JAGANMOHINI MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Malathy Sundaram

Music Director : Ilayaraja
Vocals : Yeya Shinde, Swetha, Ujjaini, Rahul, Rita, Nancy Vincent, Feji, Chitra.
Lyrics : Na. Muthukumar, Vaali.

Produced by Murali Cine Arts, directed by N.K. Viswanathan and starring Namitha (amusingly called ‘oomphalicious’ by Indian Express), Raja, Vadivelu, Nila, Jothilaxmi along with others, this film is a remake of the yesteryear blockbuster starring Jayamalini and Narasimha Raju. The special effects in this film are supposed to be very good. Isaignani Ilayaraja does the honors in the music department, tuning 5 songs for the album.

Ponmani Theril---
Vocals: Yeya Shinde & Chorus.
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

Though this song has a ‘heard-before’ tune, the stylish Kiravani notes, especially the chorus start ‘sa pa ma paa ma ------ri ga maa ma ga ri ga ri sa’ are pleasing. The percussions, and the music (strings in fact) are neat. The tune flows so well with the lyrics. Good singing by the lady.

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Nilavu Varum Neram---
Vocals: Swetha, Ujjaini
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The soft opening bars of this very ‘Yuvan Shankar’ like number dip down to usher in the deep rolling rhythms that set the passionate mood for this song. The music interludes are crisp and minimal. Sung very well by Swetha with subtle nuances. Could make a brief hop onto the charts.



Poothadhu Poovu---

Vocals: Rahul, Rita.
Lyrics: Vaali

There is no gainsaying the fact that Vaali remains ever-youthful at heart! Do relish the second charanam, where words related to the ‘forest’ imagery come together so smoothly! Rita is a joy to listen to. Rahul is subdued. Again, the music is soft, seductive – the Chakravaham raga seems to have been touched upon.




Kattikkitta Raasa---
Vocals:
Rahul, Nancy Vincent, Feji & Chorus.

Lyrics: Vaali

A playful exploration of the melodic and western aspects of the Sankarabaranam ragam, it involves exchanges between a beauty, her mother and an ardent suitor. The song moves along on catchy rhythms and equally light music interludes. Could make a hesitant climb onto the charts.




Unnai Vittal---
Vocals:
Chitra.

Lyrics: Vaali

The unusually high-pitched pallavi almost makes your skin tingle, and Chitra, bless her soul, carries it off with utter ease! Do we hear the raga Dhenuka here? Decent accompaniments from the strings and tabla, but routine ‘Amman’ stuff, basically! Could appeal to a certain section of listeners.




Verdict:

Though this film is supposed to be a Vittalacharya movie remake, the music appears to be so composed as to not feel ‘dated’. But at the same time it has no noisy modernistic frills. The background music is refreshing, along with the rhythms; you really need to savor the neat stitching together of the lyric and the ‘mettu’. But a couple of songs make you wonder if they are ‘old wine in a new bottle’.

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