Sunday March 4, 2012

Top recent listens (February 2012)

Posted by Karthik

Raabta & Pungi – Agent Vinod (Hindi – Pritam)
A solid new Pritam soundtrack with songs that are instantly addictive! Raabta tops this list, followed closely by the super fun Pungi!

Chaahat & Gunaah – Blood Money (Hindi – Jeet)
Pritam’s ex-partner Jeet is not far behind either. To get on the Hindi plank again, after a few false starts, he uses his tried and tested tunes from Bengali and works wonders with them even in Hindi, in Blood Money.

Piya tu – Kahaani (Hindi – Vishal-Shekhar)
Piya tu’s highlight is Javed Bashir’s vocals, no doubt. But Vishal-Shekhar infuse so much energy in this song, not just in the tune, but also the music, that it clicks beautifully as a package.

Yaaro ivalo, Yen uyire & Yaen indha dhideer – Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey (Tamil – Achu)
One of the best recent soundtracks in Tamil, Achu’s music in Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey is an amazingly pleasant surprise! What else do you expect from a in-hibernation composer whose last outing, years ago, was so very average? Yaar ivalo and Yaen indha dhideer are testimony to Achu’s vibrant imagination!

Title song, Saanwal yaar, Marjaana & Zaaman – Teri Rehmatein (Indipop – Harpreet)
Teri rehmatein is that rare breed in IndiPop that actually focuses on its tunes by getting a competent composer. And Harpreet, despite and beyond what Sony Music India may have told him, as a brief, works and gets his tunes so right!

Maribeku & Baa baa Bengaluru – Alermaari (Kannada – Arjun Janya)
If Arjun was disapponting in Lucky, he makes it up with Alemaari! Maribeku is one solid example of his skills and the choice of Karthik to croon this serene, purely tune-based song is perfect.

Chinnadhana – Ishq (Telugu – Anup Rubens)
The best song in Ishq, Chinnadhana is foot-tapping and perfectly in-sync with the rythmic backgrounds.

Ponnodu poovai, Kannaram thumbi, Enthe hridayathaalam & Poovaaname – Thalsamayam Oru Penkutty (Malayalam – Sharreth)
Sharreth continues to do extraordinarily well, after a splendid soundtrack for the Tamil-Telugu bi-lingual, 180. The tunes he assembles here are mesmerizing and I’d like to single out Poovaaname specifically.

Pyaarge aagbittaite – Govindaya Namaha (Kannada – Gurukiran)
The guru of masala music in Kannada does what he knows best. That the song is no doubt backed by an imaginative video but that doesn’t take much away from what Guru has put together.

Ilayaraja special:

Considering I recently set out to collect and compile my Raja favorites from non-Tamil soundtracks, here’s what I selected from the many, many songs that were referred to me on Twitter, the Milliblog Facebook Group and in the comments section of the blog I posted on this topic (besides emails). A small note: Please add the entire soundtrack of Geetha (Kannada), Pallavi Anu Pallavi (Kannada) and Emani ne (from Manthri Gari Viyyankudu). Besides these, the 3 soundtracks that really struck a chord in me, given that I’m hearing these songs for the first time in my life, are Abhinandana (Telugu), Olangal (Malayalam – I’ve of course heard Thumbi Vaa’s multiple versions in other languages) and Shikari (Kannada).

When I dig for reasons why I like these songs (more than so many others that I heard along with them), I came to the conclusion that it may because they remind me of (a) another, mildly similar song by Raja in Tamil, that I have grown up with, or (b) it reminds me of the mood or feeling that stirred in me when I heard a similar mood/feeling-based song in Tamil, but with a different tune, while growing up. So yes, there is a strong element of nostalgia that made this crash-course list possible, but this list making was equivalent, at least to me, to knowing certain streets and parts of a city I grew up in that I wasn’t aware existed earlier. Like, for example, if I go to Sri Rangam (near Trichy) today, every street would scream at me with nostalgic memories, but some streets and parts of the city would be a bit more special – the strange thing is that I may not have seen them at all while I was there, but they seem so very, very familiar!


  1. Aalolam peelikkaavadi – Aalolam
  2. Kalkandaam Chundil – Onnanu Nammal
  3. Konji Karayalle & Poonkaattinodum – Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu
  4. Kuliradunnumaanathu, Thumbi Vaa & Vezhambal Kezhum – Olangal
  5. Mizhiyil – Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu
  6. Olathumbathu & Snehathin Poonchola – Pappayude Swantham Appoos
  7. Ormakalaay & Thazhampoothaalil – Oomakkuyil
  8. Poovai Virinju, Puzhayorathil – Adharvam
  9. Thamara Kili Paadunnu & Unarumee Ganam- Moonampakkam
  10. Swapnangal – Season
  11. Tharapadham – Anaswaram


  1. Ade Neevu, Eduta neeve, Manchu Kurise, Prema Intha Maduram & Premalenidhi – Abhinandana (Ade neevu, it struck me, seems very similar to Raja’s song in Tamil from the Karthik-starrer Natpu, ‘Adhi kaalai subha velai’!)
  2. Alli billi & Jigi jigi jigija – Chettukinda Pleader (Jigi jigi jigija’s Mayamalava Gowlai is incredible!)
  3. Ekkada ekkada – Ladies Tailor (An amazing composition that starts so suddenly but builds it oh-so-beautifully!)
  4. Kalaya Nijama – Coolie No.1 (Strongly reminiscent of ‘Maalayil yaaro’ from Chatriyan)
  5. Keeravani – Anveshana
  6. Manasuna – Sankeerthana
  7. Mata Rani Mounamidi – Maharshi
  8. Nee Meeda Naaku – Rakshasudu
  9. Nirantaramu Vasantamulu – Preminchu Pelladu
  10. Subhalekha – Kondaveeti Donga
  11. Sumam Prati Sumam – Maharshi (Reminded me a lot of Keladi Kanmani’s ‘Karpoora Bommai Ondru’!)
  12. Vennelai Padana – Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Recording Dance Troupe
  13. Vennello Godari – Sithara (Amazing whiff of ‘Kannaa varuvaaya’ of Manadhil Urudhi Vendum)


  1. Kanavarisu & Nanna jotege – Shikari
  2. Nanna Neenu Gellalare – Nee Nanna Gellalare
  3. Yava Shilpi Kanda Kanasu – Janma Janmadha Anubandha



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