100 Days of Blogging

#60 : Day Forty One – Roja Janeman! Kadhal Rojavae!

It’s Day 2 of ARR madness and second on my top 30 favorites list is Kadhal Rojavae/ Roja Janeeman. I really cannot decide which version I like more. There is one in Tamil rendered by the legend singer Dr.SP. Balasubrahmanyam and there are two Hindi versions one by my all time favorite singer Hariharan and the other also by  Dr.SP. Balasubrahmanyam. These two are stalwarts who cannot be compared with each other. While Hariharan’s voice is like fine silk which flows with such lushness, Dr.SPB’s voice is like warm sunshine on a rainy day.

One cannot really believe that this sound track was composed by a rookie music director. His music is simply beyond being soulful. Especially the flute bit before Charanam 1 and the female humming is divine. I don’t remember the first time I heard this song, but every single time I listen to it, that bit always moves me to tears. I don’t think the pain of separation can be expressed so beautifully.

Directed by Mani Ratnam and staring a very handsome looking Arvind Swamy and the beautiful actress Madhoo, Roja is one well acclaimed movie. Almost all songs in this album have a prominent place in my play list. Though the song has been shot amidst lush greenery and contrasting darkness of a man in captive at  Kashmir, it can’t truly be labelled a visual treat. However, Arvind Swamy’s sad expressions and his memories of a cheerful and beautiful Madhoo with such soul stirring music playing behind brings out that effect of pain perfectly. This song is an a perfect example of the pain of separation!

Here is the SPB (Tamil) Version of the song

Hang on. I’m not done yet. Come back right here before you loose yourself completely. There is this other version on this song performed by one of the singers – Hariharan, live on Coke Studio. The female voice in this version is nowhere near the original female lead – Sujatha’s voice, but this is worth a listen for Hariharan’s voice. That vibrato and modifications are way too good to be missed. It’s my life time ambition to listen to him performing live. Hope it happens soon.

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