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Karthik
EMI, Rs 195

Collection of classics

Any Carnatic music lover will at once recognise a Maha Ganapathim, or a Nagumomu. This album has all the favourites, and the must-knows of Carnatic music. The album is a compilation of tracks by well-known playback singer Karthik, who has lent his voice to many songs composed by maestro A R Rahman in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. So, it’s a pleasure to listen to Karthik’s rendition of Muthuswami Diskhitar’s Maha Ganapathim, or Krishna Nee Begane, the perennial favourite, or Mysore Vasudevachar’s Brochevaarevura, and Annamacharya’s Naanaati Bratuku. But, if you are asking what’s new, then, this compilation is a fusion project. So, you don’t just listen to the sweet rhythm of the mridangam, violin or the flute, there’s also a bit of drums, guitars and keyboards in play. It works, but, if you are a puritan, then, you may not take to it easily.

The biggest plus, though, is Karthik hasn’t experimented much with the famed compositions themselves, and has sung them in their original style. It’s only in the accompanying instrumentals that he has experimented. The music of the album has been arranged by noted music director Sai Madhukar. A good one this, if you want a collection of the classics, from Pibare Ramarasam, to a tribute to Bharatiyar, to Bhakta Ramadas’ Mangalam.

Savitha Karthik

Powerful rendition

Hausla Buland

Javed Akhtar and Kailash Kher
SABMiller Group

Haywards 5000, from SABMiller Group, has launched the audio version of its new identity — the Har Kadam Hausla Buland anthem — across the country. The lyrics of the anthem have been written by lyricist Javed Akhtar and the anthem has been composed and sung by singer Kailash Kher. The stories that inspired the anthem were collected through a Hausla Buland movement, wherein a Hausla Rath travelled across 59 towns and cities across India over a period of three months. In addition, people also contributed their stories on the phone. Inspired from these true stories of grit and resolve of common men across India, the anthem also exemplifies the brand’s new vision of Hausla Buland.

The anthem captures the  unrelenting spirit of the common man as he maintains his resolve and moves from one milestone to another, finally reaching his destination.
It is a track that tries to pack in as much punch as possible for a song about India’s men and women. According to Kailash Kher, “This song is unconventional unlike other songs, and the lyrics are unstructured and flow freely.” The lyrics resonate India’s presence as a developing, upcoming superpower.

Soumya M Nair

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