How do you think I cleared the JEE? The most often heard answers from IITians for this question maybe their coaching classes, parents, God, their supreme intelligence (yeah this is more likely), their friends and so on and so forth. Agreed that I attribute my ‘achievement’ to these things but there is another uncommon but important factor which I believe helped in my preparation for JEE. And that is Aayitha Ezhuthu music (you read that right). So here goes my story.
One fine day in the last week of March 2004, I came back home from school and found an audio CD of Aayitha Ezhuthu.With a lot of excitement, I opened the CD and listened to the whole album once. It sounded different and fresh. I knew I would like it but what happened later is something I never expected. From that day onwards, I kept listening to it again and again and again – the whole album. Whenever I was at home studying, I needed that in the background. I went crazy. It seemed odd to study without Aayitha Ezhuthu. It wasn’t restricted to listening at home. Whenever I went to my coaching classes in car, I used to listen to it. It was magical. It inspired me to study, cheered me up if I felt a little discouraged, made me feel relaxed and on the whole helped me concentrate and study well. That, I feel, is the magic of A R Rahman.
Coming to the songs of Aayitha Ezhuthu, I still am not able to pick one as my most favourite. The whole album running for nearly 30 minutes is a package in itself. It’s a separate class of music.
‘Hey Goodbye Nanba’, with some beautiful vocals by Sunitha Sarathy and those soft beats, makes you fall in love with it immediately. Lucky Ali, though sings for a little while only, makes a great impact.
Jana Gana Mana – ARR rocks in this song. Full of energy and some inspirational lyrics by Vairamuthu.
Sandai Kozhi – Madhushree does complete justice to this song. The cheesy lyrics go really well with her voice. Not to forget ARR’s bit. It comes for about a minute. Nobody else could have sung that the way he did.
Dol Dol – Blaaze rap. Those ‘ethnic vocals’ by Shahin Badar are simply out of the world. Perfect dance number.
Nenjam Ellam – Though I don’t like Adnan Sami’s voice that much, it sounds good in this song. But the best thing about this song is Sujatha’s voice. She perfectly creates the mood of the song.
Fanah – ARR rocks again. Wow what a song! Instantly likeable. Some cool lyrics by Vairamuthu. Only ARR can sing swarams in a disco song!
About the movie, it’s a Mani Ratnam classic. It deserves a separate post.