Ilayaraja and Thangar Bachchan always share an excellent rapport. The duo teamed up together to render popular and earthy numbers in Azhagi and Solla Marantha Kathai earlier.
They now come together again for Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy which has five songs with Thippu, Karthik, Febi and Ranjith rendering them. The maestro has proved his class in this album coming up with his usual orchestration and wonderful rhythms.
Hats off to Ilayaraja for his splendid work.
1) Nalla Vaazhvu (Karthik,Manjari)
Maestro's music with earthy beats and an excellent chorus sticks to our heart instantly. This number is a good case in point. Arural song with excellent use of tablas reminding Ilayaraja of his early days, has you asking for more. Equally impressive is Karthik. He and Manjari combine with ease. The elegance of the tune stays with you for long.
2) Iyya Enna (Tippu, Manjari)
It's a romantic number with newcomer Manjari rendering it with style and poise. Reminding one of the popular number Nethurathiri in Sakalakala Vallavan, the song however has a catchy beat to it. Tippu has nothing much to do. Watch out for Manjari, she is sure to join the big league of singers very soon.
3) Pudhusa Nenachikittu (Tippu, Ranjith)
A racy number with lot of philosophical musings Ilayaraja has used only minimal instruments. But he infuses lot of vibrancy with his essential tune. All credit should go to Tippu and Ranjith for giving life to Ilayaraja's tune. The song has the perfect folk beat and will appeal to the masses.
4) Ponnaa Porandha (Tippu, Manjari)
Tippu and Manjari team up once again. They whip up the required pathos for the number. The song deals all about a woman's search for her husband.Ilayaraja's stamps his authority using the percussion instruments to perfection. Job well done Manjari.
5) Anaithu Vidungal (Febi, Ranjith, Naveen)
The only song influenced by western music in the album. It begins with a popular French quote and then follows racy music. Fast beats accompanied by energetic rendition of the song by Febiand Ranjith are the sure highlights. Raja has attempted the fusion ofWestern and eastern instruments for this number, which deserves aspecial mention.
Maestro has not lost his touch.