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Week 217: On Spotify | On YouTube
17 songs this week. All the songs are available on YouTube, while the Spotify playlist is missing 2 songs – Dabzee’s “promo” song from Sulaikha Manzil, and the song from Dia’s Marathi version, Sari.
Teri Nigaahon Ne – Music School (Ilayaraja) – Hindi: The songs released so far from this film didn’t work for me at all (and one of the songs, set in a train/railway station, was adequately embarrassing, to say the least). But thankfully, the man delivers a wallop in this song. The soulful melody harks back to his earlier range… something a Balki would have extracted out of him in more recent times. Shreya Ghoshal and Javed Ali handle it aptly.
PS Anthem – Ponniyin Selvan Part-2 (A R Rahman) – Tamil: Oh. My. God! This is the most uncharacteristic sound I’d associate with Ponniyin Selvan! I can understand why this wasn’t part of the sequel’s soundtrack that was released earlier 🙂 But, to be honest, this is the kind of subversive contrast (between the period and the sound) that I would have actually expected from the Mani-ARR combo, much like how they subverted the MGR-period music in Iruvar with songs like KaNNai Kotti KoLLathey that only had lyrical accuracy with the period but generously tinkered with the sound to appeal to a different generation. But it’s good that the duo didn’t try that with Ponniyin Selvan’s sound given the legendary novels’ fan following and that they would be the first to celebrate the long overdue film version; so it has to appeal to them first, to the period next, and be somewhere in the middle for broad appeal. I took time to warm up to this song, and like most Rahman songs, it does grow 🙂
Kalanina Neevalape – Raa Raa Penimiti (Mani Sharma) – Telugu: I presume the song is either Madhuvanti raaga, or border Dharmavati-Madhuvanti combo – I could trace a few Raja and Rahman songs based on this tune. It’s great to see Mani Sharma digging into such lesser-heard, but incredibly melodic and beautiful, raagas for new songs!
Kalallo – Virupaksha (B Ajaneesh Loknath) – Telugu: This is turning out to be Ajaneesh’s Weeklies – there are two more songs from him below in two other languages besides this one! I wasn’t able to get the raaga of this song but I felt it sounded a lot like Charukesi, one of my favorite raaga. Also noticed Ramesh Vinayagam being credited for the strings arrangement – good to see the immensely talented veteran’s name, though I’d love to hear more music from him. Anurag Kulkarni is excellent with his singing, but Madhushree takes the song a notch higher with her soulful voice and singing, particularly for a deeply melodious song like this.
Merise Mabbullo – Anni Manchi Sakunamule (Mickey J Meyer) – Telugu: Even without seeing Mickey’s name, I could discern his music as I heard the song – that’s the kind of signature the composer has built for himself, with that deep, sweeping sound he dips into so often. Lovely song, really well sung by Nakul Abhyankar and Ramya Bhat Abhyankar.
Haalaake Maarunne – Sulaikha Manzil (Vishnu Vijay) – Malayalam: After Jil Jil Jil, Vishnu uses almost the same template to deliver another winner effortlessly! The energetic rhythm, the racy, complicated singing (to get the words in quick succession), and the voices of Pushpavathy Poyppadathu and Ahi Ajayan, all make this a compelling listen! The song’s raaga (not sure what it is) took me to Ajaneesh’s Ulidavaru Kandante song, Gatiya Ilidu – possibly similar/same raaga?
Olam Up – Dabzee (Malayalam): The song was mentioned as ‘Promo song for Sulaikha Manzil’, featured the film’s leads (Anarkali and Lukman) and yet was not released by the film’s official music label, Think Music. Understandably, within a few hours, all mentions of the film were removed from the YouTube video title and description. In the hurry to remove all traces of the film, they even left a solitary ‘t’ belonging to the word ‘the’ – “We proudly bring to light ‘Olam Up’ the promotion track” 🙂 I’m not sure what went behind the scenes! This is one heck of a catchy song and totally fits the film’s soundtrack.
Swargakkathu Pattu – Kadina Kadoramee Andakadaham (Govind Vasantha) – Malayalam: Govind composes and sings this stirring song that is so barebones in terms of music and depends only on Umbachy’s lines and the singing! The song’s sparse background enhances the feel significantly and Govind raises to the occasion with stupendous vocals!
Midhunam Madhuram & Anuraga Sundhari – Anuragam (Joel Johns) – Malayalam: While the more popular (based on YouTube views) two songs from the film (Chill Aane and Edhuvo Ondru) didn’t work for me, the two newer songs promise better in terms of composer Joel Johns sound. Midhunam Madhuram has the kind of breezy sound I tend to associate with Shaan Rahman or Rahul Raj, and makes for a wonderful listen, complete with a gorgeous nadaswaram and thavil layer. That it is also very well sung by Vidhu Prathap and Mridula Warrier adds to that. Anuraga Sundhari is almost like an ad jingle – instantly catchy, but also like extending the jingle beyond what it is capable of. But Joel sustains the tune fairly well, thanks largely to Kapil Kapilan’s excellent singing.
Swayamvara song – Vishnu Vijay (Advertisement for Swayamvara Silks) – Malayalam: This is actually an advertisement masquerading as a full-fledged music video! It features Dulquer Salman and Anikha Surendran, and has music by Vishnu Vijay who seems to have channeled the same energy he has been showcasing for the soundtrack of Sulaikha Manzil recently. Fun, energetic wedding song, sung well by Haricharan and Dr.Sreeranjini Kodampally.
Kokkarako, Pandaaradangan, and Aazhi Thedi – ADI (Govind Vasantha) – Malayalam: Kokkarako uses the kind of earthy folk sound that Govind has used very effectively in his Tamil oeuvre (Writer’s Adi Adi comes to my mind immediately, but there are more). Harisree Ashokan’s singing lifts the song significantly. Pandaaradangan fits more in the Thaikkudam Bridge sound range, but adds a notable Govind signature too given his superb singing in this! Between this, and Swargakkathu Pattu’s Kadina Kadoramee Andakadaham, Govind’s range as a singer is quite remarkable! The nadaswaram phrase in this song’s latter part is brilliant! Aazhi Thedi, much like Thone Mogangal, is a stellar demonstration of Govind’s musical sense – the sense of melody, orchestration, everything! Fantastic tune in the style of Ilayaraja’s old-world style but with a decidedly modern sound. The singing is truly beautiful too – by Sidharth Sudheer aka SidVoc and Prarthana Indrajith.
Single Sundara – Raghavendra Stores (B Ajaneesh Loknath) – Kannada: Trust Ajaneesh to liven up an otherwise standard situation (broadly praising the hero’s character) by infusing enough fun into the backgrounds and Vijay Prakash delivering it brilliantly. This kind of comedic tone in the song is usually Arjun Janya’s territory (which he seems to have overdone heavily), but Ajaneesh’s take is very fresh!
Mala Ka Bhase – Sari (B Ajaneesh Loknath) – Marathi: Ajaneesh reuses his own song from the Kannada film Dia, for the film’s Marathi remake. Sanjeeth Hegde singing in Marathi (his debut?) is great to hear, while I did miss Chinmayi too reprising her singing role in Marathi considering she has sung in Marathi already (and quite popular, at that, in films like Sairat). The tune remains totally likeable, just like the original in Kannada – Ajaneesh doesn’t tinker with it.
Mujhe Mere Naam Se – The Yellow Diary (Indipop/Hindi): Like Shilpa Rao’s voice, I can’t seem to get enough of The Yellow Diary’s lead vocalist, Rajan Batra’s voice 🙂 I just love the texture of his voice – it has an affecting quality, almost like a less-shenanigan’ized version of Sid Sriram’s voice! The musical build-up around 2:10 is fantastic, incidentally… and reminded me a bit of Sandeep Chowta’s Short & Sweet from Kedi (one of my all-time favorite songs!).