Saturday, September 19, 2009

763 : Electronica and the art of braying…

All over Kerala, the new rage seems to be devotional songs (even traditional ones, some even familiar to me) set to electronica and sung in a very flat voice….no high tones, no emotions.

I hate it, especially since I grew up listening to MS/Maharajpuram Santhanam and their fantastic renditions of these songs. The Krithis and compositions retain the familiarity, but appear so crass and crappy….but seems like thats what works now.

My point is, why re-interpret art, if you can’t add more layers to it? And these songs are not those which are so complex and inaccessible that they need simplification. I listened to them, when I was 4 and I loved them….so it can’t be that difficult.

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