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Seval Seval
Music review By Malathy Sundaram
Produced by Jinnah Creations in association with Ayngaran International Media Pvt. Ltd. Directed by Hari and starring Bharath, Poonam Bajwa, Simran Bagga, Vadivelu, Manivannan, Y.G.Mahendra and others. Hari is known for using short sweet titles for his movies and this movie too reflects it. G.V.Prakash Kumar has tuned six songs for this film which is expected to be a romantic action-comedy. Simran is supposed to be playing a powerful second role

here. After the mixed success of Kuselan, what has this young man in store for us? Let us check it out now.

Oda Maratthu Mullappola------

Vocals: Benny Dayal
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The entire song is carried forward on energetic native rhythms which closely follow the cadence of the words themselves. There is minimum intervention from other instruments like flute, guitar and mandolin. A foot tapping number, full of fun, innocence and mischief and an absolutely delightful rendering by Benny Dayal! This young man is really talented. Such breezy articulation of rustic accents! The phrase ‘yammadi aathadi emmanasu pocheydi’ has been sung so differently each time! Cool lyrics too.

Vocals: Hariharan and DeepaMariam
Lyrics: Hari

So, the director doubles up as a lyricist here. Not very euphonic, but passable. Based on the raga Kapi, the song flows on an easy rhythm with drums and ghatam following the singers. We keep hearing delicate hints of mandolin and guitar on and off. In the first interlude the string instruments are so pleasantly put together and in the second, the violins are so good. Hariharan’s voice floats like silk and Deepa’s voice, though high-pitched, is used with restraint.

Namma Ooru Nallarukku---

Vocals: Anuradha Sriram, Shreya Ghosal, Tipu, Manikkavinayagam, Mahati, Prashantini
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The song has been put together in a Rahman-like fashion. But by cleverly choosing the Anandabairavi raga, Prakash has enhanced the rustic appeal of this song. Keys, thavil and nagaswaram combine jauntily here. But the thavil is just a tad too strong in the sense it sometimes masks the words .The flute is quite sober in comparison. The sitar interlude in the middle is very catchy. Tipu and Manikkavinayagam enjoy themselves thoroughly! The ladies don’t lag behind too! A fun take on village life, is what it is! An interesting rhythm pattern too!

Paarvaiyile oru yaekkam---
Vocals: Naresh Iyer
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

Aha, this song just drips with melody. Set on the Kiravani raga scale and articulated so sweetly by Naresh Iyer, even the rhythms are so soft and Ganjira-like. Talks of loneliness and soul-crunching sorrow. Excellent use of flute, and strings, especially guitar. Watch out for the initial guitar piece which goes ‘paa pa ma ga ri sa ri sa ga sa ri’ which repeats itself often. And the flute piece which goes’ saa ni sa ri ga ri saa ni dha pa ma’ which haunts you- really!

Kannamma, Kannamma--

Vocals: Vijay Yaesudas, Gayathri
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Another song on the kiravani scale but with a different coloration. The rhythm chosen is interesting. Portrays the pain that comes from sacrificing love. Again the flute comes into its own, and when it combines with keys and vocal chorus, it stirs your heart. Nice rendering from both the singers.

Thayaramma Thayaaru---
Vocals: Karthik, Vadivelu
Lyrics: Hari

A racy earthy number, very native in its rhythm pattern. Live percussions, dilruba, strings and shehnai all come together rather breathlessly in this song which appears to be about a colourful old woman. The ‘Kaalaiyile ezhumbunathum’ charanam starts off in Harikamboji raga and swerves to Mohanam raga in the line ‘madu kazhuvum’ reminding you of Anniyan’s “kumaari’. As usual Karthik and Vadivelu bring a lot of josh to the song. The pace is appealing.


It is good to see Prakash Kumar come into his own with this album. His rhythm patterns are quite interesting. Has a sound grasp of melody, too. The songs are very situational with a strong native touch and their fate at the audio outlets would depend a lot on how they are picturized. May this young composer soar higher!

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