Katha Sangama and Babru were the two significant releases in Kannada during the second fortnight of November. The former boasts of seven composers, one for every segment in the anthology. Babru, on the other hand, has Poornachandra Tejaswi handling the music, who made a smashing debut with Lucia, but hasn’t lived up to his billing over the years.
Arivu Beku- Katha Sangama- Vasu Dixit- Rishab Shetty Audio
Sant Kabir’s verses translated into Kannada by Ranjana Bhatt, form the crux of this delightful composition by Vasu Dixit. Vasu’s guitar and chorus accompanied by a serene rhythm ensure a surefire winner. The track builds up to a rapturous high with the electric guitars kicking in. Suno Bhai! This is the mystic weaver in his all-new attire!
Oorendareno- Katha Sangama- Vasuki Vaibhav- Rishab Shetty Audio
This is inarguably the best track of the album and Sangeetha Katti Kulkarni (disciple of Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru & Vidushi Kishori Amonkar) is fantastic with her piercing rendition. The earthy tune propelled by the enchanting vocals and the minimal arrangements with backing vocals by Vasuki Vaibhav is nothing short of an earworm. Superb!
The film as the name suggests is an anthology that features 7 different stories, directors, composers and cinematographers. Each of the songs is impressive with its unique sound. Of the other 5, ‘Irula Chandirenu’, composed by Gagan Baderiya and sung by Siddartha Belmannu, ‘Manasina Olage’ composed by Agnata & sung by Adithi Sagar and the quirky ‘Life Untu’ featuring a excellent Raj.B.Shetty & composed by Dossmode make for superb listening, but are available only as part of the jukebox.
Yaare Neenu – Khakii – Ritvik Muralidhar – Lahari Music/T-Series
This is a simple endearing duet in the voices of Sanjith Hegde and Eesha Suchi, that gains abundantly from Keba Jeremiah’s perky guitars. Nice easy listen to the track.
Kanasella Nanasago – Babru – Poornachandra Tejaswi – PRK Audio
Accentuated by a sparkly acapella (Manoj Vasista & team), this is a pleasing road song. Sanjith Hegde is in his elements and carries the bouncy track through. Tejaswi who shot to fame with the much acclaimed ‘Lucia’ shows sparks of his erstwhile form here and also includes a full-fledged Spanish track (Soledad – Carla Veronica Gonzalez) in the album. The female version of ‘Kaalada Kadalali’ sung by Aditi Sagar is a good listen as well.
Kaaneyaagiruve – Odeya – Arjun Janya – Anand Audio
The functional tune gets a huge fillip from Sonu Nigam & Anuradha Bhat’s dependable singing. The ambient arrangements are adequate.
‘Aarambha’ from Brahmachari (Dharma Vish) is another track worth a listen. Despite having quite a few releases, apart from Katha Sangama & Babru (to a certain extent), there was very little that made the cut. But the former made up for the lack of variety with a well laid out soundtrack.