Singers: Karthik, Srilekha
Lyricist: Pa. Vijay
Some songs spoil you, don’t they? They take you out for a blind stroll into the wonder world of love – so elusive and so unrealistic, where everything is falling apart except your indulgence with that stroller. You just want to be stuck there and be forgotten forever. I must be one of the very few in this world to feel so happy when the movie Sathurangam was resurrected from the buried and released after 6 long years; Now that it’s out, I could officially pin this evergreen musical mesmerizer to the list of top songs of the year! Karthik and Srilekha sing for each other and not the listener. How often do you hear songs with such chemistry between the singers? And when you hear songs like this, you feel that the composer and his team would fail miserably if they ever tried creating them. They can’t be composed. They just happen.
Movie: Engeyum Kadhal
MD: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Na. Muthukumar
The loveable aspect of this divine melody is that the suffering of a man who keeps searching for the cause of the agitation in his mind is neither expressed using extreme pathos nor using a tempo that bursts your vessels. It’s so poised. Harris and Karthik team up to pull off that magic they created in “Aval Ulaga Azhagiye” from Lesa Lesa. The tempo that picks up during the end of the song, which flows with subtle pain almost until then reflects sheer joy.
As Karthik’s voice graces the line, “Jaamathil vizhikiren jannal vazhi thoongum nila”, I know he sings to my soul. He is my singer of the decade. Just can’t pick his best rendition.
A Karthik Special!
Movie: Deiva Thirumagal
MD: GV Prakash Kumar
Lyricist: Na. Muthukumar
It’s a dream for a singer, isn’t it? A solo song that expresses a full bundle of emotions in a relationship through seamless poetry. It should be a dream for every singer in the world. What more does a singer want than being heard alone? What more does a singer crave than his voice opening up the floodgates of a soul. Haricharan, having realized that, grabs the beautiful offering in both hands and delivers what that not just stirs your heart in the course but lingers like a persistent parasite that sucks all the sorrow out of your life. Aariro is more than a lullaby. It’s the ecstatic reaction of a father who just heard his cute little baby say “Pa” for the first time. GV Prakash deserves a huge garland for the composition.
Beginning with a delightful little wordplay, Vairamuthu not just ventures into giving us great snapshots from the countryside but also uncannily explores the corridors of a village girl’s heart. What can I say! Picture perfect! Such songs can be written only from true experiences and not by mere imagination. The girl from the village in love with an officer welcomes him home, introduces him her way of life, offers him all the warmth, winks in admiration, blinks in disappointment; but keeps everything to herself. Ghibran’s orchestration, very reminiscent of the AR Rahman of the 90s, reflects a poignant understanding of the poet’s lines and the warmth in the girl’s heart. I’d love to remember this voice as Chinmayi’s original one because I feel she sounds different every time – Mayya Mayya, Oru Deivam Thandha Poove, for example. The vivid visuals of this song deserve a special mention. Wish we had more songs made this way! The art of making a tasteful video has become so rare these days.
Warmth in the way of life; warmth in a woman’s heart!