A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

S for Sandhana Thendralai and other songs (#AtoZChallenge)

There are about 21 soul songs in this list. Barring a few, the other numbers are mellifluous ones. Gear up for some melodious Rahmania!

Sandhana Thendralai (Kandukondein Kandukondein)

This is an evergreen gem. The beauty of this number can never be overtaken by any other song of this genre. Composed with a mild Arabic flavour, this heartrending melody has Shankar Mahadevan yielding the megaphone. His powerful voice flows eloquently and he captures the emotions with ease. As usual, Rahman’s vintage flute and strings, along with some thumping beats, are at play in the interludes. Lyricist Vairamuthu has some beautiful lines to offer,

“Nee ondru solladi penne

Illai nindru kolladi kanne

Endhan vaazhkaiye undhan vizhi vizhumbil

Ennai thurathaathe uyir karaiyeradhe…”

Listen to the number here:

Swaasame Swaasame (Thenali)

You can experience the true essence of melody in this number. The different layers and contours of this number are filled with such minuscule musical delights that you can never stop listening to it. Having tinges of Hamirkalyani raga, the soul-stirring song has the ability to calm all the senses. Legendary singer S.P.B lends his golden voice amicably and Sadhana Sargam’s saccharine rendition turns addictive after a few listens. Rahman uses some Hindustani classical notes in the interludes (sitar, violin and strings). My favourite lines from Pa.Vijay’s love-filled lyrics,

“Nilavu illadha budhan graham naane

Muzhu nilavaaga ennudan serndhaai

Kizhakaga nee kidaithaai vidindhu vitteney…”

Give it a listen here:

Snehithane (Alaipayuthey)

Snehithane from Alaipayuthey is that song that would be remembered for centuries to come. Rahman once again uses a classical raga (Shringaar) and composes a scintillating melody. Different layers of violin notes intersperse in the interludes and create an enchanting atmosphere for the entire song. No wonder Sadhana Sargam won the Star Screen Award for the Hindi version of this song. She is yet another personification of nightingale. It is her passionate rendition that made this song popular among the die-hard romantics. How can I forget Srinivas’ opening in the prelude? Along with the ebullient chorus, he croons an addictive piece. My favourite lines from Vairamuthu’s poetry,

“Unnai alli eduthu ullangaiyil madithu

Kai kuttaiyil olithu kolven…

Velivarumbodhu vidudhalai seidhu

Vendum varam vaangi kolven…”

Listen to this evergreen song here:

Sonnaalum Ketpadhillai (Kaadhal Virus)

A melange of lilting flute, violin, strings and traditional chorus open this soulful semi-classical melody. The movie flopped at the box office as well as the album was heavily criticized. But only a true blue Rahmaniac would understand the intensified emotions present in this song. Rahman’s vintage instruments are used throughout the song, which would make us listen to the number repeatedly. Harini’s sangadhis are pitch-perfect and I wonder whether anyone else would have done justice to her part. Unni Krishnan is equally heartwarming to listen.

Listen to this classical duet here (kindly bear the bad picturization):

Sooha Saha (Highway)

I love Rahman’s effervescent lullabies (remember Azhagu Nilave from Pavithra?). This lullaby has a simplistic and soothing tune that can really put your stressed mind to sleep. Listening to Zeb Bangash croon with motherly love is pure bliss. Alia Bhatt joins her in the second charanam. Her innocent voice blends perfectly with the melting tune. Rahman keeps the instrumentation minimal. He just retains his signature flute to maintain the trance-like structure of the composition. Irshad Kamil’s poetic lyrics have some soulful lines,

“Jo bhi hai rookha sookha

Mann mein woh bolo toh

Kholon raahein baaton ki, baahein ho…

Listen to the berceuse here:

Saans Mein Teri (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)

Though this melody is simple and sweet, unlike Rahman’s experimental ones, I love it for the effervescent feel that it gives me during each listen. The Yash Chopra-ish tenor is difficult to miss, but Rahman cleverly covers it up with his vibrant string orchestration and a mind-blowing flute section in the first interlude. Mild piano notes are played throughout the number which keeps the tune grounded. And, of course, Shreya Ghoshal’s honey-dipping voice is the cherry here and Mohit Chauhan sways between various notes to complement her.

Listen to the number here:

Other beautiful songs in S:

  1. Saanwariya Saanwariya from Swades
  2. Saarattu Vandiyila from Kaatru Veliyidai
  3. Sahana Saaral from Sivaji
  4. Sandai Kozhi from Ayudha Ezhuthu
  5. Sarigame from Boys
  6. Santhipoma from Enakku 20 Unakku 18
  7. Sarsaraiya from Mohenjo Daro
  8. September Maadham from Alaipayuthey
  9. Shakalaka Baby from Mudhalvan
  10. Singa Nadai from Paidaiyappa
  11. Senthamizh Naatu from Vandicholai Chinnrasu
  12. Smiyiyayee from Kandukondein Kandukondein
  13. Sollaiyo Solaikili from Alli Arjuna
  14. Sonapareeya from Mariyaan
  15. Sowkiyama Kanne from Sangamam

Happy Listening!


Kavya Janani.U


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