Telugu Music from the second fortnight of November 2019 – Reviewed
The second half of November had a good number of releases. Thaman & Suresh Bobbili lead the pack. Suresh’s Tholu Bommalata released a complete jukebox during this period along with some singles leading the trend.
Thakita Thakita – Prati Roju Pandage – Thaman S – Lahari Music/T-Series
Thakita Thakita is a mighty infectious birthday celebration sung by Rahul Sipligunj & Geetha Madhuri. Thamania & Krishna Kishore’s sprightly percussions and the energetic singing are the highlights of the song that one can expect to hear more often in birthday parties and dance floors. Fun track!
Manasara Manasara, the first single (of the two versions), was released in October. The rest of the album came forth in November all worthy of a follow-up.
Aakasamaa, sung by Vedala Hemachandra and Yenneno Anandalu, sung by Anurag Kulkarni stand out for the immersive singing and the simple yet likeable tunes.
The former especially rides on a catchy Celtic sound. The short Goppadi Raa, that imbibes the film’s theme, has a lovely smattering of Nadhaswaram to go with Vijay Yesudas’ superb singing.
The album rounds off with the also has a duet version of Manasara sung by Sid Sriram & Chinmayi. Lovely album! The tracks are available only as part of the jukebox.
Arere – Mismatch – Gifton Elias – Lahari Music/T-Series
M.M.Manasi’s dreamy vocals propel this waltz-y track. Backed by Aditi Bhavaraju & Sony Komanduri ‘s wonderful harmonisation, and layered arrangements featuring Balaji Strings, Woodwinds (Yugandhar Gattu) and superb guitars (Arun Chiluveru). Must listen!
Kannaale Kalalenno – Mismatch – Gifton Elias – Lahari Music/T-Series
Riding on Hariharan’s honeydew vocals, this track briefly evokes fond memories of Ismail Darbar’s Tadap Tadap from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Gifton Elias layers the track with some fantastic arrangements with the Mandolin (Subhani) being noteworthy.
The composition touches a nice high in the charanams with the strings providing great support. But after six and a half minutes, the track feels slightly laboured.
Yennallako – Venky Mama – Thaman S – Aditya Music
This is Thaman going retro again (after the recent blockbuster hit Nuvvu Natho from Disco Raja). However, this time in Jazz mode, with impressive support from Prudhvi Chandra on the vocals. The arrangements featuring the electric guitar & a trippy Trumpet (Babu) are a riot and serve the song well.
Chinmayi’s immersive singing is the highlight of this breezy track, Venakane Unna. Gopi Sundar’s backing vocals playfully mimicking various instruments in the interludes is a lovely touch.
Bullet – George Reddy – Suresh Bobbili – Madhura Audio
Mangli Sathyavathi sounds like he had a ball singing this one. While Suresh adds a catchy guitar that enlivens the mood of the track. The Hindi portion in the first interlude is superb. Muskaan Khubchandani’s exuberant screen presence and the choreography complement the track nicely.
Tholakari Chinukula from Amrutharamam (NS Prasu) in Aditi Bhavaraju’s dulcet vocals, aided by a lively vocal harmony is a lovely listen. Vethiki Vethiki from Bhagyanagara Veedullo (Saketh Komanduri) is an excellent track but is marred by pedestrian lyrics and crude picturization. Thaman’s third single, OMG Daddy, for Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo didn’t work for me.
Tholu Bommalata was the stand-out album with Suresh Bobbili delivering a lovely soundtrack. Gifton Elias’ Mismatch proved to be the surprise package among the releases with a couple of good tracks. But the big-ticket releases did not have much to write home about.
Nevertheless, a highly productive fortnight for the Telugu music industry.