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BALE PANDIYA MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram
Music Director : Devan Ekambaram
Vocals : Naresh Iyer, Mano, Shiva Chidambaram, Dr. Burn, Uma Shankar, Haricharan, Devan Ekambaram, Navin Madhav, Paravai Muniamma, Malaysia Vasudevan, Ranjith, Aalap Raju (the guitar man), Raqueeb Alam, Anuradha Sriram, Srinivas, Velmurugan, Manikkavinayagam, Mukesh, Malgudi Shuba, Divya Vijay, Anitha, Suchitra Karthik, Vijay Yesudoss, Rahul Nambiar, Raman Mahadevan, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Arun Ramamurthy, Unnikrishnan, Mrinalini, Bharadwaj.
Lyrics : Vaali, Thamarai, Dr.Burn
Produced by AGS Entertainment and directed by Siddharth Chandrasekar, this movie stars Vishnu Vishal and Piaa Bajpai in lead roles along with Vaiyapuri and others. Devan Ekambaram, a well known singer (Anbil Avan from Vinnaithaandi---) handles the music department here. Seven tracks are listed in the album.

  Bale Pandiya
 
Sirikkiren...
Vocals: Naresh Iyer, Mano, Shiva Chidambaram, Dr. Burn, Uma Shankar

Lyrics: Vaali

A song of drunken revelry, this song takes off in all directions. Football fans can compare it to the action of Peter Crouch on the field- arms and legs everywhere! Light lyrics and delicate support from instruments like ghatam, ganjira, strings and wind instruments make this a frothy number. And the last minute is a riot-being deliberately modeled on the ‘maama-maapley’ bit from the original Bale Pandiya featuring Sivaji and M.R.Radha! Seems based on Chalanata raga and we could take a shine to it.

Happy
...
Vocals: Haricharan, Devan Ekambaram, Naresh Iyer, Navin Madhav, Paravai Muniamma, Malaysia Vasudevan, Ranjith, Aalap Raju (the guitar man), Raqueeb Alam, Anuradha Sriram, Srinivas, Velmurugan, Manikkavinayagam, Mukesh, Malgudi Shuba, Divya Vijay, Anitha, Suchitra Karthik, Vijay Yesudoss, Rahul Nambiar( Phew!!!)

Lyrics: Vaali

A delightfully offbeat number, this. Like Robert Browning’s poems it overflows with good cheer and happiness! What arrests you is the (absence of) background music. Voices and finger-click like sounds alone follow the singers. The Sankarabaranam sangati in the line ‘nekku romba happy’ delights! A pleasing experiment in sruti.

Aaradha Kobamillai
...
Vocals: Raman Mahadevan, Mahalaxmi Iyer

Lyrics: Thamarai

A song where small, clustery notes from the flute, santoor (glockenspiel too?), guitar, sax and violins add to the mood of tentative reconciliation that runs through the song. Very neat lyrics. Raman Mahadevan (who sings for Bollywood movies) is a welcome addition to Kollywood. We hear both Sankarabaranam and Mohanam ragas here. Could hover on the charts briefly.


Ivan Thedal...
Vocals: Dr.Burn, Arun Ramamurthy

Lyrics: Dr.Burn

Some techno music, heavy rapping and synthesized voices come together for this song which is all about a certain mood projection. Is that the veena you hear two minutes into the song? Wow! Could translate humorously on screen.


Kangale Kamalalayam...
Vocals: Unnikrishnan, Mrinalini

Lyrics: Thamarai

Such attractive opening lines! This dainty lyric does not easily lend itself to the 5-beat tala cycle, but it must be said to Devan’s credit that he has somehow woven the song into the kanda nadai without hurting our ears. The tabla, appearing suddenly, softly, drenches our ears with its rhythms. This song, based loosely on Hamsadwani raga, (and a quirky blues touch to it), is likely to be relished.


Bale Pandiya...
Vocals: Velmurugan, Ranjith, Naresh Iyer

Lyrics: Vaali

Vaali’s amusing lyrics talk about an incredibly luckless man, as revealed through ‘Naadi Josyam’(all in humor?).Crisp use of percussive instruments and bass guitars add a foot-tapping quality to this number. Spirited singing from all.


Sirikkiren: Instrumental
Solo violin: Arun Ramamurthy

Mridangam: D.A.Srinivas

A very well-knit presentation of an instrumental version of song no.1.Is that the viola we hear at the start? Truly nice! Shenai, guitars mridangam and other native percussions have been smoothly blended here. A novel attempt too.


Verdict:

Devan Ekambaram brings in a distinct breeziness to this album. Plenty of instruments are listed and though some play coy, you do like his restrained orchestration. If the film opens well, the songs could generate wider interest. We truly hope he has done his re-recording with the same amount of creativity.
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