A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

K for Kaadhal Rojave and other songs (#AToZChallenge)

K has plenty of songs in its kitty. I have chosen eight songs as my soul songs from the list. Here they go:

Kaadhal Rojave (Roja)

What better start to K than the evergreen song from Roja? This is that number which catapulted Rahman to become a sensation. The sweet humming by Sujatha Mohan, the flute section in the interlude, and the legendary voice of S.P.B, everything is so perfect in this number. No wonder Roja finds a place in ’10 Best Soundtracks of All Time’.

Some verses from Vairamuthu’s lyrics,

“Thendral ennai theendinaal 

Selai theendum nyaabagam

Chinna pookal paarkaiyil

Dhegam paartha nyaabagam

Velli odai pesinaal

Sonna vaarthai nyaabagam

Megam rendum sergaiyil 

Mogam konda nyaabagam”

Listen to this beautiful song here: https://youtu.be/6wCmHxgcaek

Kaatu Sirukki (Raavanan)

I love the soundscape of this song. Perfect for a walk in the woods. This romantic number is unlike any other. It speaks about a forbidden love and the nuances of it. The upbeat rhythm, the haunting interludes, Shankar Mahadevan’s powerful voice, and Anuradha Sriram’s high-pitched rendition make this song a mystical one. Vairamuthu’s metaphoric lyrics are wonderful. My favourite lines,

“Uchanthala vagudu vazhi otha manam alaiyudhadi

Odhadu vari pallathula usur vizhundhu thavikudhadi

Paazha pona manasu pasi eduthu konda pathiyatha murikudhadi…”

Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVzbEE9wH1M

Kahin Aag Lage (Taal):

Can I ever get over Taal? No. Never. This is that album which would make it to my personal list of ’10 Best Albums To Hear Before You Die’. Okay, what can I express about this song? I don’t know where to begin. Should I talk about the jungle type rhythm? Or should I pontificate about Asha Bhosle’s evergreen voice? Let me speak about the interludes. A vibrant amalgamation of violins, cellos, piano notes, strings and childish humming make most of the two interludes. Some beautiful lines from Anand Bakshi’s lyrics,

“Har waqt guzar jaata hai

Par dard thahar jaata hai

Sab bhul bhi jaaye koi

Kuch yaad magar aata hai…”

Listen to this smashing track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM3E0xRCaVk

Kaise Mujhe (Ghajini)

Whenever I hear this song, I would be pulled into a dreamy reverie. Melody oozes from every corner of this romantic number. Added to the soulful tune is Benny Dayal’s silky voice and Shreya Ghoshal’s honey-dipping rendition. The interlude is replete of sitar, soft percussion, oboe, guitar strums and lilting piano notes. Talk about a true blue melody, and here it is! Prasoon Joshi’s poetic lyrics offer some great lines,

“Badle raaste jharne aur nadhi

Badle deep ki tim tim

Chede zindagi dhun koi nayi

Badle barkha ki rim jhim

Badlengi rituyein adha

Par main rahungi sadha…”

Listen to this soul-stirring composition here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5nMNt9F2JU

Kannalane Enadhu (Bombay):

Hmmm, where do I begin? Right from the ‘Gum sum gum sum gup chup’, this song is one grand celebration. Everything about this number is sure to tingle your senses. And the icing on the cake is K.S.Chitra’s nightingale voice and Rahman’s heavenly aalaap in the first interlude. This song influenced me so much while writing my baby ‘With love, forever’. Why? It appears in the story itself! My favourite lines from Vairamuthu’s verses,

“Aalaana oru seidhi ariyaamale

Alaipaayum siru bedhai naano…

Un perum en perum theriyaamale

Ullangal idam maarum yeno…

Vaai pesave vaaipillaiye

Vali theera vazhi ennavo…”

Listen to this ethereal song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3-W2D1Bqr0

Kismat Se Tum (Pukar):

Scintillating melodies are Rahman’s signature. But what if a song serenades your senses and haunts your soul forever? This is that melody that can bewitch you in an instant. With a lilting soundscape, Rahman weaves a semi-classical tune that is sure to linger in your minds for a long time. Sonu Nigam and Anuradha Paudwal are as legendary as ever. Flute sections, mellowed chorus and strings drive the interlude.

Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy84AB-5k9k

Kun Faya Kun (Rockstar)

Sufi! Sufi! Sufi! I am possessed by Sufi music. And I can tell that this number is the purest form of Rahman’s Sufi. The spellbinding tune and Irshaad Kamil’s Arabic and Urdu lyrics make us connect to the Almighty directly. The velvety voices of Rahman and Javed Ali add to the spirituality. Harmonium and soft tabla beats intersperse naturally. Rahman gives the number a western twist by introducing few guitar strums and Mohit Chauhan’s cameo rendition.

Some songs are to be experienced. This is one such. Listen to it right away: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T94PHkuydcw

Kurukku Siruthavale (Mudhalvan)

One of Rahman’s finest compositions of the late 90s. His vintage flute section opens the number. Dholak and tabla beats cross each other and provide a beautiful soundscape for this romantic duet. Hariharan is at his best and he croons with elan, while Mahalakshmi Iyer’s fruity voice complements well. Another fantastic aspect about this song is the usage of saarangi in the interludes, which provide a rustic flavour to the number.

Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPGbuYvfVg4

Other soulful compositions in K:

  1. Kaadhal Kadidham from Jodi
  2. Kaadhal Sadugudu from Alaipaayuthey
  3. Kaatre En Vaasal from Rhythm
  4. Kaatril Oar Vaarthai from Varalaaru
  5. Kabhi Kabhi Aditi from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
  6. Kaiyil Midhakum from Ratchagan
  7. Kalaiyil Dhinamum from New
  8. Kandukondein Kandukondein from Kandukondein Kandukondein
  9. Kannamoochi Yenada from Kandukondein Kandukondein
  10. Kannukku Mai Azhagu (both versions) from Puthiya Mugam
  11. Kappaleri Poiyaachu from Indian
  12. Kathalenum Thervezhudhi from Kaadhalar Dhinam
  13. Khamoshiyaan Gungunane from One 2 Ka 4
  14. Konjam Nilavu from Thiruda Thiruda
  15. Konjum Mainaakale from Kandukondein Kandukondein
  16. Kuchi Kuchi from Bombay
  17. Kulirudhu Kulirudhu from Taj Mahal
  18. Kya Kare Kya Na Kare from Rangeela
  19. Kalvare from Raavanan

Happy Listening!


Kavya Janani.U


3 thoughts on “K for Kaadhal Rojave and other songs (#AToZChallenge)

    1. Oops! I had it in my list and missed to add here. :-/ Sometimes if the list is long I tend to miss one or two songs (maybe I should throw away my contact lens and wear glasses instead) and I’d go back to the list to edit it. 😦 And sometimes I would miss some songs intentionally. They would be evergreen, but would not have that much of a connection to my soul. Thank you for reminding. 🙂

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