Wednesday October 20, 2010
Mandhira Punnagai (Music review), Tamil – Vidyasagar
Satta sada starts off as a typical, sonorous Vidyasagar melody, but escalates beautifully with a surprising free-flowing form! Enna kurayo is Sudha Raghunathan’s show; stunningly touching tune, with a possible raag Chakravakam Bindu Malini* as base. Anbillama karanchadhu is interesting just for the brass band’ish sound – nothing else, but Megam vandhu gets the soundtrack back it’s groove – soulful and addictive! Kirti Sagathia and Arivumathi’s poignant lyrics rule over Siththan mugam and that ominous tune helps too! Thanni poda is a templatized drunk song that merely plays to the gallery. Vidyasagar unleashes his trademark soulful melodies again and the result is highly satisfying.
Keywords: Karu Pazhanippan, Meenakshi, Vidyasagar, Mandhira Puunahai, Manthira Punnagai
*This is why I love this blog. With my embarrassingly limited carnatic music knowledge, I could come only as far as Entha Mutho’s flute rendition that I remembered as soon as I heard ‘Enna Kurayo’…I believe the flute rendition that I heard is by flute virtuoso N Ramani. I gave up that search since I couldn’t get the name of a flute track – so, by trial and error and singing it in my mind, made some connection between Enna Kurayo and Chakravakam, thanks to songs like ‘Vidukadhayaa’ from Muthu and of course, it’s predecessors like ‘Pibare ramarasam’ and ‘Ullathil nalla ullam’. Now, thanks to Kaarthik’s comment, now I know. This learning makes all the difference for me!