Me: Rahaman is God.
Friend: Rahman is Good.
Me: Nope. Rahman is GOD!
— End of Conversation —
Now that you know where I stand, let us begin the post! While the master excels at every genre and has great songs to his credit across genres and languages, I particularly enjoy his melancholic numbers — maybe this has something to do with my staple diet of Rafi and Manna Dey through childhood — still, I am aware of many gems that the master has created and which lie hidden in this pathos genre, either owing to the obscure nature of the film or because some other song overshadowed these beautiful numbers. Here is a list, in particular order (I ADORE lists!!):
- E- Ajnabi/Poongatrile, Dil Se/Uyire: Possibly the most popular number on this list. This is right-up-there in everything, from lyrics (Gulzar) to orchestration (minimal) to singing (Udit/Unni Menon).
- Hai Dard, Ada: Ada, an obscure little film that was released on 2008 hosts one of Rahman’s best works of late. Unfortunately, not many have heard of this album — please check it out. While there is another pathos-filled duet here (Alka and Jayachandran), Hai Dard by Udit (again!) is brilliant. It captures the feel of desolation so well — this is possible a modern re-incarnation of E-Ajnabi!
- Bhoola Tujhe, Blue: No matter what critics say about Blue, I rate it up there in terms of the sheer variety of genres explored here! Bhoola Tujhe by Rashid Ali (Kabhi Kabhi Aditi, Jazz Guitarist, bald!) is superb. Check out the lavish violins/violas and cellos that form the basic orchestration.
- Ye Jaan, Daud: I am not sure this is completely pathos, but it is pretty close. Again, lost in the humbug-ness of the film and the popularity of Urmila’s half-naked state, this is pathos/sensuality at its best! This is also possibly the only time Vikram Rathod sang for Rahman — not too shabby!
- En Kaadhale, Duet: SPB, Kadri Gopalnath, Rahman; need I say more! What beautiful lyrics, such melancholy from SPB — truly he is a master of emotion.
- Vennilavin Theril, Duet: Duet strikes again. This is really a superb album — what a treasure trove. Yesudas does a magnificent job — check out how the violins are used in this song — there is a main `tune’ that runs through the song. Although most of the lyrics are awesome, there is a portion that says that ‘I want to be born as a comb that she uses to comb her hair, or even the slippers on her divine feet’ — that is a bit much I
- Oh Vennila/Oh Meri Jaan, Kadhal Desam/Duniya Dilwalon Ki: Unni Krishnan and Sonu in the Tamizh and Hindi versions are at par in terms of rendition. I thoroughly enjoy both versions, though I think I am partial to the tamizh one a bit! 😉 Even the translated Hindi lyrics are not bad at all!
- Raat ki Daldal, 1947 Earth: Another wonderful album. This song is not exactly pathos for love; still excellent pathos. Sukhwinder adds an additional dimension to this (as always!).[No good video available!]
- Nila Kaigirathu/Khili Chandni, Indira, Priyanka: If you have not heard this song then you have been living in a land where music is not appreciated! 😉 Hariharan’s masterpiece (yes, it is as good as, if not better than Tu hi Re). Oh, and please please please, for the love of DO NOT LISTEN TO THE HINDI VERSION! What faltu lyrics in Hindi — I cannot believe someone can butcher such beautiful Tamizh poetry by merely changing the language!!
- Jaane tu Meri Kya Hai, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane na: Sukhwinder, violins, Tyrewala’s lyrics and of course God. Wonderful wonderful masterpiece that is possibly not as popular owing to the more popular song below. I enjoy Sukhi’s version over the female one any day!
- Kahin toh Hogi Voh, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane na:
Rashid Ali again, with Vasundara Das in a short duet (thank God! – I cannot tolerate this female). Popular enough that you have heard of it, or heard it at least once!
- Do Nishaniyaan, Jhootha hi Sahi: Sonu Nigam teams up with Rahman after some time to produce a wonderfully delectable piece of music. The song rests solely on Sonu’s voice and his rare ability to actually feel each and every word as he sings them. Minimal background orchestration helps set the mood here. There are 2 versions of the song on the album and both are wonderful!
- Oru Poiyavadhu, Jodi: I am loss to describe this classic from Hariharan. I think the lyricist is Vaali — what lyrics, and the way Hariharan sings this, if I were a woman, I would just leave everything and run to him! There are another version of this song — one with Sreenivaas — but Hari’s version is something else!
- Yenge Enadu Kavidhai, Kandukondein Kandukondein: One of the few female solos that I have here — I generally prefer male singers. But Chitra outdoes herself here. Very beautiful, poignant and mellow. Refreshingly different. Again, the lyrics are superb!!Second part, due to formatting issues!