FM Channels in Chennai

Any Indian above the vindhya’s when they land in Chennai always ask why is it that local FM channels (Radio Mirchi 98.3, Radio City 105.0, Suryan FM 93.5) dont play Hindi music basically Bollywood songs.
Why should these channels play Bollywood songs. Bollywood songs are needed to play in cities where there exists no acclaimed film industry. But in Chennai the center for Kollywood where is the need for other industry songs.
This is one film industry which brought out the talent in great music directors like Ilayaraja and AR Rehman. Ilayaraja though is lying low after entry of AR Rehman, his songs composed in 80’s are still a melody to the ears.

Ilayaraja is the only Asian to have performed symphony in Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra. His some songs do have influence of Mozart and Beethoven and Sound of Music but his pieces are gems to say. More can be read in the wiki page.

AR Rehman is another prodigy I should say. He has of course for some movies composed music which are not upto mark. But most of his music captivates the audience.
He like Ilayaraja is also credited for bringing up lot of new talented singers who otherwise might have gone unnoticed. More can be read on the wiki page and the web site created by Sony.

It is in this industry that produced great actors like Sivaji, Kamal and Rajni.

Probably listening to Bollywood has corrupted the ears so much that appreciation for music is never found among the public. You got to listen to music composed by Ilayaraja and AR Rehman and if you have a taste for music you would definitely not long for Bollywood music. To know where bollywood gets inspired from, head here.

Ask any Chennaite of older days, he can definitely talk at length about RD Burman, Kishore Kumar, Mohd Rafi. But todays bollywood is all but can be safely ignored.
Every Chennaite definitely listens to Hindi and English music but would not love that to be played all through the day. He needs soothing music for ears. Basically he needs music!!

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34 thoughts on “FM Channels in Chennai

  1. Boss U tellin’ me Hindi Music is not soothing I would rather sya Tamil Music is Noise. I am a Tamilian but born in Pune and after listening to people say that Tamil is better and tamnil is good and no language can beat Tamil I think they are filled with a whole lot of crap… In fact to tell the Fact I am ashamed to call myself a tamilian may be one of the few Tamilians who use Tamil just because it is supposed to be my Mothertongue I acknowledge it else who cares… I would say Kollywood is inspired from Bollywood rather than Vice versa. Bollywood experiments with movies while Kollywood produces the same crappy mishmash of Vijay, Dhanush and Rajni films. Grow Up Go north and see and listen to music. I guess u are one of the guys who come from the era that Hinid Cannot be the national language because some useless politician down south told to promote tamil rather than hindi… I guessu shud update ur knowledge on hindi and then talk…

  2. @anon
    i dont actually need to reply to ur comment since ur one coward sob.
    but on 2nd thots i am responding.
    If u thot i dont knw Hindi then u dont knw who i am. if u think i dont knw hindi music then again u dont knw who i am.
    Please watch Thamizh movies made during the 80’s and 90’s and tell me.. What bollywood is doing is not an experiment but copying from foregin movies and replicating it.. there is no originality in bollywood..
    its quite shameful to knw that thamizhan has not understud what am talking abt and whose brains have got damaged by the influence of others.. i feel u got no brains on ur own..

  3. Before talking cosmopolitism fundas and cursing why Hindian songs are not played in Tamil Nadu one should note that not one radio station in the Hindian territorries of Delli and Bombay play a single Tamil song even though there is large Tamil population there.

    It is a big shame of united country of India that many Indian govt and MNC establishments only cater to Hindians…Hindi Airlines and Air Hindia do not even announce in Tamil in Tamil Nadu…Citibank, ABNAMRO have every thing HIFI except they dont have custserv in Tamil…

    Last thing of Hindi fascism is demanding Hindi programming in TN…Tamils form the largest community in Bangalore but the programming is fully on Hindi…Isnt that a classic example of Hindian fascism…

    YOU FIRST BE FLEXIBLE UP IN DELHI, BOMBAY OR BANGALORE BEFORE EXPECING
    THE CHANGE IN TN TOO…

    Hindi is the biggest shame of “secular” India

  4. Its very mean of the TN Government to not allow basic hindi radio companies like Radio city, Radio Mirchi & now BIG FM to allow hindi FM in chennai.

    In every other city where these radio firm have established play only n only Hindi music but look at chennai.

    Even bangalore & hyderabad comes under south india but they very well play hindi music on FMs 24X7 then, why not in Chennai ??

    As like bangalore, even chennai has seen substantial growth of north indian students in colleges. Is’nt this an enough reason for the government to have atleast one hindi FM in chennai ??

  5. @anon
    the TN govt has got nothing to do with the songs played by the local channels..
    why cant the guys from North listen to Thamizh songs?? why is their such a mindset..

  6. Its very mean of the North Indian state Governments to not allow basic Tamil radio music to be played in radio stations like Radio city, Radio Mirchi.

    When radio mirchi can play Tamil songs in TN,I dont see a reason why they are not playing Tamil songs in north indian states.

    The central govt must step and ask these radio stateions to play Tamil songs in north indian states IMMEDIATELY !

  7. Just ‘coz there are “north indian” students does NOT mean the ppl in TN should embrace their culture.

    When in rome, be a roman.

    we dont want chennai to be like b’lore where one can get by without knowing the language of the majority – kannada !

  8. I am new to this blog .. but honestly i dont think any of what is going on makes any sense. I mean we should all be proud of the diversity of our country. All languages are so rich in themselves that noone in this world is great enought to insult any language.

    People should be able to celeberate thier culture also be open to others ! If everyone follows that attitude then everyone ll be able to learn , talk and enjoy all languages !!

  9. hindikkaara paradesigaLLukku ozhungaa matra mozhigaLa madhikka theriyala…periya mayirappidugiyaattama hindhi thirmula puLuthikaraanga…

    yee Sathish TN and Lanka have something commond which Hindia fails to have

  10. Hello,

    Don’t even dream in your life that Hindi can get into Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is a Anti-Hindi State because Hindi was “forced” as a national language by the Hindi Speaking hopeless politians in 1963. Before that there were little people listening to Hindi Songs.

    We will even make English dominate Tamil but not Hindi!!!.

    South Indians never accepted Hindi as national language.It is only there in school books for sake.
    Any TV/Radio Playing Hindi Songs/movies in South (except Bangalore/Hyderabad)will have to to shutdown soon because of lack of Advertisements. You will hardly find people turning to Hindi Channels. 1 out 100 people only can identify even Amitabh Bachan.

    For me only Tamil/South Languages is the national language. We will not learn an language brought into India(except English). We love speaking only Home Made languages!!!!! and we are “The True Indians.”

    Understand this First:-

    People in North India are “NOT NATIVE INDIANS”(expect for people moved from south to North). In India we have 2 races

    They are Aryans & Dravidians

    Aryans are people who got migrated into India from Iran, Iraq & Other Middle East/European Countries about 6000 years ago and settled near Indus/Saraswathi river forming the Great Indus valley Civilazation.They moved slowly into Central India pushing the Dravidians to the South. Aryans are Big/Medium Sized-White Skinned, No Moustache people. After moving into India they derived an language called Sanskrit. Sanskrit is not an 100% Indian language. It is a mixture of languages spoken by M.E/Europeans. It is an Indo-European language.It got modified greatly 4000 years before removing many foreign words.Vedas did not of modification.

    North Indians are Aryans(migrated people).

    Aryans brought Wheat Cultivation to India. All the languages ending with “i” are derived from Sanskrit like Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi,Bengali, Hindi….etc. So, Hindi is also not an pure Indian Language. North Indian languages were greatly influenced by Sanskrit/Hindi.

    On the Other Hand, Dravidians are PURE INDIANS who lived in Central/ South India & Srilanka. During the Post Glacial Periods,the land(called in Tamil as “Kumarikandam” – “Kumari Continent” in English) between India & Srilanka got Submerged under sea and thus separating Srilanka and many Tamils from India. Dravidians did not migrate from any continent. They are small/Medium Sized – Dark Skin people with Moustache (Remember – Ramayana where Ravana who took Sita to Srilanka). They know only Rice Cultivation. Because of the poor physic they were defeated by the Aryans in different wars and were pushed from Central India to the south. South India(KAR, AP, KER, TN) is greatly Influenced by Tamil.

    Tamil is Born in India and It is an Pure Indian language which has History of 5000 – 7000 years.

    To be Precise, India is a single country only by Geography. By History, It is 2 different Countries… North India & South India.

    North India means Migrated people, Sanskrit, Wheat, fair/White Skin & Lord Rama, Krishna.

    South India means Native indians, Tamil, Rice, Dark Skin,Moustache & Lord Muruga.

    ———————

    Tell me now, Why should the capital of a Tamil Nadu Play Songs belonging to the Non-Native people?

    Even the North Indians in Tamil Nadu dont speak Hindi fluently and they study tamil from Pre KG – 10th Std.

  11. Hello,

    Don’t even dream in your life that Hindi can get into Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is a Anti-Hindi State because Hindi was “forced” as a national language by the Hindi Speaking hopeless politians in 1963. Before that there were little people listening to Hindi Songs.

    We will even make English dominate Tamil but not Hindi!!!.

    South Indians never accepted Hindi as national language.It is only there in school books for sake.
    Any TV/Radio Playing Hindi Songs/movies in South (except Bangalore/Hyderabad)will have to to shutdown soon because of lack of Advertisements. You will hardly find people turning to Hindi Channels. 1 out 100 people only can identify even Amitabh Bachan.

    For me only Tamil/South Languages is the national language. We will not learn an language brought into India(except English). We love speaking only Home Made languages!!!!! and we are “The True Indians.”

    Understand this First:-

    People in North India are “NOT NATIVE INDIANS”(expect for people moved from south to North). In India we have 2 races

    They are Aryans & Dravidians

    Aryans are people who got migrated into India from Iran, Iraq & Other Middle East/European Countries about 6000 years ago and settled near Indus/Saraswathi river forming the Great Indus valley Civilazation.They moved slowly into Central India pushing the Dravidians to the South. Aryans are Big/Medium Sized-White Skinned, No Moustache people. After moving into India they derived an language called Sanskrit. Sanskrit is not an 100% Indian language. It is a mixture of languages spoken by M.E/Europeans. It is an Indo-European language.It got modified greatly 4000 years before removing many foreign words.Vedas did not of modification.

    North Indians are Aryans(migrated people).

    Aryans brought Wheat Cultivation to India. All the languages ending with “i” are derived from Sanskrit like Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi,Bengali, Hindi….etc. So, Hindi is also not an pure Indian Language. North Indian languages were greatly influenced by Sanskrit/Hindi.

    On the Other Hand, Dravidians are PURE INDIANS who lived in Central/ South India & Srilanka. During the Post Glacial Periods,the land(called in Tamil as “Kumarikandam” – “Kumari Continent” in English) between India & Srilanka got Submerged under sea and thus separating Srilanka and many Tamils from India. Dravidians did not migrate from any continent. They are small/Medium Sized – Dark Skin people with Moustache (Remember – Ramayana where Ravana who took Sita to Srilanka). They know only Rice Cultivation. Because of the poor physic they were defeated by the Aryans in different wars and were pushed from Central India to the south. South India(KAR, AP, KER, TN) is greatly Influenced by Tamil.

    Tamil is Born in India and It is an Pure Indian language which has History of 5000 – 7000 years.

    To be Precise, India is a single country only by Geography. By History, It is 2 different Countries… North India & South India.

    North India means Migrated people, Sanskrit, Wheat, fair/White Skin & Lord Rama, Krishna.

    South India means Native indians, Tamil, Rice, Dark Skin,Moustache & Lord Muruga.

    ———————

    Tell me now, Why should the capital of a Tamil Nadu Play Songs belonging to the Non-Native people?

    Even the North Indians in Tamil Nadu dont speak Hindi fluently and they study tamil from Pre KG – 10th Std.

    Thanks

    Prasanna Kumar Sankar

  12. Dear Tamil brother Prasanna

    I am totally with you against Hindi overdosage in Tamil Nadu.
    However current TN reservation seems to be chasing out Tamils condemned to be born as “forward caste” while providing reservation for several Hindi speaking castes:

    SEE FOR YOURSELF THE TN OBC LIST IN TN GOVT WEBSITE:

    http://www.tn.gov.in/bcmbcmw/bclist.htm

    You can see lot matches for words “Urdu”. Also there are several Telugu and a few Kannada castes.

    Tamil Nadu means “Land of Tamils”. Why is TN reservation policy so anti-Tamil by prefering Hindi OBCs over FC Tamils. Why cant Tamil subdivisions be banned in first place.

    Looks like TN govt and political parties love divided TN society and also accept Hindi castes getting reserved.

    Political parties presently so damn Anti-Brahmins who speak Tamil.

    Not one has come out with a wow to ban such caste terms such Dalits, Brahmins etc in any usage and promoting reservation for non-Tamil speakers.

    These Tamil parties are no 1 betrayers of Tamil society.

  13. No hindhi…no hindhi….What is the use of learning hindhi?

    Tamil nadu government dont impose hindhi…
    it never went against hindhi and said u cant read hindhi in TN>>>if u feel hindhi is important u read…
    this is only because its with India…

  14. probably all those who are saying tamils songs are noisy and tasteless have not heard the amazing soothing songs.gold is not always readily available you ve to search for it.. so plz do and then comment. a

  15. helllooo friends,
    after reading all your comments i felt very bad. when the world is being global you people are talking about all crape things.
    the simple matter is that the chennai is metro city.
    people from different locations are coming here. now every body wants music which he can understand and soothes him.
    everybody has different taste. so if there is 1 channel providing hindi songs should not be a problem. those who want to listen tamil songs can listen them and those who want
    hindi can listen hindi songs…
    And if somebody goes 4 -5 thousand year back to explain why
    there should not be a hindi fm channel.in chennai….. it is just unthinkable and unimaginable

  16. Tamil nadu is great ..Tamil is worlds best language..Tamil people are most beautiful in world…They are the best looking in India.. Our movie tamil movies are best in world cinema, forget bollywood and hollywood nothing can beat… Chenai is the best no place no cosmopolitian be bangalore, hyderabad or boston nothing in fron t of it…Our tamil heros are the best.no bollywood or hollywood hero can stand in front of them… Look out our vijayikanth.. T rangarajan,Parthivaran can anybody beat them in terms grace, smartness, fitness,charisma, versatality who si Shah rukh who is bruce willis no one no one… scroll down….

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….No body copies from tamil movies rather tamil directors try dubbing their movies in Hindi so that a wider people can see that and get the profit… Non of the dubbed tamil movies manage to run at least 2 days in thators… hahahaahahahha

  17. Prasanna,
    Aryans are Big/Medium Sized-White Skinned, No Moustache people. Though I don’t know and think Aryan/Dravidian history is fake. I really enjoyed reading “No Moustache” in your comment 🙂

  18. Heee Hee Heee Heee, Tamilnadu goes the Bangalore way….

    Proof that Karnanidhi and Stalin prefer Hindi over Tamil…

    Listen Radio City in Madras has most songs in Hindi only over Tamil….

    Bangalore’s S FM owned by Karnanidhi family plays Kannada and Hindi only and not Tamil.

    Karnanidhi prefers Hindi speaking BCs in Tamil Nadu than many unfortunate Tamil speaking condemned forwards.

    Karnanidhi ‘s partys and their vote banks illtreats poor backward Tamil in Southern TN….

    BRINGING HINDI CULTURE INTO TAMILNADU THRO RADIO CITY IS PROBABLY THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT OF KARNANIDHI”S RULE WHICH NEVER HAPPENED DURING JAYALALITHA RULE…

  19. Chennai FM’s Sucks by airing shit hindi songs
    they slowly changing chennai as mumbai,bangalore
    we don’t need hindi songs,most of the FM airing hindi songs simply saying chennai is cosmoplitan why this is not applicable for the FM in mumbai,delhi,bangalore,lucknow why can’t they air tamil songs in that places, beware tamilians if u give place to sit means surely they will ask place to sleep,we don’t need lots of FM only few FM enough it should air only tamil songs and for other state peoples english songs thats all,let the north people listen to tamil songs, tamil songs are far better than hindi songs let them know tamil songs

  20. Hi Tamil lovers ,

    Dont argue with anonymous ( the first commentor ).
    Anonymous in Hindi is Anamika .
    Anamika is everybody’s son . His mother went from south to north ( like Hemamalini & Sridevi as second-hand wives ) and has given birth to an anonymous child with the help of no-moustache north indian fathers .

    Leave him alone .
    Let us all love Tamil in our hearts .

    Kumar, Bangalore.

  21. Hi to all..
    I had enjoyed a lot of the comments of Prasanna & Kumar. One is intellectual and other one is a load of commen sense and joking art.

    Come to me who had recently finished his 4 years stay at Chennai due to study. Right now am missing my Chennai each hour. Hear at home am trying to get Chennai FM channels all over online. But each day am getting faint minimum twice. I cant speak TAMIZH. How ever ue to last fours I manage a little to understsnd.

    I dont want to know wat happened 6 0r 7 thousand years ago. But now am suffering staying apart Tamizh.

    One thing from my personal experience; tamilians are not like me. They are just a parallel line of rail track. There is a huge gap between the culture. But simply I LOVE TAMIL NADU, TAMILIANS & MOSTLY SWEET TAMIZH.

    Those who given there comments above are not all true tamilians. Tamilians never say no to Hindi or any thing new experiance. But Hindi is some thing which will take a hundred year to come fluently from one inividuals tongue. It’s the solly reason behind all The conflict. But almost all had made the non-hindi fm in Chennai to be a political issue. this is wat India suffering for.. it is simply rediculus.

  22. Hi 2 al..
    I came thru every1’s comment & wish not 2 criticise any1. Accordin 2 people only each language is.. Tamilian wish 2 b a Tamilian while hindi does 4 itself. Wat am tryin 2 say is why u people r bothered of things tats not gonna make a change in anyway but i’l say one thing tats try not not Hindi r any other language to dominate Tamil. Tamil in its own wy really an awesome language so people wit brain vil really undrstnd it

  23. I don’t see anything wrong in playing Hindi FM channels in TN or playing Tamil songs in North India , The Indian Government should have all varied culture exposure in all regions , so that all come to know other’s culture

    I am born and brought up in North India though am from Kerala , but for North people all south Indians are madraasis and for south people all states above them are Hindi speaking states , let it be be Maharashtra or Assam , all are Hindi people

    but the fact it’s not like that, I feel very awkward to read all comments , We are all indians and any other country person if they read this article would feel India is one country or Nort India , South India is a country

    so people please realize India is one , we must respect each and evryone’s tradition here

    so please listen to all songs .. I listen to Tamil , Hindi ,Malayalam , I know Rafi is a great singer , so is Yesudas and Balasubramanian

    if RD is a great musician so is Ilayaraja

    so please appreciate each one of our Indian Talent

  24. hey why u all are talking rubbish except anonymus,i m a north indian now studying at chennai,though i came to know late there is no legal hindi prescence, i keep wandering the radio fm listening to hindi,lastly i got 106.4 that do hindi songs at 8:00pm
    i strongly believe the diversity in india,
    but what the #### here people comment always abt india and its nationality,
    u should know that india have its glory in cinema all over the world from bollywood not the ruthless kollywood,
    Mahatma gandhi was proposed that the hindi is a only language that should be our nation’s language,
    if u not accepting this why all over chennai there is gandhi statues in almost every road
    consider the colleges in chennai,very less no. Of tamilnadu student found,
    u talking that villain type looking heroes in south have smartness and charisma,meet me i will be better than them,
    except jenelia and asin who at last chosen bollywood for their career all are dull and do fake acting,no sense of #### they have

    so india is our country and we should respect all,
    i did not want to express such feelings,but its enough that it looks like tamilians are blunt and fool,though having high literacy

  25. First know this that hindi is not the national language of india and it is not needed for everybody to know that language..
    India dosent have anything called national language. Hindi and english are the official langauges of india, only central govt offices use hindi and english as their medium of communication.
    There is no rule that everybody in india should know hindi ..

    Gandhi proposed hindi as a common language ..but wat u dont know is that gandhi learnt tamil from rajagopalachari .
    Gandhi also suggested that to unite all ppl in india all hindi speaking in north india should also learn south indian langages. But north states did not accept this.

    Have u ever been outside india and seen wat foreigners think about bollywood.. they think bollywood movies dosent have anything other than dance and songs.
    All bollywood movies have english titles and are shot in UK or swiss and its premier held in US. and u say its glory…hahaha
    its like going to a stranger’s wedding and telling everybody that i am invited for that wedding…
    If you think tamil cinema dosent have world recognition then it only shows ur ignorance about world cinema..
    Nayagan is one of the best 100 movies in this world till now produced. go search imdb.

    And about the heros of south cinema.. u dont need to have good looks to become a good actor or mass hero.. mohanlal, kamal got many national awards for acting and not that 6 pack salman or aamir or SRK got.
    The fans mass wat srk or hrithik or amitabh has is not even 2% of wat rajni or chiranjeevi has ..
    Genelia and asin dont have sense of acting ??so as per u aishwarya rai, katrina have that sense of ##### ?hahhahahha..if u think just removing the dress and coming in bikini is acting then katrina and kareena are the top actress in india.

    and dont keep thinking that bollywood is the greatest and other film industries are not.. bollywood has a bigger market, thatzit.
    Till now the highest budget movie wat bollywood produced is dhoom2 with 60 crs.. where tamil movie sivaji is produced in 100 crs.
    Highest paid actor is rajni and not some bollywood hero..

  26. After reading all these comments. I feel y am I even an INDIAN..!! Stop this crap of north India n south India. Its one country called India.
    Everyone is aping the western culture, Chennai has pubs , discs.. as the other metros. People are changing day by day. If you say there s no change, then y arent we wearing the veshtis, kurta paijama’s , pavadai dhavani’s , saries. People of this generation r adaptable to the change, its has changed from jean to low-waists , miniskirts. I d say changes r mandatory in this world.
    English n Hindi both are official languages of India. the reason y Hindi has been kept as official language is most of the north languages are similar to Hindi, so it was easy to learn.
    I don’t see any reason for this much of grudge on the Norths’ n when English is acceptable in TN (English people killed so many Tamil people- see the movie madasapatinam), y shouldn’t Hindi be?
    I ve seen so many people of south getting settled in north. It depends on the taste of people. What @Kumar said is completely irascible. How can he say such words for some1 belonging his state. Not necessarily people voluntarily go to their non-native state n get settled there. Had his dad got a transfer to the other states, would he quit his job? there are defense organizations(to be precise only cuz of the forces we are sitting here n talking all such crap. the bloodshed on the Himalayas is not Hindi/Madrasi blood, its Indian blood-understand it ) , govt organizations, n due to their job requirements people get settled there. When people from south go there, there r no such partiality, in fact they were very kind n helpful, (the biggest examples r sridevi n hemamalini- with no help of the people there, they wouldn’t have got into the industry), biasing is there in a few places in north too where the literacy rate is too low. But here even the literates’ talking about such things is obnoxious. I d suggest to delete this blog. Cuz India is facing threat from all the sides, pak, china, srilanka…! Be united..!
    Don’t ever give home for the further division of the country. If these countries start applying the divide n rule policy India ll not be //India// it ll be another some $$$$$$$Stan..!! B4 it was a Hindu Muslim fight now its Hindi, Tamil one!

    I don’t see any reason for this much of grudge on the Norths’ n when English is allowed in TN (English people killed so many Tamil ppl- see the movie madasapatinam), y shouldn’t Hindi be?
    I guess there shouldn’t be any difficulty in providing one hindi station in Chennai,when all other territories are doing it.

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