Episode # 5

August 21, 2007 at 10:59 pm 15 comments

This weekend I was a bit starved .I couldn’t catch up with Indian Idol on Friday, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa   or Voice of India on Saturday. All I could see was the Indian Idol results on Saturday. Pooja was voted out. Felt sad for that little girl while Ankita continues to stay on. I really don’t know how the judgement or voting happens and this girl Ankita continues to survive though Deepali and Pooja are voted out. Ok. Now to the subject matter.

Sunday was also tough for me and finished up all my work and dinner and returned home at 9 50 PM to catch up with my most favorite program. Oooh la la la at 10 PM in Sun TV.

Watching this one program is like watching several of the music shows together.First of all this is not filmy music. This is not based on a scene or what a movie director wants or a hero wants. The entire band which plays the music is the hero/heroine/ Director/ Producer and whatever. That’s why this is unique and I am madly in love with this program.

This week we had Bhoomi,  Tek Music and Base and Beats. At the end of the first round itself the results were known. Bhoomi did not have a competition. Base and Beats were definitely not upto the mark while Tek Music did give some fight but was not enough.

Bhoomi had a very good mix of all the departments. They also utilized the voice section intelligently with four different voices and a mix of male / female voice. The interesting part was though they had 4 people on the voice section, it was not the dominating section. The mix was there. They could have done better on the voice but nevertheless were good enough. Infact too good enough compared to the other teams. I don’t think there was anyone who excelled independently but they did well as a team. Even the remix song was done very well. The interesting observation of Paul Jacob that they were not enjoying themselves but trying to make sure each of them did their part well was very apt. If they are able to enjoy themselves and perform, I think they are a tough competition for the other teams in the Semis, though at this point in time V3 seems to be on top. Lets wait for the next level for now.

The second team was Tek Musik. They also did a great job. They had a good male lead voice while the female voice was just about ok. They had a good mix again of various departments. But as Vasundhara pointed out, their composition was not contemporary. It did sound something that we have heard before. That was their weakness. Again, it was a weakness only on comparative note to other teams. By themselves they were definitely a good band. I think they could have done better with their remix song also. While the music and background was very well remixed the voice portion was similar to the original in many places. They could have done better but this was not bad at all. They are also a team that scores for me.

Now over to Base and Beats. While their composition was original, they were probably the weakest band till date in the competition. I definitely would not want to give any negative comments on a band that creates music compared to rendering a movie number that was already composed. But then Base and Beats lacked in many quarters. They had 5 singers and almost nobody on the other sections. The keyboard player was playing single keys and like just playing chords at times. Even the percussion section was weak. Infact this week(not weak 😉  I thought there was not a real good drummer but all of them were ok but did not excel. Again the voice section of Base and Beats was more like a chorus singing. They were  flat several times. Truly I did not like them a bit and this is the only team that I haven’t  liked till now. They definitely lacked practice. Rightfully they were eliminated first.

One interesting point I figured out was that both Bhoomi and Tek Music were actually sub groups of their respective college bands (Bhoomi – VIT and Tek Music – PSG).

One thing which I really dint like in the program and probably the only thing – the compère. They were two jokers with an awful body language. The only word they knew was “kalakiteenga”. They were complete crap. I hope Sun TV just trashes them and has someone else to run the show.

With the show now having aired 3 weeks of quarter finalists it has reached the half way mark wrt to Quarter finals. We still have 3 more weeks of quarter finals at the end of which six teams would go into the semis.

We have several more weeks of original, creative, fresh, innovative music to look forward. I definitely am.


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Salute to Mother India On a Saturday evening…….

15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Arvind  |  August 22, 2007 at 11:57 am

    totally agree abt the comperers, they put me off completely…

  • 2. Shree  |  August 22, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    well said. தேவையில்லாத ஆணியெல்லாம் புடுங்க ரென்டு பேர் வேனும்ல … அதான் comperers-னு பெர சொல்லி ரென்டு பேர அங்கிட்டும் இங்கிட்டுமாஅலைவிடுரானுங்க … But other than everything is fine.

  • 3. sangs  |  August 22, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    i cant stand the comperers it ‘cos they get equal amt of salary that each one has to say one line each ??!! kandraavi..
    they shud be changed.maybe someone like vijay adhiraj would do a great job 🙂

  • 4. Sami  |  August 22, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    me too agree with the comperers part…
    bhoomi compose panna song kooda engeyo ketta madhiri thaan irundhadhu..but better than other two teams.
    aana indha alavukku analyze panni irukeengale…great !
    but siva, you have given me a good hype about this program 🙂 but when i saw it for the first tiem, it looked like anyother program except that ARR is going to be judge for the final

  • 5. Aparna  |  August 22, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    You are really doing a great analysis of the show 🙂

  • 6. Siva  |  August 23, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Arvind : Yup…I think they are like clowns in the show.. 🙂

    Shree: romba correct.. athunga rendum adikara looti thaanga mudila… aaniya mandela adikara mathiri adichu ukkara vekkanum athungala.

    Sangs: definitely correct.. vijay athiraj is doing a great job in raagamalika..I definitely hope Sun TV does something on these two characters..

  • 7. Siva  |  August 23, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Sami: ahaaa… ipaadi hype nu soliteengale…there are several reasons Sami.. this is first of a kind.. this is backed by none other than the maestro himself..there is creation of music and not repeating what was already created.. this is fresh.. this is innovative…it is not the talent of just one person say a singer but a combination of a complete set of musicians..they are all not professional but they are doing it on passion.. with all this they are creating a new music, is like giving birth to something new… we are hearing something that we have never heard before…athaan I have been liking this so much and talking a lot about it… ippo sollunga… ? 😉

  • 8. Siva  |  August 23, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Aparna : Thanks a lot.. 🙂

  • 9. Sami  |  August 24, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    agreed. but engeyo partha mathiri told. ofcourse ARR is star extraction 🙂 creating new music is something good and appreciated but innum konjam program nalla organize pannanum. ARR attraction vaichu program nadathura mathiri theriyuthu…

  • 10. Siva  |  August 24, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Sami: you are absolutely right…i got too involved with the program that i am not actually seeing what the program lacks…..i was getting too drawn into the program. but what you said is definitely true… the program is what it is today it is bcos of ARR’s name…

  • 11. Sankar  |  August 25, 2007 at 8:27 am

    I still feel that the first quaterfinal was the best so far. Since then, the quality of the bands has been going down. I really wish the level goes up from here on.

  • 12. Siva  |  August 25, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Sankar: I definitely agree…comparing teams across the quarter finals, the first week teams were definitely better..infact I would think if Agam was a part of some other week other than the first they might have had a chance to get to the next round…also the bands of the first week had lots of individual excellence in several areas like percussion, keyboard etc… lets wait and watch..

  • 13. Srini  |  August 28, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Semi finals is for 4 teams right? Why is the format such that 8 teams qualify for the semis?

  • 14. Srini  |  August 28, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    And why does every team have to include ooh la la in each and every song?? It gets in either in their original composition or the remix! Never understood this.

    “Mukkiyama namba judges enna solraanganu paakanum”. I’m going to scream next time those two say that!

  • 15. Siva  |  August 28, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Srini: The semi finals will have 6 teams instead of 4 teams.. dont know why.. 😦 and you seem to be questioning the sponsors ? 😉 no idea as to why the line has to be in every song.

    I only wish I can get hold of the two jerks there in the program..

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