ANGADI THERU - MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram

Music Director : Vijay Antony, G.V.Prakash Kumar
Vocals: Ranjith, Vinith Srinivas, Janaki Iyer, Benny Dayal, Hamsika, G.V.Prakash Kumar, Shreya Ghosal, Haricharan, M.K.Balaji, Nellai Boys
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Produced by Aingaran International Pvt. Ltd., and directed by G.Vasanthabalan (who made waves with ‘Veyil’), this film has generated a lot of interest. It has some newcomers in its cast. Actress Anjali of Kattradhu Tamil fame is the heroine. The story is supposed to revolve around a marketplace (angadi) in Tirunelveli this time. Vijay Antony and G.V.Prakash Kumar combine to make music for this film, tuning six songs. Songs no.1 and 5 have been

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tuned by Vijay and the rest by Prakash. All the lyrics have been penned by Na.Muthukumar. The impressive work put in by sound engineer (late) H.Sridhar is gratefully acknowledged on the jacket.

Aval Appadi Onrum---
Vocals: Ranjith,Vinith Srinivas,Janaki Iyer

A gentle flowing melody in Kalyani ragam, this mettu reminds old timers of ‘kaviri penne vaazgha’ an old hit from the movie ‘Poompuhar’. The realistic verses brings a smile to your lips. Very pleasing accompaniment from the harp, in tune with the gentle emotion the song evokes. Good support from the violins and flute. Janaki’s short passage of raga is sweet.



Kadhaigalai Pesum---

Vocals: Benny Dayal,Hamsika

Funny song, this—was it composed after the mettu was finalized? The flow of words is not smooth. Anyway it holds your attention for its ‘gypsy-song’ like beats and the smooth, soft descending notes in Natabairavi—sa pa pa ma paa ma-ga ma ga ma gaa ri; then sa ma ma-etc; to ri sa, and down to ‘ni sa sa etc; to dha pa’. Good vocals from Benny Dayal.



Kanni Theriyum Vaanam---

Vocals: G.V.Prakash Kumar

A wistful cry from the soul of a poverty-ridden youngster who looks to better times ahead. The song is on Sankarabaranam scale with a western touch. Lyrics take precedence here and the strings just go along. The music interlude before the single charanam sounds stylish. Prakash, wanting to sound agonized, ends up sounding strident!



Un Paerai Sollum---
Vocals: Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghosal, Haricharan

Such delicate blending of notes from the strings, flute, keyboard along with soothing folksy percussion rhythms! Though this Kiravani-raga based duet song makes you recall ‘Vennilave’ from Rahman, it is still enjoyable. Especially the way the flute goes ’ni sa sa sa sa sa’ and the keyboard blends with ‘sa pa ma pa,pa sa pa ni’ three minutes into the song. Faultless singing, of course.



Enge Poveno---
Vocals: Benny Dayal, M.K.Balaji, Janaki Iyer

Deep sounding percussion rhythms, rising and falling, add pathos to this sad number. Excellent articulation from Benny Dayal-especially the elongated ‘sangatis’ at the end of some lines. Is that the sarod that we hear at the start and then later on? Very plaintive notes! A haunting number, truly! and different sounding, too.



Karungaali Naayae—
Composed and sung by:
Nellai Boys,Karthik, Mahesh, Black Pandi(!) Muthuraj, Senthilkumar, Srikanth, Sakthinarayanan ,Vimal,Sathish, Dineshkumar,Abirami.

Well, Vijay Antony’s presence seems to have rubbed off on Prakash Kumar too, we suppose—going by this funky ‘rappy’ number with some dialogues thrown in! A quirky way to sign off this album, for sure!

Verdict:

What impresses you right away about this album is the excellent sound design. So many delicate sounds have been etched on to songs so smoothly. Nothing jars. The songs too are slightly offbeat. The artistic design of the cover and the interesting ‘sleeve note’ by Shaji, both deserve notice. Would be nice if the film holds up.

Songs by G.V.Prakash:



Songs by Vijay Antony:


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