early years. It is a female centered  movie where Sowcar plays a dual role of mother and daughter. It is hard to pick a particular song from the movie. Some notable songs by PS are “Kaiyodu kai serkum”, “En vaanathil” ,”Nalam ketka”, “Kavithayil edhudiya”. One of the best in this movie is “Oru naal eravu pagal pol” by PS. PS at her very best and basically one is left with tears after listening to this number.  The beauty of this song is PS sings for both the daughter and mother character in the song! What a challenge for the singer! Such expressions and crystal clear rendition!!!!!!!! Amazing !
                                                     “Major Chandrakanth” is one more great movie by Balachander during his early years and also for Jayalalitha.  One superb number is “Oru naal yaaro” by PS and beautifully and naturally picturized by K.B . Some unforgettable scenes in this song include NAgesh rattling with spoons and trying to conduct music for the song.
                            “Server Sundaram”(dubbed in the same name in telugu” has some extraordinary numbers by PS.  “Silai yedhuthal” by PS, Poga poga theriyum a beautiful duet by PS+TMS,”Paatondru” by PS,LRE pcturised on K.R.Vijaya  is awesome.
                             One more beautiful number under PS,K.B combination  is “unnai vazhthi paadugiren” from the movie “nootrukku nooru”. It is a song coupled with new year celebrations and remembrances of the past. Beautifully rendered by PS under V.Kumar’s music direction.
                              “iru kodugal” is a sad family drama(hero marrying twice) under K.B’s direction. Gemini ganesan, sowcar and jayanthi played the lead roles.  One good number “Punnagai mannan, puvizhi” from this movie  has both the heroines vying with each other for the hero  or rather trying to establish their own identity.  Excellent rendition by PS for Sowcar and Jamuna rani for Jayanthi  add to the mood of this song.
One latest number which PS sang for K.B under A.R.Rahman’s direction is the song “Mettu Podu” by PS+SPB. PS does justice to the song even though it was a small bit.

Let’s have a glance at some more mellifluous numbers:
                  Paapi kondala venuka –PS from movie AAdavallu meeku joharlu MD:KVM, songs from thamarai nenjam, neer kumizh, ninaithalle innikum(one song by PS).
                 When one listens to the songs under  PS-K.B combination , one can truly appreciate the importance of music in films whether it is rendering, or composing or picturisation, everything at its very best.

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Here is the list. ( 112 songs - click and listen)
Year Language Movie Song Music
1964 Tamil sarvar sundaram pOga pOga theriyum M.S. Viswanathan
1964 Tamil sarvar sundaram silayeduthaal oru  M.S. Viswanathan
1964 Tamil sarvar sundaram paattontru tharuvaar  M.S. Viswanathan
1964 Tamil sarvar sundaram thathai nenjam sithathile M.S. Viswanathan
1964 Telugu server sundaram pootha poche hridayam M.S. Viswanathan
1964 Telugu server sundaram mohini ilapye velisene M.S. Viswanathan
1964 Telugu server sundaram kati katile oke M.S. Viswanathan
1964 Telugu server sundaram kanne dendham M.S. Viswanathan
1965 Tamil neerkkumizhi neeril neendhidum V. Kumar
1965 Tamil neerkkumizhi kanni nadhiyOram V. Kumar
1965 Tamil naanal enna than paaduvadhu V. Kumar
1965 Tamil naanal vinnukku melaadai paruva V. Kumar
1966 Tamil major chandrakanth kaana kann kodi vendum V. Kumar
1966 Tamil major chandrakanth naane pani nilavu V. Kumar
1966 Tamil major chandrakanth oru naal yaaro enna paadal  V. Kumar
1966 Tamil major chandrakanth netru nE chinna pappa V. Kumar
1966 Tamil naan avanillai Naan chinnanjiru pillai M.S. Viswanathan
1967 Tamil anubhavi raja anubhavi maan endru pennukkoru  M.S. Viswanathan
1967 Tamil anubhavi raja anubhavi anubhavi raaja anubhavi M.S. Viswanathan
1967 Telugu kaala chakram (edhir neechal dub) chitti bavaiah Veluri krishna murthy
1967 Telugu kaala chakram (edhir neechal dub) sakhuni Veluri krishna murthy
1967 Telugu kaala chakram (edhir neechal dub) maa inta Veluri krishna murthy
1968 Telugu bhale kodallu vade vadante vade M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Telugu bhale kodallu aasthi mooredu M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Telugu bhale kodallu challane jallu M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil bhama vijayam ninaithal sirippu varum M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil bhama vijayam varavu ettaNaa selavu M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil bhama vijayam aanimuthu vaangi vanthen M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil iru kodugal navraathriyil kolu (punnagai mannan) V. Kumar
1968 Tamil thaamarai nenjam vaanai maranthu M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil thaamarai nenjam thithikkum paal eduthu M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil thaamarai nenjam Alayam enbadhu Vedagum M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil thaamarai nenjam adi pOdi paithiyakkAri M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil ethir neechal aduthathu ambujatha M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil ethir neechal thamarai kannagal M.S. Viswanathan
1968 Tamil ethir neechal sethi ketto M.S. Viswanathan
1969 Tamil naangu suvargal ninaithaal naan vaanam sendru M.S. Viswanathan
1969 Tamil poova thalaya paaladai meni panivaadai kaatril R. Govardanam
1969 Telugu satthekalapusattaiah Nanu yevaro choosiri M.S. Viswanathan
1969 Telugu satthekalapusattaiah padaharella vayase M.S. Viswanathan
1970 Tamil kaaviya thalaivi en vaanathil ayiram M.S. Viswanathan
1970 Tamil kaaviya thalaivi kaiyodu kai serkkum  M.S. Viswanathan
1970 Tamil kaaviya thalaivi kavidhaiyil ezhudhiya M.S. Viswanathan
1970 Tamil kaaviya thalaivi peN paartha maapillaikku M.S. Viswanathan
1970 Tamil kaaviya thalaivi oru naal iravu pagal pOl M.S. Viswanathan
1970 Tamil navagraham Unnai thotta kaatru vanthu  V. Kumar
1971 Tamil pathampasali oorellam paaku vaithu V. Kumar
1970 Tamil pathampasali kalloorip penne nilladi gavanam V. Kumar
1970 Tamil pathampasali Anna entoru nallavaram V. Kumar
1970 Tamil ethiroli  rajavum vanthiduvar K.V. Mahadevan
1971 Telugu bomma borusa ollu jillendunnadhi R. Govardhan
1971 Tamil nootrukku nooru naan unnai vaazhthi padugiren V. Kumar
1972 Tamil kanna nalama naan ketten(bit) M.S. Viswanathan
1972 Tamil kanna nalama naan kEtten avan (sad) M.S. Viswanathan
1972 Tamil kanna nalama naan kEtten avan M.S. Viswanathan
1972 Tamil kanna nalama petredutha ullam M.S. Viswanathan
1972 Telugu lokam maarali Cheluvaa raavo M.S. Viswanathan
1973 Tamil arangetram Andavanin thOtathile azhagu V. Kumar
1973 Tamil arangetram aandavanin thOtathile-sad V. Kumar
1973 Tamil arangetram Aramba kaalathil athu irukkum V. Kumar
1973 Tamil arangetram moothaval nee koduthai V. Kumar
1973 Tamil sollaththan ninikkiren pallavi ontru mannan kEtka M.S. Viswanathan
1973 Tamil velli vizha kai niraya chozhi V. Kumar
1973 Tamil velli vizha naan satham pottu thaan V. Kumar
1973 Tamil velli vizha Oru naaL varuvaaL  V. Kumar
1974 Tamil aval oru thodar kadhai Adumadi thottil ini M.S. Viswanathan
1974 Telugu manmadha leelalu kushalamena kurradana M.S. Viswanathan
1976 Telugu anthuleni katha voogutundi neeinta M.S. Viswanathan
1976 Tamil manmadha leelai sugam thaana sollu  M.S. Viswanathan
1976 Tamil moontru mudichu naan oru kadhanayagi M.S. Viswanathan
1978 Telugu marocharithra Yeh theegha poovunu M.S. Viswanathan
1979 Telugu andamaina anubhavam Hello nesthem M.S. Viswanathan
1979 Telugu idhi katha kadhu Jola paata padi M.S. Viswanathan
1979 Telugu idhi katha kadhu sarigamalu galagalalu M.S. Viswanathan
1979 Tamil ninaithale inikkum yaadum oore yaavarum  M.S. Viswanathan
1980 Telugu akali rajyam Gussa rangaiah konjam M.S. Viswanathan
1980 Malayalam thirakal ezhuthiya kavitha ariyaatha pushpavum  M.S. viswanathan
1980 Tamil varumayin niram sivappu rangaa rangayya enge M.S. Viswanathan
1981 Telugu aadavallu meeku joharlu kaalani mantalle K.V. Mahadevan
1981 Telugu aadavallu meeku joharlu moju mudhirindi K.V. Mahadevan
1981 Telugu aadavallu meeku joharlu paapi konda venuka K.V. Mahadevan
1981 Telugu aadavallu meeku joharlu sagam Kaali Poyanu K.V. Mahadevan
1981 Telugu aadavallu meeku joharlu repu maapu K.V. Mahadevan
1981 Tamil enga oor kannagi  idha thaan romba  M.S. Viswanathan
1981 Telugu tholi kodi koosindhi yepudo yedho choosi M.S. Viswanathan
1982 Tamil agni satchi adiye kannamma amaithi  M.S. Viswanathan
1982 Tamil agni satchi vanakkam muthal variyai M.S. Viswanathan
1982 Kannada Eradu rekegalu navarathri sanjayalli M.S. Viswanathan
1983 Telugu daham daham (thanner thanneer) manasaina maradalinee M.S. Viswanathan
1983 Telugu daham daham (thanner thanneer) thattaku bommarinta M.S. Viswanathan
1983 Tamil ival oru thamizhachi neeyo manikuyil muzhakkam M.S. Viswanathan
1983 Tamil ival oru thamizhachi podee pogattum podee M.S. Viswanathan
1983 Telugu kokilamma Komma meedha kokilamma M.S. Viswanathan
1983 Telugu kokilamma Ponee pothe ponee M.S. Viswanathan
1983 Telugu kokilamma Neelo valapula sughandan M.S. Viswanathan
1984 Tamil achamillai achamillai odugira thanniyile (megatha) V.S. Narasimman
1984 Tamil achamillai achamillai aavaram poovu arezhu naala V.S. Narasimman
1984 Kannada mugila mallige oppide kannu  V.S.Narasimman
1984 Kannada mugila mallige prathithina hosa kavitheyu V.S.Narasimman
1984 Kannada mugila mallige saku saku hoge V.S.Narasimman
1985 Tamil kalyaana agathigal kaanal alaigalile V.S. Narasimman
1985 Tamil kalyaana agathigal Kalyana agathigal naangal V.S. Narasimman
1985 Tamil kalyaana agathigal manasukkul udkaarnthu  V.S. Narasimman
1985 Tamil kalyaana agathigal vara vendum penne  V.S. Narasimman
1985 Telugu sindhu bhairavi Nenoka sindhu katuka  Ilayaraja
1986 Telugu radhamma kapuram (agni satchi-dub) andindi uttaram M.S. Viswanathan
1986 Telugu radhamma kapuram (agni satchi-dub) challani radhamma M.S. Viswanathan
1986 Telugu radhamma kapuram (agni satchi-dub) naa kadupu pantaki M.S. Viswanathan
1986 Kannada sundara swapnagalu hrudayavu swara helide Vijayabhaskar
1987 Telugu nandhini Krishna ravela meera pilichine Ilayaraja
1987 Telugu nandhini enthi enthi Ilayaraja
1994 Tamil duet Mettu podu, mettu podu A.R. Rahman

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  1. Amazing Facts. I always thought that PS Amma was the Undisputed Gana Kokila in Telugu Film Industry until early 90s. Her first song was a duet with A.V. Saraswathi in 1950 (Per HMV Gramaphone in Telugu at 15 years of age). Lata-Hindi & PS-Telugu in terms of longevity of Playback Career, almost 40 years. I doubt anybody has surpassed it thus far. Composerd like IR, SG, VSN, SAR, MSV continued to collaborate with her in Tamil as well because of her legendary vocals. Many contemporaries call her as 'Ma Saraswathi" including KJY, SPB, KSC, SJ, VJ, ARR, SR, UK, Sujatha. I hope the Telugu FM celebrates her 80th birthday in a grand way.

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  2. Thanks for the comments. It is true that PS is the undisputed queen in telugu until early 90's. Other language people was not aware of the contribution of her in telugu during 80's. My collections has more than 3000 songs of hers in Telugu during 80's.
    /// Her first song was a duet with A.V. Saraswathi in 1950 (Per HMV Gramaphone in Telugu at 15 years of age) /// As per my understanding, PS's first movie is "kannathalli", and the song recorded in 1952. Do you have the song or proof for your claim. I will be really happy, if I get it.

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  3. Yes I do. The Song was composed by Adhepalli Rama Rao for the Film Agneepareeksha.

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    1. இந்த கருத்து ஆசிரியரால் அகற்றப்பட்டது.

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    2. Can you please share the song with me.? pl join this group.
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/179727855454856/
      By the wஐ, are the same person who written the profile of P.Susheela in http://psusheela.org ?

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