Although there’s an abundance of Korean music with a splash of Japanese and Chinese stuff thrown in on this site, I think that my perception of that musical style is heavily influenced by other, and very different musical genres: Carnatic Music, Bollywood/Tollywood, Classical Music and American Pop/Rock/Alternative music. As to why I bother to talk about it is that I found it interesting that a commenter somewhere mentioned that since I’m not a professional musician, my authority to critique music and someone’s singing ability is next to none.
I’m not paraphrasing this comment for the sake of arguing against it; rather, I think it’s a very valid sentiment to have (provided they have the correct intentions) and something most definitely worth pondering. When it comes to music, I don’t have a very strong background in musical theory. To be honest, I don’t even have one. What I do have is a decent ear for music and some broad experience in a variety of music genres. Carnatic Music has been the heaviest influencer in my musical life and my “theoretical analysis” of music. Many of my “standards” for a song are heavily based on the qualities of highly sought Carnatic music and Carnatic singers. Spending many years with the genre (both singing myself and listening to it) and coming from a relatively musical family (no professional music artists or anything, but we have a great appreciation for traditional Indian music) I’ve come to become opinionated by what I think makes music work based on what I’ve been taught.
I don’t think that I have the right to critique music in the ultra-professional sense, but at least I do have enough musical background to form knowledgable opinions, and I guess that’s the important thing. However, what’s even more important is that if one disagrees with my perception of something, I would like to hear why. I’m going to be biased towards what I’ve been exposed to and understand, so sharing opinions, be it in affirmation or rebuttal, is essential to both my growth as a “amateur music-critic” (I don’t think that I’m even that) and as a music consumer.
But before I go off on too large of a tangent, I’d thought that I would share some the music that has influenced me over the years that are in the Indian Film/Classical Music category. This isn’t necessarily something I know that most of you would like, but I think this would give you an idea of where my musical tastes come from and why I place emphasis on certain musical elements that a lot of other reviewers don’t. And if you are curious about any of the movies that the film songs come from, I can probably give you my impressions of them. Just ask in the comments 🙂
(Note: There are no artist names, because most songs don’t belong to any one artist. Everyone sings the same songs with slightly different interpretations under a rigid framework.)
“Bhavyami Raghuramam”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sRQtVxdrH8]
“Entharo Mahanubhavulu” (one of the five Pancharathna Keerthanas composed by Thyagaraja)[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98vu-xKuLRU]
Hindi Film Music
I actually didn’t listen to a lot of this music by my own free will, though I did like it. I rarely watched Hindi films because I generally don’t like the Bollywood film style, and so my only exposure came through listening to it on car rides with other Indian families/friends.
“Tujh Me Rab Dikhta Hai”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX1NdfmRFfY]
“Yeh Ishq hai”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW-o_4IDisI]
“Bole Chudiyan”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1871tJgCT4]
Tamil Film Music
This I am far more familiar with, considering I speak Tamil. If you pay attention, you can see the influences from Carnatic music (and Hindustani) in these songs and the Hindi ones as well. It’s most obvious in the song “Kumaari.”
“Oru Maalai Il Vaeyil Neram”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDHiVFn_GoA]
“Ven Nilave Velli Velli Nilave”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHkvBQq10eM]
(Credits to Respective Owners)