Recent Listens: Vidyasagar (Part II)

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...

Poo Vaasam, Mouname Paarvayai, Anbe Sivam (Anbe Sivam) - Fabulous Carnatic-based melodies, stunningly tuned and timeless.

Manju Pole (Dhosth) - There's a definite Swasame inspiration somewhere, intentional or otherwise, but that doesn't take away the mellifluous beauty of the song.

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

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

Walking in the Moonlight (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 (Chandranudikkunna Dikhil) - Sujatha totally owns this folksy melody with her infectious, playful rendition.

Poi Solla Koodathu, Panikaatrey (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 (Mandhira Punnagai) - Exceptional melodies from Vidyasagar, fusing Carnatic and contemporary music in his own trademark style.

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

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

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

Kaatrin Mozhi (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, Azhagooril Poothvale, Kokkarakko - 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, Sooryanaay Thazhuki, Chembakamalaroli, Yaathrayaay, Mele Vinnil, Kilippenne - Chithra isn't far behind either; truly amazing and beautiful melodies these are!

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

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