Recent Listens: A. R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj, Krsna & More

Some of my favourite listens from Harris Jayaraj and yes, a little more A. R. Rahman...

Sakiyae, Suttum Vizhi (Harris Jayaraj) - Bombay Jayashri has sung quite a few songs for Harris Jayaraj starting with Vaseegara, but Sakiyae is my absolute favourite, followed by Suttum Vizhi.

Manjal Veyil (Harris Jayaraj, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu) - A catchy pop song, made even more beautiful by Hariharan's top-notch singing. And you know what, I love this film to bits!

Poove Vai Pesum (Harris Jayaraj, 12B) - Mahalakshmi Iyer is simply marvellous in this tambourine-based romantic ballad.

Yedho Ondru (Harris Jayaraj, Lesa Lesa) - A lilting duet, sung wonderfully by Harish Raghavendra and Srilekha Parthasarathy.

Annal Mele Panithuli (Harris Jayaraj, Vaaranam Aayiram) - Perhaps the best composition from Harris Jayaraj thus far, and Carnatic exponent Sudha Raghunathan stuns as usual.

Rangrez (Krsna, Tanu Weds Manu) - Mesmerising is the word! A complex qawwali sung effortlessly by the composer himself and Wadali Brothers.

Shalabham (M. G. Radhakrishnan, Achaneyanenikkishtam) - Sung by M. G. Sreekumar and Chithra, this semi-classical fusion, along the lines of Raavanaprabhu's Ariyathe Ariyathe, makes for a lovely listen.

Junile Nilaamazhayil, O Sainaba, Chembakame (M. Jayachandran) - Fabulous semi-classical tunes with K. J. Yesudas, Madhu Balakrishnan, Chithra and Sujatha on the vocals.

Kannodu Kaanbadhellam, Minsara Kanna (A. R. Rahman) - Mind-blowing (semi-)classical compositions, and Nithyasree Mahadevan's rendition makes it all sound like it was a cakewalk!

Munbe Vaa (A. R. Rahman, Sillunu Oru Kaadhal) - Shreya Ghoshal's questionable Tamil diction barring, the tuneful melody is nectar for the ears (love that santoor!).

Vennilavae (A. R. Rahman, Minsara Kanavu) - Rahman's enticing arrangements and Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam's singing are appositely other-worldly. Bonus, there's another version sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Kavita Paudwal.

Oruvan Oruvan (A. R. Rahman, Muthu) - An invigorating song of epic proportions (lyrics by Vairamuthu), sung with the right amount of verve by SPB.

Pachai Kiligal (A. R. Rahman, Indian) - A. R. Rahman and K. J. Yesudas are a rare combination, and the folksy Pachai Kiligal (the other popular one being Kannamoochi duet version with Chithra) is thoroughly engaging and splendiferous.

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