March 21st, 2015

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Magic In Tunes: 03/20/2015 – Happy First Day of Spring

The first day of Spring started with 3 inches of snow and a blast of chill wind. To ward off the cold and hoping for some sunshine here is a classical song from the 1957 hit Telugu folklore film Suvarna Sundari ( = Golden Lady). Sung by Ghantasala and Jikki, Music composed by P. Adinarayana Rao and Lyrics penned by Samudrala Raghavacharya. Created in the Ragamallika raagam, a blend of Sohini, Hamsanandi, Bahaar Jaunpuri and Yaman, this song breathes fresh spring air around you. How can one not dream of the it coming soon while listening to this song.


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Magic In Tunes: 03/21/2015 – Happy Ugadi and Happy Birthday Sumina

Ugadi is the start of New Year for many of the regions in India. Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Ugadi ( = Yugadi = Yug + Aadi = Age + Beginning = New Year). Each year has a name of its own in every language. In Telugu (my mother tongue) it is called Manmadha ( = Cupid) for this 2015, the 29th year in the series. 60 years complete a cycle per the Telugu Era. The names repeat again for the next cycle once the 60 years complete. So the next time the Manmadha year occurs would be in 2075. Today is also my second sister-in-law, Sumina’s, birthday. So there’s another song below wishing her a wonderful happy birthday and a healthy year ahead.

Surprisingly I didn find many songs in Telugu films that depict this festival, Ugadi. Here’s one from 2003 Telugu film Neeku Nenu Naaku Nuvvu ( = I For You And You For Me) that came closest to the festival. Sung by S. P. B. Charan (Son of S. P. Balasubrahmanyam), Music composed by R. P. Patnayak to the Lyrics penned by Chandrabose. The lead actor for this movie, Uday Kiran, sadly had a very short life and an even shorter film career. What happened to him would be for another post, but for now this song has so much sweetness depicting the greatness of Telugu Language.

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And now for my dear sister-in-law, Sumina on her birthday. From the 1960 hit Hindi film Sujata ( = Name of a girl) Sung by Asha Bhosle. Music composed by S. D. Burman and Lyrics penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

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