After his last commercial cinema Mangal Pandey: The Rising, Ketan Mehta chose to make a film on the 19th-century painter, Raja Ravi Varma’s life. It is an adaptation of a Marathi writer Ranjit Desai’s biographical novel Raja Ravi Varma. This films was made in 2008 but due to some issues, it got much delayed resulting into a 2014 release. It has music by Sandesh Shandilya and lyrics by Manoj Muntashir.
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Music: Sandesh Shandilya; Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir; Music Label: Zee Music Company
1. Rang Rasiya – Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Kirti Sagahiya
This song is so literally a title track that primarily it only has two words Rang and Rasiya. Almost the whole song is made of these two words but it is the composer’s capability to create a good tune with just two words. I had never imagined that Sunidhi and Kirti would sound so perfect together as mostly they both are not termed as soft song singers, still they have beautifully managed to create a nice atmosphere with pretty good percussion. Title track in a literal sense.
2. Kahe Sataye – Singers: Roopkumar Rathod, Sunidhi Chauhan
Piano and Flute paves the way for Sunidhi to deliver yet another beautiful melody along with Roopkumar Rathod who is an expert in these kind of songs where melody is given a lot of importance along with magnifying percussion. Sunidhi in the higher notes in the antara does get slightly harsh on the melody and sound a bit odd but the rest has been sung nicely. Roopkumar Rathod should have had more portions to sing. It is somehow felt to be a Shreya Ghoshal song though. Good melody!
3. O Kamini – Singer: Sonu Nigam
You don’t want anything if you are provided intelligently done instrumentation with the vocals of Sonu Nigam. His vocals along with the orchestration soothes you to the core. The kind of a situation the song seems to be in, lyrics by Manoj Muntashir seems really very apt. It has some of the Hindi words that we can’t even imagine to be included in today’s songs. The Ravanhatta part is a delight to hear with impressive percussion and a decent tune. Sonu Nigam as always soothes you.
4. Anhad Naad – Singers: Kailash Kher, Anwar Khan
Again a wonderful folksy track by Shandilya. The word Anhad Naad means Promidal sound, the sound which exists and is not produced by striking two objects. This is the sound of the cosmos and of human consciousness. In easy words, this is not the sound that we can hear. So it’s all about this sound, anhad naad jaga de. Shandilya has tried making it sound as folksy as possible by using different types of percussion which gives a rural effect. Kailash Kher is perfect for these kind of songs. Things fall into right place.
5. Sun Balam – Singer: Rajashwari Pathak
This one is a strict semi classical melody flawlessly sung Rajashwari Pathak, Tabla being in constant use facilitates the interest of the listeners along with a Flute full of spirituality and magnificence. It’s a kind of a song that needs listening more than reading the review. A successful semi classical attempt. #WelcomeSong
Rang Rasiya is not an album that would soothe every ear, but a recommended one from my side to all the Classical music lovers.
The Final Verdict: POSSIBLE
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE