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Tamil music review from the first half of August 2019

The music in the first fortnight of August revolved around relatively low key releases of which Siragu & Adutha Saattai made their mark as wholesome soundtracks offering a good variety.

Manidha Malaigalai Aalvom – Siragu – Arrol Corelli – Think Music

 How is the 17-18th Century Italian composer Archangelo Corelli connected to Tamil cinema?
Popular director Mysskin christened the composer of his film Pisasu, S.Arul Murugan, as Arrol Correli, after the Italian composer who like Arrol, was also a violinist.
Manidha Malaigalai Aalvom in the rustic voice of Valivalam R.S. Venkatraman calls out to mankind to be kind to nature and the environment in an effort to co-exist in harmony. Kiran’s flute (watch out for the Pennywhistle bits) serenades and underlines the track beautifully.
*The song does not have an official music video*
Rating – 8/10
The first couple of songs from this film released in mid-June. Vaa Penney sung by the composer himself and Saptaparna Chakraborty (Bengali, born & brought up in Assam, married to a Malayali and runner up in Star ‘Voice of India’) is a lovely road song that has some jaunty rap portions by Arivu. A good addition to your drive playlist. This is lyricist-activist Kutty Revathi’s (Dr.S.Revathi) directorial debut.

Kannaale Kannaale – Market Raja MBBS – Simon K King – Lahari Music

Sanah Moidutty and Yazin Nizar, two young talents making waves across multiple languages, come together for this track. The song’s sprightly Celtic sound takes a beautiful turn midway with Keshav Ram’s Carnatic Mandolin. Dhamayanthi’s lyrics and the pitch-perfect backing vocals make this one a winner all the way. 
Rating 9/10
Do check out the beautifully staged promo video of the song that gives us a glimpse of the artists involved in the making of this song. Such joy! 
This film also marks director Saran’s departure from composer Bharathwaj, with whom he has worked in 13 of his 14 previous directorial ventures (Modhi Vilayaadu is the only other exception and had music by Colonial Cousins – Hariharan & Leslie Lewis)


Karikaadu Thaane – Adutha Saattai – Justin Prabhakaran – Muzik247

Thenmozhi Das’ thought-provoking lyrics emphasising the importance of practical lessons from everything around us and the limitations of bookish knowledge, provides the right platform for this one, ably sung by Sathyan Ilanko. Rhythms arranged by Barath Dhanasekar and performed by Shruthi Raj, Raju & Balu stand out.
Rating 7/10


Vegaadha Veyilula –  Adutha Saattai – Justin Prabhakaran – Muzik247 

This is Justin’s’ moving tribute to parents and their struggles & sacrifices to secure their child’s education and future. Yugabharathi deserves an award or two for the emotion-laden verses. This has been my earworm from the moment I heard it last week. The base melody is essentially folk and Justin layers it with some brilliant arrangements.  The rock guitars riffs, the folk percussion ensemble, the tabla accompaniment to Kanchi B. Rajeswari’s heart-tugging vocals, the backing vocal’s et al., make for an epic track! Put your headphones on and you will love the layered nuances!
Rating 10/10

Adutha Saattai is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit Sattai, that had music by D.Imman.

Avan Varuvaan – Adutha Saattai – Justin Prabhakaran – Muzik247 

Justin’s third entry in the list is also something that he has come to be known for. A catchy and engaging duet in the voices of Sathyan Ilanko and Aishwarya Ravichandran highlighted by guitars (Joseph Vijay & Sam Soloman) works well. The lyrics (by Thenmozhi Das) briefly evoke nostalgia, reminding one of the iconic Avalukkenna Azhagiya Mugam from Server Sundaram (penned by Vaali).
Rating 7/10


Yaaro Yaarivan – Vizhiyondru Santhethen – DA Vasanth – Divo

Yaaro Yaarivan is a lovely piano and strings led melody that has apt lyrics by KR Dharan. But this song, in my opinion, deserved a better singer. A good listen nevertheless for the overall package.
Rating 6/10
If you are a Tamil language enthusiast, check out the song Sooriyanum Chandiranum from Siragu for the stand out lyrics, that will have you scurrying for your dictionary.

Chandrasekar TV

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