Vidyasagar—Versatility is his forte

23 Dec

To compose in a music industry where you have stalwarts like M.S.Vishwanathan, Ilaiyaraja and A.R.Rahman is not an easy job. You have a great legacy to maintain! Vidyasagar is one such music director, whom I would like to write about today. What I like about him is that he has the ability to make even fast songs sound melodious. His melodies are one of the best I have heard as they have intricate tunes backed by soothing orchestration. His music has many qualities of his predecessors- great tunes, multilayered charanam, amazing orchestration, bass guitar usage, use of a variety of raagas, great background scores (an often ignored yardstick to measure talent) etc. The fact that he is compared to these stalwarts in it itself shows he has great talent. Moreover apart from Tamil, Vidyasagar has composed many great tunes even in Malayalam & Telugu (his mother tongue). I personally feel Vidyasagar has not been given his due at all. Many a time, his soundtracks have been dismissed as below par even when there were one or two fantastic tunes in them. Like most other music composers, Vidyasagar too has his share of terrible tunes but they are much less as compared to Srikanth Deva, Imaan, Deva, S.A.Rajkumar, Sirpy etc.

Many of his melodies are as good as the ones we have ever heard. A true test for any music director are the classical tunes (both Indian & Western styles) and even here Vidyasagar has shown his class. If he has got a good script, Vidyasagar has done great justice to it. Here is a list of my favourite Vidyasagar songs in Tamil. I will write another post on his Malayalam melodies soon.


  1. Malare Mounama (Karna)—One of the best songs you will ever hear in Darbari raaga.
  2. Nee Katru (Nilave Vaa)
  3. Yaar Yaar Shivam/Poovaasam/Mouname (Anbe Shivam)—A wonderful movie with wonderful music.
  4. Poi Solla Koodathu (Run)—Superb orchestration and great singing by Hariharan.
  5. Thavamindri (Anbu)—One of my favourite songs of Vidyasagar, this is in Gowrimanohari raaga.
  6. Azhagooril/Neeya Pesiyathu (Thirumalai)
  7. Un Samaiyal Araiyil (Dhill)—What a song!
  8. Orey Manam (Villan)—A fantastic tune.
  9. Gilli songs—Loved almost all the songs. This is intelligent music making, fast songs but with high repeat value, they make you tap your feet!
  10. Ding Dong (Ji)—A superb song in a rarely heard Rasikapriya raaga.
  11. Kandaen Kandaen (Madurey)—Splendid tune in Brindavanasaranga raaga. Stunning mandolin interludes!
  12. Konja Neram/Raa Raa (Chandramukhi)—The former is a great song in Baageshri raaga and the latter was a great classical composition though ONLY the first line was taken from a Kannada song.
  13. Kaalai Arumbi (Kana Kandaen)—What a song!
  14. Vennilaa (Ponniyin Selvan)
  15. Iruvar Vaazhum/Athiathikka (Aadhi)—The former is an amazing tune which was never was noticed.
  16. Kana Kandaenadi/Aalankuyil (Parthipan Kanavu)—The former is a beauty in Anandabhairavi raaga with amazing sax and bass guitar interludes!
  17. Chithiraiyil Yenna/Atrai Thingal (Sivapathigaaram)—The former is a great folk tune and the latter an amazing melody.
  18. Mozhi songs—Should I say something here? I even loved the bit songs which were pure melodies.
  19. Pirivom Sandippom songs—I loved ALL the songs, each melody is amazing with high repeat value.
  20. Vizhiyum Vizhiyum/Engaey (Chathurangam)—Unfortunately, this movie is not yet released. Vizhiyum is a masterpiece.
  21. Naan Varaindhu/Adai Mazhaikaalam (Jeyam Kondaan)
  22. Ippavae/Mazhai Nindra/Vaanathai (Raman Thediya Seethai)—Fantastic songs!
  23. Pallanadhu/Thaen Thaen (Kuruvi)—I loved Pallanadhu especially, it makes me dance!
  24. Vaa Vaa (Abiyum Naanum)—What a beautiful charanam!
  25. En Uyirukkul (Mahesh Saranya Matrum Palar)—A duet song in a supposedly sober Sindhubhairavi raaga!


6 Responses to “Vidyasagar—Versatility is his forte”

  1. Vinith December 24, 2008 at 2:32 am #

    Yes. I agree. Vidyasagar is talented. But he fails miserably mainly coz of the projects he is choosing. He is more into commercial movies for which he has to deliver more kuthu songs. Most of the kuthu songs he composes (not only VS, any other composer) are very noisy and lifeless.
    Even Kuthu songs can be composed beautifully with good orchestration. But none of our MDs seem to care about it.
    If he is choosy in his projects he would definitely move ahead of other composers of this gen.
    I must also quote that he failed to use the opportunities he got this year. His projects such as Jeyam Kondan, Alibaba, MSMP, Abhiyum etc provided enough opportunities, scope to churn out excellent melodies. But only few melodies could actually last for months. Most of them were dud and boring.
    Mozhi – Yes, The best album in his career.
    I’m surprised that Poovellam Un Vasam songs are missing. I loved almost every song in that album. Thirumana Malargal and Thallattum poongatre being my favorites. πŸ™‚

  2. Prakash Srinivasan December 24, 2008 at 3:14 am #

    Vinith, I feel this year has not been too bad for VS. As Karthik said in Milliblog, he consistently gave a few good melodies, which was not the case with others (Harris gave one great album,Vaaranam but his others were very ordinary IMO). So relatively speaking he had a decent year (neither great nor bad). I missed Poovellam Un Vaasam, thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚

  3. Vinith December 24, 2008 at 3:32 am #

    Hey Prakash,

    I dint compare VS with anyone here. πŸ™‚

    What I felt is, he could have done it better πŸ™‚ He did not use it properly. Abhiyum Nanum was a complete disaster except for the bit songs and Devathai song.
    Adai Mazhai kalam, Mazhai Nindra, Ippave are a fantastic melodies of this year.

  4. Prakash Srinivasan December 24, 2008 at 3:37 am #

    I too was very disappointed with Abiyum Naanum except for Vaa Vaa! My point was-overall, VS had a decent year because many other MD’s did not give amazing melodies except for very few good albums like VA, Poo etc.

  5. Manigandan January 24, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    I was searching for Vizhiyum Vizhiyum – song from Chadhurangam and landed in your blog…


    Happy to see your compilation. Definitely he is less noticed, but due credit should be given.

    Mozhi, is truly an amazing musical treat.

    Looking forward for future release.

    Keep blogging [I have to do …. New Year resolution πŸ™‚ ]


  6. Prakash Srinivasan January 24, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    Dear Mani, thanks a lot! Wish you a great year too πŸ™‚

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