Song of the Day #648: thaayE yasOdha from Morning Raga(English).
- Song of the Day: thaayE yasOdha from Morning Raga(English).
- Sung by Sudha Raghunathan and Ranjani Ramakrishnan. Music by Mani
Sharma, Amit Heri.
- Morning Raga was Mahesh Dattani's second film, after "Mango Souffle".
It starred Shabana Azmi, Naazar, Prakash Rao and others.
- I caught the movie in DVD recently. It has a good premise; Shabana
Azmi is a Carnatic Singer who suffered a terrible tragedy earlier when
her friend and violinist died in an accident. The accident occurs when
the bus carrying the duo tries to cross a bridge to get to the city.
Ever since that incident, Shabana has refused to sing in concerts and
refuses to cross the bridge.
The son of the lady who died in the accident returns to the village
after several years. He slowly changes Shabana into accepting him and
facing and overcoming her own fears. Music heals the old wounds and they
all recuperate from the tragedy. As you might have guessed by now, the
film predictably ends with Shabana crossing the bridge and singing in a
The film is set in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, and ace
cinematographer Rajeev Menon's work captures the vibrant colors and lush
scenery of the countryside. Several shots in the film are like picture
postcards. Shabana Azmi looks good, wears colorful sarees and lip-syncs
the classical songs to perfection. The flimsy storyline doesn't help the
development of characters; Naazar as the son's father is probably the
most ill-developed character in the film. Most of the scenes are
predictable; That prevents the film from gathering momentum at any
The script calls for a powerful musical work; There is the classical
carnatic part, to suit Shabana's character. There is the fusion
experiment that the son deals with, as a part of finding his inner self
and realizing his true calling. Mani Sharma and Amit Heri have done an
excellent job in the album and in the background music. The album itself
contains songs that didn't make it into the film, but are worth
listening to. Bombay Jayashree, Kalyani Menon and Sudha Raghunathan have
done the bulk of the singing. The album also contains a bunch of
instrumental pieces that are used as BGMs in the film.
The climax song is today's SOTD. The composers take a well-established
route to fusion, by replacing the carnatic percussion with western
instruments. I liked the initial violin reply to Sudha's thOdi
aalaapanai, which was different from the usual carnatic style. Check it
- I was not aware of Amit Heri before I heard this album. Since then,
I've listened to his own CD. He is a highly talented guitarist who
seamlessly blends Indian Classical with Jazz. He is based in Bangalore,
I believe and his career graph and style of music look similar to our
own Guitar Prasanna. An artist to look out for.
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