The Telugu releases in the 1st fortnight of December were very few in number. But most of the tracks were listenable with Devi Sri Prasad and Thaman continuing to hold forte with the bigger films. Gopi Sundar and Chirantan Bhatt were the other composers who had releases during this period. Here’s a quick look at how they fared heading into the festive season.
Suryudivo Chandrudivo – Sarileru Neekevvaru – Devi Sri Prasad – Lahari Music/T-Series
The kid’s chorus that opens the track is endearing and sets the tone for the rest of the song that waxes eloquent of the protagonist. B.Praak’s superb singing ably supported by Kishore’s Sitar and Balesh’s Shehnai in the backdrop of some lush arrangements lead by the Chennai Strings make for a feel-good track. It is also wonderful to see Vijayashanthi in a prominent role after a while.
Rating – 8/10
B.Praak is a Chandigarh based composer and singer known for his hit track ‘Mann Bharrya’ and has worked with many of the top stars in the Punjabi music industry.
Nede Naaku Nenu – Choosi Choondangaane – Gopi Sundar – Madhura Audio
After 2 lovely tracks, ‘Nee Parichayamutho’ & ‘Venakane Unna’, Gopi scores a hattrick here. The 3rd single is a breezy track that features a serene sax by Josy Alpy and rides on the Ligoys guitars. Gopi deals with the vocals well.
Rating – 6/10
Autumn Days – Independent Release – Tharun Shimmer – Lahari Music/T-Series
This is a lovely track by Tharun and is shot well as well (DOP Arcot Nirmal Kumar deserves mention). The interludes featuring a soothing flute, touching upon Raga Hamsadhvani, add the required edge to the pensive vocal portions. Very nicely done!
Rating – 8/10
Chinnataname – Prati Roju Pandaage – Thaman S – Lahari Music/T-Series
This is a warm melody and Vijay Yesudas’ hearty rendition is the soul of the track. The neat vocal harmony and the understated arrangements with the strings leading the ensemble work well.
Rating – 7/10
Emo Emo Ye Gundello – Entha Manchivaadavuraa – Gopi Sundar – Aditya Music
S.P.Balasubramanyam, the legend, works his charm with the evergreen vocals. The composition, a simple melody, has a distinct 90’s feel to it and Gopi Sundar keeps the backgrounds minimal to let SPB take center stage. A simple, easy listen track that may work better with the visuals.
Rating – 6/10
Couple of tracks, ‘Yaala yaala’ & ‘Sankaranthi’, from Chiranthan Bhatt’s soundtrack Balakrishna’s ‘Ruler’ are passable, especially the latter has a nice celebratory feel to it and may work well for the festive season. The Venkatesh – Naga Chaithanya starrer ‘Venky Mama’ had its complete soundtrack released, but there wasn’t anything that really stood out (apart from what has been featured in earlier weeks).