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Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Birthday K.S.Chitra

Happy Birthday to K.S.Chitra - A Singer who is an Epitome of Perfection. I just can't tell you how madly I love Chitra's voice and singing. Here is a list of my personal favorites. I am sure there are 1000s of greater songs, but these are my favorites

Aayiram Thirunaal Boomiyil Varalaam (Pudhu Vasantham) Composer - S.A.Rajkumar

Raat Hamaari Toh (Parineeta) Composer - Shanthanu Moitra

This song stayed in my midnight melodies playlist for years

Pudhidhai kaetkum Puththam pudhu keerthanam (Raman Abdhulla) Composer - Ilaiyaraaja

Chitra's voice in this song is as Refreshing as the morning dew

Kannalanae (Bombay) Composer - A.R.Rahman

No Chitra playlist is complete without this song. That yearning in the the way she sing the last "Kannalanae" - Exquisite!

Nadodi Mannargalae Vanakkam Vanakkam (Vaanamae Ellai) Composer - Keeravani

A personal favorite.

Pul Veli Pul Veli thannil (Aasai) Composer - Deva

Oththayila Ninnadhenna (Vanaja Girija) Composer - Ilaiyaraaja

Chitra's singing in this song never ceases to amaze me.

Anbae anbae Nee yen Pillai (Uyirodu Uyiraga) Composer - Vidhyasagar

That effortlessness in hitting the high note!

Kaaththu Kaaththu yena Kaaththu (Uzhavan) Composer - A.R.Rahman

Severe Nostalgia. A song very close to my heart.

Yethedho Ennam Valarthaen (Punnagai Mannan) Composer - Ilaiyaraaja

A flower in full blossom

Ullaasa Poongaatrae (Kolangal) Composer - Ilaiyaraaja

That Clarity! That no-fuss Singing!

Anbae Nee enna andha (Pandian) Composer - Ilaiyaraaja

One of my all time favorites. I could spring back to life from death bed listening to this song.

Theendai Mei Theendai (En Swasa Kaatrae) Composer - A.R.Rahman

Paniyo, thaeno, nee suvaiththaal yenna aa aa aa aa aa aaaaaaa - Goosebumps!

Shaam Dale Sona (Piya Basanti) Composer - Sandesh Shandilya

The whole Piya Basanti album is #Chitra delight, but her singing is most serene in Shaam dale

Vanna Poongavanam (Eeramaana Rojavae) Composer - Ilaiyaraaja

Sheer fun!


Umesh said...

beautiful list ,loved your selection of kaathu kaathu , but no Devanin Kovil ??? It is Chitra's best IMO.

Hathim J said...

Good list. I think Yengae Enathu Kavitha or Ooh la la should be there... Both these songs wouldnt been perfect if not for her singing!

Sumirti said...

Awesome list :-)

P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

Umesh, Hathim J - OH! yes. There are many many more songs. This is a list I instinctively put up on twitter with the songs that were on top of my head...

I myself felt that there are so many other songs I missed in the list. Say, "Azhaghu Nilavae" from Pavithra - again one of my all time favourites

Shankar said...

Suresh, obviously it's so difficult to list favorites sung by Chitra but one more I want to add to your list is "Putham Pudhu Bhoomi Vendum" from Thiruda Thiruda. I love the way she pronounces the words...thanga mazhai peyya vendum is goose bump inducing! It's one of my favorite ARR tracks.

As for tracks composed by Raja and sung by Chitra, there are just innumerable ones...both 80s as well as new. Even recent ones like "Chengathir kaiyum" from Snehaveedu is so effortless.

Chitra is one of my favorites!

P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

Shankar - Oh! Yes. Veerapandi Kottayilae and Puthutham Pudhi Bhoomi - one of the best renditions of Chitra. Esp, Chitra's voice when she Rettai Chooriyan Varuguthamma with just symphonic strings accompanying her voice is sheer magic.

Chengathir Kaiyum is my favourite too of the recent ones. Also, Poo Shenbaga Poo from Rasanthantram.