Filmy-carnatic renditions

Popular singer Kalpana Raghavendar is all set to jog our memories of Tamil film melodies, at a concert

Published: 04th February 2013 08:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th February 2013 08:14 AM   |  A+A-

Have you ever wondered why certain classic film songs are evergreen? Film music often uses a particular tune, a raaga if you will, with combination of voice and poetry, making it unforgettable.

Kalpana Raghavendar is all set to jog our memories of classic Tamil film songs with a concert, in association with Cause Events and Anantara on at Rani Seethai Hall next week. Speaking to the City Express, the singer said,” I will be performing 25 songs.Some of them would be unheard of and some would be popular numbers.” She added, “ I can just say I have attempted what no other female singer in history has attempted. The songs are based on Carnatic songs, and it is going to be challenging since I will be singing both male and female solos as well as duets.”

“My father, who is a playback singer and an actor by profession has always told me to do something different,” said the singer, who has been performing on stage since the tender age of five, and now has 3,000 shows around the globe to her credit, as well as 1,500 tracks recorded to her name.

Trained in both Western and Indian classical, the winner of Asianet’s Idea Star Singer Season 5, confesses to not being very selective when it comes to listening to music. “I listen to all genres,” she said simply.

The concert will also be a tribute to her late guru, Madurai T Srinivasan (known in music circles as Cheena Kutty who has played the mridangam in all the songs she will be performing at the concert.

 The concert’s uniqueness is not just its celebration of music composers who composed songs based on raagas, but also its accessibility to the public. RJ Kanmani will be explaining each song to the public after the respective songs are sung .

The proceeds of this event will go for a noble cause.

(The concert will be held at Rani Seethai Hall on February 16 at 7pm.For tickets, contact 9840910764 or 9791009915.)

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