An evening with Rahman’s music

For the past four days, I have been listening to only two songs again and again. They are Sonu Nigam’s Deewana (This one is of course not A.R.Rahman’s) and Rahman’s Lukka Chuppi. More than the music, one thing that had me hooked on to these two songs is the voice of Sonu Nigam & A.R.Rahman. The feel that they both bring to the songs with their voices is amazing.
Yesterday evening, I listened to the songs of Sivaji for the first time. After listening to Rahman singing a beautiful line like ‘Yahaan sab kuch hai maa phir bhi lage bin tere mujhko akela’ in Lukka Chuppi, his singing the line ‘Bun bun nee sweet bun’ in the song Athiradee didn’t appeal to me initially. After that, I listened to some of my favourites sung by Rahman since all I wanted to do was to listen to only the songs sung by him!

Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera – There have been times when I have put this song in the repeat mode and lost track of the number of times it got played. I can’t even imagine anyone else who could have done justice to this song as well as Rahman!
Pray For Me Brother – The video of this is too good. Even though Rahman sporting a new look with glasses is because of some eye infection or something, does he look cool in this video!
Dil Se Re – The beat, the way he starts the song, the way the song ends with the chorus starting a few seconds after Rahman’s voice, Rahman singing the line Dil Se Re/ KaNNeere KaNNeere Santhosha KaNNeerey!
Andha Arabic Kadaloaram – Is one song that I always listen to whenever I want to cheer up myself or when I am very happy.

Sivaji
Before I start writing about the songs of Sivaji, let me tell you that I am yet to read even a single review of the songs since I didn’t want to get influenced by anyone’s review (and there a few people whose review does influence me a bit). I liked all the songs the very first time I listened to them itself or maybe should I say there was not even a single song that I felt wasn’t upto the mark.
Athiradee – After these songs, I went back to Athiradee and did I become crazy about that song! I listened to it 3-4 times continuously! I love the guitar interludes in this song and then of course, Rahman’s voice! This is my current favourite in Sivaji now.
Sahana/Sahara – Did any of you feel that Udit Narayan’s voice doesn’t suit this song or is it only me? In fact, off late, I have started getting bored of Udit’s voice. Think of songs like O Mitwa, O Rey Chori, Yeh Tara or for that matter some non-ARR songs like Koi Ladki Hai or Mehendi Lagaa ke Rakhna. Does his voice now have the same magic as it had in these songs? Coming back to the song, the starting music reminded me of the Dil Se Theme music. I especially like the music of these lines:
Thalaimudhal Kaalvarai thavikkinra dhooratthai idhazhgaLil kadanthu vidu, Un meesaiyin mudiyenra malliya saaviyil pulangaLai thirandhu vidu
Chinmayee has sung these lines so well!
I like the music that comes at 2.15.
Vaaji Vaaji – I like the way this song starts. The beat, the chorus singing aambal aambal! Aren’t some parts of this song based on raaga Abheri? Especially the lines sung by Madhusree in the two charanams (the lines starting with Punnagai and Anandha veriyil)? These lines reminded me of some parts of Shabba Shabba from Daud. The music between the two charanams is too good. Given a song like Nila kaaigiradhu or Uyire and a song like this one, is there anyone apart from Hariharan who can sing these songs giving each one the appropriate feel!
Style – I like the beat in this song and the way the tempo changes from 1.08 onwards. I don’t find anything else special about this song at this point of time.
Balleilakka – A typical Rajni song with lyrics too so typical of a Rajni song. I like everytime the word Sattunu sollu is said everytime after the beat.
The Boss – The beat/music running in the background throughout this song is what I like. I don’t have anything else special to say about this song right now.

Today evening all I did was only listen to Sivaji songs again and again (That’s what I am doing even now). When you have Rahman’s music for company, what more can you ask for! 🙂

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45 Comments

  1. Sathej said,

    April 12, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Nice to see a post after quite a while.You seem to be a tremondous fan of ARR!
    Sathej

  2. Sathej said,

    April 12, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    A spelling error!tremendous.

  3. Aravind said,

    April 13, 2007 at 1:36 am

    Sahara pookal is my favorite. Udit Narayan had sung really sung well and chinmayi’s voice is awesome.

  4. Adiya said,

    April 13, 2007 at 2:13 am

    mm 🙂 romba time appuram vanduerukinga..

    i like vellia pokkal , siru pokkal, kalluri salai, tera bina, Roobaa ru…

    Vaaji my choice would be hariharan or Shanker Mahadevan to an extend Naresh Iyer.

    Sahana is one the one we are debating as of now.. lets c. 🙂
    🙂 njoy

  5. April 13, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Aparna. Romba naaL kazhichu vanduerukinga. Nice review 🙂

  6. ranjhith said,

    April 13, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Welcome Back! Yep! Chinmayee has done a wonderful job.

    Then, when I heard “Andha Arabic Kaldaloram..”, I was just baffled with that fresh new voice. Even in “Chinna Chinna Aasai” – even on the 1st hearing on TV, got me think, that something is different. All for good & ARR is the dude. 🙂

  7. Andy said,

    April 14, 2007 at 12:33 am

    My favourite song with ARR’s voice is Fanaa.. Probably I am the only one – but i felt the song had a pet shop boys feel to it. Maybe because of the synth beats.

  8. Bharath said,

    April 14, 2007 at 12:49 am

    I am with you on Athiradee 🙂

  9. April 14, 2007 at 2:47 am

    Athiradee is awesome …i like that Billa Ranga Baasha thaan Ivan pistol Paesum baeshaa thaan … cant wait to see rajini rahman combo on screen

    Sahara by VY is also awesome ….

    i like the start hum of Vaaji Vaaji … where the female chorus sings Aaambal aambal and Mouval Mouval … thats my ringtone now …

    And review – Was nice to see start with Lukka Chupi and Athiradee …cant believe same man sang these 2 songs !!

  10. shivganesh said,

    April 14, 2007 at 11:25 am

    a.r. rocks! nice to hear to ur comments about sivaji’s songs aparna. sahana saaral is the song which will give the initial popularity to sivaji, followed by vaaji vaaji and adhiradi kaalam the most favourite song from sivaji and blazee’s theme “vaada”, the magnificent sivaji theme music, the rocking beats of oru koodai sunlight(style) and a typical rajini song “ballilekka”
    the only thing left out for the whole vacation is to hear to sivaji’s songs exclusively and no other plans!

  11. M.Yasheer said,

    April 14, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Nice To Haer reviews Like These.A.R.Rahman will Get Proud Of Us.

    SIVAJI_THE BOSS
    A.R.RAHMAN_THE LEGEND

    LONG LIVE A.R.RAHMAN

  12. Aparna said,

    April 14, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Sathej,
    I am a tremendous fan of Rahman only! 🙂 Btw, do you listen to film songs or not?

    Aravind,
    Welcome to my blog! I differ about Udit’s voice but I too like Chinamyi’s.

    Adiya,
    I too like those songs! Who wouldn’t? 😉
    No debate about Sahana. In fact, I have now listened to it so many times that I like it veryyy much. But, I don’t think my opinion about Udit’s voice will change.

  13. Aparna said,

    April 14, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Ferrari,
    Thank you!

    Ranjhith,
    > All for good & ARR is the dude
    yes! 🙂

    Andy,
    > pet shop boys feel
    I see

    Bharath,
    🙂 Welcome to my blog!

  14. Aparna said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Sreekrishnan,
    Yup! The way he has sung a song like Lukka Chuppi & then, Athiradee is amazing!

    Shivganesh,
    Welcome to my blog! Nice to read about your views on Sivaji songs too. Enjoy your vacation with Sivaji! 🙂

    M.Yasheer,
    Welcome to my blog! Yes, Long Live A.R.Rahman!

  15. adiya said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    illa debate innu sonnathu.. we are just discussing some aspects of it..
    of-course any song has its own goods 🙂 no doubt 🙂

    இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள் ~~~~

  16. Aparna said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Adiya,
    ok 🙂
    Thanks and wish you too a very happy new year!

  17. Sathej said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    No! I don’t, Aparna.Wish you a happy new year!
    Sathej

  18. Aparna said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Sathej,
    Oh! I thought so! Thank you and wish you too a very happy new year!

  19. Sathej said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    How was your deduction about me not listening to film songs made?Just curious!
    Sathej

  20. Aparna said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    Sathej,
    That was only from your comments. You never comment anything for posts on film songs. So….

  21. Sathej said,

    April 14, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    I see!By the way,your post on Life was good and thought provoking.
    Sathej

  22. Aparna said,

    April 14, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Sathej,
    Thank you.

  23. Andy said,

    April 14, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I am serious. you can try this song of Pet shop Boys : http://youtube.com/watch?v=bGMs0O9KGFM

    I am not saying the tune is similar.. but the music has the same pleasant feel.

  24. yuva said,

    April 16, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    i can add many more.. these few are very sweet/great/awesome..
    Love Birds — Nalai Ulagam
    Rachagan —
    Duet — Nann Padum Santham
    Puthiya Mugalm — Netru illatha
    Mr Romeo — Thaingathy

  25. chiroti said,

    April 17, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Aparna, hope you know Sonu sings in kannada as well and he sings very well. Try listening to Annisuthidhe yaako indhu from Mungaarumale movie. Though you wont understand, you will like the song. I can help you out with the lyrics part.

    ARR – I like ARR’s Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera the most. (Hope I can say this, pls dont force me to say that I like all his songs…:( poor me! ) 🙂

    Sivaji – I simply love the way SPB has sung Ballelakka, esp the SaduGudu part, listen to the variations (aavarthas) he sings in full speed, its brilliant! Yes, the chorus sounds very good, esp the Sattenu Sollu part, though I dint quite like AR Rehana’s style of singing in between.
    I like Sahana Pookkal only for Sujatha’s voice, simply beautiful.
    Rest, Style – is very stylish 🙂 and the rest are okay.
    Good post. Good time pass for us! 🙂

    Take care.
    chiroti

  26. chiroti said,

    April 17, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Oops, did is say Sujatha’s voice for Sahara Pookal…:) it’s Chinmayee, sorry!

  27. Aparna said,

    April 17, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Andy,
    Maybe it has the same feel. Am not sure. I listened to it some 3 times and I liked it 🙂

    Yuva,
    Nice selection of songs 🙂

  28. Aparna said,

    April 17, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    chiroti,
    Thank you!
    I didn’t know that Sonu sings in Kannada! I will listen to that song. And thanks for offering to help me with the lyrics! I will listen to it and let you know.
    > Hope I can say this, pls dont force me to say that I like all his songs…:(
    LOL! I won’t force you 🙂 There are some songs of ARR that I too find boring! And some way above the rest!
    Nice to know about your views on Sivaji songs.

  29. Adiya said,

    April 17, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    #Chiroti.
    🙂 mm. A.R.Rehana singing type is another change paradigm from A.R.R for rajini. he did the same thing in Muthu movie also “Kokku Saiva Kokku” song.
    along with S.P.B sir there is one known/unknown singer Theni Kunjamma haunting inbetween.. 🙂
    Here is also the same pattern.. 🙂 S.P.B sir just pulls every bodies heart with his casual very comfortable singing style( u explained what ever i wanted to say ) and aptly supported by a.R.rehhana & chorus.

    i like the that “ala marathuku jadaiya pinnalam” lines from rehanana as thrilled S.P.B @ his best .. right from ballekka starts to end with Cool 🙂

    Hope u know a.r.rehana is rahmans sister cum music director 🙂
    machi, azghar are some of her compositions 🙂

    #Aparna
    🙂 //LOL! I won’t force you There are some songs of ARR that I too find boring!//

    is it u 🙂 interesting.. 🙂

  30. chiroti said,

    April 18, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Aparna,

    🙂

    Adiya,

    Good observation on ARR style for Muthu’s song and now Sivaji.
    Yes, I do know about AR Rehana…:) Thanks for the info. So you like those lines? 😦 okay…:)

    Adiya, I cleverly pulled out some secrets from Aparna, she finds some songs of ARR boring…;)

  31. Rukesh said,

    April 18, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Aparna,

    Good Review..Adding to the same. i feel the back ground orchestra for Vaaji..Vaaji songs is same like of Ale..Ale..of BOYS.

    Rukesh 🙂

  32. Aparna said,

    April 18, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Adiya,
    Why I can’t find some of ARR’s songs boring? 😉
    I too like those lines from Balleilakka!

    Chiroti,
    Clever indeed 🙂

    Rukesh,
    Thank you. 🙂

  33. Harish said,

    April 19, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Neat review. As u said…Adiradi rocks 😀

  34. adiya said,

    April 19, 2007 at 5:31 am

    #Chiroti

    Danksu

    #Aparna
    mm. cool.. then u can call Chiroti as you mentioned earlier 🙂 ha ha 🙂

  35. Aparna said,

    April 19, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Harish,
    Thank you.

    Adiya,
    > u can call Chiroti as you mentioned earlier
    Hmmm

  36. adiya said,

    April 19, 2007 at 8:29 am

    🙂 thanks 🙂

  37. chiroti said,

    April 19, 2007 at 9:27 am

    hehehe…very funny…:)

  38. dawdler said,

    April 21, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    U mite want to try – Sarfarosh Ki Tamanna.(OST-The Legend of Bhagat Singh).same combo.. i’m no music connoisseur…this one is absolutely enthralling…the tempo and the rendition so smoothing… close competition in the form of Azyage Sugma (OST – Parthale Paravasam) and Thenkizyakku Seemayile (Kizyakku Seemayile) and Dheeme Dheeme (1947 Earth) wud be some of the most achingly painful music I’ve heard …so far…

  39. Aparna said,

    April 23, 2007 at 8:25 am

    dawdler,
    Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna is one of my favourites of ARR 🙂 & yeah, you are right. The other songs that you have mentioned are also some of the best of slow melodious songs of Rahman.

  40. TARA said,

    April 25, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    hey i guess u are a music freak and a lover of AR ‘s music.. me too .. i love rahman.. iand i too was touched by shivaji’s songs.. i like vaaji and rrahman in athiradee… always.. his songs.. appeal me .. when i hear them say 2 to 3 times.. and then i never stop listening to my fav playlists….have a look at hummaa.com .. its got gr8 music…. good collection of songs..

  41. Aparna said,

    April 25, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    TARA,
    So you are a Rahman’s fan too? Cool!

  42. swaychaa said,

    April 26, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    http://swaycha.blogspot.com/

    good one!

  43. swaychaa said,

    April 26, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    good one!

  44. showkath khan said,

    July 8, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    aparna a good review, ar rahman is a very good singer and i liked dil se and mustafa mustafa…….he is a hardworking musician…..i like his music and his attitude towards other senior musicians, he respects them and never shows off nor talks big…..great human being.

  45. Aparna said,

    July 9, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Showkath Khan,
    Thanks.


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