A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

T for Taal Se Taal and other songs (#AToZChallenge)

Here’s a long list of Rahman’s numbers in T. Let me straightaway delve into the songs.

Taal Se Taal (Taal)

As I had already mentioned, Taal is a landmark album in Rahman’s career, despite facing criticism from music reviewers. This album is my personal favourite, since I can relate my life to most of the songs from it. Taal Se Taal is a number that can drench you in pure love. With a heartwarming tune, this song is a perfect listen on a rainy evening. Rahman weaves magic by indulging in some mellowed dholak beats, flute sections, violins, and water droplet sounds. Alka Yagnik’s maudlin voice flows like honey in the ears, while Udit Narayanan’s nasal tone complements well. The radiant female chorus is yet another beautiful aspect of this number. Anand Bakshi’s beautiful lines,

“Maana anjaan hai tu mere vaaste

Maana anjaan hoon main tere vaaste…

Main tujhko jaan loon

Tu mujhko jaan le…”

Listen to this number here:

Thaiyya Thaiyya (Uyire)

Well, I’ll reveal the truth now. I love Uyire songs more than Dil Se. Of course, both the albums are elegant. But, I intensely love the Tamil version. And this number is an out-of-the-world composition (just like Poongatrile). With its heavy percussion, Palghat Sriram’s soprano vocals, Sukhwinder Singh’s traditional voice, and Malgudi Shubha’s open-throated rendition, this number is one helluva experience. No wonder that this number found the 9th place in BBC World Service’s international poll ‘Top Ten Songs Of All The Time’. The music video gained a cult status as it was filmed on a moving train. Some meaningful lines from Vairamuthu’s poetry,

“Oru vaanavil irumurai varuvadhillai

Adhu vandhu pona oru suvadumillai

Oru thandavaalarayil thaandi pona

Kuyil paadi pona kural karaivadhillai…”

Listen to this thumping track here:

Thandiya Aatamum (Kadhalar Dhinam)

Yet another wonderful composition. Rahman displays his innovative prowess here. He weaves an out-and-out love song around the concept of Dhandiya (dance form of Gujarat) and peppers it with some brilliant string orchestration, energetic beats and honey-dipping flute sections. Unni Menon’s renders the pallavi with his classic voice, while M.G.Sreekumar croons with elan. But it is Kavita Krishnamurthy’s fruity rendition that stands out. Vaali’s lyrics have some quotable lines,

“Maiyai pola naanum kannil sera vendum

Poovai pola naanum undhan koondhal sera vendum

Kannil vaitha maiyum karaindhu poga koodum

Koondhal vaitha vanna poovum vaadi poga koodum…”

Listen to this song here:

Thaniye Thannanthaniye (Rhythm)

The relationship which I share with this song is deep.  It is one of the songs which influenced me while writing my baby ‘With love, forever’. That mesmerizing tune, scintillating interludes (violins, westernized chorus, soulful humming), the Sufi-esque feel and Shankar Mahadevan’s powerful voice – every little aspect of this number melts my heart. Vairamuthu has some poetic lines for everyone,

“October maadhathil andhi mazhai vaanathil

Vaanavillai rasithirundhen…

Andha nerathil yaarumillai dhoorathil ival mattum

Vaanavillai rasikka vandhaal…”

Listen to this beautiful song here:

Thirakaatha (En Swaasa Kaatre)

The enchanting violin in the prelude and interlude, the lilting piano notes, and the natural soundscape, coupled with the beautiful lyrics, A.R.Rahman’s ethereal humming, and the mesmerizing voices of Unni Krishnan and K.S.Chitra, make this number heavenly. You needn’t go on a forest trip to experience nature, just listen to this song. The perfect breezy listen for die-hard romantics.

Listen here:

Tu Muskura (Yuvvraaj)

A spellbinding old-school melody this is! Right from the first listen, I was damn addicted to this one. A melting cello section opens this number and it seamlessly flows throughout the song, giving it a effervescent feel. Alka Yagnik’s voice is alluring, while Javed Ali is passionate in his rendition. A special mention to his Hindustani aalaap towards the end of the song. It’s an excellent fusion and you’d never expect it placed there (that is Rahman for you!). Also, traces of another beautiful number from this album (Tu Meri Dost Hai) is played in parts here (mandolin and flute).

Listen to this heartwarming number:

Tum Saath Ho (Tamasha)

There’s no dearth of Rahman’s heartwarming melodies. This is yet another soul-stirring romantic number that is high on emotional content. It is Alka Yagnik at play, yet again. But she croons for Rahman after a long hiatus and her voice still remains unadulterated. Joining her is the sensational Arijit Singh who does a commendable job. Rahman’s vintage flute is present here too. And some scintillating grand piano notes. Irshad Kamil’s powerful lyrics have some good lines,

“Teri nazron mein hai tere sapne

Tere sapnon mein hai naarazi

Mujhe lagta hai ke

Baatein dil ki

Hoti lafzon ki dhokebaazi

Tum saath ho ya na ho

Kya fark hai

Bedard thi zindagi bedard hai

Agar tum saath ho…”

Listen to this song here:

Other songs in T:

  1. Thanga Thamarai from Minsaara Kanavu
  2. Tanha Tanha from Rangeela
  3. Taxi Taxi from Sakkarakatti
  4. Telephone Manipol from Indian
  5. Tere Bina from Guru
  6. Thalli Pogathey from Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada
  7. Thathi Aaduthey from En Swaasa Kaatre
  8. Thee Thee from Thiruda Thiruda
  9. Theekuruvi from Kangalal Kaidhu Sei
  10. Theera Ulaa from O Kadhal Kanmani
  11. Thenmerku Paruvakaatru from Karuthamma
  12. Thoda Thoda from Indira
  13. Thom Karuvil from Star
  14. Tu Bole from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
  15. Tu Hai from Mohenjo Daro
  16. Tu Mera Hai from Ada
  17. Tu Meri Dost Hai from Yuvvraaj
  18. Tum Ho from Rockstar
  19. Tum Ko from Rockstar
  20. Tum Tak from Raanjhanaa

Happy Listening!


Kavya Janani.U


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