Tuesday August 2, 2016

Kidaari (Music review), Tamil – Darbuka Siva

Posted by Karthik

But for Sanjana Kalmanje’s brief intervention, Vandiyile nellu varum is a faithful reuse of La Pongal’s original and is a wonderful folk fusion. That fusion works so much better in Thalakaalu puriyalayae, that, after the misleadingly soft prelude, breaks out in a riot of sounds led by Napier and Naveen’s bass to give Anitha and Velmurugan company. And it gets progressively interesting with the guitar, thavil, nadaswaram and brass joining fantastic fusion cocktail! The harmonious Kaathu veesudhu picks up the Kidari hook from Thalakaalu and builds it into a grand, strings and brass led sound impressively. Navin’s flute again leads the beauty in Nenjukulla ninnu kittu‘s haunting melody that almost sounds Ilayaraja’ish, with Keba’s guitaring providing a lovely backdrop. Velmurugan handles the ominous tune of Vettaruva wonderfully, with Keba’s guitar and Navin’s flute/woodwinds adding a superbly mysterious feel. For a similar sinister sound in Bharathiyar’s Pagaivanukku arulvaai, Siva produces a mesmerizing combination of strings (Prasanna) and the occasional Sarod (Debasmita Bhattacharya), while Haricharan proves why he is so good with vocals, yet again. The instrumental Velivarum ulmugam closes the trio of dark, moody pieces in style. Darbuka Siva’s film debut extends his La Pongal style of music to great effect.

Keywords: Kidari, Kidaari, Darbuka Siva, La Pongal, 200, #200

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