Music Review: Thirunthuda Kadhal Thiruda (Tamil)

Composer(s): Ranjith Meleppatt
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

One listen to debutant Ranjith Meleppatt's compositions in Thirunthuda Kadhal Thiruda is enough to give you goosebumps. Not only are they beautifully evocative of A. R. Rahman of the 90's, the songs themselves, each one of them, are so mesmerising and bliss to the ears. Salaykal is an impressively arranged ghazal, something that could have come straight from the likes of composers Sharreth and Vidysagar, and singer V. V. Prasanna aces with his superlative singing. The tabla, flute and veena too make for a lovely assortment in this pleasant Hindustani semi-classical.

The Carnatic-based Oliyin and Aravind Meets Aparna (Theme) are vintage true-blue Rahman harmonies, delightfully tuned and dexterously handled by the composer. Karthik and Chinmayi especially shell out great vocal performances, and the orchestration (oh my gosh! those violin bits from 2:40 to 3:16 and again towards the end), the transitions and the interludes are just magical. Sudumanal Parappile, with its simple rustic charm, is not far behind either and the choice of arrangements gives the Tamil folk a brilliant Hindustani touch. Exceptional and mind-blowing, Ranjith Meleppatt makes a smashing foray with Thirunthuda Kadhal Thiruda. A must listen!