Saturday, March 24, 2018

My exposure to Telugu film songs and few Telugu films in outside ashram Puttaparthi from around 2006 to 2010

Given below are contents of my recent Facebook posts on my exposure to Telugu films songs and a few Telugu films in outside ashram Puttaparthi roughly between 2006 and 2010.

A few years into my stay in Puttaparthi I got exposed to Telugu film songs including then-current (between 2006 and 2010, if I recall correctly) Telugu film songs.

Telugu is a very musical language (called Italian of the East) and I found the songs to be quite delightful to hear though I could not follow the meanings properly (even now I don't understand the lyrics well).

Thought of sharing some of those songs (over the next few days) if available on youtube.

Here's one whose initial words - Kopama Naapaina - mean: are you angry with me? I don't think I had seen the video of this song earlier - or maybe I had but have forgotten about it. It is a little of selling-to-the-gallery type. So readers who have not viewed it earlier and want to view it, have been warned :-) .

But the audio is still very pleasant. Kopama Naapaina Video Song HQ - Varsham, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6gTLP1-gWU, 4 min. 23 secs.

I have heard this Telugu film song so many times but am seeing the video for the first time: Bommarillu Video Song BOMMANI GEESTHE HD Bommarillu song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2ERNztYHLg, 3 min. 51 secs.

This one was such a hit song in Puttaparthi (outside ashram) then (some years back btw 2006 and 2010, if I recall correctly) that you would hear it in autos, locals would be singing it etc.
Once again I am seeing the video for the first time. BTW this video has English subtitles: Appudo Ippudo - Bommarillu full Song HQ English Telgu Subtitles, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNSgfhg5R9M, 4 min 7 secs.

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From the hit Telugu film Godavari - its title song: Godavari Upponge Godavari, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDQ3X4SBxvM, 4 min. 14 secs.

Another well known song from the Telugu movie, Godavari: Godavari Songs | Manasa Vacha | Sumanth | Kamalini Mukharjee || TeluguOne, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKI_a1D_79U, 4 min 28 secs.

Given below is a comment exchange in the associated Facebook post, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/2110446489171917, for above song:

Vr Ganti wrote: OMG - I never knew this aspect of Ravi S. Iyer. I don’t know any of these TELUGU movies and songs.

May Sankara Bharanam songs I would love and appreciate
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Ravi S. Iyer wrote: Vr Ganti sir, I have always enjoyed listening to vocal songs backed by music (not so much into instrumental music alone). Initial exposure was mainly to Hindi film songs, some Marathi film songs, later Western pop songs, some slight exposure (not much) to classical music both Western, Hindustani and Carnatic.

Shankarabharanam was famous in Bombay too around the time it was released I guess, especially among some South Indian friends who were into classical music. But I did not get into that area so much.

From around 2006 onwards in Parthi, I was blessed to be able to listen to a lot of music including Telugu film songs, Devotional songs in Telugu & Tamil (Annamacharya folk type, Tyagaraja classical type), Hindi devotional songs by well known singers as well as Hindustani vocalist masters ... It was an extraordinarily satisfying period where I freaked out on such music from 2006 till Bhagavan Mahasamadhi.

And then came the trauma, chaos and confusion in Parthi life (after Mahasamadhi).

Now I think life is stabilizing and so I am able to indulge in some of my music listening, including Telugu film songs that I had enjoyed during this period, which I am now sharing on social media.
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Another well known song from the Telugu movie, Godavari. Please note that this is a somewhat 'hot' song. So those who prefer to not watch somewhat 'hot'/sexy songs may please skip watching the video : Godavari Songs | Andamga Lenaa Song | Kamalini | Singer Suneetha, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WEcHmovF9o, 4 min. 26 secs.

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A hit song from the Telugu movie Anand: Nuvvena Naa Nuvvena Video Song - Anand Movie || Raja || Kamalinee Mukherjee || Sekhar Kammula, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg_UoCUvSos, 4 min. 19 secs.

Another well known song from Telugu movie Anand, Yamunatheeram Song - Anand Movie, Raja, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sekhar Kammula, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLd6ATS1jaU, around 4 mins.

And this was a very popular song in outside ashram Puttaparthi from the same Telugu movie, Anand: Vachhe Vachhe Song - Anand Movie, Raja, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sekhar Kammula, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYVRZrWN2ww, around 4 min.

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As I am born and bred in Bombay/Mumbai, I am basically a Hindi film song fan. So I felt it appropriate to now share an evergreen hit from the Hindi film, Anand (same name as earlier Telugu film whose songs I shared recently), with the  superstar of Hindi films of my early boyhood days, Rajesh Khanna, being the main figure in the song-video. The singer is the great Manna Dey. Anand - Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli - Manna Dey, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vgDb4TQneA, 3 min. 39 secs.

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Continuing on about my Telugu film songs and few Telugu films exposure in outside ashram Puttaparthi in period roughly btw 2006 and 2010

Ghajini (in Telugu; original film seems to have been in Tamil) was a big hit then in outside ashram Puttaparthi. I was passed on the DVD of the film and I saw it on the computer at home. [Note that Puttaparthi has no cinema theatres. I think the nearest one is at Kothacheruvu.]

Here are some of its hit songs (with some being pretty hot/sexy stuff; so people who prefer not to watch such stuff may please skip reading the rest of this post):

1) Rahtulla Full Video Song l Ghajini Telugu Movie l Suriya l Asin l, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jveLKIc-4NU, 4 min. 51 secs.

2) GAJINI HRUDAYAM YAKKADA UNNADI SONG HDMix - , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2GCD6OLK6g, 5 min. 11 secs.

3) Rangola Hola Hola Full Video Song l Ghajini Telugu Movie l Suriya l Asin l, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvJtjgKTNQw, 4 min 27 secs.

4) X pichi Y pichi from Gajini- Nayantara Item Song, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3Dppn8sSKA, 4 min 9 secs.

5) OKA MARU KALISINA ANDAM, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwikynjcGSY, 5 min. 37 secs.

The above song videos at that time itself (sometime btw 2006 to 2010) reminded me of Michael Jackson and Madonna song-dance videos which I had seen in my young adult days :-) which were the 1980s and early 1990s. In those days among the Bombay/Mumbai crowd that I would be moving with, Michael Jackson and Madonna were the English pop music superstars, though there were a few who did not like these superstar songs and preferred other English pop music stars. I loved the energy of both the music and dances of MJ and Madonna as that was different from my main popular music interest of Hindi film songs. Here are a few of MJ and Madonna hit songs of those days:

6) Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel (Official Video), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzZ_urpj4As, 6 min. 43 secs.

7) Madonna - Material Girl (Official Music Video), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p-lDYPR2P8, 4 min 42 secs.

8) Madonna - Papa Don't Preach (Official Music Video), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkxqxWgEEz4, 5 min. 7 secs.

9) Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal (Official Video), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_D3VFfhvs4, 9 min 25 secs.
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And then there was a Telugu film with a message (as against 'time pass' movies) - Tagore starring Chiranjeevi. I liked the film. If I recall correctly, the movie is about a teacher turning into a vigilante leader against corruption and anti-social practices in society. This video clip is part dialogues and part song, towards the end of the movie, if I recall correctly: Nenu Saitham Song - Tagore Movie | Chiranjeevi | Jyothika | Shriya Saran, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc0c2cfwDkk, 8 min. 10 secs.

By hearing and/or seeing all these Telugu films songs and seeing a few Telugu films during this period of 2006 to 2010, I got to understand the life and interests of outside ashram Telugu locals, especially youngsters, much better. As most of the students I taught in the Sai university were also of Telugu background, and many of them did watch and/or hear these Telugu film movies and songs, I was able to better relate to them too. So these Telugu film songs and a few movies were more than entertainment to me, they helped me better understand Telugu country, Andhra Pradesh, in which I was living! In fact, I was able to pick up some amount of conversational Telugu from watching these films and songs!

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