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Music Review: Delhi-6

Posted by Mohan Desai On 5:45 PM

Music: A R Rahman

Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi

Label: T-Series

The world’s singing laurels of Indian ace A R Rahman post Golden Globes. Back home we always realized and recognized his musical magic. Rahman again teams up with Rakeysh Mehra and Prasoon Joshi post their achievement in Rang De Basanti , for Delhi-6 . An interesting observation is how Rahman has cut down on established singers like Sonu Niigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik and is employing more of new-age voices like Javed Ali, Benny Dayal and Mohit Chauhan to good effect. Usually music directors rove in their standard sphere of influence to come up with risk-free instantly appealing numbers. It’s only blessed composers like A R Rahman who can instantaneously attract and yet experiment to come up with something new in their compositions. Masakali clearly falls in that category. Prasoon Joshi continues to introduce new words from his expressive lexicon with Masakali which implies freedom or liberation and also happens to be the name of Sonam’s pet pigeon in the film. Much against the freewill connotation of the title, Mohit Chauhan captivates with his uninterrupted somniferous singing and the intermediate reverberation he gives to words has a splendid effect. Whether it’s spiritual Sufi or Hindi devotional, expect Rahman to come up with the most authentic composition without getting garish like the fanatic lot. A quartet of female singers chants the Aarti (Tumre Bhavan Mein) and though not in the league of O Palanhare from Lagaan , this one makes up for a decent bhajan . With pristine sitar strums in the backdrop, the tune creates a sanctified ambience as one can literally visualize an early Morning Prayer offering. From bhajan , the album makes a divergent shift to a Sufi qawalli . Rahman uses a calm and countryside combination of Javed Ali and Kailash Kher for this 9-minute long devotional number Arziyan . Javed Ali continues to sound like Sonu Niigam like he did in Jashn-e-Bahaara ( Jodhaa Akbar ) though one doesn’t complain. While Rahman effortlessly adapts to the new milieu, Prasoon Joshi shows equal versatility in his writing.

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