Song: Mazhai Kuruvi
Movie: Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Composer: AR Rahman
Singer: AR Rahman
26 years ago, we heard for the first time a distant humming of ‘Yelelo Yelele lelelo’ in an enchantingly unique style. It was a breath of fresh air in Tamil Cinema. The name is AR Rahman. After all these years, the voice has matured so much but is still so exciting to hear. ‘Mazhai Kuruvi’ is a tribute to his own singing journey and how special it gets as it tells a story of a wise man’s unexpected friendship with a tiny sparrow and how its celebration of nature humbles him, opening him up to new perspectives on life.
AR Rahman is cautious and sensitive in setting the tone of the song using only strings, flute and soft beats to enhance the situations in the story. It’s a 3-part song where in the first part, the man describes himself and the sparrow and how they become friends. ARR uses a lot of happy and cheerful notations. In the second part, he leads on by singing ‘Mugilinam sara saravendru’ on low key as to build suspense on the havoc a thunderous rain could create on the poor sparrow like parents would modulate their voices while narrating to kids the arrival of the evil in a story. At 3:08 is the gorgeous portion of the song where it elevates to a different mood expressing so beautifully the pain of separation and concern for the little one. In the final part – ‘Kaatil Anneram’ with the revelation, the beats gather for more clarity and resolution defined by Kamalakar’s delicate flute piece that lingers in your mind for a long time. For all the musical grace and lyrical beauty, this earnest solo track from AR Rahman deserved a better movie.