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Ponniyin Selvan Music Review

Ponniyin Selvan Music Review
Ravikrishna, Gopika, Revathy, Krishna
Radha Mohan.
Ponniyin Selvan
For the youth brigade
Monday, July 4, 2005 • Tamil Comments

Vidyasagar is the hottest ticket on the music circuit these days. his numbers for Chandramukhi were one of the reasons for the film's history-breaking run.

So his Ponniyin Selvan carries that much more expectations.

The album has Udit Narayan, Harish Raghavendra, Anuradha Sriram, Srinivas and Sadhana Sargam rendering their voices Unlike Vidyasagar's films, which usually have  a few melodious numbers, Ponniyin Selvan is predominated by western beats.

The numbers are peppy and racy, which would certainly enthuse youngsters.

1) Do Re Me  (Kunal, Arjun, Benny) A typical foot-tapping number with peppy beats accompanied by a rap strip all through. Watch out for the singer Arjun in future, his voice sounds quite similar to Udit Narayan's. The song has all the elements to capture the disco crowd.

2) Vennila (Cicily, Harish Raghavendra)

A soft rural folk with newcomer Cicily showing grace and ease. Harish Raghavendra, on the oether hand, is full of poise and polish. The tune is not the most original (resembles Vidyasagar's own song in Dhool). But it has ring of attraction.

3) Kadhal Poonga  (Udit Narayan, Sujatha)

Yet again a flashy and racy number. Udit Narayan's voice as usual brims with energy all through. Sujatha chips in with her best. Vidyasagar's orchestration deserves a special mention here. He comes up with some zingy instrumentation.

4) Thachikko  (Anuradha Sriram, Mathangi) A typical number for frontbenchers with Anuradha Sriram in full flow.  The song begins with the host of dolaks and tablas accompanied by Anuradha Sriram's voice touching the high pitch with ease.

With Mathangi joining Anuradha Sriram, the song has tremendous energy and life. It can make even those dance-challenged to break out into a samba or some such racy jiving.

5) Siruthooral (Srinivas, Sadhana Sargam) The odd one out in the album is this song where Srinivas whips up all the juicy lilt in his voice.

Sadhana Sargam is the perfect foil to him, as duo dishes out a virtual treat. The orchestration, save for some violin pieces, is minimal. But it is comforting.

6) Kola Kolayya  (KK, Sujatha) A typical dappanguthu number. Interestingly Sujatha, who is known for crooning songs of other types, comes up with a surprise. Her voice stands the rigors that such a song demands from the singers.

The instrumentation is also very racy as Vidyasagar has used  the traditional tharai and thappatai with lot of purpose.

On the whole, the album suits the needs of the youth brigade.