Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Appuchi Gramam - Beyond Functional Tunes

                     Listen to Appuchi Graamam songs on Raaga.com
Having started his career as an Independent composer, Vishal Chandrasekar made his mark with, Santosh Sivan's, Inam. He displayed a lot of promise with his, BGM, and now he is back with another exciting movie, a sci-fi thriller 'Appuchi Gramam' for Tamil audience. Here is one younger composer who goes beyond functional tunes.

1. En Karunchingama Listen here

Singer: Gaana Bala

A pulsating number to kick start the album. Gaana Bala lights up the mood with his unique tone & rhythm. The initial guitar portion and the interludes with Naadaswaram make this number a good listen.

2. En Kannu Kulla Listen here

Singer: Varun Vishwa

A pleasant westernized melody from the composer. Varun sings with so much panache, and utters the lyrics perfectly. Groovy orchestration. The flutes and mild beats from drums surrounding the entire tune give a winter feel to the tune. 'Vetkathukke vetkam varum.. un meni oru pournmai' is a catchy line from this wonderful tune.

3. Kee Keecharey Listen here

Singer: Sinduri Shyam Sundar

A curtain raiser sort of a festive mood song. The lead singer and chorus fit the bill perfectly. A trip to our hometown festivals is guaranteed with native instruments beeing used throughout the tune.

4. Or Nila Listen here

Singer(s): Prahalad Raghavendran, Sinduri Shyam Sundar

Tha. Kannan (Lyricist) deserves a special mention for this short & lovely tune.' Un nizhalum, en nizhalum seruvadhu oru sugam'... is a supreme imagination from, Kannan. This could be one of those tracks which composed for the lyrics, and not the other way round. Prahalad's ice cream like voice gels well with the mild composition. Wish the song could be bit longer.

5. Theme of Appuchi Listen here

Being promoted as a sci-fi thriller, the Theme track is aptly composed with violins and flute dominating the entire 150 seconds to retain the surprise factor.

Pick(s) of the album: En Kannu Kulla & Or nila.


MOHAN–EVERGREEN HITS

He once managed to rule the entire of the Tamil industry as he was one of the top artists amongst the male lead actors. There was something charming about him in all his films that made people love him. Fondly addressed as ‘Kokila’ Mihan, his first venture in the Kannada film industry, Mohan caught a niche place for himself in the Tamil film industry. As recent as the 1980’s, Mohan began his career in the Tamil film industry with the movie ‘moodupani’ alongside wonderful actor like Prathap pothan, shoba etc. with many movies in his kitty, let’s take a quick look at the songs that made a huge hit.

Listen to Mohan Hits Songs on Raaga.com

His romantic solo’s and duets had a special charm. ‘Eeramana Rojaave’ from the movie Ilamai Kaalangalil’ is ofcourse a beautiful one, with a tone of sadness, although made it big amongst the audience.  In the same order, the song ‘Hey I love you’ from the movie ‘Unnai Naansanthithaen’ was a brilliant one, that proved to be a very addictive one. A heart touching number that is a must-add in the Mohan hits would be ‘Ilayanila pozhigiradhu’ from the movie ‘Payanangal mudivadhillai’. The movie thendraleennai thodu has this beautiful number ‘Kannae nee vara’ in Ilaiyaraja’s music yet again that is ofcourse a wonderful track starring Mohan in it. It would be a sin to not add Mouna Ragam to this list and ofcourse as everyone knows this famous song, ‘Mandram Vara thendralukku’, it is wise to add this option here to the hits of Mohan.The list is very exhaustive ofcourse but we cannot miss the song ‘Nilvau thoongum neram’ from the movie Kunguma Chimizh’.

An ace actor with good acting skills, he did have comebacks in the industry and still was welcomed warmly. Infact this year Mohan’s appearance in Kannada stint Asokavana has raised a lot of expections.