Wishing A R Rahman and his son a very Happy Birthday! 🙂 May they be blessed with a long, healthy and musical life filled with loads of happiness.
A.R.Rahman – Well, is there anything more to write about the man, his music and what it means to me? This was the thought I was having for the past few days. And that’s when it struck me how I can ever say that I have written everything about his music when he continues to give us new, wonderful compositions year after year?! Besides, hasn’t it been really a long time since I wrote about his music? Anyway I couldn’t think of any specific thing to write. Then all of a sudden, I started wondering if at all there is any mood/situation for which there is no song composed by Rahman. And that’s when song after song of Rahman’s came to my mind and thus was born this post. 😉 I know many have already written lists like this but it’s always a pleasure to remember Rahman’s songs and write about them. 🙂 Here follows the list of songs that came to my mind when I thought about different situations/moods. I know this list is incomplete and I have missed out a lot of songs. So please do add more songs to the list that follows.
A girl lost in her dreams, singing happily in her dream world – Is there any song better than Chinna Chinna Aasai or Barso Re or Konjum MainaakkaLe or Poo Pookkum Osai or Margazhi Poove?
A girl teasing her sister/friend who has just fallen in love/ getting married – KaNNamoochi Yaenada (I know the lyrics as such wouldn’t put the song in this category, but the picturization did it), Yaaro Yaarodi
A girl who has just fallen in love – Netru Illaadha Maatram is THE song! Vairamuthu’s lyrics makes the song all the more beautiful.
A girl in love, singing happily – Chotta Chotta, Jiya Jale/Nenjinile, Anbe/Kalakalavena (From Rhythm), Saawariya, Yeh Rishta
A girl’s mehndi before her wedding – Mehndi Hai Rachnewaali
The wedding song – Wedding Qawwali (from Bombay Dreams)
A girl yearning for her lover – Evano Oruvan, My Wish Comes True
A girl whose dreams are shattered – Engae Enadhu Kavidhai
A girl offering her prayers to God – Anbendra Mazhaiyile
A guy jumping in joy after his girl smiles at him – Pacchai Nirame/Saathiya
A guy in love – EnnavaLe, Kanavaa, Anbe (from Kadhal Desam), Dheemi Dheemi
A guy yearning for the love of his lady love – O VeNNila, Anbe Anbe, Uyire/Tu Hi Re, Hariharan’s Nila Kaaigiradhu, Nahi Samne
A guy tortured by love – En Kaadhale
A husband missing his wife – New York Nagaram, Kadhal Rojaave
Separated lovers yearning for each other – PorkkaLam, Azhage Sugama, Tere Bina
Wanna say sorry to your girl? – I Am Sorry (from One 2 Ka 4)
A lullaby – Aahista
A mother/father’s love for his/her child – Kannatthil Muthamittal
A son’s love for his mother, songs about a mother’s greatness – Uyirum Neeye, part of Kaalayil Dinamum
A mother and a son missing each other – Lukka Chuppi
It’s celebration/party time? – Holi Re, Fanaa/Yaakkai Thiri, Kay Sara Sara, Nachle/Thaniye, Rang De Basanti, Mayya Mayya, Dol Dol, Lose Control are the songs for you. 🙂
In a mood to pray? – Ik Onkar, Anbendra Mazhaiyile, Piya Haaji Ali, Oh Paalanhaare
Sweet, sad song that puts you in contemplative mood – Ithuthaan Vazhkkai, Tum Ho Meri, Oru NaaL Oru Pozhudhu, kaNgaLiL Enna Eeramo
Duets with foot-tapping beats – Kadhalikkum PeNNin, July Madham, Uppu karuvaadu, Telephone Manipol, Azhagana Ratshasiye, Tanha Tanha, Thenmaerkku, Thee Thee
Soft romantic songs – Pudhu VeLLai Mazhai, Kaatre/Paigham, O Rey Chori, Tu Bin Bataye, Kismat Se Tum, Ay Hairate, En Mael Vizhundha, KaNNukku Mai Azhagu, Thoda Thoda, Hum Hai Is Pal Yahaan
Celebrating success? – Secret of Sucess, Mettu Poadu – a song that celebrates the lead characters’ achievement
Celebrating friendship? – Mustafa Mustafa, Oru NaNban
In a patriotic mood? – Maa Tujhe Salaam/Thaai maNNe vaNakkam, Des Ki Mitti, Des Mere, Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna, Tamizha Tamizha
NRI missing India/ Nostalgic about India? – Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera
Dare to dream & achieve it! Need the motivation? – Chale Chalo, Mitwa, Yunhi Chala Chal Raahi
Dreaming about a peaceful future? – Malaroadu Malar Ingu, VeLLai PookkaL
The Anthem for poverty – Pray For Me Brother
Then there are the different genres of music that he has composed:
Like dappankoothu/gaana songs? – Pettai Rap
Like folk songs? – Aathangara Marame, VaLayapatti
Like Carnatic? – KaNNodu KaaNbadellaam
Like Rap? – Dating, Baba Rap
And the list goes on….I can’t thank Rahman enough for giving us so many excellent compositions!
I can go on and on. But, I will stop with this now. You all please don’t forget to tell what songs come to your mind when you think of these moods/situations/genres and do add more moods/situations/genres. 🙂
Wishing Rahman a very Happy Birthday once again!