Music trespasses boundaries. Nothing demonstrates that emotion better than this cover. Loved every bit of it. Not to mention how soulful the original song is, to begin with. Brought me out of dark places many-a-times.
From the feel of the music, you can already tell that this will be a very personal movie between the two protagonists. Sunil Kashyap has done a good job supporting the feel of the movie and providing music that ably supports the movie.
O Manasa - Yazin Nizar crooned this very alternative meets blues meets traditional carnatic music based song. I liked the feel and the composition of this song. Shreya lended a unique texture to her version of the female rendition. She is the best there is and I am glad they had her onboard on this album.
Hrudayama - Vijay Yesudas and Swetha Mohan lend their voices to this love ballad. I liked the flute interlude at the beginning.
Ninna Lenantha - Hearing Hemachandra's voice after a long time. It was a sweet love song.
Chirugaali Aagipove - Hemachandra and Sameera Bharadwaj did full justice to this tricky but interesting song. I liked this song. Sameera's voice was sounding really cool but also seemed very similar to Chinmayi's voice.
Emito Ee Kshanam - A song to describe the feeling of falling in love for the first time. A topic of almost every other tollywood movie but in their defense, the lyrics seemed fresh enough. Something about this song was off for me, just the singers' voices perhaps? The orchestra and music interludes were done well but the song itself was a letdown.
Nee Manasuna - A token sad song for the cliff hanger in the movie, I guess. Vijay Prakash did a good job.
The two instrumental bits were fresh and a welcome departure from the other telugu albums.
Overall, O Manasa and Chirugaali Aagipove stand out. I wish there were fewer songs but more impactful ones. I felt like whatever is the feel of the movie is lost in the gazillion songs describing just about the same emotion. Other than than minor issue, the album was well done. I am glad they did not succumb to the pressure of the item song/romantic song/mass song/sad song format.
Ramajogayya Sastry and Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar have done a wonderful job with the lyrics. The expressions used in the songs and the intimacy expressed in the words was noticeable. Goes to show that given a chance they can churn out lyrics that actually lead up to a coherent idea. Taking chances is what is required.
I drove up to the downtown area to watch the HAZIR show performed by Hariharan ji and Zakir Hussain ji. It was pouring down that night and I was supposed to go to the show by myself. So you can see that there are already many reasons why I could have skipped the show. It was worth all the effort of getting there. I was treated to two-hour journey into the musical heaven.
They started 15 minutes late because of the bad weather conditions, the organizers apologized for it, and the musicians skipped the intermission so we could leave on time. Now, if that is not professionalism, i don't know anything else.
Zakir Hussain ji is an amazing artist, a beautiful mix of the outstanding talent, supreme modesty, and zany sense of humor. I really enjoyed watching him perform, sometimes supporting the singer playing in the background and other times moving to the center and taking the audience by storm.
There are no words to describe Hariharan ji's talent. He is so spontaneous and filled with so much talent. I like his easy going personality and a certain sense of humor to the proceedings.
The supporting musicians were extremely talented.
Hariharan made an announcement of an app they are about to launch. You can find more details here.
They played some old songs, some new ones, some movie songs, and some blue ones. One that stands out most was the "Urdu Blues" rendition of "Yeh Aaine Se". All in all, it was an enchanting experience.
Did I tell you that there is no one like Zakir Hussain, his talent is beyond comprehension!