Heavy Rotation: Vidyasagar (Part IV)

Who has sung the most songs for Vidyasagar? Sujatha? Madhu Balakrishnan? Balram? K. J. Yesudas? P. Jayachandran? Or is it Chithra? I feel it's Sujatha, but I could be wrong!

Kaadhal Vandhadhum, Thalaattum Kaatre (Poovellam Un Vasam) - Beautiful melodies from the melody master Vidyasagar with pitch-perfect vocal backing from K. J. Yesudas, Sadhana Sargam and Shankar Mahadevan.

Naan Varaindhu Vaitha (Jayamkondaan) - Hariharan and Madhushree effortlessly glide through with their soulful rendition of this lovely melody.

Ding Dong (Ji) - Madhushree at it again, this time joining hands with Madhu Balakrishnan for an absolutely delightful romantic duet.

Nilavile Nilavile (Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu) - I am addicted to this song, and will always be. It's the tune, but it's also Madhushree and Udit Narayan's singing that's doing the trick.

Raa Raa/ Vaarai Naan Unnai Thedi (Chandramukhi) - Even though the original sung by Binny Krishnakumar is phenomenal, Nithyasree's version in Telugu is altogether on a whole new level. It's also the only song she has sung for Vidyasagar.

Aalanguyil Koovum Rayyil, Kanaa Kandaenadi (Parthiban Kanavu) - The lilting tunes notwithstanding, how can you not fall in love with Madhu Balakrishnan's voice!

Kandaen Kandaen, Iru Vizhiyo, Nenjathilae, Medhuva Medhuva (Pirivom Santhippom) - A fantastic soundtrack abound with Carnatic-leaning melodies and a must listen.

Vaarthinkal Thellalle (Dreamz) - That flute in the second interlude, damn!

Thanka Thinkal (Indraprastham) - It's not just Vellinila Thullikalo that features M. G. Sreekumar and Chithra in fabulous form, this song, from Vidyasagar's second film in Malayalam, is equally splendorous.

Chingamaasam, Chi Chi Chi, Hey Meenalochani, Thappu Thanda - Absurdly foot-tapping and so peppy, with pitch-perfect vocal backing from Shankar Mahadevan.

Mazhayil Kulitha, Oru Nila, Imai Thoothane, Thozha Vaanam (Ilaignan) - One of the most outstanding efforts by Vidyasagar, so grandiose and opulent in terms of composition and arrangement.

Anujudai Lakshmanudu, Kasthuri Thilakam, Adhi Needhani Idhi Naadhani, Ramaa Vinodhi Vallabha, Okka Kshanam (Swarabhishekam) - Vidyasagar hails from Vizianagaram, and so it's perhaps fitting that he got his much deserved National Award for a Telugu film. You can listen to the whole soundtrack here.

Thai Maasam (Majaa), Appadi Podu (Ghilli) - Where singer Anuradha Sriram flexes her vocals to fantastic effect!

Ippavae Ippavae, Ravereyayi, Manjin Velli Thooval Chutti - More of Madhu Balakrishnan please. Can't get enough!

Others worth a mention: Otthhu Thanni Aathoda (Magizhchi), Moolipaattum Paadi (Makeup Man), Adi Thozhi (Thendral), Virahini Raadhe (Mister Butler), Devuda Devuda (Chandramukhi), Kaalai Arumbi (Kana Kandaen), Thavamindri Kidaitha Varame (Anbu), Ettu Muzha (Karmegam), Ennai Konja Konja (Aathi), Sollitharavaa (Majaa)

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