Historically every era of Tamil Cine music industry has always been ruled by 2-3 people over the years. Be it the great M.S.V/Ramamurthy combo & K.V. Mahadevan ruled the 70's. Then came, Ilayaraja,in the later part of 70's to sweep entire TN single handedly with his evergreen compositions for almost 16 long years. Till date he is the master composer & an inspiration to any budding music talent. A.R. Rahman carried the baton from Ilayaraja only to raise the bar to another level. But in 90's, Vidyasagar, S.A. Rajkumar, Deva had their share too. Ilayaraja & Rahman almost formed a circle amongst themselves to compose only for prestigious projects. Out of two gems from Raja's harmonium, Yuvan made it big. Yuvan has nurtured many small budget movies with his notable tunes to make a name for itself.
Harris Jayaraj & G.V. Prakash have announced their arrival in a grand manner. Anirudh who debuted with the 'Kolaveri number that swept almost half of the globe overnight has been giving back to back chartbusters. Since the expectation is huge from these guys, they usually take lot of time to ensure chart busters in every outing. This paved way to new talents in the recent years. Ghibran, Santosh Narayanan, Sathya. C, Siddharth Vipin and Sean Roldan are the notable ones among the exciting waves storming the industry. All these composers have brought brilliant individuals with them in the form of, Lyricist/singers/guitarist. This article may give you a brief idea of what they have done so far, and what can be expected from them in the near future.
Santosh Narayanan - This man made it big with,' Attakathi'. It is not easy for a composer in such a partly rural and partly urban flick in his first attempt itself. With, 'Aadi pona aavani', he gave Gaana Bala, the much needed break. He is unstoppable ever since thereafter. 'Aasai orr pulveli' has gone on to become the ringtone/callertune for many. Santosh Narayanan's specaility is his BGM. He has got the capability to move a movie with his brilliant notes. Be it the Pizza or Villa his music was one of the main characters. With 'Soodhu Kavvum' he carved a name for himself. The 'Sudden Delight' theme music from the movie is a mass movie material. With Cuckoo's OST he announced that he can do a 'Raja sir' act to some extent. Soon to come, 'Jigarthanda', will be a treat to all music lovers. It's been advertised as, Musical action thriller. A Quentin Tarantino'ish stuff in store for all. His next project are his debut film director Ranjith's second film, that features, Karthi in lead and the much critically acclaimed, Kannada remake, 'Lucia'. An interesting line up indeed.
Sean Roldan - After giving company to, Santosh Narayanan as lead singer in few short and feature film, Sean came on board with Balaji Mohan's, 'Vaayaui Moodi Pesavum'. Anirudh was supposed to do this project. Much like, Santosh, Sean too creates magic with guitars. Within a span of 3 months, he delivered back to back hits with 'VMP',' Sathuranga Vettai', &' Mundasupatti'. His experiments with, Retro Folk, Soft Rock, and fusions will be highly appreciated once the abovementioned licks hit the screen. Sean has roped in, Anthoney Dassen, a fusion folk singer who will go places too.
Sathya. C - Murugadoss backed/banked a new team with 'Engeyum Eppodhum'. Sathya has competent 'Carnatic' knowledge, and fusioned it with Hindustani/Ghazal materials so far. EE was lapped by the masses. Unluckily, 'Ponmaalai Pozhudhu', a brilliant OST with stupendous orchestration did reach many because of the movie's failure. He showed his populous 'kuthu' quotient with, Theeya Velai Seiyanum Kumaru. Then came 'Ivan Vera Mathiri' the second flick of his debut film director Saravanan. 'Loveula Loveula; was a foot tapping number and 'Enna Marandhen' was a instant hit melody, thanks to the sweet rendering of Madhushree. His latest release, 'Nedunjalai', had every genre in it. 'Nandoorudhu' is a reincarnation of 80's fast beat. 'Injaathe' is once again an interesting mix of ghazalish kerala number. Hoping Sathya would get a high profile project where his brilliance would reach out to many people in the future.
Ghibran - This composer has been hitting the bull's eye with his every outing and has been reaching the top gradually. 'Vaagai Sooda Vaa' is a listeners delight. Be it the composition, orchestration or mixing this guy is way above his peers. 'Kuru Kuru' and' Amma wake me up' from 'Vathikuchi' has made it to all music channels for innumerable number of times. The lacklustre box office performance of 'Naiyaandi' has marred one of the outstanding OST of last year. Every song in that album stood out on their own. 'Thirumanam ennum Nikkah' has already made many heads turn. If the movie hits the right chords the songs will reach more and more people. Interestingly, Kamal Haasan has picked Ghibran to handle not one but two of his upcoming magnum opuses Viswaroopam 2 & Uttama Villain. Greener days are ahead for, Ghibran and the music lovers.
Siddharth Vipin - For a change, a music director has been imported from god's own country. Sid made right noises with, Kurukshetra & Currency. Balaji's 'Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom' (BGM) has given a break in, Kollywood. Director Cheran always experimented with various music directors in the past. His 'JK ennum nanbanin vaazhkai' features couple of good numbers by Siddharth.' Idharkkuthane Aasaippattai Balakumara' gave ample scope for Sid to dish out couple of Madras (Kuthu) numbers & a gorgeous melody (Birthday song). With his recent outing, 'Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham' bringing in fortunes, he is definitely here to stay and grow.
With so much of diversified knowledge and style among the above composers, the music lovers of Tamil Cinema are in for a real treat. The pleasure of hearing new sounds/genres is unmatched to other pleasures one could get. Hope all these guys and few more would make it big, real big for a long period of time.