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MADRAS MUSIC REVIEW

Madras MADRAS (2)Madras is an upcoming film starring Karthi and Catherine Teresa in the lead. The project is helmed by Pa. Ranjith whose earlier effort was Attakathi. Music for the film is by Santhosh Narayanan.

Madras
Singers: Hariharasudhan, Meenkashi Iyer
Lyrics: Kabilan

The track is set on unique arrangements of percussions and instrumental fills that represent the kaleidoscope of many cultures and people of Madras. Santhosh Narayanan’s progressions do take a couple of listens time to warm up to but the song does build up strongly as it ticks on with the anthemic chorus registering itself.  The recurring rhythm has the much needed punch and Hariharasudhan performs with total gusto.

Kakidha Kappal
Singers: Gaana Bala
Lyrics: Gaana Bala

Santhosh Narayanan’s ability to produce ‘radio hits’ even while steering clear of mainstream trends is evidently on display in this track. The layering of distinct instruments over the synth pop presentation is expertly arranged.  The usage of Spanish guitar in the interlude with modern techno sounds in background is a highlight of the composition as are the other instances where instrumental flair is provided room to shine. Gana Bala performs his usual best with poise and fearlessness.

Kaali Love Theme
Singers: Performed by The Studio Orchestra of Sydney
Lyrics:

A well crafted western classical piece with a tune that could keep the listener pondering for long time arrives next. The composition is simplistic yet possessing an encompassing personality.

Naan Nee
Singers: Dheekshitha, Shakthishree Gopalan
Lyrics: Uma Devi

The quality of the melody and arrangement does recall strains of Rahman. The role of the string section and the minimalistic backbeat too add to the similarities but Santhosh stamps his identity with the kazoo solos. Shakthisree is at her personal best yet again !

Agayam Theepiditha
Singers: Pradeep Kumar
Lyrics: Kabilan

The lilting acoustic guitar provides a relaxing rhythm and the chord progression is exemplary, while the melody sounds like it could have been a product of the Cuckoo sessions. Pradeep Kumar too continues to impress with yet another stellar performance with his voice growing in confidence with each passing film.  The scope for instrumentals to take the lead stays true to Santhosh’s signature sound.

Irandhidava
Singers: Gaana Bala
Lyrics: Gaana Bala

Loosely based on Carnatic Raaga Keeravani- , Gaana Bala in his deep voice is adept in bringing out the emotions of the composition. The percussions take a changeover in the interlude giving the unpretentious local atmosphere while the rawness of Santhosh’s approach continues all the way to the close, which comes after a bit of a stretch.

Suvar Theme
Singers: Instrumental
Lyrics:

A relaxing instrumental with a rich arrangement arrives as the finale with a little bit of tension in the air.

Verdict: Santhosh Naraynan keeps Madras raw, fresh and unique from his other efforts.
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