Is this the Greatest Kannada Romantic Song?

Many summers back, we were on a visit to Bangalore from Tamil Nadu.

The morning’s Deccan Herald brought forth the unwelcome and distressing news that Kannada actress Kalpana had crushed some diamonds into a glass of milk and consumed the contents.

Kalpana’s death was a great loss not merely to Kannada films but the world of Indian cinema for she was an extraordinary actress with few competitors among her peers in the acting realm.

Her notable films include Belli Moda, Gejje Pooje, Kappu Bilupu, Sharapanjara and Eradu Kanasu.

Few outside Karnataka have heard of Kalpana and with the passage of time she has likely faded away from people’s memory.

As homage to the forgotten actress, we present the above video song from the film Bayalu Daari.

Kalpana is paired with Anant Nag in the song.

Besides being set to lovely music, the song has remarkable lyrics too.

When Kalpana ‘crooned’ Devarae bandhu…. in the song. I swear yours truly swooned.

By the way, after watching the above video don’t y’all see shades of Kalpana in Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone (who too hails from Bangalore) in some scenes?

Deepika, of course, lacks the easy grace Kalpana exhibited in every step.

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7 Responses to "Is this the Greatest Kannada Romantic Song?"

  1. sganeshkumar1989   May 15, 2011 at 4:39 am

    So,Nadeem-Shravan have actually ripped this beautiful song for the film Deewana: Responds:

    OMG, the Hindi version, particularly the picturization, looks so ugly.

    Make that hideous.

    • sganeshkumar1989   May 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Does this song sound similar(The initial lines.)? Responds:

      Maybe a wee bit similar at the beginning.

      But the Hindi song is mostly melancholic, looking back at opportunities lost while the Kannada number is joyous, looking forward to the possibilities.

      • sganeshkumar1989   May 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        Yeah, the Kannada number is really joyous!

        And perhaps,one of the best Romantic numbers I heard!

        • vjcool   May 17, 2011 at 12:49 am

          link to kannada song plz


          Is the YouTube video not working? That has the song & video.

          • vjcool   May 17, 2011 at 1:11 am

            found the similarity with deewana, ‘ tere bina zindagi’ didn’t strike clearly , thought it was another kannada song. reheard, the starting tune sure is similar.

  2. முனிAndy   May 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Shobha, Phataphat and Divya Bharathi were probably much higher profile suicides than this – I have not even heard of her. Not sure if there is any correlation between acting and depression. Responds:

    You write: I have not even heard of her.

    I am not culpable for your ignorance!

  3. rakeshbaba   May 17, 2011 at 9:18 am Responds:

    Interesting. We’ve seen the movie but remember very few scenes.

    One scene that has lingered is of lots of oranges rolling down a path.

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