A to Z Challenge · A.R.Rahman

Z for Zindagi Zindagi (#AToZChallenge)

So I am at the end of the challenge and I feel immensely happy that I was able to pull it off without giving it up halfway. Though Z is a difficult alphabet for many participants out there, I was relieved that I had a few songs in this list. Instead, Q and X were the difficult alphabets.

My pick for Z is Zindagi Zindagi from Yuvvraaj. As I had mentioned days before, Yuvvraaj’s album is a potpourri of genres and Rahman served it well in 2008. This contemporary soundtrack should have received many awards, if two songs (Shano Shano and Mastam Mastam) were not present. This is also the album which influenced my life in the last three months of 2008. Okay, lemme get back to the song. Zindagi Zindagi is a melodious number with a simplistic tune, which is unlike Rahman. But he cleverly buckles up things by setting an innovative orchestration. Woodwinds, bandoneon and some breezy strings open the number. Lilting piano notes are also spread throughout the song.

However, it is Srinivas’ poignant rendition that stirs the soul. He emotes well with his mellifluous voice, though he hasn’t rendered much in Bollywood. Gulzar’s heartrending lyrics are top class and meaningful. My favourite lines,

“Din aaye din jaaye, sadiyan bhi gin aaye, sadiyan re…

Tanhai lipti hai, lipti hai saason ki, rasiya re…

Tere bina badi pyaasi hai

Tere bina hai pyaasi re

Naino ki do sakhiyan re, tanha re

Main tanha re…”

Listen to this beautiful song here:

Other songs in Z:

  1. Zariya from Coke Studio @ MTv (Season 3, Episode 1)
  2. Zikr from Bose: The Forgotten Hero
  3. Zohra Jabeen from Ekk Deewana Tha

Hope you all enjoyed my series of songs for the entire challenge. Let you all be consumed by more and more Rahmania!

Happy Listening!


Kavya Janani.U


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