Wednesday November 16, 2016
Sundaranga Jaana (Music review), Kannada – Ajaneesh Loknath
Ajaneesh opens Kalkond bitte with what sounds like (African/Saharan) Tuareg guitar and hands over the song’s reign to Haricharan. Hari, for his part, is in blistering form, seamlessly moving from the loverboy opener to a superbly tapori-style delivery. Sticking to just one anupallavi, Ajaneesh also makes the song snappier than usual, while also alternating the rhythm pattern for maximum impact. The melody in Ee santhelu has a distinctively Hamsalekha’ish touch! Ajaneesh picking Shreya Ghoshal for the song is wonderfully apt, even as Santosh Venky joins her in the anupallavi to add to the song’s appeal. Lavanya is clearly the star of the zingy Fly fly fly, though it is easy to notice the Ilayaraja appeal in Ajaneesh’s tune, particularly when the trumpets start playing in the first interlude. The song settles down to a wonderfully comfortable filmy rock n roll sound and works smoothly for its dancy appeal. Nandana opens to a Pancham-style callout and progresses into an incredibly catchy Badtameez Dil-style rock n roll sound, fabulously sung by Vijay Prakash and Indu Nagaraj. These three songs too have just one anupallavi! Ajaneesh is clearly the most interesting new composer in Kannada and this breezy masala album is proof enough.
Keywords: Sundaranga Jaana, Ajaneesh Loknath, B.Ajaneesh Loknath, 200, #200
PS: The title, Sundaranga Jaana, has a Salil Chowdhury connection! Yes! The phrase appears in a very popular 70s Kannada film titled Samshaya Phala, in the song (a cabaret number, no less!), Dooradinda Bandantha. The film’s music was composed by Salil Chowdhury. It was Salilda’s Kannada debut and he won a Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director too for this film! Listen to the song here (song starts after a minute):
Listen to the songs on YouTube: