Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kalavani - Confident Folk for the story

Sherali Films 'Kalavani' is produced by S Nazir, a former production executive of Mani Ratnam. The film is directed by debutante Sargunam, an erstwhile associate of director Vijay. Produced by the assistant of a classic film maker and directed by the assistant of a modern stylish director 'Kalavani' is expected to have the finesse of the mentors.

'Pasanga' fame Vimal and a new comer Oviya play the young lead pair in 'Kalavani'. Director Sargunam has said "Kalavani will be a right mix of romance and comedy, quite like Pandiarajan's 'Aaan Paavam'.

'Kalavani' music is composed by S S Kumaran who has given a hit in 'Poo' earlier.

The audio of 'Kalavani' was launched on April 19th at the popular Kamala Theatre complex in Chennai. Director Mani Ratnam released the first copy and director-actor M Sasikumar received it.

"Kalavani' has seven numbers for the record. But four numbers are very short, each lasting for about one-and-a-half minutes, which says the film director and music director cared for the story and the flow of it. They didn't want to have a song for the sake of having it. They preferred the positioning of the right music at the right place. An unusual thing. Congrats for that.

1. Oru Murai Iru Murai - Listen here

Singers: Harish Ragavendra, Srimathumitha, Srimathi

A folksy romantic number with good blend of local sounds. It opens with a folk violin and then the male voice prelude. The singers Harish Ragavendra, Srimathumitha, Srimathi actually lift up this folksy tune. Although Harish sounds little urban for this song be manages with his melody. Rural dream well captured in both the lyric and the rhythms. The actual song begins 'Chinna Chinna Thooral Vanthu Nenjukulle Muthamidum Maayam Amayam Enna Enna Solli Poduda' says a lot about Na. Muthukumar. Simple strings and wind interludes match well. The females' harmony is also note worthy. This has all ingredients for staying long on the charts.

2. Pada Pada Padavena - Listen here

Singer: Yash Golcha

This is a likeable shortie. Asking for the hand of the girl but the emotions could have been better.

3. Peancha Mazhai - Listen here

Singer: A. Devendran

Another short and sweet folk song. Very simple use of siruparai and kottu and the musician gives importance to vocal also. Very rhythmic beats. The bronzy voice of Devendran is a welcome addition to folk singing.

4. Sinthaiyiley - Listen here

Singer: Prasanna

Starts with an oriental feel and retains it throughout. Prasanna exudes a charm in Sinthayile.              

5. Dubaikku Poga Porene - Listen here

Singer: Ranjith, Uma

The protagonists must be dreaming Dubai rich. Dubaikku poga porene is basic and settled with even some Arabic desert rhythms in it. This is a new kind of kuthu song with down to earth thoughts.              

6. Ooradangum Samathiley - Listen here

Singer: Senthilvelan

Ooradangum Samathiley looks a reminiscent number. Senthilvelan has a pleasant trace of Illayaraja and his style of pathos.

7. Edakku Madakku - Listen here

Singer: S S. Kumaran

Another short tune sung by the music director himself. Sounds like a theme rendition.

On the whole the songs of 'Kalavani' are breezy to let your imagination fly for a title like 'Kalavani'. May be a couple of more regular duration songs could have made this a complete album. Even then the song 'Oru Murai Iru Murai' is the pick and a must hear.



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