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Born and brought up in Malaysia. Person of Indian origin. Mom's family has a dynasty of talented male and female singers (previous, present and next generation). Singing has been a pastime/ hobby from childhood especially old Hindi and Tamil. Keep humming Indian, Western, Malay songs almost 24/7. Have performed on stage during school and college days and selectively in clubs. Enjoy singing in get togethers in close family and friends circle. Quite recently, picked up sing along Karaokes and got hooked on to doing audio recordings of my own cover renditions. Die-hard fan of old Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Malay and Western songs. Kishore, Rafi, Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Yesudas, Jayachandran, M.G. Sreekumar, SPB, TMS, Kumar Sanu, Shaan, Lata, Asha, Shreya Ghoshal, P. Sushila, S. Janaki, Chitra etc. (Indian), P. Ramlee, Alley Cats, Sudirman Haji Arshad, D.J. Dave, Dahlan Zainuddin, Hail Amir, Sharifah Aini, Uji Rashid (Malay) and Beatles, Dire Straits, Jethro Tull, Eagles, CSNY, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Cliff Richard, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton John, Whitney Houston, Gary Moore, Dave Koz, Earl Klugh, Grover Washington Jr. (Western) to name a few are artists/ bands synced with. Never learnt Hindi but strangely, picked up Hindi film music big time at a very young age of 5 as Hindi movies and songs were/ are always quite popular in Malaysia. Sing Hindi covers mostly without understanding the lyrics, yet not the least with any lesser pleasure or passion. Tamil, Malayalam and Malay are languages understood and sung occasionally. No commercial value for any of these songs-just out of love for music, admiration for the artists and choreography. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for listening, extended family. Soundcloud link is https://soundcloud.com/karu64

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  • Chingari Koyi Badke (Kishore-Amar Prem) cover by Gopi
    Chingari Koyi Badke (Kishore-Amar Prem) cover by Gopi Credits : Movie : Amar Prem Language : Hindi Year : 1972 Starring : Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore Original Singer : Kishore Kumar Original Music Score : R.D. Burman Lyrics by : Anand Bakshi Notes : There is something called an elevator pitch which is to shorten, summarise & say it before the elevator gets to your floor & the door opens. If I was posed a question as to which song I'd personally rate as Kishore's best & had to make an elevator pitch, I'd without blinking an eye answer "Chingari". That's just a very personal opinion. Thank you all for taking the time to listen. Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:06:39 270 2 Downloads 35 Comments
  • Kehti Hai Dil Ki Lagi cover (Piyali & Gopi)
    Kehti Hai Dil Ki Lagi cover (Piyali & Gopi) Credits : Movie : Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman Language : Hindi Year : 1992 Starring : Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla Original Singers : Kumar Sanu-Alka Yagnik Original Music Score : Jatin Lalit Lyrics by : Dev Kohli Note : A rare song that caught my attention very recently. Many may not be familiar. Liked the rhythm. Checked with Piyali-jee who I must say is getting busier by the day with more assignments. Very glad for her. Thanks a lot, Piyali-jee for the wonderful accompaniment in this rendition. Also, I must add that the track from meragana is not all that good especially for a song like this (could not find a track elsewhere) but the person who assisted in rendering the mix did a great job by enhancing it in the maxmum way possible to make it sound better. Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:06:31 427 0 Downloads 40 Comments
  • Shaam e Gham Ki Kasam (Talat Mahmood-Footpath) cover by Gopi
    Shaam e Gham Ki Kasam (Talat Mahmood-Footpath) cover by Gopi Credits : Movie : Footpath Language : Hindi Year : 1953 Starring : Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari Original Singer : Talat Mahmood Original Music Score : Khayyam Lyrics by : Ali Sardar Jafri, Majrooh Sultanpuri Note : This is my second Talat Mahmood cover & the first solo after having covered a duet (itna na mujhse tu) with Piyali-jee. Each attempt at covering a song by Talat Mahmood, my admiration for him grows. Tremendous breath control this man had. Very subtle we dont recognise until we make an attempt to sing his songs. Tributes:-) Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:03:10 234 0 Downloads 33 Comments
  • Jab Tumhen Aashiqui (Kumar Sanu-Ajnabee) cover by Gopi
    Jab Tumhen Aashiqui (Kumar Sanu-Ajnabee) cover by Gopi Credits : Movie : Ajnabee Language : Hindi Year : 2001 Starring : Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu Original Singers : Kumar Sanu Original Music Score : Anu Malik Lyrics by : Sameer Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:06:49 230 0 Downloads 32 Comments
  • Aval Paranthu Ponale (cover by Theagarajan & Gopi)
    Aval Paranthu Ponale (cover by Theagarajan & Gopi) Credits : Movie : Paar Magale Paar (B&W) Language : Tamil Year : 1963 Starring : Shivaji Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki, Muthuraman Original Singers : P.B. Srinivas-T.M. Soundararajan Original Music Score : M.S. Vishwanathan-T.K. Ramamoorthy Lyrics by : Kannadasan Notes : (1) Theagarajan Dhanapalan@Theagu-bro is someone I came in contact with through Yourlisten. Very soon, we realized we share quite similar tastes in the genre of music. When I learnt that this person is also working & residing in Qatar, bohat khush hoon main:-) (2) We talked about doing a Tamil duet in our very first meeting. We selected a few & concluded that this old song from the Shivaji Ganesan starrer would be a good start as I was also quite familiar with it. (3) This has been in the pipeline for some time but like they say, “success is sweet & sweeter if long delayed & gotten through many struggles & defeats”. I have no words to describe as to how he worked on the mixing of this despite having plenty of obstacles & time constraints. For example, the devastating floods in his hometown, Chennai was one of them. I know that mixing this one did not come easy for him as part of my vocals were not in sync with the karaoke track. No surprises as I am known for missing taals frequently…….he had to also make adjustments to match the db of my vocals with his. Yet, his undying passion & dedication towards music, sincerity in his work & regard for me drove him to complete this Project with utmost professionalism. (4) We have 2 versions of this song – one with Theagu-bro covering P.B. Srinivas & me covering T.M. Soundararajan & the other, vice-versa. I am uploading the version in which Theagu-bro has covered P.B. Srinivas (first male vocals) & I have covered T.M.S. (second male vocals). Perhaps, another time, I will upload the other version. (5) This is a very sad song with soulful lyrics (pardon me for not being able to attach a translation script) & I do not want to take away too much of anyone’s time to describe the situation for the creation of this song. (6) For those keen to know a little bit about the movie, please visit the following link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paar_Magaley_Paar For those interested to see the video of this song, please visit the following link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utaMgFouiF4 (7) Last but not the least, a big round of applause to Theagu-bro for singing this with me & also, for his terrific throw, measured modulation & free-flow of feel in this rendition – awesome singing, bro. Pleasure singing our first duet. Here is to many more such duets…….. Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:05:40 287 0 Downloads 49 Comments
  • Khuda Jaane (Cover by Gopi & Piyali)
    Khuda Jaane (Cover by Gopi & Piyali) Credits : Movie : Bachna Ae Haseeno Language : Hindi Year : 2008 Starring : Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu Original Singer : K.K., Shilpa Rao Original Music Score : Vishal Shekhar Lyrics by : Anvita Dutt Guptan Karaoke Track : courtesy Youtube Notes : (1) Personally, very little new/ contemporary music I follow/ listen. The 60's/ 70's take up a large slice of my listening time. I do not have anythg against new music. Infact, some of the new singers exude amazing talents but the fact remains that given a choice, I do not mind listening to an old song, perhaps for the 1000th time than experimenting with a new one. (2) This catchy tune is something I got hooked on to since its release in 2008, probably because KK sounded like Kishore to me & the whole song reminded me of some old R.D. Burman duet. (3) Suggested it to Piyali-jee some time ago & we then started working on it. Was challenging in its own way for both of us, like all others, of course. (4) What made a huge difference here is that the mixing turned out really good in my opinion, anytime better than all our previous duets. Obviously, neither me nor Piyali-jee have any hand in the mixing & cannot claim any credits (lol:-). A friendly gesture by a friend. Cant go further than that. (5) Piyali-jee takes full credits for the video wch she created & can be found here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxvTCWVWvZc (6) My appreciation, once again to Piyali-jee for singing this with me & in such freewheeling manner. Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:05:32 349 0 Downloads 29 Comments
  • Sangamam (Yesudas-Thriveni) cover by Gopi
    Sangamam (Yesudas-Thriveni) cover by Gopi Movie : Thriveni Language : Malayalam Year : 1970 Starring : Prem Nazir, Sathyan, Sharada Original Singer : K.J. Yesudas Original Music Score : G. Devarajan Lyrics by : Vayalar Ramavarma Karaoke Track : courtesy Youtube Notes : Malayalam being my mother tongue is the least I sing firstly because somehow, they seem most difficult to sing & secondly, I still cant get pronunciations of some words correctly (possibly because I hv never learnt to read & write this language). I do speak & once in a blue moon, attempt something like this:-)) Happy Easter to all those who celebrate this beautiful occasion. Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:03:38 312 0 Downloads 36 Comments
  • Baalam Aaye Baso More (Saigal-Devdas) cover by Gopi
    Baalam Aaye Baso More (Saigal-Devdas) cover by Gopi Movie : Devdas Language : Hindi Year : 1936 Starring : K.L. Saigal, Jamuna Barua Original Singer : Kundan Lal Saigal Original Music Score : Timir Baran Lyrics by : Kedar Sharma Karaoke Track - courtesy Meragana Notes : (1) Inspiration for this came from respected members like Naqvi-jee, Giri-jee, Sandip-jee & others who sing old ghazals, Rabindranath sangeet etc. (2) Along with that mentioned above, very recently, developed an inclination to try one of the great K.L. Saigal's tracks as well as a desire to sing a song from the 1930's, an era when hindi films were just born........& then, I thought, perhaps, I could combine the three- fulfill the inspiration, the inclination & the desire in one go - attempt one of Saigal's songs from the 1930's & what better choice than a pick from the timeless "Devdas". (3) I first heard of Saigal when I was avidly listening to Kishore during my growing up years in the plantations in Malaysia. My late Dad mentioned Saigal saying singers like Kishore, Rafi & Mukesh were all inspired by him & Dad had immense adoration for Saigal. (4) This is a first for me - a 1930's song, a Saigal song. Please do not even compare. I feel like a dot in the ocean here when trying to sing songs by such legends. Same time, it is also very fulfilling to realise that being such an ardent fan of hindi music, I am covering areas that were unexplored by me before - challenging myself, so to say. That plus the delight of having some wonderful co-singers here on YL who take their precious time off to listen, comment & most importantly, do not hesitate to correct us. Pardon the flaws but like always, be critical!! (5) Lastly but not the least, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 days of listening to this song & learning this as much as I enjoy a Kishore, Rafi, Yesudas, Mukesh or Mahendra Kapoor. Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:03:24 290 0 Downloads 33 Comments
  • Bhool Gaya Sub Kuch (cover Gopi & Piyali)
    Bhool Gaya Sub Kuch (cover Gopi & Piyali) Movie : Julie Language : Hindi Year : 1975 Starring : Vikram, Lakshmi Original Singer : Kishore Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar Original Music Score : Rajesh Roshan Lyrics by : Anand Bakshi Notes : (1) How did this duet come about? It was a very random comment on one of my tamil songs by Piyali-jee recently that the start of that sounded like this duet & me suggesting an attempt of this song as our next duet. (2) Be it romantic like this one or poignant like "Tere Bina Zindagi se koyi", Kishore-Lata duets are immortal golden collections. Their voices blended so well with each other & had great compatibility. (3) Courtesy Wikipedia : Julie is a 1975 Hindi film that stars Lakshmi in the title role paired opposite Vikram. The film became a box office hit. Julie was also a musical hit, with award winning music by Rajesh Roshan which won him the Filmfare Award for the year. It is a rare Hindi film in that it features an Anglo-Indian family in the lead. It is a remake of a Malayalam hit film Chattakari (1974), which also starred Laxmi. Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:04:52 395 0 Downloads 61 Comments
  • Kisi Patthar Ki Murat (Mhndra Kapoor-Hamraaz) cover by Gopi
    Kisi Patthar Ki Murat (Mhndra Kapoor-Hamraaz) cover by Gopi Movie : Hamraaz Language : Hindi Year : 1967 Starring : Sunil Dutt, Raaj Kumar, Vimi Original Singer : Mahendra Kapoor Original Music Score : Ravi Lyrics by : Sahir Ludhianvi Karaoke Track : courtesy Youtube Notes : (1) From the mid 60's up to the mid 70's, it was always a toss up between Rafi, Kishore, Mukesh, Mannadey & the other man with an elastic vocal range, Mahendra Kapoor. The admiration for Kapoor, known as the vibrant voice of India (& also like Kishore the voice of Rajesh Khanna, Mukesh the voice of Raj Kapoor was known as the voice of Manoj Kumar) grows each time when I attempt to hum him. (2) For those who are keen to read, here is a hyperlink to an article about Mahendra Kapoor published on the website "Meri aawaz suno" dedicated to Mohd Rafi which I found deeply insightful. http://www.mohdrafi.com/meri-awaaz-suno/mahendra-kapoor-the-vibrant-voice-of-india.html Disclaimer : This song is not intended for any commercial release and carries no commercial value whatsoever. It is a cover version for family, friends, well wishers and lovers of such music. They are posted solely out of a passion for singing them and also out of the greatest respect and highest admiration for each and everyone involved in the original compositions/ production. Anyone sharing/ distributing is doing it without my knowledge at his own will and risk and shall bear all consequences arising out of their actions.
    karu64 00:04:42 346 0 Downloads 36 Comments
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