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TELUGU

Shivamani...

Sohan Music... Rs. 38

THERE IS something that strikes you immediately if you take a look at the songs listed on the cassette... barring two songs, the rest have some refrain or the other as the starting part of the mukhda. Like Yelo yelo, Rama rama, Mona mona and Sun sun. The other two songs include Enatiki manam okatenani (with a repeat version on the flip side) and Gold rangu pedavulu... After Santhosham and Manmadhudu, which have created waves on the music front too, one expects the forthcoming release of Nagarjuna's to break all music records. But, far from it.


Perhaps, this is the kind of music that does not catch your attention immediately but grows on you on repeated hearings. There is hardly a trace of fusion music in the album. It's quite Indian, South Indian rather. Rama rama rama raghukula soma and Mona Mona mona neeve kanula sona sound more or less similar but interesting enough.

Chakri has entered a new path by also writing one song (Mona Mona), besides scoring the music for the lyrics written by Kandikonda and Bhaskarabhatla Ravikumar. Try it out if you are a diehard fan of the hero and don't mind spending some bucks and making it a part of your valuable collection.

Chantigaadu...

Aditya Music... Rs. 30

JUST WHEN we thought that the music of today's albums sounds similar, routine and uncreative, here comes Chantigaadu - unfortunately, to prove the point . `Vandemataram' Srinivas who was earlier associated with some good music scores, also appears to be treading the same commercial path.


Kokkarokko, to start with, is a foot-tapping number that sets the tempo, followed by Okkasari pilichavante by Udit Narayan and Mahalakshmi Aiyyar. Chirugaalila chiguraakula gundenu taakina O prema by Charan and Usha is the only saving grace of the album, thanks to its lovely lyrics penned efficiently by Bhuvanachandra and also a slow and rhythmic tune. Seethakoka chilakalu is a melancholic number written by Paidishetty Raam on the flip side which is rendered well by S.P. Balu.

The album ends on a peppy note as Siggulolike Seethaalu sung by Gangadhar and Sunitha rounds it off. On the whole, the movie which serves as a launch-pad for child actor-turned-hero Baladitya does not score too well on the music front.

HINDI

Pinjar... Uttam Singh... Saregama... Rs. 55

UTTAM SINGH is back with Pinjar. The man who scored music for the high-voltage Gadar has put up a different effort. Mellowed and sedate as compared to Gadar, Uttam Singh is able to capture the poignancy of the novel (the film is based on Amrita Pritam's novel). The music has a distinct Punjabi feel.


Besides lyrics of Amrita Pritam and Zehra Nigah Gulzar's lyrics as usual are meaningful and powerful.

The two highlights of Side A are Haath Choote and Charkha Chalati Maa. Jagjit Singh elevates Haath Choote. Preeti Uttam leaves a haunting impact with Charkha Chalati Maa, a song written by Amrita Pritam describing the plight of the girl at her marriage.

On Side B Darda Marya and Waris Shah Nu have Sufi overtones. A shabad (by Preeti Uttam) is included in the album. Vatna Ve (with some Punjabi words) is a soft number with a lingering effect sung well by Roopkumar Rathod and Uttam Singh.

Jambox NishaMix... Various...

Das music... Rs. 50

A MEDIOCRE remix album, Jambox NishaMix will sound best when played in auto rickshaws. The only saving grace is Logo Na Maro Ise by Sunidhi Chauhan. The other nine numbers simply fail to make any impact. Tere Bina Zindagi Se by Babul Supriyo is an abominable distortion of the original. Rap interludes by Arya are a total misfit. Chorus by Susanne and Samantha throws some cheer, but over-programmed music arrangement by Sandeep Shirodhkar waters down all that fun. The first song of the flip side by Saira Khan Hayo Rabba is an agony that could have well been avoided. It is recommended to avoid the song in busy stretches, like Begumpet and Begum Bazaar. Wake up, autowallah!

QAWWALI

Sur ki koi seema nahin... Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan... Virgin... Rs. 65


THE LATE maestro of qawwalis Nusrat Fateh ali Khan `relives' through the music albums - many brought out after his death. One of the examples being the album Sur Ki koi seema nahin - music that transcends horizons. Truly this is one from across the border.

This compilation of qawwalis has five qawwalis. The Sufi nuances are evident. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is at his best. So are the other singers who sing with zest.

This is a valuable album in the genre of qawwalis and a must for the connoisseurs of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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