Recent Listens: A. R. Rahman & Vidyasagar

For some inexplicable reason, I have been listening to a lot of A. R. Rahman and Vidyasagar, and needless to say, it's a musical experience difficult to sum up in a few words. Anyway here's listing some of my favourite songs in a continuing exploration of their music...

Azhagae Sugama (A. R. Rahman, Paarthale Paravasam) - Another of Rahman's unsung gem, a stunner of a blissful romantic ballad, beautifully sung by Srinivas and Sadhana Sargam. And those violins, phew!

Mel Isaiyae (A. R. Rahman, Mr. Romeo) - Ambient and foot-tapping, singers Unni Menon, Swarnalatha, Srinivas and Sujatha make this pleasant melody absolutely enthralling.

Poraale Ponnuthayi (A. R. Rahman, Karuththamma) - A heat-touching, soulful number, and Unni Menon, Sujatha and Swarnalatha once again spell-bind with their impeccable rendition.

Pudhu Vellai Mazhai (A. R. Rahman, Roja) - Evergreen, timeless and utterly mesmerising, this melody from Rahman's mind-blowing musical debut is nothing short of a phenomenon. Special mention to Unni Menon and Sujatha!

En Veetu Thotathil (A. R. Rahman, Gentleman) - Yet another spectacular semi-classical melody in SPB and Sujatha's superlative singing.

Chotta Chotta (A. R. Rahman, Taj Mahal) - Srinivas and Sujatha are bang on target in this folksy melody!

Udhaya Udhaya (A. R. Rahman, Udhaya) - A mellow romantic duet and a unique blend of Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music. And Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam are splendid to say the least.

Ennavale Adi Ennavale, Narumugaye, Nila Kaikiradhu, Sonnalum, Kalayil Thinamum (A. R. Rahman) - Unnikrishnan and Harini's blissful vocals fit like a glove for these captivating semi-classical melodies.

O Rey Chhori, Jashn-e-Baharaa (Flute Version), Pal Pal Hai Bhaari (Flute Version) (A. R. Rahman) - Ethereal and soothing on the ears, hearing these compositions can transport you to an altogether magical world!

Arziyan (A. R. Rahman, Delhi-6) - The best sufi composition from Rahman in my opinion; so divine! Not to forget Javed Ali and Kailash Kher's fantastic rendition.

Manmohini Morey (A. R. Rahman, Yuvvraaj) - Hindustani and trance music meld together in this heady musical concoction. And Vijay Prakash rocks!

Poo Vaasam, Mouname Paarvayai, Anbe Sivam (Vidyasagar, Anbe Sivam) - Somewhat similar to Ilaiyaraaja's Endhan Nenjil (same raga may be?), but what cannot be denied is the fact that Poo Vaasam is a fabulous Carnatic-based melody.

Manju Pole (Vidyasagar, Dhosth) - There's a definite Swasame (Thenali) inspiration somewhere, intentional or otherwise, but very lilting and mellifluous nonetheless.

Sudum Nilavu (Vidyasagar, Thambi)Reethigowla is a beautiful raga in Carnatic music, just listen to Azhagana Ratchashiyae (Mudhalvan) and Kangal Irandal (Subramaniapuram)!

Marannittum (Vidyasagar, Randam Bhavam) - Jayachandran and Sujatha's spotless rendition and Vidyasagar's ear-pleasing arrangements work wonders!

Walking in the Moonlight (Vidyasagar, Satyam Sivam Sundaram) - I guess I'm not the only one who is in love with Hariharan's voice! You will too, if not, after listening to this one.

Manju Peyyana (Vidyasagar, Chandranudikkunna Dikhil) - Sujatha totally owns this folksy melody with her infectious, playful rendition.

Poi Solla Koodathu, Panikaatrey (Vidyasagar, Run)Poi Solla Koodadhu is perhaps Hariharan's best barring Pachchai Nirame. A lovely semi-classical melody!

Megam Vandhu Pogum, Enna Kuraiyo, Satta Sada Sada (Vidyasagar, Mandhira Punnagai) - Exceptional melodies from Vidyasagar, fusing Carnatic and contemporary music in his own trademark style.

Chithhiraiyil Enna, Atrai Thingal (Vidyasagar, Sivappathigaram) - Another of those splendorous melodies from the composer, enchanting and very well-sung by Karthik, Swarnalatha, Madhu Balakrishnan and Sujatha.

Kandaen Kandaen (Vidyasagar, Pirivom Santhippom) - Very Ilaiyaraaja and very classical! Undoubtedly one of the best compositions of Vidyasagar.

Mizhiyariyaathe (Vidyasagar, Niram) - Yesudas sounds simply marvellous in this simple yet tuneful melody.

Kaatrin Mozhi (Vidysagar, Mozhi) - Music knows no language, has no boundary, and Kaatrin Mozhi beautifully expresses this, aided by Balram's emotive singing.

Malare Mounama (Vidyasgar, Karnaa) - The composer's break-out hit and the vocal chemistry between SPB and S. Janaki is just scintillating!

Karimizhi Kuruvi, Manimuttathaavani, Ethrayo Janmamay, Oru Paattin, Pranayamanithooval, Onnamkilli Ponnankili, Varamanjalaadiya, Un Samayal Arayil, Yaaro Nee (Vidyasagar) - If it's Chithra for A. R. Rahman, I've always felt it's Sujatha for Vidyasagar. They just click!

Aaro Viral, Oru Raathri Koodi, Jalte Hai Jiske Liye, Poove Poove, Yaduvamsha Yaamini, Kathiripoo Kanmani, Nee Kaatru Naan Maram, Kavidhai Iravu (Vidyasagar) - Chithra isn't far behind either; truly amazing and beautiful melodies these are!

Devadhai Vamsam, Radhai Manathil (Vidyasagar, Snegithiye) - Snegithiye is possibly that rare soundtrack which had three songs sung by Chithra and Sujatha together.