Godavari – That’s a Telugu movie and am currently hooked on to its songs. For a change, a non-Rahman Indian album has caught my ears. Intuitional – that’s how I would term my instinct to buy this when I made a whirlwind tour to the Banjara Hills Music World a couple of weeks ago. K.M. Radhakrishnan derives inspiration from AR Rahman all the way for his orchestration and arrangements – and Ilayaraja & Rahman for his melodies. (Did I hear you ask “who doesn’t??”. But he does a very decent job of it. 3 songs stood apart – SPB’s “Godavari”, Unni/Chitra’s “Manasa Vacha” and Sunitha’s “Andanglena”..Even with my limited Telugu vocabulary, I can certify that the lyrics are way above the standards the Telugu music scene has witnessed in the last few years..(and thanks to my many telugu speaking friends, I do know how bad the “scene” is).
MCH and HUDA – They are doing one heck of a job in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The roads have been widened (even at places where I could have hardly imagined) and there is greenery & to top it all, most of the roads are litter free. Kudos to whoever is involved. I think they should soon become a model civic body to emulate to – Listening Bangalore?