Saturday July 15, 2017

Kathalo Rajakumari (Music review), Telugu – Vishal Chandrashekhar and Ilayaraja

Posted by Karthik

Nallani kanulalo and Ye piduguki both start with whistling but they turn into dramatically different songs. The former moves on to a neat Russian-folk like prelude, to eventually a lilting Keeravani’ish base with Ashwathi’s child-like voice expressing her Princess wishes. The latter has Arunraja Kamaraj… enough said – another vocal-cord busting Kabali derivative. Vishal offers a wonderfully immersive, almost Raja-like melody in Manase thalupe, with splendid strings accompanying Haricharan and Sindhuri. The sound takes on a fantastic waltz-like quality adding a new dimension. Vishal does wonders in the disappointingly-too-short Marala raaa. Nithyashree Venkataramanan totally aces the rendition, starting off slow, in a dreamy manner, but makes the brilliant rock transition in grand style! That brings us to Ilayaraja’s two songs in the film! Naa kadhalo yuvarani is trademark Raja in every conceivable way – the gently lilting sound, the familiar, comforting interludes and the delightful melody that gets even more likeable in the anupallavi, perfectly handled by Vibhavari! She sounds completely different in Thikkalodi vesham, a lovely throwback to 90s Raja invoking classics like Michael Madana Kamarajan’s Ram bum bum with its swinging jazz influence! Kathalo Rajakumari is a lovely soundtrack, with Ilayaraja and Vishal Chandrashekhar producing highly enjoyable music!

Keywords: Kathalo Rajakumari, Kadhalo Rajakumari, Ilayaraja, Vishal Chandrashekhar, 200, #200

Listen to the songs on Saavn:

Listen to the songs (only 4; for some reason the 2 Ilayaraja songs are not included!)

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