Music Review: Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (Telugu)

Composer(s): Amit Trivedi
Listen to the songs online here: YouTube

The musical nuances in Jaago Narasimhaa Jaagore are undeniably Amit, but the rousing folky piece — in Shankar Mahadevan (his first song for Amit Trivedi!), Haricharan, Anurag Kulkarni's splendid rendition — is a percussive delight, with a lovely sprinkle of sarangi, oud and woodwinds thrown in for good measure. Sye Raa, the title song, takes this a notch higher, building into a rallying war cry that's downright anthemic and triumphal, even as Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan lend sterling vocal support. A blissful santoor prelude opens Andam Ankitam, a winning mix of Indian strings, mridangam and thumping percussion that's as much a beautiful breeze of semi-classical fusion as it's a mellifluous harmony embellished by Vijay Prakash and Shashaa Tirupati's vocals. Album closer Swaasalona Desame is once again classic Trivedi territory, if only dressed up in a more traditional garb, but no less impactful in Haricharan Seshadri's soul-stirring voice (K.K.-sung Hindi variant Saansein Teri Desh Ha is just as fantastic). In his Telugu debut, Amit Trivedi cooks up an aptly majestic score, lending the album a palpable electric energy and driving the songs with powerful rhythms that're by turns invigorating and sprawling.