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Song of the Day # 1013

From: bb on: Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:52 pm 

Song of the Day: pani vizhum poo nilavE from thaippongal.



- Udhaya writes:

Song: pani vizhum poo nilave
Film: Thaippongal
Singers: Malaysia Vasudevan, S.P.Shailaja
MD: Ilayaraja
Lyrics: M.G.Vallaban?

One telling aspect of MSV that sets him apart from others is the route he takes to negotiate the sandham back to the pallavi. Very rarely can you detect a preconceived feel in his music. It's that spontaneity that invites us back to his works endlessly. By preconceived, I mean the singing, the lyrics, or instrumentation that is forcefully shoe-horned so that the road back to the pallavi is achieved without complication. Lesser composers telegraph the sandham winding down way ahead and the energy leaks right out of the tune. ARR comes a distant second to MSV in this ability. Of course, IR had many such efforts in his pre-bald phase.

The SOTD begins with the flute capturing a lazy morning whistle and the violin stretching the stroll. Then comes a feverish MV with a first line that could start a short story. MV has thrown off many songs where he belts out lines that should be whispered tongue-in-cheek, but here he is all poise and weathered like a gentle giant. The long pallavi continues our guessing game and almost stops abruptly with a short, monosyllabic word, thEn. And what we get is another surprise: SPS. Not the top liner in anyone's list but here she is all nimble charm and youthful spirit to MV's thick stoicism. The tune continues with the whimsical tempo as the yin and yang of bass and treble are so brilliantly balanced by a dirge-like bass (one of IR's best bass efforts), tablas, and whet-with-emotion male voice greeted by a crisply light female voice, dulcimer-thin strings, airy flute, and a rolling flow. The song and the soundtrack remain permanently in my Ilayaraja collectibles.

- theerthak karaithanilE from thaippongal: http://www.dhool.com/sotd2/750.html

Tags: Malaysia Vasudevan, Ilayaraja

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