Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Kaapi with KK

Ask any die-hard Radio listener in Mumbai on their favourite RJ... and they will most likely say "Jaggu and Tarana, ofcourse!". Jaggu and Tarana of Radio One are probably the only spontaneous, intelligent, genuinely funny, no-nonsense, non-vazhinjax non-"chooo chweeet ya" RJs around in Mumbai and my mornings are incomplete without listening to their show 'Good morning Mumbai'

Having participated in umpteeen Radio One contests I decided not to miss this one where they invited listeners, a couple of days ago, to sing with playback singer KK on Radio One. After several calls to Radio One, I managed to get through and record my singing bit. There were two other singers who were shortlisted and their renditions of a KK song along with mine were played back to back and the other listeners had to judge the final winner. Yippee, I had won. And yes, I was there this morning at the Radio One studio to meet KK, this super duper marvellous singer. Please ask me what I sang on air and won.. Uyirin Uyirae.
This morning, KK walked into the studios at around 8.30 am and I was introduced to him by the enthu morning producer Jagjit aka Jaggi [not to be confused with Jaggu]. I was super thrilled to meet the voice behind Appadi Podu, Kaadhal Valarthen, Mudhal Naal Indru, Strawberry Kanne and many many other hits. After the intro link on air with KK, it was duet time.. yes the peoples! Sang with KK! We sang a few lines of the song 'Yaaaron Dosti badi hi haseen hai' from the film Rockford. Shiv Shetty, another die hard KK fan [he works with Radio One] joined us.
Jaggu and Tarana's interaction with KK on-air was a laughter riot. Tarana was her usual teacher self. "KK, don't drink water when we are on air...we can hear your gulp", "Areey KK, why have you sung an English song on this album?" "Why that?" "Why this?". Quite unlike a few other RJs who go vazhinjax with every guest on air... including the tundu beedi types.

Post the on-air session, was invited for breakfast with the crew. Vettified idli sambar with a little bit of talking in tamizh with KK. I did one number Malarum ninaivugal kinda interview with KK. A few excerpts.

Me: Please sing more tamizh numbers
KK: I want to avoid being repetitive. It is no fun doing another 'Appadi podu'
Me: But 'Appadi podu' is a huge hit. We would love to hear another dappanguthu from you... Your last number with Rahman was from Saathiya...which was sometime in 2002...
KK: Rahman works mostly in the nights. My voice cracks up after 10 pm and I can't sing after 10. (he mentioned this on air as well)
[A gist of the rest of the conversation with KK]
KK: I am excited about my first Mallu song from the film Violet. My grandma refuses to acknowledge me as a singer since I haven't sung a single Mallu song. Now she is all excited ever since I told her about my Mallu number. Harris, Yuvan and Vidyasagar are the rockstars in Tamizh film music. Of late, since I have been busy with my album I haven't been able to travel or concentrate on film music. I do 3-4 recordings a week and am quite busy with shows.
[during breakfast] Soambu venuma?
[In the pic: KK, Jagjit, Jaggu and Tarana]
I got an autographed CD of his new album Humsafar. Yet to listen to it.. hopefully, during this weekend, I'll be able to. KK came across as a down to earth, warm and genuine person and I guess it reflects in his renditions. Listen to Labon Ko from Bhool Bhulaiyya, Tadap Tadap from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, two of my favourite Hindi songs by KK.

Dear Jaggu and Tarana, when is your next "meet the playback singer (Shankar Mahadevan!!) contest?"

17 Responses:

Karthik Sriram said...

Is the KK the guy who sang Uyirin Uyire with most popular SUCHI? :P

Anyways I know 2 SOLI(ST)D reasons why you sang Uyirin Uyire....


The Practical Idealist said...

Congrats! But who on earth is KK? :-D

Anonymous said...

how could you miss "Pal", probably from his first(?) album?

a bryan adams kinda song..

it goes soemthing like.. "pal..yeh hain pyar ke pal...pal... yaad aayenge yeh pal....."

everything about that song is amazing... the slowly building tempo and the way the song sort of reaches a crescendo! You certainly must know this song... but in the infinitesimally small chance that you don't PLEASE listen to it!! :)

Nandhu said...

i dont know the comparisons, but radio in chennai is quite bad.

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Dheivameyyyyy...yengiyoooo poitte. Not cos u met KK (whose voice I DO like and find soothing), but because you sang on air. Have you uploaded YOUR singing on ur site? That's what I want to hear.Will check ur entry again but pls upload if u have not already. Kalakku!

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Dheivameyyyyy...yengiyoooo poitte. Not cos u met KK (whose voice I DO like and find soothing), but because you sang on air. Have you uploaded YOUR singing on ur site? That's what I want to hear.Will check ur entry again but pls upload if u have not already. Kalakku!

buddy said...

kk did appdi podu??? wow!

moneykandaan said...


umm oviya said...

wow bubby cool. but dont you work for competing radio station?
also when ur posting the recording?

Anonymous said...

Chanced on your post from Arunks blog - and hey! I was tuned in to J&T that day. Was in the mid of a very rare event - reaching office early...Alas - little did I know then what I would be missing. KK of course, but im sure it would be a different thing altogether reading this post if I had heard the show fulla. Sooperya! Will look for HH with J&T next!

ambi said...

soooooopeeeeeer! yekka, pattaiya kilapiteenga, lavangatha lavatiteenga :))

//We would love to hear another dappanguthu from you... //

LOL :) ipdi ottu motha thamizh kudi makkalin maanathai vaanganumaa? :p

//I know 2 SOLI(ST)D reasons why you sang Uyirin Uyire....

@LKS, correctta pointa pudichaa paaru!
one SOLID reason: Sun feast Biscothuu vikkara Surya :))

Anonymous said...

I feel like coming back to Chennai looking at you all...

ammani said...

Wow! Please to put recording with KK, madam. Always thought he was one of the most under-rated singers in Tamil. He takes such care with pronounciation and still manages to deliver 100%. I remember some talent show on Vijay TV in which he was a judge. He had such positive things to say to the contestants.

Anyway, congrats. Look fwd to recording.

Blogeswari said...

Practical idealist : go to and type KK playback singer

musicpaithiyam: The sang "Yaaron" is from Pal / ROckford

teesu /ummoviya / ammani : The sang that I song was part of a link, so wonder if they'd give me a copy, will ask them though

nandhu: Read your blog on the FM scene. No comments.

LKS / Ambi: ungala email-la pathukaren

moneykandan / pathe: Thanks

buddy/balaji :-)

D LordLabak said...

Is the actor and the singer KK the same guy?

Appu said...

do they let u to sing in competing radio stations? by the way hw did they let you in? by the way congrats!! :)

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