October 22nd, 2015


Magic In Tunes: 10/11/2015 - Pachani Pachika Vechani Korkelu / Mast Baharon Ka Main Aashiq

Jagapathi Babu's second movie was Adavilo Abhimanyudu ( = Adavi meaning Forest; Abhimanyudu is name of a boy = Abimanyudu In The Forest) that was released in 1989. Plot dealt with One Man Commando Operation where Captain Abhimanyu (portrayed by Jagapathi Babu) sets on to find a missing military aircraft along with Captain Suresh (portrayed by Vinod Kumar). Something about the movie, men in uniform and the mystery of the forest retained this in my memory although I watched a VCR print of it on a B&W TV. And perhaps a little crush on the lead actor Jagapathi Babu as well. **Silly Grin**

One song in particular kept on nudging my brain was this silly melody. It's tune was copied from a hit Hindi song that was a much better melody. The Telugu version was Sung by S. P. Balasubrahmaniam and Chitra. Music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan and Lyrics penned by Aatreya.

The original Hindi version was from the 1967 hit film Farz ( = Duty) Sung by Mohd. Rafi. Music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and Lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi


Magic In Tunes: 10/12/2015 - Bathukamma Bathukamma Uyyalo

I am behind by at least 10 days to post my song-a-day blog. So, on the day Dusshera ends I am posting about the day the festival starts. :) Pardon my tardiness, folks!!! Here you go.

Bathukamma is the flower festival celebrated by the Telangana Hindu women in India. It starts on the day of Mahalaya Anavasya, the day before the Durga Navratri starts. It is celebrated for nine days during the Dusshera festivities and culminates on Ashwayuja Ashtami or Durgashtami, two days before Dusshera. (More on the festival here). On the first day a sack of flowers is created by uinque flowers of the season in the form of a gopuram. Women dance around these stacks singing songs and praying to Goddess Gauri, Life-Giver.

It had been more than 15 years that I had an opportunity to celebrate the start of this festival performing the actual rituals. Thanks to a friend I got to do it this year. It was not only fun but it gave me pure satisfaction of doing the entire festivities properly.

To mark this festival, here is a song from the 2008 Telugu film Bathukamma which is pretty much the exact same songs that we sing around the flower stacks for this festival. In the film they were Sung by Ramadevi and Music was composed by Prabhakar.