A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

M for Maargazhi Poove and other songs (#AToZChallenge)

Hello friends!

Hope I am quenching your thirst for Rahmania by recommending his evergreen numbers via this challenge. The alphabet M also has lots of songs in its list and I am gonna choose seven beautiful songs for today’s post. Here they go:

Maargazhi Poove (May Maadham)

Semi-classical melodies are Ragman’s strength. Beginning with a bird’s tweet, this song moves on to a catchy rhythm and a mesmerizing flute prelude (which imitates the Suprabadham). Raga Hindolam is prevalent throughout and Rahmania uses instruments like jalatharangam, bells, and jazz guitar to create a beautiful soundscape. Shoba Sankar’s voice is honey to the ears. Lyrics by Vairamuthu explain the feelings of a girl who needs to live a simple life along with nature.

Listen to this song here: https://youtu.be/Fme52RzRI-E

Malargal Kaettaen (O Kaadhal Kanmani)

As mentioned in the before paragraph, Rahman is an expert in composing classical melodies. This is a pure Carnatic based song that stirs your soul from the first listen. Chitra’s mellifluous voice seamlessly flows along with the ethereal tune. Get ready to listen to Rahman in a never heard before avatar. His sangadhis are pitch-perfect and we’d be left wondering why he doesn’t foray into classical singing. Some mellowed tabla beats and Ragman’s vintage flute make up the interludes. Vairamuthu’s lyrics are utterly poetic. My favourite verses,

“Kaattil tholaindhen vazhiyaai vandhanai

Irulil tholaindhen oliyaai vandhanai…

Edhanil tholaindhaal neeye varuvaai…”

Listen to this mesmerizing song here: https://youtu.be/fndcB3s5n9s

Malargale (Love Birds)

Yes, yes, the vintage flute is the hero, yet again. When a lilting flute section welcomes you, will you not patiently listen to the entire song? Rahman sways between an unplugged progression in the vocal sections and an upbeat rhythm in the interludes. Hariharan and Chitra croon the scintillating melody with elan. Some lines from Vairamuthu’s verses,

“Ninaikaatha neram illai kaadhal rathiye rathiye

Un peyarai sonnal podhum nindru vazhi vidum kaadhal nadhiye…”

Listen to this melody here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnccY-qroSk

Manmohini Morey (Yuvvraaj)

I am sure that only true blue Rahmaniacs would have listened to this underrated number. Yes, Rahman forays into classical music once again. It is Hindustani here. Also, it’s an interesting fusion which would surely entice die-hard classical lovers. The ebullient cello section in the interlude and the loopy ‘thom thom thana…’ chant in the background with synth beats provide a magnificent ambiance for the song. Vijay Prakash croons like a classical pro and his aalaap is a must-listen.

Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38j8nQfbKcg

Masakali (Delhi-6)

Have you ever heard of a song that is both inspiring and stylish? I would strongly recommend this upbeat number for people who feel that nothing is going well in their life. Masakali not only boasts of varied musical nuances, it is also like an anthem for all youngsters. Accordion notes open the song and a soft percussion wafts to your ears. Then begins the contagious tune that drove the nation into a frenzy in 2009. Mohit Chauhan’s playful rendition peps up the folksy flavour of the number. Prasoon Joshi’s awe-inspiring lyrics contain some beautiful advice for woebegone people. My favourite lines,

“Tujhe kya gham

 Tera rishta gagan ki bansuri se hai

Pawan ki guftugu se hai

Sooraj ki roshani se hai

Udiyo na dariyo kar manmaani

Manmaani manmaani

Badiyo naa mudiyo kar naadani…”

Listen to this smashing song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS3lIQdKP-A

Mazhai Thuli (Sangamam)

Sangamam was a classically rich album and every number was a gem in it. My favourite is this thumping energetic track that can evoke various emotions in you. It is Hariharan’s powerful voice all the way with some vibrant nadaswaram sections in the prelude and interludes. Rahman experiments with various traditional instruments and the end product is just mind-blowing! M.S.Vishwanathan’s part in the second charanam is a tear-jerker. The most loved aspect of this number is the emotional and inspiring lyrics by Vairamuthu.

“Thanniyila meen azhudha karaikoru thagavalum varuvadhilla

Enakulla naan azhudha thudaikave enakoru naathi illa…”

“Kaatruku oaivenbadhedhu

Kalaikoru tholvi kidaiyadhu…Kidaiyadhu…”

Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv-N6lM4Ek4

Munbe Vaa (Sillunu Oru Kaadhal)

I needn’t discuss much about this mesmerizing melody. It was and it is still a love anthem for many lovestruck youngsters. Right when melodies were getting stereotyped, this beautiful number arrived and saved the melody world. The much-loved honey-dipping string section in the prelude and interlude still brings goosebumps to all listeners. Of course, how can I forget Shreya Ghoshal and Naresh Iyer? A huge bow to them! And the naturally flowing chorus, too. A soulful lovey-dovey melody, a perfect listen on a rainy day. Some lines from love-filled poetry,

“Nilavidam vaadagai vaangi

Vizhi veetinil kudi vaikalamaa

Naam vaazhum veetukkul veraarum vandhaale thaguma…”

Listen to this song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFXGRjS8tEQ

Other beautiful numbers of M:

  1. Maahi Ve from Highway
  2. Maargazhi Thingal from Sangamam
  3. Maduraikku Pogathadhi from Azhagiya Tamil Magan
  4. Manasukkul Oru Puyal from Star
  5. Mann Chandre from Connections
  6. Mannipaaya from Vinnathaandi Varuvaaya
  7. Marudhaani from Sakkarakatti
  8. Matargashti from Tamasha
  9. Mayiliragae from Ah Aah
  10. Mettu Podu from Duet
  11. Minnale from May Maadham
  12. Minsaara Poove from Padaiyappa
  13. Mona Gasolina from Lingaa
  14. Moongil Thottam from Kadal
  15. Mudhal Murai from Sangamam
  16. Mukkala Mukkabala from Kadhalan

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