Sunday August 23, 2015

Shukriya & Malanga (Music review), Hindi – Gulraj Singh, featuring Shraddha Shree & Shivam Ahuja

Posted by Karthik

Purwaiyaa builds itself into a delightful track, with the minute-long serene intro segueing beautifully into the joyous ourburst. Shivam’s age shows in his singing, but Shraddha’s voice is mature beyond her years. That manifests even better in her first solo, Shukriya, with Gulraj’s music remaining consistently engaging. The song’s reprise is even better, with a more pronounced piano sound. Shraddha’s voice gets more assertive in Khuda mere, with Gulraj giving her a pulsating tune, alaaps and a flamboyant antara. Gulraj also sneaks in a retro-style Indipop sound, something missing in the song’s reprise, and adding a new dimension. Shivam’s first solo, Bairi bairaagi is very Iktara’ish (Amit Trivedi, Wake Up Sid), and the boy handles Manoj Yadav’s philosophical verses admirably. Gulraj’s trademark piano-loaded reprise goes one up on the original. Shivam’s second, Malanga is rather filmy and comes out richer in the reprise, both ending on a pleasantly surprising and short Western chorus. The real insurance for the kids—given that I-genius Young Singing Stars is by Max Life Insurance—is roping in Gulraj Singh for music. He brings the best of the two winners, in a package that treats them as adults, in a competitive world, and not merely as children.

Keywords: Shraddha Shree, Shivam Ahuja, Gulraj Singh, Manoj Yadav, 200, #200

Listen to the songs: Shraddha Shree, Shivam Ahuja
Buy the songs: Shraddha Shree, Shivam Ahuja

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