Friday, December 25, 2015

Music Review(Tamil):Thaarai Thappattai

Music Review(Tamil):Thaarai Thappattai
Music Composer: Ilayaraja


     Bala and Ilayaraja define the soundscape for Thara Thappattai with the hero entry theme itself. A perfect usage of Nadhaswaram and Thavil for one and half minute which takes the listeners directly to the days of Karakattakaran.Vathana Vathana Vadivelan's arrangements are pretty ordinary with Nadhaswaram and Thavil, However Kavitha Gopi's vocal is a sure show stealer with enough support from Priyadarshini. The tune by maestro is also a standard one which requires appealing visuals to spruce up the song further.Idarinum is a perfect classical song from Ilayaraja with ambient minimal instruments dominated by Ghatam and wailing violin sections trademarked by Maestro. Sharreth's recent collaborations with Ilayaraja turns out to be masterpieces and this one also elevated by the prolific singer's improvisations and soul-stirring rendition.

     In Paruruvaaya Ilayaraja is in exceptional form and he churned out another masterpiece classical song which features wonderful usage of Veena from its prelude and interlude. Ilayaraaja kept the orchestration minimal to give the serene feel to the song while SathyaPrakash and Surmukhi nails in delivering this classically rich song which features the verses of Thiruvasagam.Aattakkari Maman Ponnu is a delightful throwback duet from maestro while M M Mansi's sensual vocals and Prasanna's vocals complement each other well. The arrangements feature predominantly reminds of Ilayaraja's yesteryear songs with lovely orchestral string sections and flute. Ilayaraja rounds off the captivating soundtrack with intriguing theme track where string section speaks itself with emotions. Maestro mixes the traditional sounds of Nadaswaram and Thavil with splendid string portions effectually and the energy of the theme music from start till the end is exceptional. Aarambam Aavathu is the only weak link in the album with very pedestrian arrangements but amusing lyrics make up for the grouse. The song may well go with visuals but as a standalone song this can be skipped and immerse in the other wonderful songs in the album.

Verdict: Ilayaraja once again proves that undeniably he is the maestro by delivering culturally rich sounds in Tharai Thappattai. The two classical songs is a surprising bonus for the movie on Karakattam.

My rating: 8.5/10

Pick of the Album: Paruruvaaya, Idarinum, Thaarai Thappattai theme, Aattakkari maman Ponnu

You can listen to the songs in Youtube.

P.S Edited version of the review is available here.