Curry recipes to The Ramayana, BlaaZe raps them all


“You know my title was one of many choices for a KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) quiz?” asks BlaaZe, imitating Amitabh Bachchan’s deep baritone voice sounding out his full title: Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Sheshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman.

Admittedly, it may be a mouthful and isn’t the best to keep in mind. So he did what he does greatest: he made a rap out of his title.

The playback singer who has rapped for a lot of characteristic movies, from his breakout Boys to Sivaji, Slumdog Millionaire, 2.0 and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, took to social media to reply to a fan’s request and sang a complete rap explaining the origins of his lengthy title.

“My passport just says Rajesh Raman. My mother was a big Rajesh Khanna fan,” he laughs.

The current downtime due to the lockdowns has pressured many people to introspect on our priorities, and for BlaaZe, one factor simply stands out. “If I can entertain, I will. I feel that’s what I was born to do. To create something, that’s it,” he says.

Over the previous two months, he has been placing out content material on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube: various from Rap Kitchens, the place he raps out Indian recipes whereas cooking, to Rap Ramayana and Poems to Songs.

“When I used to be in my boarding faculty in 12th grade, within the UK, meals was at all times an enormous difficulty. I might dream about my mother’s vatha kuzhambu! I promised myself then that I might determine how to prepare dinner,” he remembers.

And whereas he has been cooking for a number of years, through the lockdown, like many people, he began speaking and singing to himself whereas cooking. Why not make a rap out of it, he figured. “I already know the ingredients by heart, so thought it should be fun!”

He went on to put up recipes and cooking directions for jeera rasam, egg curry, moor kozhambu and kovakai.

“People around the world don’t know much about the variety of Indian food available,” says the rapper who grew up in Zambia and moved to England after which, the US.

He makes an attempt this portrayal of Indian tradition in one other video, titled ‘Rap Ramayana’, the place he explains the Buddhist interpretation of Hindu mythology. In this, he speaks in regards to the concept of Ravana whose 10 heads characterize 10 ‘egos’ holding an individual down.

“All these terrace videos that I had been making took several hours to record and process. But ‘Rap Ramayana’ is such a simple idea, conveyed over a production loop, that it barely took any time,” he says. He believes that it was as a result of he was rapping reside that so many individuals preferred it.

Through the method, he has now come to realise that something, nevertheless small, if made with sufficient coronary heart, wins a following. “My audience is not going to listen to just my rap songs in Rajinikanth films,” he says.

And so he began delving into poems, making songs out of ones written by Suresh Kailaash, companion of fellow singer and pal, Malgudi Shubha.

“His words inspired me to sing them out loud for my kids to listen. I sent it to them and they loved it. So now whenever he writes a poem, I turn it into a song.”

In these testing occasions, when the world is getting used to dwelling beneath a blanket of basic stress, he says that singing and rapping are his remedy. “Whatever issues you have going on, put it all in a poem and get it out. We create create create, to survive.”

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