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On cloud nine 
(Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya – Music Review)
Expectations were as high as the title right from the day ‘Vinnai
Thandi Varuvaya’ was announced, since it brought together for the
first time music maestro A R Rahman and ace filmmaker Goutham Vasudev  Menon.

Then came the winning of double Oscar by Rahman, which added more fuel
to the expectation fire. Now that the audio album is out, saying the
Mozart of Madras has fulfilled all expectations would be cliched. As
the songs are stunning, scintillating and totally different from each

With ample support from lyricist Thamarai and a young breed of
singers, the music maestro has made a different attempt, which is out
of the box and gives the listeners an out of the world experience.

1. Omana Pennae

Singers: Benny Dayal, Kalyani Menon
It creates a romantic feel. Benny Dayal and Kalyani Menon have
presented what Rahman would have expected from them. The chorus
rendering Omana Pennae is soothing. Rahman's mastery in harmony is
evident. The Malayalam lyrics have been penned by Kalyani Menon (Rajiv
Menon's mother).

2. Anbil Avan

Singers: Devan Ekambaram, Chinmayee
The vibrancy and enthusiasm in Rahman is reflected in the song. A
refreshing number, it has synthesised sounds that would sure mesmerise
the lsitener. Chinmayee's chirpy's voice coupled with the dynamic
Devan Ekambaram do the remaining magic.

3. Vinaythandi VaruvayaSinger: Karthik

‘Bubbly’ Karthik sings this title song. The tune is so unconventional,
and the string instruments give the song the soul and life. The
key-line Vinnaithandi Varuvaya by Karthik is awesome. In short, don’t
get stunned if this one becomes the anthem of the youngsters.

4. Hosanna

Singers: Vijay Prakash, Blaaze, Suzanne
The word Hosanna, which is considered auspicious by the Christians,
has made Rahman to come out with a beautiful song. With rap interludes
in between by Blaaze, Vijay Prakash and Suzanne steal the show. The
song is about the joy in the heart and soul of a guy who comes across
his beloved. And it reflects it aptly.

5. Kannukul Kannai

Singer: Naresh Iyer
A sophisticated and soft number. Rahman has not disturbed Thamarai’s
soulful lyrics with his music, which flows like water in a calm river.
Naresh Iyer is just the right choice to croon such a beautiful number.

6. Mannipaya

Singers: A R Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal
This one is a double treat for Rahman fans. For the music composer has
rendered voice besides composing the song. He mesmerises the listeners
with his voice and composition. Lending him ample support is Shreya
Ghoshal. A song that has no charanam or pallavi, Mannipaya is totally

7. Aaromalae (Malayalam song)

Singer: Alphonse
A full-length Malayalam song, perhaps for the first time in a Tamil
movie. Acclaimed Malayalam lyricist Kaithapram has penned the song
with Malayalam music composer Alphonse singing it. The song makes one
brisk at the first listen itself. Mixed emotions flow as the song goes
on.    To sum it up, Rahman has set a new trend in ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaya’,
besides proving it once again that he is a man with Midas Touch.


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