Friday, May 01, 2009

Chinmayi's love for Tamil

Chinmayi has written about a 'Frooti' commercial. Looks like Tamil words have been spelt wrong.

This is not new, I've seen several commercials, banners, hoardings like that and I don't like it either.

I wrote a comment for her post and as I expected she has ( until now ) censored it.

Here is what I commented on:

Tamil fans and music directors welcome Non Tamil speaking singers with open hands and hearts. Examples: Sadhana Sargam, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal.

( Please note that the reverse is not true especially in Bollywood ).

All of them are wonderful singers with superb voice. But...their Tamil pronunciation has several problems( For example all of them pronounce ga as ha....raa gam becomes raa ham ! )...and the music directors don't care about it.

AR Rahman, Ilayaraja, Harris Jeyaraj, Vidyasagar and the others use these singers quite often in Tamil films.

But look at this.
When AR Rahman, does a Hindi film, his South Indian Singers get coached by Hindi pundits for proper pronunciation.

Isn't this hypocrisy? Shouldn't AR Rahman do this in Tamil also? ( Even to the native singers who can't pronounce Tamil words correctly !)

I understand why Chinmayi doesn't want to release my comment though she has written her heart via the FROOTI post.

I don't blame her. AR Rahman is her guru / everything.

But for me, I would like AR Rahman to do what he does in Hindi. ie.

Coach the singers to pronounce Tamil right !


Anonymous said...

Why did you delete the comments ?

Anonymous said...


Your point is valid. 'Sahana Saral..' - male portion - pity that we have to bear that killing of Tamil.

What i dont like is censoring a comment like this. This is bias and oppurtunism. I have experienced the effect when i mentioned a comment which was pro-Ilaiyaraaja. The comment was censored.

You know it all boils down to being normal beings. What all be written cant be preached. As long as people are there to read a blog, bloggers can dictate and its their right.

If you dare to lament/preach, you should be daring enough to allow comments of all nature rather than allowing only the comments going along their stand.


Narayanan Venkitu said...

Hi Dhanasekhar,

Thanks for your thoughts. I was expecting the comment to be censored! It's sad , but that's how it is.

IMHO - Desis don't take criticism. Here, in USA, people rip the president and celebs. They take it cool and even respond.

But I don't see it happen back at home..not sure why !!


Anon 1 - I deleted only my reply to Chinmayi!! Reason, Chinmayi deleted hers !! Not sure what's going on !! I didn't want an ophan reply of mine sitting !!