South Indian film music’s current North Indian darling, Armaan Malik earns his standing singing Aalisu baa exceptionally well. His singing perfectly syncs with the song’s three layers, the other two being a slightly retro-reminiscent percussion and a brilliant layer of strings. Belakendare ups the ante significantly! In what seems like Hamsanadham raaga (Bantureethi kolu!), Arjun weaves a rich semi-classical melody with a fantastic tabla base. Haricharan and Indu Nagaraj seem to be genuinely enjoying the singing part and that shows! Manasina continues with the highly melodic tone of the soundtrack and has an aptly placed violin layer that adds considerable charm to Karthik and Anuradha Bhat’s vocals. The tune is spritely and easily likeable. Yaare nee, the ominous tune gets its alluring and minimal backgrounds right, and in a way, sounds like a classic Hamsalekha number at least going by the sound! Vyasa Raj’s deep vocals matche the song’s pathos, while Arjun slowly and steadily builds on the backgrounds. The Raaga theme picks on Manasina’s violin strains and ropes in Sudeep to add gravitas with his narration – short and sweet. Hebbuli and Chakravarthy were undoubtedly good, but in Raaga, Arjun guns for Mungaru Male 2 level quality and succeeds!
Keywords: Raaga, Arjun Janya, #200, 200
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