Movie: Aravindante Athidhikal
Cast: Vineeth Sreenivasan, Sreenivasan, Aju Varghese, Urvashi, Nikhila Vimal
Director: M. Mohanan
Music director: Shaan Rahman
1. Kanne Thaai Malare - Vineeth Sreenivasan
Shaan Rahman opens the album with a pleasing song that spreads a hymn-like feel throughout. The unplugged soundscape makes for a beautiful listen and all the efforts fall on Vineeth Sreenivasan's fantastic rendition. The overall package is an innovative dedication to the Goddess Mookambika, as Shaan Rahman progresses the tune only with the vocals, accompanying piano notes and strings.
2. Rasathi - Vineeth Sreenivasan, Liya Susan Verghese
Beginning with an ebullient flute section, this melodious number takes the listeners on a A.R. Rahmani-sh journey. Shaan Rahman's tune is sweet and the accompanying string section is a major plus point. The flute sections, coupled with the mellowed piano notes, chenda melam and the vibrant chorus (Liya Susan Verghese's vocals) in the first interlude, deserve a standing ovation. Magical!
3. Aanandhame - Anne Amie
Shaan Rahman continues to weave magic with yet another heartmelting melody. With minimal orchestration, the song scores high on Anne Amie's mellifluous vocals and Vineeth Sreenivasan's backing vocals. The only complaint here is the length. Wish Shaan had composed this as a full-fledged song. Another winner!
4. Endhe Kanna - Megha Josekutty
A breezy melody is up next in the album. The effervescent soundscape, coupled with debutante Megha Josekutty's honeyed voice, makes for a beautiful listen. Shaan Rahman indulges in abundant piano and strings to make the number all the more wonderful. The accompanying flute and male humming are the icing on the cake. You just cannot stop listening to this one!
5. Kripaakari Devi - Mithun Jayaraj
This is yet another dedication to Goddess Mookambika. However, this one has a fast-paced tune with lots of chenda melam and traditional instruments used in it. Mithun Jayaraj's devotional rendition is top-class here. The repetitive chant 'Kripaakari devi...' is addictive. Shaan Rahman couldn't have given a more dashing ending to the album.
This is a classic soundtrack from Shaan Rahman. The melodious songs are sure to stay in your playlists for a long time. Enjoy these songs on a lovey-dovey evening!
Rating: ****1/2 (4.5 / 5)
Rasathi, Aanandhame, Endhe Kanna