Recent Listens: A. R. Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja & Shantanu Moitra

A recurring post on some of my recent listens from Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja and Shantanu Moitra...

Piyu Bole (Shantanu Moitra, Parineeta) - Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal sound simply splendid in this beautiful throwback of a song.

Chanda Re (Shantanu Moitra, Eklavya) - Ethereal and mesmerising, Hamsika Iyer takes the serene melody to an altogether whole new level.

Mannil Indha (Ilaiyaraaja, Keladi Kanmani) - Classic Raja tune, and SPB just wows!

Thendral Vanthu Theendumbothu (Ilaiyaraaja, Avatharam) - Musically rich and undoubtedly one of Ilaiyaraaja's finest compositions.

Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu (Ilaiyaraaja, Thalapathi) - Violins, violins, and violins, and of course the first-class arrangements, the seamless fusion, and SPB and Swarnalatha's top-notch singing.

Vaa Vennila, Kuzhaloodum (Ilaiyaraaja, Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu) - My first exposure to Ilaiyaraaja happened with Vaa Vennila, and it's still one of my favourites.

Nilaave Vaa, Guruvayurappa, Ithu Oru Pon Malai, Ennodu Paattu Paadungal, Ilaya Nila, Panivizhum Malar, Valaiosai, Poththi Vachcha, Ennavendru Solvathamma, Pachamala Poovu, Arachcha Santhanam (Ilaiyaraaja) - There's no denying the brilliance that's Ilaiyaraaja, and when SPB joins the mix, the result is magical!

Dekho Na (A. R. Rahman, Swades) - Baba's Kichchu Tha gets a Bollywood makeover and sounds much better too.

Ranjha Ranjha/Kaattu Sirukki (A. R. Rahman, Raavan(an)) - It's interesting how the singers express the song differently in their own unique styles. If Javed Ali and Rekha Bhardwaj more or less adhere to the song's structure in the Hindi version, Shankar Mahadevan and Anuradha Sriram play around with it in Kaattu Sirukki, making it more addictive and lively.

Roja Solladi (A. R. Rahman, Alli Arjuna) - I love this song for some reason, perhaps Chithra's lilting rendition has something to do with it.

Fanaa, Theekuruvi (A. R. Rahman) - Two diametrically different songs, one is a dance number and the other, a romantic ballad, yet the classical twist is nothing short of spellbinding!

Marudaani, I Miss You Da, Taxi Taxi (A. R. Rahman, Sakkarakatti) - Chinmayi rocks the genre-bending I Miss You Da and likewise Madhushree in the melodious Marudaani, while Benny Dayal and Blaaze are tailor-made for Taxi Taxi's catchy reggae tune despite that evident Gasolina (Daddy Yankee) flourishes.

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