features six tracks from Yuvan Shankar Raja. A film by Bala whose
hit Sethu brought well-deserved acclaim to actor Vikram. Ilaiyaraja
scored the music for Sethu, here it is his son.
Surya is the son of actor Shivakumar, who is now enjoying a
second run of popularity thanks to the Tamil serial
Chitti. Surya is paired with Laila. Rajkiran who acted and directed
En Rasavin Manasile plays the older
man who sees in Surya his own youthful ways of uncontrolled anger and
fury. In the trailers on the music channels, Surya looks
very intense though I can't figure out how he came by his blue
Bala cast Vikram in the role of a madman in Sethu and
changed the way the audience reacted to him. Earlier roles were
insipid, with Vikram playing the moony lover
singing songs. But in Sethu love
leads to madness. In Nanda Surya
plays a youth simmering with anger.
Yuvan Shankar Raja digs up his Indian roots and for the first time
reveals his father's influence. In most of his
earlier albums he has vehemently denied both these, and though he has
turned out some reasonably intelligent numbers, they lacked heart.
Take the first track Mun paniyaa by
SPB and Subha. The wistful flute phrase has a haunting slide to it.
The emotional index is high on this contemplative number. The
parameters are also very Indian on SPB's inflexions and on Shubha's folksy lines.
The interludes hold together
with their mist-like violins and the piercing notes of
the flute. The song describes a first mist, the effect of the first
rain on the heart. This song is written by Pazhanibharati as also
Engengo. Amma endralay is by Vijay and Orayiram
is by Muthukumar.
is by Thamarai and is sung by Anuradha Sriram. It is the most influenced by folk rhythms. The beat is 7/8.
Engengo is sung by Ilaiyaraja and has some
touching sarangi passages (Ustad Sultan Khan). It is reminiscent of
Enge sellum from Sethu, also sung by Ilaiyaraja. The interlude is remarkable for its warmth in the sarangi and flute phrases. Living in the hope
of dreams makes up the content of the song.
Vazhkai enge pogum
Ilaiyaraja also sings Amma enrale, a maudlin number, dwelling too much
on the pathos-creating notes of raga Puriya Dhanasri.
Andal Tiruppavazh song, is set to raga Sindhubhairavi
of the Karnatak scale. Rajalakshmi and chorus sing. It begins
with a blow on the conch and a Sanskrit sloka. The pakhawaj lends it
a northern ambience while the fluid veena phrases remind you of the South
Indian identity of this mystic poet's lyrics. Some loud violin
phrases try to give in to modern music pressure.
brings out some intense singing from Unnikrishnan who has not
been used for such songs. The mendicant style drum beats
take on a more aggressive role in the interludes.
An album worth listening to.
S Suchitra Lata
on 9 November 2001
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