Ayan Music Review

January 21, 2009

Produced by AVM Productions, directed by K.V.Anand and starring Suriya, Tamanna, Karunas, Prabhu Ganesan and others. The word Ayan is supposed to mean ‘matchless, flawless, unbeatable, Brahmma’ mainly. This film is supposed to be the first of its kind in a particular new genre. It talks about a specific set of city-dwelling people, whose lives are filled with fear(!) Harris Jayaraj has scored music for the movie, tuning five songs in all. Shooting seems to have been done in Malaysia, South Africa and Zanzibar. We can look forward to a couple of excellent fight sequences too.

Pala palakkira…
Vocals: Hariharan
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

Funny, Hariharan seems to have done a Shankar Mahadevan here! Nice to hear him express himself in a fast number. Catchy rhythms (some native ones too), lively trumpets, tender guitar sounds that blend with soft female humming in the charanams, all make it a busy number, probably accompanied by some rapid dancing on the screen. The song exhorts youngsters to break out of self-imposed moulds and live life colorfully. Easy lyrics of course, from Muthukumar. Some delicate sangatis from Hariharan,especially in ‘koottai nee thaandi vittal’.

Nenje Nenje…
Vocals: Harish Raghavendra, Mahati
Lyrics: Vairamuthu

Pleasing lyrics for this duet and sung with such fine articulation by both. Conceived on the Natabairavi scale, this song has delicate string sounds, especially violin and guitar built into it. Is that the clarinet that sounds along with the violins 3 minutes into the song? Wispy sangatis! And when the lady goes ‘deham malaraagum’, the flute stylishly goes ‘dha ni ga ri sa’. But at the end of it, you somehow feel the rhythm is too rigid for the mood of the song.

Honey, Honey…
Vocals: Sayanora Philip, Devan
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay

Now, is this a sequel to ‘Dhikku Dhikku’? Strong rhythms and synthesizer sounds that vaguely make you recall Afro-American music. But interestingly conceived and an unconventional voice. Has the song been shot in an exotic locale? Lyrics drip with seduction.

Vizhi Moodi…
Vocals: Karthik
Lyrics: Na.Muthukumar

This number shines for Karthik’s fine vocals, good tabla work, very stylish use of harmonica sounds that go ‘sa sa sa sa sa ni—pa, pa ni dha pa’, and the creative blending of ganjira, hand claps and female vocal humming that adds a certain teasing quality to the piece. A song of yearning whose rhythms make you recall some snatches from his own ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’. But likely to be relished as it is well put together. Looks like the Harikamboji scale is used.

Oyaayiye…
Vocals: Benny Dayal, Haricharan and Chinmayi
Lyrics: Pa.Vijay

Another offshoot of ‘Adiye Kolluthe’ inspiration? Anyway is quite trendy and it is great to see Chinmayi rise to the demands of such a piece. The violins, guitar and other string sounds have been carefully airbrushed into the song, as the rhythms override them all. Could catch the fancy of youngsters if picturised well.

Verdict:

Harris Jayaraj’s crafting is elegant as ever. But what disappoints us here slightly is that the songs have influences of his earlier albums here and there, which could have been avoided. Harris does have it in him to give us many more ‘wah wah’ numbers.

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