Legendary Kannada Sugama Sangeetha singer C Aswath has passed away this morning (29-dec-1939-29-12-2009) creating a big void in Kannada Music world.
His voice is still ringing in our hears. His style of singing Bhaavegeete (Expressive poetry) and Janapada Geete (Flok songs) always used captivate his listeners. He took the poems of our greatest poets to common people. Santa Shishunala Sharif’s composition is one of his classical works. Its unimaginable to think that, his work can now only be listened to/seen on tapes and videos and there won’t be any more energetic performances by this legend on stage.
He entered Kannada Film industry through “Kaakana Kote” movie. Here is a song from that movie.
Santa ShishunaaLa Sharif’s favorite song: Kodagaana Koli nungitta.
Rasika Baaro team had organized “Chaitrodaya – G S Shivarudrappa Kaavyavaachana” program on 27th December, 09 at Ravindra Kalakshetra. Renowned names from various different fields attended this event and read out poems written by Raashtra Kavi G S Shivarudrappa to pay a much needed tribute. It was a great pleasure and treat. Got a chance to listen to few of my favorite poems written by GSS. GSS documentary was also played at the end of the event.
I got a chance to live tweet the happenings of this event and you can find the same on my twitter account https://twitter.com/omshivaprakash . I have tried my best to tag the postings with #chitrodaya and #kannada.
My HTC tattoo allowed me to record few moments of this event and here I present them for you. Listen to them and enjoy…
The Icon is dead. Its Strange how one feels the loss of someone who is a stranger; but whose works have been a great influence in our formative years. In the Early eighties, The rhythm of Jackson was the moving force in Music. Millions have grew up hearing his music including me. I personally struggled to understand what he was trying to sing but the sheer power of his performance would sweep my feet away. Undoubtedly he was one of the pioneers of Modern day music and more importantly a spectacular dancer. His Music videos were path breaking and spell binding to say the least. His ”Black or White” or the ”thriller” videos remain a benchmark even today.But the ironic thing is that even though his songs reflect deep pain and concern for Humanity; his personal life was one swell experiment with pain. Even though he was Ridden by controversies and drug abuse, he continued to pour out his life into his music. Songs like ”Man in the Mirror” reflect his deep love for the Human race and the need to change. It was almost like the God and the devil were residing within him. He was torn apart as an individual, but his focus always lay on his work. His comeback tour will never happen and fittingly so. I am sure he would have been a patch of his old self and thats the reason life snuffed him out. Such is the stuff of genius. They don’t come often, but when they do, they leave a mark which is indelible.
Michael Jackson will always remain alive through his Pulsating Music, Meaningful Lyrics and his persona that he carried throughout his life. God Bless!!!
My Kannada Post on Michael Jackson can be found here.
Raghu Dixit, recently entered Kannada cinema industry via ‘Psycho’ movie which is all set for the release. Entire Karnataka is already fida on super hit song “Ninna Poojege Bande Maadeshwara“. His couple of other albums are famous among his fan’s all over the world. He was the one who grabbed the attention of national media with “Kannada” folk songs. Thats how I had come to know this unique music personality. One of my friend did introduce me to his music by writing a small post about “Gudu gudia Kudidu noda” song in Sampada. It was broadcasted in NDTV.
He have been singing Indian folk songs in a new style to take a very simple messages told by our ancestors to the new generation around the world for quite some time now. Though the music attached to his songs have got a western touch or you might call it as a fusion, he calls him self as a folk singer. I was listening to him on “Tv9″ during Deepawali and was got involved with the show in which he told about his journey in to the music world. I could hear from his own words, how we all enjoy his new beats to the old songs which we all have been reading/studying from our school days.
I had thought of writing about him here on my blog couple of days back but ended up writing this one. I was in search of his songs and I could find the samples on his website raghudixit_dot_com but couldn’t buy them online as it was out of stock. I looked into my Audio CD collection to search for the Physco CD which i had bought recently in Total Mall near my office. I had even referred few people to his website just couple of days back to make them listen to the songs which are composed under Raghu Dixit’s project.
I have made it an habit to hop into many of the new shopping malls and hunt for Kannada music Cd’s as and when it’s possible to encourage the good music released by our own people (I ensure I buy the ones which I have really liked after hearing them on FM and other media). Today one of my friend shared a link where in we could download the music. I went ahead and saw the comments to see what others are telling about such link already and found this one.
Its just 150Rs, please buy the original. I have worked on it for 12 long years! -> Raghu Dixit.
Did you feel the same thing that I felt after reading the comment? Did you ask this question to your self?
“Why not we give the credit to people who really deserve it?”
Is it is not a shame for ourselves to make an artist beg for his bread and butter?
I have been advocating people to use FOSS software to stop piracy. But piracy is not limited only to SOFTWARE but also to so many other genuine work which we as “Creative Monkeys” have been doing on this earth. Hey come on, Good things does cost a bit and you might have to exchange a bit of your pocket money to hear good music. If you really want to get something played for free for your entertainment, turn on your Radio.
Do buy the records and really believe me KANNADA Cd’s, DVD’s etc are much cheaper than other languages content. If possible stop downloading the music from illegal on-line resources to discourage those who share it without permission from Artists and composers. Join Raghu Dixit’s project if you really want to help him spread the folk songs around the world in a new Style and Zeal. Buy original CD’s and DVD’s.
Are you a FaceBook Fan? Then you have one more good news. Facebook Music service will make you rock. Check their band pages launched on 28th Feb.
Facebook’s new service provides space for artists and their bands to share, advertise their music, videos, pictures, and sell them etc. You will be allowed listen to their music and watch some of their videos online and much much more… You too can start posting your own audio now.
Its one of its first kind. A Social Networking website can do lot more business in future and here is an example. iTune and MySpace will be worrying as a new challenge is “on”