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Dasavatharam Dasavatharam
Music review By Malathy Sunderam
According to the synopsis given on the CD cover, a dangerous plot hatched in a Biolaboratory in Washington city traps into its fold the White House, the CIA, the PMO in India, some terrorist organizations, and environmentalists. The narrative kickstarts from a 12th century incident in the Chidambaram temple and progresses up to the 21st. Some aspects of the modern 'Chaos Theory' is also brought into play. Himesh

Reshammiya has scored the music for the first time for a Tamil movie, with Devi Sreeprasad doing the rerecording. There are six songs here.

Ulaga Nayagan
Lyrics: Vairamuthu, Vocals: Vineet

A whopping surprise of a song! A panegyric on Kamal, the actor, to be exact! His never-say-die spirit of experimentation, his innovative thinking and his role as a trendsetter are extolled highly. How lines like 'Kandangal kandu viyakkum, ini ainaavum unnai azhaikkum' are going to be used in projecting the character of Kamal in the story will be worth watching. Is it the title song, by the way? Snaking, spunky interludes that join happily with the refrain 'Come dance with me' enliven the piece. Clever pauses before' Ulaga Nayagane' to highlight the term. Pronunciation could have been a little less aggressive.

Kallai mattum kandal
Lyrics: Vaali, Vocals: Hariharan and chorus

This is a tale within a tale with Vaali penning lovely, sharp lyrics. Has an oblique reference to the Saiva-Vaishnaiva tussles that were prevalent in some parts of this land in the 12th and 13th centuries. A plaintive opening which then touches a verse from Periyalwar's 'Pallandu'. Sung from a Vaishnavite's point of view (Kamal is supposed to play the role of Rangarajan Nambi here). The instruments have been carefully employed to give the feel of palaces and temples. Surprisingly Kamal's parents' names find a mention in the song! The line' Illai enru sonna pinbum Inriamaiyaadhu' is truly masterly. Vaali's well-crafted words give this song a feel of ' muted protest'.

Oh Ho Sanam

Lyrics: Vairamuthu, Vocals: Kamal Haasan, Mahalakshmi Iyer

Gentle swaying beats, and heady Arabic notes give this song a middle-eastern feel. Quite a catchy number. Makes you think of swaying hips, camels and oases! The song itself appears to extol the virtues of music. Kamal, who plays the role of Avatar Singh here, himself belts out the song. An odd reference to the writer Pudumaippitthan in the words' Kadavulum Kandasamiyum'. Wonder what was meant? The female singer's voice comes across as shrill and tremulous.

Mukundha Mukundha
Lyrics: Vaali, Vocals: Sadhana Sargam, Kamal Haasan

Another simple but pleasant sounding lyric from Vaali. An ode to

Lord Krishna. The words flow effortlessly with the beats. What is remarkable about this piece is the very euphonic combination of the sitar, mrudanga and ghatam. And the humming adds to the soporific mood. Just shows what Himesh is capable of if he puts his mind to it. The flute has also been expressively used. Sadhana needs some more emotion in her voice. Sometimes the beats suppress the singer's voice. A surprise verse from Kamal at the end, singing like a centenarian!


Lyrics: Vairamuthu, Vocals: Shalini Singh

Another song with an 'Arabian' twist as before. A 'come hither' song sung with a lot of passion, panting and plenty of English words by Shalini. But the musical interludes are pretty soft. Kamal and Mallika Sherawat appear to have sung this in nightclubs as per the story. The word 'Karuppanukkum' is unsavoury. Could have been avoided.

Oh Ho Sanam

Lyrics: Vairamuthu, Vocals: Himesh, Mahalakshmi Iyer

Himesh is not exactly comfortable with Tamil and has mauled the words to his heart's content. This is just a remix of the first one.


In spite of donning many roles Kamal Hassan has used only six songs for the movie. So the story could be expected to be a tightly edited one and should not drag. Though there are no duets here, the songs themselves could become hits if the storyline packs a punch. One must add that the songs have a decidedly 'Hindi flavour'.

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