Thursday, January 03, 2013

Changing trends - Malayalam film music industry

My latest story for Soundbox magazine.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Top Malayalam songs of 2012

Here is a list of my favorite Malayalam songs from 2012. This list is in no particular order.

Song: Mazha Kondu Maathram
Movie: Spirit
Music: Shahabaz Aman
Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahamed
Singer: Vijay Yesudas


Song: Kanninullil Nee Kanmani
Movie: Trivandrum Lodge
Music: M Jayachandran
Lyrics: Rajeev Nair
Singer: Najeem Arshad


Song: Mozhikalum Maunangalum
Movie: Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar
Music: Deepak Dev
Lyrics: Kaithapram
Singer: Haricharan


Song: Vaathilil Aa Vaathilil
Movie: Ustad Hotel
Music: Gopi Sunder
Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahamed
Singers: Haricharan


Song: Shalabha Mazha Peyyumee
Movie: Nidra
Music: Jassie Gift
Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahamed
Singer: Shreya Ghoshal


Song: Muthuchippi Poloru
Movie: Thattathin Marayathu
Music: Shaan Rahman
Lyrics: Anu Elizabeth Jose
Singers: Sachin Warrier, Remya Nambeeshan


Song: Aandelonde
Movie: Ivan Megharoopan
Music: Sharreth
Lyrics: Kaavaalam Narayana Panicker
Singer:Remya Nambeeshan


Song: Nilaa malare
Movie: Diamond Necklace
Music: Vidyasagar
Lyrics: Rafeeq Ahamed
Singer: Nivas


Song: Azhalinte Aazhangalil
Movie: Ayaalum Njaanum Thammil
Music: Ouseppachan
Lyrics: Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma
Singer: Nikhil Mathew


There are a few other language songs which were playing in the loop in my playlist. The following songs were played perhaps more times than any of the songs listed above.

Song: Shedding Skin
Album: Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2
Composer: Karsh Kale
Singers: Karsh Kale, Shruti Pathak, Shilpa Rao, Apeksha Dandekar and Monali Thakur


Song: Sadaa
Movie: Shala
Music: Agnee (band)


Song: Sara Sara Saara Kaatthu
Movie: Vaagai Sooda Vaa
Music: M Ghibran
Lyrics: Vairamuthu
Singer: Chinmayee


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Moving on to

My blogging experience with Blogger has been quite good. But so far from the looks of it, Wordpress seems to be a better software. So I just got myself a new domain name and installed wordpress. From today onwards, I will be posting at the new location of Just Jo So please get your blogrolls, RSS feeds updated with the new information. Here is the new RSS Feed.

See you there!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Introducing Jessica

Jessica is the daughter of my friend Balakrishna Varma (whose paintings have been showcased in this blog earlier) and my little sister. We have been planning to do a recording but never had the chance to do it. Last Saturday I hopped over to Avalon and got Jess to record this beautiful song which is her current favorite. And I was totally amazed by her wonderful voice and a beautiful, confident rendition! Well, it is not much surprising though because Jess' mother Shobha Varma is daughter of Gopalakrishna Iyer, who is Guru to the Karnatik Saxophone player Kadri Gopalnath. Shobha aunty is also the niece of the famous trio in Karnatik music - T V Gopalakrishnan, T V Ramani and T V Vasan.

Here is Jessica singing Kangal Irandaal from the Tamil movie Subramanyapuram. This is her very first recording. Let her know what you think.

Song: Kangal Irandaal
Movie: Subramanyapuram
Sung by: Jessica Yvonne Varma

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Jab Se Tere Naina - Saawariya (cover)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given us so many musical gems through his movies. From Khamoshi to Devdas to Saawariya - it was a beautiful musical journey. He introduced another talented music director, Monty Sharma, through Saawariya and the music album has so many melodious songs (my most favorite song from the album is Thode Badmaash by Shreya Ghoshal). Here is my try at Jab Se Tere Naina, originally sung by Shaan.

Song: Jab Se Tere Naina
Movie: Saawariya
Music: Monty Sharma
Originally sung by: Shaan
Cover version by: Jo

Download the MP3 of this song here (4.41 MB)

Jabse Tere Naina (cover) at

Ripping Off the Copycats

See how Karan Thappar is ripping off the musical copycats from the Hindi music industry - Anu Malik and Pritam Chakraborthy and how desperately they are trying to defend themselves, Anu Malik even says "we are not the only ones" (so he shall not be blamed?).

Flicking off Flickr

Stealing images from Flickr and using it without the photographer's permission are happening more often. I have been a victim to this practice when M A Shanavas stole my picture to use it for a book cover design by him. Then Hindustan Times published a stolen image from the popular blogger Nita. The latest victim is blogger Twilight Fairy and her Flickr image has been flicked by none other than Times of India!

I wrote about 3 mails in all, asking for (a very meagre) compensation for the damages done as well as credit. For one, I never got a response in written - but of course that would mean acknowledging the theft. When I called up, I was told that it is common practice to “use” free images from the net! Flabbergasted at the audacity of this all, I clearly asked whether TOI staff was blind or illiterate to not be able to make out the clearly written statement on my flickr stream and my copyright license, both of which stated that my images can NOT be used without my explicit permission - ALL rights reserved. This is plagiarism in its full glory.

What a shameless bunch of people we have in the media!

Update: Malayalam blogger Haree also had such an experience. Details and pictures here.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Ganesh Shloka by Sunil Koshy

Sunil Koshy teams up with the Kannada music director Vijay Krishna for a Ganesh shloka. This short and sweet shloka will take you out of the world for a moment because of the excellent vocals of Koshy. Go and listen.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Chrome - Google's web browser is out now!

Google's much awaited web browser Google Chrome is out now. Go, download and experiment.

Features include: [Via]

  • Tabbed browsing where each tab gets its own process, leading to faster and more stable browsing. If one tab crashes, the whole browser doesn’t go down with it
  • A distinct user interface that places tabs on top of the browser window instead of right below the address bar
  • An “incognito” mode that lets you browse the web in complete privacy because it doesn’t record any of your activity
  • A new JavaScript engine built from the ground up for speed
  • Malware and phishing lists that automatically update themselves and warn you of bad websites
  • A default homepage that displays your most commonly used sites and other personalized information