"Amma wake me up kaalaila nine o’ clock shopping poganum lip gloss vaanga...."
I happened to hear this tamil song from the album ‘Vathikuchi’ for the first time today. More than the rib tickling lyrics and the super stylish voice, what attracted me was the quirky tune. This song, set to tune in the rather melancholic raga Shivaranjani, is anything but melancholic. It is groovy, peppy and makes one shake a leg instantly. Such an intelligent usage of the pentatonic raga has been made by none other than Ghibran, the newbie composer who shot to fame with his ‘Sara Sara Saara Kaathu’. If we consider the other popular songs based on this raga, it is not surprising that most of them are slow melodies. Here are a few that come to my mind:
- Oru jeevan dhaan un paadaldhaan – Naan Adimai Illai
- Tere mere beech mein – Ek Duje Ke Liye
- Ponmaane Kobam Yeno – Oru Kaidhiyin Diary
- Dil Ke Jarokhe mein tujhko bithaakar - Brahmachari
I haven’t heard the other songs of the album but I feel this young music director is someone who holds a lot of promise. A guy to watch out for!