Sunday, October 02, 2011

Curious Mix - 1

I am starting this series that might recur in future, whenever I have an eclectic mix of various interesting songs I’d like to talk about. In this post, I’d like to talk about some of the songs that impressed me in recent times.

1. Kaise Kahen (Film: Yeh Saali Zindagi): This exquisite melody from Sudhir Mishra’s film “Yeh Saali Zindagi” is such a beautiful throwback to the times of Mohd. Rafi. Composed by Nishat Khan, a sitarist (I think), the song is one of the most endearing melodies I have heard in recent times. Sung by Javed Ali, who redeems himself, this song has lyrics by Swanand Kirkire. I felt Javed Ali really put his soul into this song, given the extremely melodious tune and beautiful lyrics. I would rate this as his best song ever. The expansive string orchestra work, mild guitar strums and piano in the first interlude take us back to the vintage era compositions. The 2nd interlude has some fine pieces in violin and string section. I particularly love the 2nd stanza. absolutely well written.

“raatein.. woh seher.. woh sukoon ke peher..

bhool jaayenge hum… bhoolein kyon hum magar?

jee jaao jo tum… jee jaayenge hum

yaadon ke zakhm par… zindagi marhum”

Usually, someone with a flair for poetry would probably prefer to write that ‘memories are the only balm on the wounds of life…’ but here is someone writing that ‘Life is a balm, on the wounds of memories…’  Masterstroke! Quite brilliant!

This is one song that deserved more – for its top class composition, impressive rendition and nice poetry.

2. Haal-E-Dil (Film: Buddaah Hoga Tera Baap): Sung by Amitabh Bacchan, this is a good Yaman based composition, although it falls short in terms of improvisation. The melody and the single stanza are quite appealing, both, in terms of the tune and the rendition, but the could have been elaborated and improvised more. The song does have traces of “Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo” stanzas. Yet, composers Vishal-Sekhar must be commended for trying something different, in a very commercial potboiler film, with Amitabh Bacchan. Bacchan does a fine job.

3. Khwaabon Ke Parindey, Senorita, Dil Dhadakne do (Film: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara): I feel composers Shankar-Ehsan-Loy have become repetitive and predictable, with their choice of films (themes) and the style of music they have been making in the last 2 years. Yet, repetitiveness is just a personal feeling, that makes no sense in the long run, if a song is good. I liked few songs in this album, although they completely reek Shankar-Ehsan-Loy. Khwaabon Ke Parindey is a lovely ballad, executed with the lilt of country music. Much before I even saw the film, I imagined the song on long highways between woods, passing by some lakes and farms. The song carries such images within itself, which makes it instantly likeable. Loy Mendonsa’s daughter Alyssa Mendonsa charms with a very light-y rendition.

Senorita is the song crooned by the lead actors Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Hritik Roshan. While Farhan is not new to singing and hence manages quite well, it is surprising to see Hritik Roshan emoting wonderully. I felt Abhay deol was really awful but it is Hritik Roshan who actually leads the pack. He doesn’t sound like a novice at all and adds suitable zing to the composition. Hritik Roshan should try singing – atleast fun songs like these. Dil Dhadkne Do is the typical Shankar-Ehsan-Loy song and sounds like a leftover from Rock On. Yet, I loved the way the tune progress into the anthemic tone.

4. Poraney Poraney & Sara sara Saara (Film: Vaagai Sooda vaa): Who is this composer called Ghibran? These two compositions from this film are as polished and mature as any experienced good composer. Poraney Poraney, a beautiful ballad whose arrangements aptly add to the anthemic feel is one of the most interesting compositions in recent times, that doesn’t carry influences of another composer. And Chinmayi’s Sara Sara Saara is, by any stretch, one of the most imaginative compositions. If this is the debut of this composition, then this debut is a remarkable one. Those western classical brushes to Sara Sara, in tandem with the thavil usage and the undercurrent synth fabric still keep the playfulness of the composition alive. By tune, execution and rendition, this song is a Beauty!

5. Idhazhil, Kaathalane (Film: Naanga): Composer Bala Bharathi is a recent discovery for me. These two songs from this film have left a strong impression upon me that he is a staunch follower of Ilaiyaraaja’s music. Idhazhil, set in Hamsanadam raaga, is one brilliant composition where the stanzas gradually pursue an ascent in the scale, punctuated by guitar notes. Karthik and Chinmayi, both deliver absolutely impressive renditions – complete with intricate pronunciations where an extra sangathi gives a kick. And that 2nd interlude on flute – was it a direct tribute to ilaiyaraaja. If that wasn’t enough, the song Kaadhalane faithfully obeys the DNA of Ilaiyaraaja’s 80s songs. While the tune, set in Kalyani raaga, follows Ilaiyaraaja’s phrases on the tune, without any deviation, the selection of the singer camouflages the whole song itself, making the listener believe that the song could by raaja. Shailaja sounds every bit Uma Ramanan, a voice that crooned many ilaiyaraaja songs back in 80s through mid 90s. These songs are probably the closest clones of Ilaiyaraaja’s songs, I have ever seen in my life.

More songs that can make into to the “Curious Mix”… as and when I find out…

1 comment:

Ramesh V said...

nice post....gr8 work....telugu songs