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Megha Music Review

Megha marks the directional debut of Karthick Rishi and stars Mankatha fame Ashwin K and Shrushti in the lead. The film has music by Illayaraja and the soundtrack features a retake of the classic ‘Putham Puthu Kalai’. Ever since IsaignaniIlayaraja was signed up, the movie was speculated to be a musical parody and the album is a wondrous revelation. To be directed byKarthik, the movie has Ashwin and Shrusthi in the lead. The album appears to be shot from the 80's to now, without losing any magic in it. Ilayaraja comes back with a string of sweetness, get ready to be hooked.

Jeevane (Illayaraja)

he album reaches a high point with this Raja cry of despair. Ilaiyaraja’s gives it his all here as a vocalist in this rock styled song with its heavy footed and pronounced drumming. The vocal melody, again based on the Nata Bhairavi scale, has some truly magical moments in its pre-chorus and chorus that never fail to give you goosebumps each time. This thundering composition which is high on emotion is best described by the lyric “idhu kadhal kaalam vazhthum geetham engum kekudhey”

PuthamPudhu(Anitha)

Age old classic revisited with neatness and crystal clear music makes up this song. The yester year song from AlaigalOyvathilai sung by Janaki stood still in time, and now the timeless classic has been reused with Anita of super singer fame. Swell and dwell in this musical imitation, sure to hook you up for that is the magic the tune has over the years.

Kalvane(Haricharan, Ramya NSK)

The enticing vocals of Ramya shoot off to a lusty song that celebrates the love which has matured to the next level. The intention is quite clear, a sleazy lethargic song that describes the mood well with some intelligent pianistic experience from the maestro, and not to forget the dream violin in between the interludes. A niche song, yet again has reminiscence from the 80's.Note : Watch out for the first 30 sec melody, sure to hook and immerse you!

Mugil ( Ilayaraja version )

Raja’s lilting voice may seem to be more well suited for this track than the earlier version featuring Yuvan’s efforts. Although the Ramya’s presence in the first version offers a bit more dynamism, being a duet.

Chellam(Ramya NSK, Yuvan Shankar Raja)

A bluesy intro is the prelude to another funky composition based on Pahaadi (Hindustani Raag)- another most favourite of Ilaiyaraaja. However the song notices a changeover in the second interlude but comes back to the Pahaadi base. Yuvan’s sprightly voice works very well in this tune. Raja gives the track the full treatment with quiet breakdowns which feature his string section, all playing parts that are not mere rearrangements of the vocal melody. However it would have been exciting if the bass parts were a bit more adventurous given that the track had scope for it.

Enna Vendum(Karthik, Priyadhashini )

A vocal melody from a different time and place, almost as if it’s been taken out of a time capsule and executed now. The melody is based on Nata Bhairavi scale yet again and it reminds faintly of Enna Thaalattu from Kadhalikku Mariyadhai but the peculiar rhythm takes the song to new territories. The fresh folk styled voice of Priyadarshini is another asset to the song. The backing band is in splendid form and tries its best not to bring flashbacks of a bygone era.

Mugilo Megamo(Ramya NSK, Yuvan Shankar Raja)

The raining strings seems like the perfect start to a Raja album, and this one in particular as plenty of that. The nice Jazz styled guitars make for good accompaniment to the vocal melody which irresistibly reminds the listener of Elankaatru Veesudhe (Pithamagan) in the first line but it takes off in its own individual fashion. This song adds to the list of many compositions of the Maestro based on the Harmonic minor scale (Carnatic equivalent: Keeravani/ Nata Bhairavi). When Ramya NSK first sings ‘Mugilo Megamo’ the rim shots turn into snare strikes momentarily to mark a difference. The drumming especially is top notch throughout this album. Yuvan does a good job as he sings the lower notes with much ease while Ramya’s confidence comes through in this performance.



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