The 2nd-fortnight of October was dominated by smaller film and non-film releases. Except for a single each from the Mammootty starrer ‘Mamangam’ and Tovino Thomas starrer ‘Edakkad Battalion 06’, there were no other big star releases.
Kalyani Mullakku – Pranayinikayi (Non-film) – Nithin Ram – Movie World
There is literally no information about this album or the composer (who is also credited with the lyricist). The songs are available on a couple of streaming platforms and google throws up exactly 4 results for this album and artiste. Rather surprising!
Coming to the song (in its solo & duet versions), this is a sweet melody and is sung beautifully by Nithin and Mini. There is a sense of piety to the song and evokes pleasant memories of the popular bhajan ‘Om Jai Jagdish Hare’. The usage of Nadhaswaram and Thavil adds to the reverence. The solo version is featured here.
Rating – 9/10
‘Ilaveyilin Olimangi’, ‘Thinkale Ninchiripole’ and ‘Saki Sadayam Kshamikku’ (that reminded me of the popular Vidyasagar composition, ‘Walking in the Moonlight’ from the 2000 film Satyam Sivam Sundaram) are other songs in this album that are worth checking out as well. On the flip side, the recording quality is patchy and inconsistent singing mars a couple of songs.
Nenjil Anuragam – Adukkalayil Paniyundu – Sangeethaa – Manorama Music
This is an evocative melody and Sangeethaa’s rendition is excellent. The serene flute (Nadhan) and the minimal arrangements complement the composition and the mood well. This also brought back fond memories of the haunting ‘Shaaradendhu Paadi’ from Kaliyoonjal (1997, Ilaiyaraaja).
‘Vinnil Minnum Thaarame’ sung energetically by Haricharan rounds off the excellent album by Sangeethaa (aka Sangeetha Sachith or Sajith) who is a singer turned composer. Another welcome addition to the list of women composers to go with Swagatha.S.Krishnan featured in our most recent Tamil article.
Mukkuthi – Mamangam – M.Jayachandran – Lahari Music/T-Series
M.Jayachandran’s ensemble of musicians featuring Umashankar (Ghatam), Kamalakar (Flute), Ganapathi (Mridangam), Chennai String Orchestra and the fantastic vocal harmony is a treat. Shreya Ghoshal towers over the composition and the layered arrangements with her honeydew vocals.
Rating – 9/10
‘Mamangam’ is an upcoming historical magnum opus directed by M.Padmakumar and follows the story of the Chaaverukal warriors in their uprising against the Zamorin rulers and the legend of the duodecennial Mamangam festival (not to be confused with the popular Mahamagam festival conducted in Kumbakonam) held on the banks of the Bharathapuzha.
Mookamayi – Edakkad Battalion 06 – Kailas Menon – Millenium Audios
This is a moving tribute to the armed forces and Akbar Khan is a great choice to sing this anthemic number. Akbar, who shot to limelight with the Zee Saregamapa show, is a promising young talent on the anvil and one to look out for. He owns the rendition and touches all the right chords. Kailas Menon packs this with a sweeping orchestra (featuring the Cochin Strings) and a Sarangi (Sarfaraaz Khan) that adds the right amount of melancholy.
Rating – 9/10
‘Arike Naam’ sung by Remya Nambeesan & Sachin Warrier, ‘Paravakalini’ (featuring a nice rap portion by Fejo) sung by Sooraj Santhosh (both from ‘Underworld’ – composed by Yakzan & Neha), ‘Earan Vaanil’ (from the short film ‘Plus Two Beats’ – composed by Ranjith Subramanyan) sung by Muthalib MSQ and featuring a sprightly Sitar portion (Sasi Elayur) and ‘Jaalaka Vaathilukal’ (from ‘Ee Vazhiye’ – composed by Sreejith KB) sung by Haricharan deserve special mention.
‘Aarodum Parayathe’ & ‘Kadalolam Sneham’, Christian devotional songs, composed and sung by Tom Sebastian are neatly done and good additions to the Sunday morning playlist.
All in all, a fabulous fortnight for music lovers with a good bunch of melodies in the mix and ‘Adukkalayil Paniyundu’ being the standout album.