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Vani Jayaram recalls experience with big singers

Staff Reporter

She advises FM radio to give information about music directors and lyricists also

— Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Vani Jayaram in the city on Saturday.

VIJAYAWADA: Popular cine playback singer Vani Jayaram has a word of advice to FM radio stations airing vintage songs to the listeners. “The announcers seldom give information about the music directors and lyricists. They simply announce the name of the film and the singers. A song takes its birth owing to teamwork. And information about all the creators of a song will help listeners hone their music knowledge,” she says.

Speaking to The Hindu on Saturday, when she was in the city to participate in a music programme and a felicitation organised for her by Kaladarbar Cultural Association and Abhinanadana Housing Private Limited at Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram, Ms. Vani Jayaram said she considered herself “a blessed soul”, as she had the opportunity of interacting with legendary singers such as Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and composers like Vasanth Desai, M.S. Viswanathan, Rajan Nagendra and K.V. Mahadevan. “I never refer to Rafi Saab in the past tense, as I believe he will always be alive in the hearts of millions of music lovers. He is a great soul,” she said.

Fondly recalling her association with O.P. Nayyar, Vani Jairam said: “He used to feel surprised but also happy for the ease with which I remembered the interludes of his songs.”

Unforgettable moments

A three-hour long rehearsal session that preceded the actual programme was an unforgettable education to the instrument players, as she inspired them to play close to the original compositions of great music directors. “Music is no child’s play, it is a serious business,” she told them softly but firmly.

The venue of the music programme in the evening wore a festive look, with a good number of music lovers gracing the extravaganza organised under the guidance of P. Ranga Rao, president of Kaladarbar, on her successful completion of 40 years in the music field.

Vani Jayaram took the audience to a different world by rendering superhit Hindi numbers such as “Humko Manki Shakthi Dena…” and “Bole Re Papihara…’, both from Jaya Bhadurai-starrer ‘Guddi’.

She, with her crystal clear voice, captivated the audience with the evergreen Telugu solo compositions such as “Ennenno Janmala Bandham…” from ‘Pooja’ and “Oka Brindavanam…” from ‘Gharshana’. With Rasool Babu, she sang “Minneti Suryudu…” from ‘Seethakoka Chiluka’ and “Geetha O Geetha…” from ‘Sivameththina Satyam’ with Mohammad Khaja.

Mayur Orchestra musicians Ashok, Sunil (Keyboards), Shyam (guitar), Ramana (Electronic pads), Madhu (Congo), Balaji and Chitti (tabla) offered instrument support along with singers Sudha Rani and Satya Vardhan.

The organising committee felicitated the legendary singer for her contribution to the world of music.

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