Movie: Engeyum Kadhal
MD: Harris Jayaraj
Singers: Aalap Raju, Devan, Ranina Reddy
Thamarai’s exquisite poetry on love couldn’t get a better tribute than this musical sweetness from Harris. There’s an inarguable touch of class in the way the whole track unfurls in Aalap Raju’s absorbing rendition. Those steady beats that linger, those simple lines that strike beauty make you want to listen more and more. And more.
Celebration of love!
Singers: Rahul Nambiar, Mahathi
A truly racy dance number, eclipsed by the hype and sensation of Kalasala from the same album is a remake of Thaman’s own, Silaka Raaye Silaka from the Telugu flick Mirapakaay. Neduvaali is at its fluent best right from the word go. The beats just hit you with so much of buoyancy. The chorus effect on Mahathi’s voice alternating with Rahul’s vibrant singing makes it a totally entertaining package. Ada Dumeelu Dhan Ada Dumeelu Dhan – just love this part!
Thaman knows the pulse!
Movie: Mouna Guru
Singers: Ranjith, Rahul Nambiar, Karthikeyan
Rarely does Tamil Cinema introduce the protagonist with a song that’s hauntingly profound in nature. There’s a sublime rhyme in Vaali’s lines that has been emphasized musically to great effect by Thaman. His adaptation of the song “Jambalingame Jadadhara” for the philosophical portions fits the mood like a glove.
Drawing a blissful nod!
Movie: Deiva Thirumagal
MD: GV Prakash Kumar
Lyricist: Na. Muthukumar
Like the whisper of love, it soothes your ear and heals your heart. Saindhavi’s husky intonation, however hauntingly beautiful, reminds me of V Kumar’s masterpiece Kathodudhaan Naan Paaduven sung by the veteran LR Eswari. Though there are a number of soft love melodies of this type, love oozes here in peace and calm. A girl sings of the discovery of her love for a man and her awe for the mystery it creates around her through splendid imagery. Commendable work by the lyricist! And GV Prakash has given the perfect composition for the mood.
Like a serene, lingering dream!
MD: GV Prakash Kumar
Inarguably, the best dappankuthu of the year! The boundless energy coming out this song never fails to enliven the listener putting an inevitable smile on the face. Boasting very different yet funny lyrics, the song’s exuberance and magic is propelled by the fresh, rustic voice of Velmurugan. Whenever I am down and out, I listen to this. And whenever I am in the mood for celebration, I listen to this. There were times when I used to play this song on full blast at home and dance like no one’s watching.
“Onnum sollame usura thottaye
Manasa inikka vecha seeni mittaye”
Ithu kuthu illa. Gummankuthu!