Thursday June 25, 2009

Music review: Prem Kahani (Kannada – Ilayaraja)

Posted by Karthik

Rangu rangu brings the mental picture of a 80s Tamil hero dancing – beautifully lilting tune, unique to Raja. Shringara sindhura, Kogile koogu baa and Yaarivalu are predictable Raja melodies from his recent synth-dominated repertoire; the latter still impresses with its spunky arrangements. Badavara manege’s tune is no doubt soulful, just that it is an old’ish soul. Giliya mariyondu’s orchestration is nostalgic but way too similar to myriad other trendsetting Tamil songs from the master, but Hodadavne surprises with its spunky, street-smart appeal! Raja’s time-warped music is now mirroring his past closer than ever. Is that bad? Or just repetitive?

Keywords: Ajay Rao, Sheela, Ilayaraja

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