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Calcutta News Music Review

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Cast:Dileep, Meera Jasmine, Indrajit, Vimala Raman, Innocent, Bindu Panikkar
Direction:Blessy
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Calcutta News - Outstanding music
IndiaGlitz  [Thursday, February 07, 2008]

Debjyothi Misra is a protégé of the legendary Salil Chowdhary, whom Malayalees have held close to their hearts for years. And Blessy is quite a big fan of Salilda, who has worked in 28 Malayalam films in the seventies creating 112 hit songs as music director. And so, when Blessy finalized to shoot his new movie, set in Calcutta, he had no hesitation in taking Misra, Chowdhary's former assistant, to provide music for the film.

Debjyothi Misra had proved himself earlier as the music director of films like 'Raincoat' and 'Choker Baali'. And now for his debut in Malayalam with the music in 'Calcutta News', he has upheld that tradition and continued the legacy. His music for the movie has a Malayali flavor, but has typical elements from Hindustani music and Bengali music.

Since the music has a very important role in the development of the plot in the film, the songs are a refreshing endeavor, evoking nostalgia in its tunes. Moreover, Misra has invited ace singer K S Chithra to croon six songs of the film.

1. Kannadi Koottile Singers: K S Chithra, Vinitha and Vijaya

The album opens with this song which makes Chithra leaving aside her soft crooning style, rendering this racy number in the soft 'Rock'N Roll' genre with a lot of energy. Vayalar Sharath paints through his lyrics, the playfulness of the innocent girl who is left in a big city to look and wonder. Excellent rhythm and instrumental programming, especially lilting violin presentation and support vocals (even with Hindi lyrics) are the other highlights of this of this enjoyable track, which is full of youthful exuberance. It has some pleasing keyboard harmonies in the prelude. The song has little shades of Rahman's 'Ooh la la la' from 'Minsarakanavu'.

2. Arikiloru Chilla Mele Singers: K S Chithra. Asmitha Sengupta

The number is very different from Chitra's previous solos, and successfully showcases her range. The lyricist Vayalar Sharathchandra Varma has gone for simple but beautiful lyrics. The crashing instrumental interlude including mellisonant folk bits and santhoor alignments, with the singer too delivering the best. This definitely is a feel good song that will definitely climb the charts.

3. Paangmula(Bengali) Singer: Sreekanth Acharya

The song, written by Kamaleswar Mukherjee is essentially a folkish Bengali number, sung in the raw voices of Acharya and chorus, showing the fervor and essence of the culture. The song is composed and supported by typical Bengali beats.

4. Engu Ninnu Singer: K S Chithra, Madhu Balakrishanan

This song is a fantastic blend of fine vocals and an ace tune hummed out by Madhu Balakrishnan and Chithra. Another delightful song neatly laced with typical folkish bits and eastern classical pieces in orchestration. There is a solo track by both the singers, which drifts from classical ragas to country music leaving the singers with a good scope to put in a fine turn. The electronic percussion and soulful rendition make all the difference and add to the newness of the track but Chithra does the better version, complete with her characteristic finesse.

5. Kani Kanduvo Singer: K S Chithra

This is another feel-good track rendered superbly by the veteran nightingale. The song breathes of a fresh unsophisticated feel and the friskiness of the heroine that very well go with the pulse of the flick. Chithra glides along in her inimitable style, making this track the best in the album.

6. Nanmayaakunna Singer: K S Chithra.

Though the track has a pensive undertone, it never slips into morbid melancholy. It is used as a short prayer song

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