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Panchamirtham Panchamirtham
 
Music review By Malathy Sundaram
Produced by Abirami Ramanathan, directed by Raju Easwaran and starring Arvind Akash, Saranya, Jayaram and Nasser and others. Advertised as a children’s movie (really welcome); this album had a novel launch by arranging an inter-school competition among 72 schools, with the participants having to dance for any one of the 5 songs in the movie! The music for Vaali’s lyrics has been scored by Sundar.C.Babu, who is the son of veteran veena player Chittibabu.
Panchamirtham


Panchamirtham...

Vocals: M.S.Viswanathan( wow).


Obviously the title song, which hints at the fun quotient of this movie. ‘Vai vittu siricha noi vittu pogum’ seems to be the theme of the song, sung with touching enthusiasm by good old MSV! Music wise, nothing much except guitar, keys and rhythm pads. And a touch of Revati raga.

Panchamirtham
Thandhana Thanana...
Vocals: Shreya Ghosal.


A stylish beginning with flute, keys, rhythm and sitar (or could be veena too). This song waxes eloquent on the charms of nature, a hill station, to be precise. Many colorful vignettes of Nature. The string instruments along with both bass and top note flutes have been used sensitively, tinkling all the time. Kudos to this young singer who takes so much care with her pronunciation! The raga itself seems to be Behag in general.


Nadhikkarai Oram...

Vocals: Madhu Balakrishnan and Chitra.

A divine opening with drums, mridangam and violin, where the notes go ‘sa ri ga sa ri ga sa ri’ and ‘da sa ri’ later on in raga Sriranjani. A passionate love duet where the sangatis sway just like the ‘naanal’ grass that figures in the song. Even the violin interludes are heavy and smoldering, especially the final western twist to the song from the ‘sa’ swara. Both the mridangam and tabla need a ‘sabash’. Fine singing from both.



Kadhal Vandhal...
Vocals: Karthik and Reeta.

Heavy drums and guitar seem to feature in this song, which has a robust, if slightly different beat. Sings about the maddening effects of love itself.


Uchathile Aandavan...

Vocals: Naveen Madhav.


Is that the guitar that we hear at the start? Quite a peppy number, the lyrics of which seem to celebrate a sudden windfall. Full of bravado and flourish. Heavy but fun native rhythms! Though the base scale seems to be Karaharapriya, an interesting addition of the big ‘ni’ note on and off has a touch of Gowrimanohari too. The 5-kattai sruti adds a folk touch. The repeated ‘sa sa sa ni ni ni sa’ on strings adds melody. Enthusiastic vocals.

Verdict:

Sundar .C.Babu seems to have a lot of passion for music, going by what he has fashioned here. With music running in his genes, can we look forward to more exciting stuff from him? By the way, songs no.3 and 4 seem rather overt for a kids’ movie!

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