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24 comments | Monday, November 06, 2006

Hi all,

I know its been a long time since I blogged. I was busy, with so much happening in my professional and personal life. Life has been generally good and the last couple of months have been very action packed and exciting. I will write about all that in the following posts. But I am very excited to announce the release of a new song from the our stable. This song is a collaborative effort between Harish, Ganesh & Swamy. We call this collaboration "agam - the inner self". As akam , we will be producing songs in tamil, each with a theme attached to it.Here is the first of the many songs yet to come from the agam stable - Lakshiya Paadhai.

The tune of this song evolved in the beginning of 2005 when Ramya came to jam with myself and Ganesh at our apartment. Ganesh was playing around with a few grooves that he had created. I started humming a tune on top of the groove and there you go! All of us liked it. The tempo was peppy, the sound was very rockish yet had the indian classical music flavour which is one of our strengths. Ramya wrote some hindi lyrics on the fly and we recorded a scratch track of the song with the lyrics. No interludes, no mixing, no mastering. Days passed by and Ramya had to leave the country to do her MBA, Me & Ganesh got busy with work and a few other compositions. That was also the time we started working with swamy on Ammu & Thaaimayin geetham. We played this tune to swamy one day and within 2 days , Swamy came back with a full tamil vesrion of the song. We just read through the lyrics and we were convinced beyond doubt that the emotion of the song couldnt be captured better with any other lyrics other that what swamy had written. But it is already 2006 and we havent done much to the song musically after the scratch that we had created. In the meanwhile, we recorded for Hope - the song for supporting the Can Conquer Cancer initiative.

One of the most critical defining factors of our songs has been the studio which we work. After working at The Music Mint - with Gokul as our engineer, we couldnt think about working anywhere else. Like I always say, everything has its own time, We readied the interludes for the song and it was almost production ready. But that was also the time when The Music Mint got really busy with many of their in-house productions. Also during the same time, Gokul did a brief stint with Radio Mirchi. As a result he was also keeping very busy. Another 2 months pass by, We iterated and reiterated on the interludes, modes and the general feel of the song. Finally we got everything in place and we were ready to go production for this song at The Music Mint.

We recorded in 5 sessions for a total of 20 hours, with Gokul adding his usual surprice twists and turns to the track we gave him. the third session, the song had taken a definitive shape and we were all happy with it. But we did realize that there was something missing! Enter paddu (Padmaja Swetha) . She added her mellifluous voice to the harmony of the song, minimalistic but spellbinding! Session 5 had Kashyap, Sohini & Shyam come in for the mixing and mastering. with Kashyap giving some invaluable guitarist's views on to the track the song got a few shades brighter (He had also played the acoustic guitar for the song :)). At 9:30PM, we had the final mix - What a great feeling it was!! This song took almost 2 years in the making and we all are very happy with the outcome.

This song is written on the theme - self motivation and Swamy wrote this one as an inspirational song for the children of Sri Rakum School of Blind . Check out the song here, and do let us know your valuable feedback.


Lead Vocals : Harish Sivaramakrishnan
Backing Vocals: Padmaja Swetha
Music: Harish Sivaramakrishnan / Ganesh Ram
Lyrics: Swaminathan Seetharaman
Arranged by : Harish Sivaramakrishnan / Ganesh Ram
All percussions, Keyboards, Lead & Bass guitars: Ganesh Ram
Additional Programming: Gokul Abhishek
Acoustic Guitars : Aditya Kasyap.
Lead Violin: Harish Sivaramakrishnan
Studio: The Music Mint, Bangalore
Sound design, mixing and mastering: Gokul Abhishek.

Produced by: Agam - the inner self (Harish / Swamy / Ganesh)

With this post, once again I am back to active blogging.
See you all soon.



Blogger Krishna said...

Awesome as usual !! Wonderful lyrics, the guitar and violin pieces were amazin !!
I felt the song could have been a touch slower though !!

2:07 PM

Blogger Srividya Kasturi said...

Great going, Harish and the rest of the team! The violin part was amazing! I too feel the tempo could have been reduced a bit!
Keep up the good work :)

6:41 AM

Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Welcome back!.Amazing composition as always, orchestration, the tune, singing all at its best. Congratulations to your team!

I like the lyrics as well. Congratulations Swaminathan Sitaramanan.

Good job Padmaja Swetha.!

8:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Vodka,

Great job !
The song was motivational and at the same time groovy.
The violin was simply superb.

To say the least ,my knowledge of music is very limited , but here are my two cents ....

- Like a few others have pointed out , I felt the song was shade faster
- The pronunciation of the some of the lyrics were slightly off ( my laptop speakers could be the culprit ! )

Keep up the good work.


10:41 AM

Anonymous Vicky said...

Great job Vodka!
I know how much you guys worked on it...The way it has come out reflects that :)

1. The "parts" are superb. Very good imagination!
2. The lyrics and the tune are powerful and compliment each other very well! That is a rarity these days :)
3. The song could have been a bit slower(perhaps 10%).
4. minor: The slap bass in 2nd interlude could have more bass and sharpness to it.

Great job once again!

11:54 AM

Blogger adarsh said...

cool song...really melodious..
would have njoyed more if i knew tamil ;)
btw.. when can we see you as playback singer???

5:26 PM

Blogger Jo said...


First of all glad to see you back at blogging.

Wonderful song, your sangathis are really nice. Never knew you play Violin and you have done an amazing job on that too.

Kudos and all the best to you guys.

One request, could you please provide an MP3 download link for this song?

BTW, BlogSwara V2 is out. Wil wait for your comments on the songs.

9:43 PM

Blogger kaunquest said...

Glad to see u back mate! Returned like a true star, great song :) Congrats! Hope to see more songs posted here.

12:30 AM

Blogger Sree said...

hey nice one! peppy n melodious at te sametime! guitar n violin are lovely, and ur voice toooo good!:)
parts' as pointed our by smone are good, but the female vocals in parts could do wt lil more clarity - sort of drowned...
(btw the link for the translated version isnt working - would help appreciate the song better...)

2:44 PM

Blogger Suresh Kumar said...

A beautiful blend of classical violin, a classical melody and peppy modern orchestration. I think the tempo of the track drives a point about the theme of the song. Great singing with beautiful sangathis and expressions and above all the whole track sounded so professional. Keep up the great work. I think i have heard it atleast 15 times by this time.

11:18 PM

Blogger Harish Sivaramakrishnan said...

Thanks one and all for those wonderful feedback.

11:51 PM

Blogger Whoiscb said...

Ammazing song...!!! Way to go! All the best...

3:26 PM

Blogger Ganesh said...

Harish welcome back :)
Wonderful compositon and nicely sung by both of you.
Its interesting to note that, if ever TN Seshagoplan sang a light music song, it will sound just like this :)
And your tamil pronounciation was excellent too.

Great job folks keep it coming.

2:46 AM

Blogger Aravind G said...

Everything is good about this song with outstanding singing. Keep up the good work!!

12:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good lyrics, excellent voice...:)

But why kind of a remix stuff...just music was blasting ... & I feel it dint gel together...

My music knowledge is limited. Sorry If Iam wrong...wish that you come up with somemore cool ones..
Good Luck.

10:16 AM

Blogger adarsh said...

nice voice and nicer composition..
wish you to see in "Oh la la" and all the best

Btw, any chance we can get the lyrcis(meaning) in english????

2:17 PM

Blogger Ragas & Scales said...

This is more of a transliteration.

Path of Aspirations!

Does your struggling Life look like a battle field?
By far these disappointments are changes of no use in Life.

Don’t you worry my friend, these testing times will get tired and run away.
My dear friend, many colossal achievements will come together and garland you here!
With a white misty sky to lookup and a gentle breeze from the north to cheer you, create the path of Aspirations and Triumphs!

I see obstacles striking you and your mind sweating in veil.
I see you besieged in the trail of darkness.
Be patient my friend, the ever compassionate Divine is just about to break the boundaries of your mind and carry you to the shore of bliss!
With perseverance, initiate the inner war, unleash the power of your knowledge, and destroy the perceived myths.
With awareness, drop your sorrows, celebrate your Life in cloud nine and give a new meaning to your Life.
My dear friend, learn about your “Self” and clear the ambiguities in your mind.
Open the clogged doors of your intellect now, right now.
Resurrect your self with positive changes and progress in your life.
With a fresh positive view towards life, conquer your flaws and sketch your destiny.
The flora of triumph will garland you, my dear friend!

I see the longing in your eyes reflecting the deep pain and burden carried in your heart.
I see the tears of angst.
Be patient my friend, the Mother Earth is just about to carry your burdens and absorb your heartaches.
With perseverance, build the army of self confidence, touch the pinnacle of self realization and hoist the flag of success.
With awareness, clear the ephemeral obstacle’s, let go of your sufferings and redefine the purpose of your existence.
My dear friend, comprehend the truth and standup within your self.
Bloom on this earth now, right now.
Come back my friend and revive your Life.
Choose the path of change and reap the fruits of success.
The flora of triumph will garland you, my dear friend!

Life is a garden of Flowers of Joy.
Let us celebrate Life for now and for ever.

7:45 AM

Blogger prashanth said...

hi harish , this s prashanth from psg tech , coimbatore ...

ur band is really gud.... your singing is absolutely gr8 man....
have u sung in movies?? all d best dude

7:36 AM

Blogger adarsh said...

@ Ragas & Scales ,
thx for the lyrics in english yar..

7:30 PM

Blogger adarsh said...

hey.. watched ur performance last week.. amazing
heard that you are into Semis thro wildcard entry.. congrats :)

wish you all the best

4:39 PM

Blogger Sindhuja Bhakthavatsalam said...

My first time here- and I must say, I was amazed!! Honestly, haven't heard something as good as this in all of our blog world. Awesome choice of raga, voices, instruments, everything.
Congratulations- although it might be a little late!
Your voice reminds me of Shankar Mahadevan's a little. Superb control in the sangathis. The tempo is just right IMO. Violin is damn impressive as well!! Kudos!
As Jo has asked, you don't wanna put up a download link?

5:10 PM

Blogger Migrating Thoughts - Ramblings of a Mind said...

Awesome Lyrics and Beautifully Rendered.. i luv ur voice... and the violin bit was amazing..

Like every1 asked:) any link to dowload?

4:54 AM

Blogger Gayathri said...

Simply AMAZING!!! it was simply awesome!!

2:31 PM

Blogger CVK said...

Wonderful... Congratulations! :)

7:39 AM


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