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Monday, March 08, 2010

Lets meet Sarada Bhagavatula!


I first met Sarada through our local Portland band, Tarana! Tarana needed female singers and Sarada was right there in the neighborhood to join for our 2009 Diwali show. Sarada is often quiet and a bit shy, however, she makes up for all of her silence as soon as she starts singing. Good, clean pronunciation of words that are emoted well! Before the show, she won everyone's heart by singing some of the most peppy, romantic, and difficult numbers such as Jaiyye Aap Kahan, Dil Cheez Kya Hai, and Aao Huzoor Tumko!

Sarada started learning Carnatic classical music from an early age. She also started singing on stage at an early age and participated in numerous concerts/shows including a few on All India Radio. She developed interest in light and film music later on and was an active and popular singer during college.

Her favorite artists are Mohd. Rafi , Asha Bhosle, Yesudas, Hariharan, Chitra, Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan to name just a few. Ilayaraja and AR Rahman are amongst her favorite composers.

Sarada has been living in Portland for almost 15 years with her husband Anil and two wonderful kids.

Coming to the song at hand, while "Tumhain Jo Maine Dekha" from the movie, Main Hun Na is not a show of Sarada's full vocal potential, it is a nice, upbeat, and relatively new song that easily grabs listener's attention. Sarada finished the song in a short time while providing excellent feedback for improvements. And now, here it is for your listening pleasure! Please do tell us about your thoughts on this effort.

Last but not least! Expressions of Heart & Soul is now also on Facebook! The ease of maintenance and convenience of interaction with family and friends helped me make the decision. "Become a Fan" button is an imposition I have been hesitant about but creating a fan page seemed to be the only way that allowed using music players (I could not add a music player to a Facebook Group).

Song: Tumhain Jo Maine Dekha
Movie: Main Hun Na (2004)
Original Singer: Abhijeet & Shreya
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

18 comments:

NITIN said...

Good attempt khan sahab!Hearing Abhijeet's version from you for the first time!
But i felt in the aalaaps you were falling a little short!Can ofcourse be corrected by pitch control!
But the lady(Sarada)was amazingly good!Good voice!And surprisingly no South Indian touch!

Hemanth Sharma said...

Precise notes Khan Sahab! Good one both of you...

Adithi said...

Wow! Two fantabulous singers coming together with this beautiful song- could it be anything other than wonderful!!!!

Sarada's is the voice that comes closest to Ashaji in the blogworld-not just the voice texture but the oozing expressiveness too :)

Enjoyed every bit of it! :)

Khatod said...

Gr8 singing, Sarada nice to hear your sweet voice. Azam bhai as usual gr8 singing. Enjoyed the song in both of your voices.

Azam Khan said...

Nitin, thanks for your feedback. I am glad you liked Sarada's performance. She is an excellent singer!

Hemanth, I am always happy to hear from you! How have you been?

Adithi, thank you very much for your encouraging words!

Manoaj bhai, nice to hear from you. Thanks a lot for your kindness!

Paras said...

Sarada: Great control, sweet voice...liked it a lot!
Khan Sahab: Voice, expressions, clarity, mixing...you aced it.

Deblina M. said...

Excellent Work Sarada & Azam ... Loved it totally :)

Azam Khan said...

Paras, its always an honor to get your feedback! Thanks for your wonderful encouragement.

Deblina, thank you so much! Its great to hear from you!

Dinesh Pithia said...

Azam & Sarada,
Wonderful & lively rendition. You both complemented very well. Really enjoyed listening and must say that Sarada has a very melodious sweet voice. Thanks for introducing and wish to hear more such nice songs from you both. Great Job....a big round of applause!

Anonymous said...

Azam - as wonderfully sung as ever! Sarada was also excellent! Really enjoyed this peppy duet. Look forward to more.:)
Sai

Azam Khan said...

Dinesh bhai, bohat nawazish! Your support has become a need to me. I am so glad to have heard from you. Thanks you for your feedback!

Sai, I am so very happy to have your unconditional support. Thank you very much!

Sarada Bhagavatula said...

I want to thank everyone for such generous words. Appreciate it so much!

Azam, It's a privilege to sing with you. You did a superb job in this song. A big thumbsup from me!

Anonymous said...

Hi Azamji,
Great to hear this in your voices. Enjoyed a lot. I don't remember hearing Abhijeet's songs in your voice. Sarada's voice is so sweet, great delivery.

Keep Singing...me listening
Shantha

Azam Khan said...

Hi Shantha, I have sung one or two before. This is a bit newer. Thanks a lot for your time listening and commenting. Agree on your comment regarding Sarada!

Anonymous said...

Udham singing guyz
sounds just like original

Azam Khan said...

Thanks a bunch! Mujeeb bhai?

Dr.PriyaRajan said...

Hoy!! mere bhai ... kya gaana aap ne chunliye....
Sarada sounds sweet, love her singing too. This song makes me dance.
A Question pls..... hw do U manage to sing like this? Organize some shows my dear bro!
Am flying without wings now:)Thanks!

Sarada Bhagavatula said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments, Dr.Priya !