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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Identical but not same

If you don’t refer to the singer list in the CD, there is a high likelihood that you’ll confuse between Vijay Yesudas and Madhu Balakrishnan. Both aspire to fill the void left over by Yesudas (given the legend’s absence in the film music space). Vijay Yesudas belongs to Yuvan Shankar Raja camp and sings mostly for movies composed by YSR and Ilayaraja. Madhu Balakrishnan belongs to the Vidyasagar camp and is not usually seen in movies composed by other music directors (except for a few Ilayaraja movies).

Both Vijay and Madhu have been making a mark in the Tamil music scene. Recent songs like Tajmahal Oviyakaadhal (Kalvanin Kaadhali) and Dhavani Potta Deepavali (Sandai Kozhi) prove that Vijay Yesudas is here to stay. Vijay’s Naanaga Naanirundhen (Gambheeram) and Enakku Piditha Paadal (Julie Ganapathy) remain my all time favourites.

Madhu Balakrishnan shot to fame with Parthiban Kanavu. In terms of sheer numbers, he has not sung that many songs to get noticed. Madhu Balakrishnan’s Oru Kili and Thangakkili (both from Paramasivan) are definitely worth a try.

With very little to differentiate between them, there is a possibility that one of them will lose out in the long run.

Vidyasagar gets inspired by Mudhalvan

Inspiration is not new to the music industry. Vidyasagar might not be as bad as Deva but he doesn’t have a clean slate either. He had directly lifted a piece from the string quartet Bond for a song in the movie Parthiban Kanavu. His recent release Thambi is not devoid of such inspirations. The song Sudum Nilavu seems to be strongly influenced by ARR’s Azhagaana Ratchasiye (Mudhalvan).


  • Good observations Kaps. Its better for the singer on the long run to establish their own identity.
    Regarding the song sudum nilavu you are right, I intially thought becoz the 2 songs used the same ragam 'Reethigowlai' there will be some similarity but then there are too many similarities infact I also found some shades of Illayarajas song 'Meetadha veenai' (it is also reethigowlai based one)

    By Blogger Ganesh, at 6:05 AM  

  • Kaps, IMHO, Vijay Yesudas..is nowhere near Madhu Balakrishnan. I thought his first film was 'Bharathi'. The first song 'Edhilum ingu iruppan' is a Masterpiece by IR/Madhu/Bharathiyar.

    IMHO, Madhu filled the void left ( get out KJY..your voice is breaking) by KJY.!!

    I am a big fan of Madhu, though I liked a few songs of Vijay Yesudas.

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 10:13 AM  

  • I think madhu is simply superb. He is a gifted singer. Like venkitu sir said, his song 'edhilum ingu' is the best.

    Another singer that comes to my mind is Unni menon. He also has a very deep KJY like voice and I prefer him to vijay.

    By Anonymous prasad, at 4:46 PM  

  • Vijay Yesudas got his father to promote him. Otherwise, there are a lot of better singers in Kerala itself. He doesnt know how to pronounce even Malayalam.

    Another example in Kerala is M. G. Sreekumar who got it all because of his friends like Mohan Lal, Priyadarshan and his brother M.G. Radhakrishnan.

    Yesudas' place is not going to be filled in the near future, but Madhu is a very good singer. And there are many other good singers who have been left out by the Yesudas syndrome (not complaining, since KJY earned it all by himself) like G. Venugopal, Unni Menon and Jayachandran.

    By Blogger Jo, at 5:38 PM  

  • i think vijay's voice will change given a little time...there is some immaturity/lack of control in his voice now...but imo, all kjy replacements are just that..replacements...nothing like the king himself.

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 3:21 AM  

  • Madhu Balakrishnan is pretty awesome in Pithamagan also...

    By Blogger shrik, at 8:49 PM  

  • Madhu Balakrishnan
    Vijay Yesudoss
    Biju Menon
    Unni menon
    M G Sreekumar
    Jolly Abraham and a
    whole lot of mallu singers are clones of Yesudoss. They ape Yesudoss' voice.Absolutely no originality! sad!

    By Anonymous bubby, at 8:57 PM  

  • I actually thought KJY and Yuvan were singing Nizhalinai Nijamum song from Raam until I saw Vijay's name in Raaga.com.

    Dont know why, but I could not see the posted picture in the article (clicked and saw it in another window).


    By Anonymous S Krupa Shankar, at 5:41 PM  

  • why are all these singers malayalees. they are really the jews on india. like pets they go everywhere and get noticed by hook or crook.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:19 PM  

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