A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

O for Oru Deivam Thandha (#AToZChallenge)

Hi friends!

If I am missing out on any songs, remind me in the comments. Coz, I tend to miss a few numbers, if the list is long. Also, I might intentionally leave out some songs. They might be ‘soul-stirring’, ‘evergreen’, ‘splendid’ or whatever you’d like to call it, it must really have a connection with my soul to make it to this list. 🙂

The letter O has only a few numbers. Each song is of a different genre and you get to listen to a potpourri of compositions. My pick is the beautifully emotional Oru Deivam Thandha from Kannathil Muthamittaal.

I love both the versions of this song, but my favourite is Chinmayi’s. With a mystical trance-like atmosphere, this number flows through many dimensions. It is surprising that Rahman has not used any of his vintage instruments in this number. Not even for the prelude and interludes. He indulges in some pan flute (which can be played on the keyboard itself), some lilting piano in the background and mild pad beats for the rhythm.

Chinmayi, who is a trained Hindustani classical singer, makes a stunning debut with this ethereal song. She croons with such a soothing tone that it turns to be a balm for our music-thirsty souls. In the male version, Jayachandran renders more depth to the song with his legendary voice.

Vairamuthu’s unconventional lyrics have some beautiful lines,

“Vaazhvu thodangum idam nee dhaane…

Vaanam mudiyum idam nee dhaane…

Kaatrai pola nee vandhaaye…

Swaasamaga nee nindraaye…”

Listen to this emotional song here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ByxSaM0F8OA

Other numbers in O:

  1. O Rey Chori from Lagaan
  2. Oh Maria from Kaadhalar Dhinam
  3. Oho Oho Kicku from Padaiyappa
  4. Omana Penne from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya
  5. Oo La La La from Minsaara Kanavu
  6. Oru Poiyavadhu from Jodi
  7. Ottagatha Kattiko from Gentleman

Happy Listening!


Kavya Janani.U


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