Category Archives: A.R.Rahman

ARR’s Thumbi Thullal

This song couldn’t have come at a better time! Right now, when the world in itself is facing uncertain times like no other, here comes a song bringing along with it celebration, joy, dance, longing, love, hope and all that is synonymous with positivity.

Starting off with a soft Charukesi (?), slowly transcending to the soft percussion which doesn’t have any shades whatsoever of the ‘saraveDi’ lyrics, it builds up into one of the most beautiful, soft crescendos ever at ‘madhumaNamO’!

In comes Shreya’s voice, singing some of those lines which seem to have the classic ARR touch, with sitar joining in in the background. I love the way how the words ‘en kaLLachirippin nILam neeye’ are placed with the word ‘nILam’ spaced out so ‘nILam’.

Again ‘saraveDi’ enters unexpectedly and is followed by a very lovely flute interlude.

Shreya sings more of those longing lines.

The percussion, flute, ‘saraveDi’, Shreya’s voice and, now, guess what?! Nadaswaram! And that too the majestic Nattai ‘jagadAnandakArakA’ acting as the crowning glory!

The crescendo of the thavil has the song switching to Nakul Abhyankar’s voice. The place where he goes ‘uyurAvEn’ is so wow!

Then comes this amazing chorus having all the classic touches of ARR.

And when Shreya launches off to ‘thumbi thuLLal’ again, you’ve chorus as the background along with all the thavil, sitar, flute and more! Wow!

The finale has us drowning in the mellifluous sounds of sitar and flute, leaving us asking for more of this addictive music!

The promo visuals for this song are quite appealing and the music and visuals together call for celebration!

There are way too many intricacies, lovely instrumentals, beautiful tunes, foot-tapping beats to be relished in every single second of this song that once you start listening to it, there is no way you are not playing it on an endless repeat mode!

The Magic of Alaipayuthey – 20 Years Later

This blog of mine has always been synonymous with celebrating all things Alaipayuthey! So, it would be highly unfair if I leave this special occasion of Alaipayuthey turning 20 without at least a passing mention here. But when have I ever been able to stick to just a ‘passing mention’ of Alaipayuthey? 😉 So, here is yet another heartfelt raving about that special movie!

Sometime in the beginning of April during one of those sleepless nights, it struck me that Alaipayuthey was turning 20 this year. Since then, there have been quite a few reminiscences going on in my mind. From thinking of 20 special things to 20 special scenes to recollecting certain write-ups of mine, Alaipayuthey has yet again been giving me quite a few relaxing moments during this much-needed anxious period!

While it would be cliched to say that this movie remains as special to me today as it was 20 long years earlier, it is indeed the case. When I saw earlier in the day that Mani Ratnam was going to be appearing Live on Facebook with Suhasini, I set a reminder and watched it from the start to finish, absolutely hooked to it. And then when Madhavan made an appearance in the show, I can’t tell you how much the Alaipayuthey fan in me was rejoiced! Is there any better way to celebrate Alaipayuthey?!

As Madhavan said the famed ‘Naan onna virumbala’ dialogue in the show, the magic in these words were as fresh today as it was when we first heard it. Madhavan asked Mani Ratnam about why there was such lengthy, filmy dialogue in this, so unlike his usual style. Before I knew it, I was thinking about several of the proposal scenes in all his other films.

When Suhasini showed a mirror with a colourful backdrop, even before she started talking about it, I shouted out loud, ‘Hey this is the Alaipayuthey mirror!’ 😀 She indeed did confirm that this was a mirror which she had bought in Hauz Khas, Delhi and was used in Alaipayuthey. Knowing yet another new trivia about anything and everything related to Alaipayuthey excited me today as much as it did during my teens. 🙂 That mirror in which the thaali is hung 🙂

If watching a mere Live conversation with Mani Ratnam gets me this excited, guess how much the movie still excites me even today!

Jugni – Kaatru Veliyidai

There are those songs that start like a whiff of fresh air. Jugni is one such – the opening soft music as fresh as the air in the snowy Himalayas where the video of this song is shot!

Then those foot-tapping beats change the mood of the song. The constant dance-worthy beats all through and those intermittent exploding beats, the soft layers of short snatches of music in the background here and there – at times soothing, at times intense, but all through mesmerizing – stay with you long after this song gets over.
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As We Bond Over ARR’s Music

I cannot tell you how exciting it is for me when I introduce composition after composition of ARR to my children and see them too thoroughly enjoy those. With the volume on a high and the woofer on, there are those moments when there’s no room for naughtiness or tantrums and it’s just music and us. As I tap my feet and hum along softly and they both dance to the music, relaxing with Rahman’s music has almost become an everyday activity for us.

ARR Songs Mash-Up by Guitar Prasanna

And then there are those stunning pieces of music which leave you awestruck, mesmerized, happy and pulls you in completely into it. Now, how would you feel when several of your most favourite songs from your favourite composer are brought together and blissful parts from one song after another comes successively in your favourite instrument, guitar by your favourite guitar player? Watch Guitar Prasanna effortlessly create magic with his guitar bringing together lots of beautiful songs of Rahman:

https://www.facebook.com/guitarprasanna/videos/10155715823783956/

Mindblowing! What a wide variety of songs has he chosen! This is going to be my music for the day.  

Kaatru Veliyidai

Breathtaking visuals, beautiful colours, mesmerizing music, people with flaws and feelings abound, a leading lady in lovely costumes, a love story on a setting that makes you think beyond your normal lives and thank those brave soldiers who are helping us lead a safe life – that is Kaatru Veliyidai for you.

If you are looking for a story of two perfect and caring people falling in love with each other and leading a happy life together, then this movie is not for you.
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Alaipayuthey – The Colours!

Watching Alaipayuthey fully last Saturday, I seriously couldn’t recollect the last time I watched it fully! It definitely has been a few years! Watching it make me feel 17 years younger, got me away from feeling like an oldie having entered into my 30s. 😉 And yes, it made my hands itch to write something about it here!

I love colours – deep, rich colours, vibrant hues, bold strokes of colours on a canvas and even dull, moody tones. Alaipayuthey is one movie which literally celebrates colours through the song ‘Pacchai Nirame‘ and through almost every single frame. It is not just Pacchai Nirame, each and every scene of which glorifies the many varied hues of colours painted naturally by nature on this wide canvas called earth and sky.

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ARR 50!

Celebrating Rahman’s music as he turns 50 years today! Here are 50 of my favourite songs of A R Rahman: (Random, no particular order)

Foot-tapping Songs:
1. Andha Arabic Kadaloram – Bombay
2. Thee Thee – Thiruda Thiruda
3. Rang De Basanti
4. Mental Manadhil (Female) – OK Kanmani
5. Chaiyya Chaiyya – Dil Se
6. Ooh La La La – Minsara Kanavu
7. Nenjinile/Jiya Jale – Uyire/Dil Se
8. Dil Se Re/ Sandhosha Kanneere
9. Fanaa – Aayitha Ezhuthu
10. Yeh Dilli Hai Mera Yaar – Dilli 6

Most Romantic Songs:
11. Pudhu Vellai Mazhai – Roja
12. Moongil Thottam – Kadal
13. Tu Bin Bataye – Rang De Basanti

Happy Songs:
14. Poo poo pookkum Osai – Minsara Kanavu
15. Barso Re – Guru
16. Pacchai Nirame – Alaipayuthey
17. Thirakkadha Kaattukkulle – En Swaasa Kaatru

Songs I turn to when in deep thought:
18. Latika’s Theme – Slumdog Millionaire
19. Dichotomy of Fame – Rockstar
20. Never Give Up – Million Dollar Arm
21. Aaromale (Female) – Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya

Emotional, Beautiful Songs:
22. En Kadhale – Duet
23. Mannippaaya – Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya
24. Uyirum Neeye – Pavithra
25. The Banyan Theme – Conveys emotions sans words

Random Favourite Songs
26. Parandhu Sella Vaa – OK Kanmani
27. Hey Goodbye Nanba – Aayitha Ezhuthu
28. Poovukkenna Poottu – Bombay
29. Yaayire – Rangeela
30. Telephone Manipol – Indian
31. Muppathu Nimidam – Parasuram
32. Mellisaye – Mr Romeo
33. Theendai – En Swaasa Kaatre
34. Chinna Chinna Aasai – Roja
35. New York Nagaram – Sillunu Oru Kadhal
36. Kucchi Kucchi Rakkamma – Bombay
37. Ishq Bina – Taal
38. O Rey Chori – Lagaan
39. Yeh Rasta Hai Kah Raha – Swades
40. Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera – Swades
41. I am Sorry – One 2 Ka 4
42. O Baawre – Daud
43. Vaaji Vaaji – Sivaji

Songs with beautiful interludes:
44. July Madham Vandhal – Pudhiya Mugam
45. Malargale – Love Birds
46.Kannamoochi – Kandukondain Kandukondain
47. Azhage Sugama – Paarthaale Paravasam

Special Pieces
48.Spirit of Unity concert theme
49.Worldspace theme
50. Thaai Manne Vanakkam – Vande Mataram (I prefer the Tamil)

Happy Birthday, Rahman!

At the end of an exhausting day, here I am wide awake after a night nap! I look at the clock. See it turn 12 midnight here in Singapore and that’s when I remember it is Rahman’s birthday today!

The one Rahman’s song that I have been listening to the last few days is Humma Humma from OK Jaanu. While the memory of me and my sister listening to Andha Arabic Kadaloram as children and enjoying it very much is still vivid in my mind, today seeing my little one who is not even 2 years old sing ‘Ammaa’ mazhalayaa and dance away following the steps taught by his sister brings back those memories afresh to my mind. My kids are loving this foot-tapping remix as well as the original Andha Arabic Kadaloram, my most favourite song from Bombay. I feel happy seeing Rahman’s music appeal so much to the gen-next too.

Rahman, your music has always been an instant energy-booster to me. And it has always been there with me through all the ups and downs of my life. Happy Birthday, Rahman!

Rasaali

Along comes a song like a whiff of fresh air – literally, since the music and lyrics make you feel as though you are the one who is on that fast, carefree, breezy drive having the time of your life!

வாழ்வில் ஒரு பயணம் இது
முடிந்திட…விடுவேனோ!

Seriously! One just doesn’t want either the music or the lovely voices and words to stop! Ever! Wish the song would just go on and on! I just love the way the word ‘viduveno’ is sung.

The lazy, leisurely pace at which the song starts doesn’t give you a clue on what’s in store as the song progresses. The song opens with the chirping of bird, distant and near, which again appears prominently when Shashaa sings

பறவை போலாகினேன் போலாகினேன் இன்று…

Apt, isn’t it?

Who would have thought that the charanam of the beautiful Valachi varnam replete with all the classical Carnatic musical accompaniments and my personal favourite Shri raagam chittaiswarams in it could so easily blend with a song like this! And did we foresee Arunagirinathar’s ‘Mutthaitharu’ on a foot-tapping instrumental making an appearance either? Wow! And not to forget the ‘Ninnu Kori’ replete with all the brighas that just pulls you even deeper into the song. Just love the blending of so many musical forms together!

முன்னும் இது போலே புது
அனுபவம்
கண்டேன் என சொல்லும்படி
நினைவிலை
இன்னும் எதிர் காலத்திலும்
வழியிலை…மறவேனே!

Lilting words that speak of the wonderful aspects of life, the most memorable and cherishable phases of life. Shashaa’s voice oozes with the perfect emotion needed for these words.

On the personal front, this song is a perfect cocktail of my own musical taste and preferences. It has been having me humming Valachi varnam non-stop the last few days, especially the Shri raaga swarams which is probably my most favourite part of all the varnams. This song made me realize that it has been ages since I last sang it – one of my most favourite varnams to sing. This song has made me get in touch with the old-me. I just had to come out of hibernation to write about the experience of ‘Rasaali’ here. I have been listening to this song non-stop for more than a couple of hours now and I still can’t have enough of it! Only you, Rahman, can connect with your fans this way!

– A crazy Rahmaniac lost completely in the music of A R Rahman!