APTLY SIMPLE AND MINIMALISTIC!! (PARTITION: 1947 – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by: Navneet Virk
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 4th July 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 18th August 2017

Partition: 1947 Album Cover

 

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To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Partition: 1947 is an upcoming historical film, starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Late Om Puri in central roles. The film is directed by Gurinder Chadha, and produced by Paula Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha and Deepak Nayar. The film has already released as ‘Viceroy’s House’ in the United Kingdom, and is ready for a Hindi release in India, in the Independence month, August. A.R. Rahman has scored the background music for the English version, but in the Hindi album, T-Series released only three songs, all the vocal songs (which are also not in the English soundtrack). So we get a short album. Let’s see whether it does justice to the movie’s theme.

P.S. I don’t know whether the Traditional songs are by Rahman, so I’ve not credited him for them. If you have any idea, do let me know.


1. Do Dilon Ke

Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal & Hariharan, Music by ~ A.R. Rahman, Lyrics by ~ Navneet Virk

The only A.R. Rahman-composed song makes its place as he first song of the album, and ironically, it is going to be the end credits song for the movie. Just like any other A.R. Rahman song, this one takes time to grow, but eventually grips you. The composition is very similar to Rahman’s songs of the 90s, and particularly has a great hangover of ‘Tu Hi Re’ (Bombay). The antaras are beautiful, while the mukhda takes time to get accustomed to. What increases the déjà vu of the song, is Hariharan’s beautiful voice. It takes you back to the 90s Rahman vibe, and you just drown into his voice. Even better is Shreya, singing for him after quite some time. Her voice is the perfect mixture of sweet and silky and grave and solemn. The solemnity with which both of them render the song gives it an amazing aura. The arrangements are good, and very minimal. The piano stands out wonderfully, and strings towards the end make the song sound more rich. The richest part of the song, are the lyrics, by Navneet Virk, which are a beautiful metaphor seeing the 1947 Partition as a heartbreak. A good song, but lacks repeat value, as I believe it should!
Rating: 4/5

 

2. Duma Dum Mast Kalander

Singer ~ Hans Raj Hans, Music & Lyrics Traditional

The most famous folk song, probably, in India gets yet another recreation here. This is not much of a recreation though, as Hans Raj Hans is just singing the folk song in the least innovative manner possible. Of course, the experience of hearing the song yet again is wonderful, but I would’ve appreciated it had there been some variations, as Mikey McCleary had done in ‘David’. But since this is a historical film, I guess it is fitting they didn’t do that. The arrangements are jovial, with the amazing tablas and dholaks, accompanied by the harmonium, sounding rich and earthy. The tumbi and chimta, an essential part of Punjabi folk, make their way in here too. Hans Raj Hans’ vocals are amazing, as expected. Would this song have sounded any better if Rahman had been given the opportunity to recreate it? That is, assuming, he hasn’t!
Rating: 3/5

 

3. Jindwa

Singer ~ Hans Raj Hans, Music & Lyrics Traditional

Another folk song, one that I’ve never heard this time, makes its way into the album. This one sounds much better than ‘Duma Dum Mast Kalander’ because of the freshness and the fact that it is not something we have heard before. Of course, the composition overlaps many other songs we have heard that are based off of Punjabi folk songs, and now we know where those songs were inspired from. The arrangements here are so beautiful, with rich ethnic flutes and that tabla percussion going on throughout. Guitars also make it sound more fresh. The harmonium is an obvious part of it. There are sudden portions that escalate into high-octane dhols and bhangra. The flute actually sounds like the flute in ‘Chalo Chale Mitwa’ (Nayak), which was by Rahman, so I do suspect that Rahman was indeed, in charge of these two folk songs. Who knows!
Rating: 3.5/5


Partition 1947 is another one of those albums that sticks true to the film’s script. If all the songs are by Rahman, and there’s no way to know if they are or not, thanks to T-Series’ vague crediting style, the album is a letdown, particularly with the folk songs, because we know that Rahman can compose folk songs beautifully. Anyway, the album is aptly short, and situational!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 3 + 3.5 = 10.5

Album Percentage: 70%

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प <  < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order:  Do Dilon Ke > Jindwa > Duma Dum Mast Kalander

 

Remake Counter
No. of Remakes: 22 (from previous albums) + 02 = 24

 

Which is your favourite song from Partition 1947? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

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PURE MELODY, NIL SANNATA!! (NIL BATTEY SANNATA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Rohan-Vinayak (Rohan Utpat & Vinayak Salvi)
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Yadav, Nitesh Tiwari & Shreyas Jain (Sherry)
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 13th April 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 22nd April 2016

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Nil Battey Sannata Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

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Nil Battey Sannata is an upcoming Bollywood comedy/drama film starring Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pankaj Tripathi and child actor Ria Shukla. The film is directed by débutante Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, the wife of director Nitesh Tiwari (‘Chillar Party’ & ‘Bhoothnath Returns’) and produced by Aanand L. Rai, Ajay Rai and Alan McAlex under the Colour Yellow Pictures and JAR Pictures companies. The concept of the movie is really interesting, what with Swara playing a housemaid with a dream to educate her child, and in the events that follow, ends up educating herself too. A film on the lines of ‘English Vinglish’, this one is sure to be one of the best films of the year. Going by the film’s overall look and theme, one wouldn’t expect many songs — I was expecting 3 to 4 songs maximum. However, I was stunned to see that the album has 7 tracks in all, though there is one in three versions. (That makes four anyways 😛 ) The music has been composed by a duo that is debuting with this film, Rohan-Vinayak (Rohan Utpat & Vinayak Salvi). Hoping for a great debut for them with the album to this seemingly cute and sweet film! The music should likewise be sweet and simple as per my expectations! 🙂 Let’s see how it turned out! 😀


1. Murabba
Singer ~ Neuman Pinto, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The first song in the album starts the album off on a light, but very thoughtful note. Neuman Pinto, who I’ve seen getting more backing vocals to sing in Bollywood than the actual song, gets behind the mic to convey this one to us. The vocal “Tu Ru Tu Tu Ru..” rhythm is very similar to the type of music Amit Trivedi would compose in his early days (‘Udaan’, ‘Aisha’, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’). And Rohan-Vinayak’s composition is composed in the exact same style, so much so that it seems as if Amit had played an important part in making them composers. The composition, though very simple, has the power to hook you and it sticks in your head like anything, all because of its sweetness and simplicity. Neuman is spot-on with his vocals, and impressed a lot. It is a surprise he isn’t getting more songs to sing, which he should!! The breezy composition is supported by just as wonderful arrangements. The acoustic guitar is almost omnipresent, with occasional drums. A beautiful, unforgettable sarod solo twice in the song, which takes you back to last year to Piku’s BGM on sarod. The highlight of the song has to be the meaningful, metaphorical lyrics written by Manoj Yadav. He has wonderfully conveyed through his lyrics what is meant to be said, in a fun and sweet way. Kudos to him. The album starts off on a very high note, with a beautiful, thought-provoking song composed brilliantly. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Maths Mein Dabba Gul
Singers ~ Rohan Utpat & Aarti Shenai, Lyrics by ~ Nitesh Tiwari

Next up is a fun-filled song describing the plight of helpless students having to study maths. The duo has succeeded to create a song that would fit into the situation, and attract the attention of kids and adults alike at the same time. Nitesh Tiwari has written a funny and fun song, rhyming perfectly despite the huge mathematical words present in it, and especially the first four lines in the starting of the song, have been written geniusly! Who would ever have thought that all these expressions and trigonometrical equations would find a place in a Bollywood song? But Nitesh has given a perfect place for them in this song, which Rohan-Vinayak have composed in an unbelievably cool manner, not making it too heavy on the ears, and not even too kiddish!! Ah, the brilliance! 😀 Some portions of the song have been composed in an extremely fast speed, and that deserves nothing but applause when you hear what the lyrics are in that portion! It just means the team must’ve racked their brains and worked really hard over that one. 🙂 The hook is extremely obsessive and addictive. Arrangements consist of techno sounds and guitars and other sound effects by backing vocalists. The Amit Trivedi touch has its presence felt all throughout the arrangements and the composition. Rohan sings great,and in a fun manner, with Aarti joining (as a backing vocalist) in places. However, Aarti has a sweet little portion in a slower pace, which she owns completely and succeeds in winning our hearts. So, brilliance in lyrics and composition as a start, and great vocals and arrangements to finish it off make this song a complete winner! Maths being my favorite subject, I shouldn’t say this, but the song is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Maula
Singer ~ Nandini Srikar, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

The next song goes back to being calm and soothing and meaningful. The rabaab opens, giving a slight Kashmiri touch, before Nandini with her rustic, yet soft and silky voice starts to sing. This song sounds more folkish than the others on the album, only due to the beautiful instrumentation and Nandini’s beautiful voice! The composition is slightly heavy on the ears, but with a couple of listens we get accustomed to it, and then there’s nothing that can be more addictive than it. Nandini handles the low and high portions of the song equally well, and with such grace — which isn’t surprising at all! 😀 Rohan-Vinayak have impressed by giving this slightly more mature composition than the others in the album. While the mukhda instantly steals your heart, the hookline is a heavenly experience with a great ensemble of Nandini’s voices in different pitches. The antara is just as beautiful too! The interludes are too wonderful to let go of them. Arrangements have a lot in store. With rabaab, tablas, and acoustic guitars forming the base of the song, it makes for a soothing listen that is pleasing to the ears. Manoj’s lyrics are beautiful too, mainly in Urdu. For me, the best song of the album!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Maa / Maa (Version 2) / Maa Theme (Instrumental)
Singers ~ Mohan Kannan / A. Hariharan / Instrumental, Lyrics by ~ Shreyas Jain (Sherry)

The last song in the album which actually has words, this one is an ode to mothers. The first thing that strikes you is the lyrics. Shreyas Jain, a newcomer, has evoked the right emotions into his writing. Most songs about moms try to go too melodramatic in the lyrics department, but this one has been kept sweet and simple and at the same time, it conveys the needed emotions. Arrangements are cute as well, only acoustic guitars joined occasionally by other instruments like saxophone, harmonica, drums and electric guitars etc. Mohan renders the composition with an awesome blend of energy and emotion. Hariharan’s version has the exact same arrangements, and his smooth, silky voice is perfect for the song, just as Mohan’s was. However, his version is less energetic, and since he is more classically inclined, there are more classical-based variations done by him, which are wonderful! The instrumental theme song is just as worthwhile, the tune being the same, played on violins more beautifully than you can imagine! Piano chords support the instrumental piece, with violins taking care of the melody part. Beautiful!! The simplest song on mothers I’ve ever heard!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Chanda Theme (Instrumental)
Instrumental

Another instrumental track, this one with a haunting sound to it, more melancholic. Beautifully played on violins, it is quick to grain your attention and love. Usually, instrumentals do not hook you as such, but this one has hooked me. Strings all the way, played in all sorts of manners — high, low, high, low — steal the show. Sitar too makes an entry towards the ending part. A beautiful instrumental piece! #5StarHotelSong!!


Nil Battey Sannata was unexpectedly brilliant and mind-blowing. Rohan-Vinayak being debutants, I was not expecting such a brilliant album at all! However, it turned out to be a dark horse album. With brilliant compositions, the album gradually went from light songs to heavier ones at the end, the heaviest being the last instrumental. I’m sure the duo is going to get critical acclaim as well as public acclaim for their spectacular work in their debut album itself. Waiting for more from them, I’ll sign off by saying that this album has pure, total, melody with no traces of sannata (silence)!! 

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Whichever you want to, whenever you want to, wherever you want to, however you want to and whyever you want to!

 

Which is your favourite song from Nil Battey Sannata? Please vote for the same below! Thanks! 🙂