Heavy Rotation: Aditya Bedekar, Prashanth R. Vihari & More

A wrap on some of the recent listens from Thaman, Shaan Rahman, Sachin Balu, Prashanth R. Vihari and Aditya Bedekar...

Bangaru, Bugganchuna (S. Thaman, Jawaan) - Thaman has by now perfected the technique of churning out minor variants of the same tune time and again, and yet manage to have the listener reach for the repeat button. Bangaru is the latest to join the list, featuring a tune so catchy I'm going to have to ignore the fact that it is a blatant ripoff of Sitara!

Manavi Alakincharadate (Prashanth R. Vihari, Mental Madhilo) - A stunning rework of the famed Tyagaraja kriti, superbly tuned and effortlessly sung by Pradeep Kumar.

Marugelara O Raghava (Aditya Bedekar, Hampi) - Another frenetic classical fusion, this time from Aditya Bedekar and flawlessly rendered by Rupali Moghe.

Neeyum Njanum, Ee Angaadi Kavalayil, Okka Chinukulo, Aaro Nenjil (Shaan Rahman, Aana AlaralodalaralGoodalochanaPrematho Mee Karthik, Godha) - Shaan Rahman ropes in a fantastic sounding Sachin Balu to croon the ethereal folk number Neeyum Njanum, and goes behind the mic himself for the fabulous quasi-qawwali Ee Angaadi Kavalayil, even as he does wonders with the mellifluous Okka Chinukulo and Aaro Nenjil.

Maarivillukale (Sachin Balu, Chippy) - Composers Roshan Haris and Sachin Balu imbue Chippy with a folk-laden soundscape that's captivating, but Maarivillukale is the soundtrack's easy standout. And what an impressive singing by Sooryagayathri!

Enaadaru Maathaadu Nee (Manikanth Kadri, March 22) - A lovely melody, ably assisted by Karthik and Shweta Mohan on the vocals.

Nazm Nazm, Bairaagi (Arko Pravo Mukherjee/Samira Koppikar, Bareilly Ki Barfi) - Breathtakingly beautiful melodies sung with the right amount of soul by Arijit Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana.