And, oh, we forgot that actress from the Punjab

A Tamil composer who cut his teeth under a Kannada baton-weilder. A Konkani-speaking Kannada actor/filmmaker who made his mark in Marathi theatre. A male Telugu singer with no training in classical music, who trained to be an engineer. A female Malayalee singer born to two doctors, trained in the Gwalior gharana.

The six degrees that separate Ilayaraja, G.K. Venkatesh, Shankar Nag, S.P. Balasubramanyam, Chitra Iyer, respectively, from Swapna, in an Asianet studio rendition of Jothe jothe yali from Geetha.

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If Chiba San is not a son of the soil, who is?