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Noteworthy Songs of Assorted Composers: II

30 Oct

I have compiled another list of wonderful songs by assorted composers. Song-Composer-Movie.

  1. Unnai Saranadindhen Mannava: Sabesh-Murali from Ammuvagiya Naan: A wonderful composition in Dharmavathi raga with excellent singing by Harish Raghavendra and Kalyani
  2. Thavamaai Thavamirundhu: The entire album is fantastic, again composed by the underrated Sabesh-Murali
  3. Medhuva Medhuva: Chandrabose from Annanagar Mudhal Theru, a vintage song
  4. Ora Kanna: Prem G Amaran from Ennamo Nadakudhu, a peppy song composed in Reetigowla scale.
  5. Azhaga/Roja Poovin: Vijay Antony: By 2; the former song is just fantastic set in Brindavanasaranga raga
  6. Azhagai Pookudhey: Vijay Antony: Ninathale Inikkum, an extremely soothing number
  7. Ninaithaale: The whole album by Vijay Antony is worth a listen……all melody songs, a rarity these days…..
  8. Thendral Thendral Vandhu: Sirpy: Raasi: Set in Madhyamavathy raga
  9. Solla Solla: Bharadwaj: Athithi, another lovely song in Reetigowla raga
  10. Rayilin Paadhayil: Joshua Sridhar: Appavi, a song set in a rarely used Arabhi raga

Ilaiyaraja’s Grand Slam Albums

6 May

I am liberally borrowing a phrase from Tennis, Grand Slam and using it in the context of Ilaiyaraja’s music. I have coined the word “Grand Slam” album just to mean all those albums where almost all the songs are very good. Every composer has had albums where all the songs are worth listening, though this trend is becoming a rarity these days. Considering the huge oeuvre of Raja, I am listing 40 albums across languages where I felt they were deserving of the Grand Slam tag, this is a random list in no particular order. I have excluded the albums of MSV-Raja collaboration as it is a topic for another blog post.

  1. Guru (Malayalam): Raja’s collaboration with the Budapest Symphony orchestra
  2. Mouna Raagam
  3. Agni Nakshathram
  4. Thalapathy
  5. Geethanjali (Telugu)
  6. Anjali: A case study on how to compose for a film based on children
  7. Amman Koil Kizhakkale
  8. Aboorva Sagodharargal (multi-genre album)
  9. Chinna Thambi (this movie also ran because of its music)
  10. Dhoni (contemporary Raja using live instruments)
  11. Eera Vizhi Kaaviyangal (what a masterpice album!)
  12. Karagattakaran
  13. Gopura Vaasalile
  14. Idhaya Koil
  15. Idhayam
  16. Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
  17. Keladi Kanmani
  18. Pithamagan
  19. Naan Kadavul
  20. Needhane En Ponvasandham
  21. Ninaivellaam Nithya
  22. Nizhalgal
  23. Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
  24. Punnagai Mannan
  25. Sindhu Bhairavi
  26. Uliyin Osai (classical+folk+melody songs, one magical album)
  27. Villupattukkaran (folksy classical songs, each of them a gem)
  28. Ejamaan
  29. Uzhaippali
  30. Poovizhi Vaasalile
  31. Sri Rama Rajyam (a grand devotional Telugu soundtrack)
  32. Anumanaspadam (Telugu)
  33. Mahanadhi
  34. Olangal (Malayalam, a vintage classic)
  35. Geetha (Kannada, all masterpiece songs)
  36. Chinna Kounder
  37. Udhaya Geetham
  38. Kizhakku Vaasal
  39. Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
  40. Mudhal Mariyadhai