For Twenty two years this treasure remained within me.
Now I have given them further lease of life by this sharing. Hope people understand and abide by the sincereity, trust and purpose of this sharing by me!
Its just like, embedding the time capsules as much as possible in various locations of the world for future generation to get and learn and decide!
To learn and perceive about this wonderful composer, human computer, a perfectionist, self-demanding, and above all the simple human soul!
Even in those times, It was heard that IR recorded all the songs of "Mundhanai Mudichu" in one day!
He used to go on round-robin fashion in various floors of recording theatres and within two days completing the re-recordings of more than 4 to 5 films awaiting the festival releases two to three days ahead !
In spite of that, for an un-heard film of unknown artists, he was making such rigorous efforts and put his heart out for this "Nyaana Thangame" song !
As I explained earlier, I didnt know the film name as "Raja Gopuram". After that day, I used to have constant watch on all his musical releases to find this song! Months later I got the casette and heard this song.
Frankly speaking, I was not satisfied with the ouput quality of this song in the cassette. I could find a lot more "details" missing and not reaching my ears!
I know this was there ! I know that was there. Where they have gone ??
Thus, the reality struck within me and the learnings I had from these are:
Whatever we normally hear and perceive is not the ultimate !
Something still best of best has already happened and might have been missing to reach us!
If I am so stunned and happy with any IR song whose recording details I never knew, certainly some more absolutely beautiful things are still hidden inside !
Same way. every song that has not reached you or not so impressive to you in comparison with other songs, doesn't mean that it lacks technicality, sincerity or substance!
According to me there is no such thing as Good Song or Bad Song of IR !
There are only songs which you heard often (voluntarily or cumpulsorily) or song which you could not hear often (again voluntarily or other reasons). That's all !
Other associated trivias with Nyaana Thangame which I can add:
I remember to have given a request letter to IR (during the usual morning visit to his house) for an harmonium. (May look like a childish request now, but I never had any inhibition in asking that then! )
Also, I gave a sheet containing the pencil outline sketch of his portrait ( drawn by me based on one of the Kalki cover page) and requested for an autograph.
While smilingly, he signed the autograph on the sketch, the other request, as anticipated, remained with him with no reply.
May be, his permission to record the proceedings of the song, a consolation grant to me on that day!
But that indeed resulted in a great treasure which I can never forget in my life!
After this recordings, I could not visit him again (till 1987) as fate has decided other things for me.
Within few months from this fateful visit, fortunately (or unfortunately?! ) , I had a successful test and interview in one of the Central Public Sector undertakings (NHPC) and I had to move to Delhi by February 1985.
Saying Good Bye to TamilNadu was a painful decision but situation demanded that!
My long stint at Delhi, had memorable experiences which emerged due to my IR attachment!
Like the first IR song heard at Delhi, my first IR film seen at Delhi theatre, recording IR songs in cassettes during the "once-in-a-year" visits to TN, above all my initiation to WCM (theory) learnings all happened here !
Hope to record them in this blog soon !