2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs >> 4

Song: Bhoomi Bhoomi
Movie: Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Composer: AR Rahman
Singers: Shakthisree Gopalan
Lyricist: Vairamuthu

While I am still trying to roll off from the magnificent impact of Shakthisree’s voice in the sweet and sensitive ‘Nenjukulle’, here comes another cutting edge masterpiece from AR Rahman giving her the space to play with thunders this time. Rahman goes outside the box and lays down a huge mosaic floor with dizzying, unconventional patterns for his contemporaries to ponder over where it starts and where it ends. It is difficult to consume this song at first go. After the award-winning track “Vellai Pookal” back in 2002 which cried against wars and for hope and world peace, he produces another gem with “Bhoomi”, which as its emotional centerpiece, has the desperate plea of a woman against mindless violence by men and its profound impact on women as collateral damage. Vairamuthu’s lyrics showcase masterfully the transient nature of the world and how violence and killing are pointless in the bigger picture and the cry of women getting lost in the noise. Rahman opens the track with the recurring sound of an alarm indicating that there is an explosion waiting to happen at any point and how! Shakthisree escalates the tension to epic proportions with the soaring notes of “Idhayam Thaangumaa” that emotionally wrings your heart pushing it to a point of exploding into nuggets beating into oblivion. I also love the way the portions of “Paavi Nenje” bringing in the “Endee Soodamani” effect from PKS in the voice of Anuradha Sriram and “Patha Vecha Panje” with a Rahman twist. “Bhoomi” is an emotional dynamite.


  1. AA | 31st Dec 18

    Well written! 👍🏻

    • K Praveen | 31st Dec 18


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