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Kalloori – Music Review
The duo of Balaji Shaktivel and Joshua Sridhar are back after their successful and path breaking venture Kaadhal. The movie which captured the rustic flavor of Madurai, launched the entry of Joshua Sridhar as a music composer of substance. They have come together again for a story that revolves around the happenings in a college set in the 80s.

June July maatham – Krish and Suchitra
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

A melodious number that starts off with some peppy beats is about friendship between a couple and their association with the college where it blossomed. Excellent work by lead singers Krish and Suchitra, a refreshing change for her from the high pitched numbers she has been singing of late. Na. Muthukumar’s lyrics spell nostalgia and Joshua has recreated music of the era in his own inimitable style with subtle use of digital beats and rhythm reminiscent of those times.

Sariya Idhu Thavara – Haricharan

The pallavi of the song reminds you of his Kaadhal number ‘Thottu Thottu’, but the saranam slowly meanders to a tune ala Ilayaraja. The beats are fast, the violin and flute interludes are awesome, though the overall rhythm pattern sounds a little familiar. Haricharan has come up with some soulful rendition.

Unnarugil Varugayil - Harini Sudhakar, Haricharan

An interesting fusion of 80’s style and digital mixing of fast beats in the background lending it a unique quality, reminiscent of the disco era. Haricharan and Harini’s voices add to the feel of the song, the overlapping of their voices elevates the song with the music dilly dallying between techno beats and disco rhythms. Na.Muthukumar scores again this time with his stylized lyrics.

Vandanam Ayya Vandanam - Thyagu, Ramesh, Logu
Thyagu, Ganesh, Prakash

A typical rural koothu, ‘college guys on the rampage’ song inside a town bus. The song that narrates the anecdotes of college students recited in ‘villu paatu’ style to the tunes of popular film songs of that time period. It is meant to instill nostalgia among those who grew up on movies and songs of that era. Its Joshua Sridhar all the way who lends the ethnic feel required for the song.

Kalloori Theme - Haricharan

The theme spells romance and nostalgia in every note. It starts off with guitar and flute jugalbandi and slowly introduces a violin piece that takes the listener to a different level altogether. The sudden interjection of Haricharan’s voice bolstered by chorus transcends genres and leaves you ecstatic. A mind blowing composition, to say the least


Joshua Sridhar has completely redeemed himself with some amazing tunes, successfully recreating the music of the 80’s that was dominated by Ilayaraja, in a style of his own, which is no ordinary feat. Balaji Shaktivel couldn’t have asked for a better curtain raiser.

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