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Vydianathan Ramaswami - Chennai Gaana (Chennai Blues)
Vydianathan Ramaswami
Chennai Gaana (Chennai Blues)
2 minute 52 seconds

Release Date: 19/12/2012
Language: Tamil
Publish Date: 11/09/2014

Genre: Music Documentary
Gaana songs are a sub-culture of Chennai urban culture.

Gaana in simple words is another name for Tamil Rap song (s), which is getting transformed into a viable commodity by entering the market and undergoing a process of sanitization. It comes across at issues like Politics, urban poverty, caste, violence and sex.

Gaana songs came into existence as part of the urban culture and it has its roots in the slums of Chennai. The Gaana as a popular cultural form is distinct in structure, rhyming verses while talking about the loves and lives of the slum people.

Gaana comes from a mixture of different Tamil dialects and other languages the Dalits, fisher folk of Chennai encounter.

Gaana undoubtedly gives a cultural identity to Subaltern masses in the fringes of the urban spaces. Gaana singers do subtly make music whose effect is to challenge and undermine the consequences of poverty and marginalization.

A Chennai Gaana song sung by Late Power House Pandi about "Human Life and Living" juxtaposed through a montage of Chennai centric visuals illustrating "Slice of Chennai"
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Writer: Vydianathan Ramaswami
Producer: Vydianathan Ramaswami
Actors: Power House Pandi
Cinematographer: Vydianathan Ramaswami
Record Label: V T Srinivasan
Music Composer: Power House Pandi
Country: India
Subtitles: Vydianathan Ramaswami
Original Film Format: DV Cam
Locations shot: Chennai
Awards / Nominations: 1st Runner up in The Hindu Shutterbug Contest 2012
Distibution Company: Walkabout
External Link / URL: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-cinema/article4222600.ece
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