Nilavey Mugam Kaatu

Music:     Ilayaraja
Direction:     Mu. Kalanjiyam
Released:     May 1999

This album has 6 tracks
Reviewed by lighter sense

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After Kadhal Kavidhai, Poondhottam, Manam Virumbudhey Unnai, this is one more album from IR worth giving ears to. (This is a morale booster for IR fans after the atrocious Rajasthan)

Thendralai kandu kollu maaney -the vintage IR number sung soulfully by Hariharan. The song takes the shades of 'Kaapi' ragam, I feel, reminding me of 'Jo achudhaanandha jo jo mukundha' sung by M.S.Subbulakshmi. the interlude slokam by IR adds more attraction to this song. The best song in this album IMO. Sutraadhey bhoomi thaayey nillu is a duplicate of the previous song sung by Chithra with her usual touch.

Devayani and Karthik in "Nilavae Mugam Kaattu"Vaigai nadhikkarai - again by Hariharan (IR, please break this monotony)starts off with a great violin(?) piece and at the end of the song, IR switches to a different tune which is also attractive. The rest of the song is just adequate. The high/low pitch charanam by HH sounds somewhat artificial.

Thannan thaniyaaga is sung emotionally by IR which is not bad, unlike the usual 'Aatha' songs by him. The interlude music is very moving. 'Pisiru' in IR's voice is minimum in this one. Poongaathu adhu boomiyengum by SPB and IR is the letdown in this album. Vazhi vidu vazhividu enn devi varugiraal (Paattu Paadavaa) maadhiri irukkum endru edhirpaarthadhu enn thappu thaan. Chittuparakkudhu by Shankar and Sujatha is slightly off beat and quite attractive. Goes on the lines of Aalaana naal mudhalaa (Kaadhal Kavidhai). On repeated listening, this one grows on you.

It is a disturbing fact that IR has been very inconsistent in his products. I wish he gets a break in the form of some interesting projects to work upon in future (hopefully Time gives him a break) which will send the tamil music audience into raptures.

lighter sense

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