Tuesday February 11, 2014

Ulidavaru Kandante (Music review), Kannada – B. Ajaneesh Loknath

Posted by Karthik

Huli vesha has an inventive influences mix – Latino-playing brass band married to theyyam! The final showdown seems to have a similar sound, but cranking the mix several notches further! Even the promotional title song uses the same sound, though in a middling lyrics-driven format. Richie’s theme seems contrastingly gimmicky, but its interesting cornucopia of sounds help. The theme could have been in a Tarantino film, and blends its Indian nuances with flourish! Knock knock is a clever, well-sung homage to Nancy Sinatra’s version of Cher’s Bang bang. Kanna munche has an engaging tune sung really well by Shankar Mahadevan, ably supported by Vaani Harikrishna, and a particularly lovely classical ending. Vijay Prakash gets a intriguing, harmonium-dominated tune in Male marethu, while his other solo, Gaatiya ilidu is almost Ilayaraja’ish in its gorgeous tune, rhythm and sweeping violins. Paper paper has a charming groove and is adeptly sung by the group of kids. The title song is on similar lines, with a simple, hummable tune. Shreya Ghoshal aces the seemingly Keeravani raaga’ish Kaakig banna, while Ajaneesh unleashes a delirious mix of instruments. Ajaneesh’s Ulidavaru Kandante is like a delightful musical ménage à trois between Santhosh Narayanan, Sneha Khanwalkar and Tarantino!

Keywords: Ajaneesh Loknath, Rakshit Shetty, Ulidavaru Kandante, 200, #200

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  • anand

    Wow, is this the first time a Kannada film album gets a 200? Need to check out the songs

  • Kannada

    wonderful composition, worth many acclodes

  • nachiketha s h u

    Great album!

    a delightful musical ménage à trois between Santhosh Narayanan, Sneha Khanwalkar and Tarantino!

    – perfect description

  • Sharath Padaru

    Terrific album indeed. BTW, ghatiya ilidu is a Hamsalekha tribute as the movie is set in 1990.

    • milliblog

      Fitting, though I heard more of Raja in it. But now that you say it, I think I’m beginning to see more Hamsalekha in it 🙂

      • Sharath Padaru

        Even the lyrics is another indicator – ‘ayyayyayyooo’. Ravichandran-Hamsalekha must have used it in their songs several times 🙂

        • Ashwin

          and the Chorus praising/describing avaLu/avanu 🙂
          Ajaneesh has used better orchestra than hams would have.

  • Pinchi

    Lovely album! Shades of Pudhupettai/Godfather. Overall fabulous. Rakshit Shetty is a boon to the Kannada film industry and I love he has a good music sense.

  • kartefact

    “Ajaneesh’s Ulidavaru Kandante is like a delightful musical ménage à trois between Santhosh Narayanan, Sneha Khanwalkar and Tarantino!”

    Just what I was thinking.

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