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When three great minds come together, there is bound to be magic. A R Rahman, Ashutosh Gowarikar and Javed Akhtar have teamed up after 8 long years (their last work together was Jodha Akbar) and boy-o-boy, the soundtrack of Mohenjo Daro has left me speechless. ARR does not fail to weave an experience of surreal hypnotism with his myriad sounds.
Last time I wrote a music review on my blog, it was Raanjhanaa. I proudly belong to the Rahmaniac cult, but not always does the music of ARR touch your heart like it did with Mohenjo Daro. Like Lagaan and Swades, ARR and Ashutosh gift us their romantic best with haunting melodies.
And the wizard is at his acoustic best in this album. I am not an expert in history and cannot profess on the evolution of music in the Indus Valley Civilization. But the element of tribal music infused throughout the album, with the mix of drums and percussions, will be nectar for your ears.
It is no easy task to compose music for period films. ARR has always excelled and delivered beyond expectations – whether it was the rudra veena in Lagaan or the baul composition in Mangal Pandey, the Mozart of Madras redefined music with his eccentricities. What sets Mohenjo Daro apart is the calmness of the compositions, as if divinity resides in the notes.
The album begins with grandeur, a celebratory composition. The title track ‘Mohenjo Daro’ would remind you of Azeem O Shan Shehenshah. The loud, confident and boisterous drums will clearly make you want to get up and shake a leg. The confluence of various elements in this melting pot of music will transport you to a state of trance. Sung elegantly by Arijit Singh, this amazing melee of myriad instruments is sure to make a mark in your hearts.
The title track is followed by ‘Sindhu Maa’. The serenity of the song reminds me of compositions by Tagore where his devotional songs and love songs became indistinguishable. Rahman’s music, combined with Akhtar’s poetry creates a long-lasting memory that sends shivers of joy down your spine. The voice of Sanah Moidutty, accompanied by the melodious flute, will dive straight into your heart, lock themselves in and throw the keys into an ocean of melody.
And as you recover from the trance, Sarsariya will grip you firm in its notes. You have no recourse but to give in to the catchy beats of the semi-romantic number which has mesmerising drum beats. In fact, as the song builds up pace in the beginning, you cannot help falling in love with the honey-laced vocals of Shaashaa Tirupati. Shashwat Singh is a great find by ARR.
‘Tu Hai’ has driven me crazy ever since I first listened to this album. A toned down version of Sindhu Maa, this song is the next ‘Tum Saath Ho’ with its heart-wrenching melody and love-laced lyrics. In the league of Marudaani, Medhuvagathan and O Rey Chhori, the song’s gravitas is heightened by ARR’s vocals. The flute interlaced with the tribal-military sounds, the melodious chirping of birds, the fantastic chorus in the end – every element just fits in to produce the best acoustic experience of a lifetime.
Whispers of the heart/mind are instrumental pieces where Arjun Chandy lends his vocals in a beautiful canvas of music. Every instrument used in these pieces are like palettes of colour that come together to paint a vibrant landscape that acts as your gateway to the world of fantasies. Similarly, The Shimmer of Sindhu is an instrumental rendition of Sindhuu Maa where the guitar and the flute string a note of ethereal bliss. The album ends with Lakh Lakh Tora, another instrumental version of Sarsariya. Tapas Roy strikes the notes of perfection with his mandolin and leaves you crave for more.
Mohenjo Daro is the kind of album you can listen to on loop from dawn to dusk, yet feel an emptiness overpower you after you press the stop button on your iPad. After a long time, here is an album that boasts of pure, unadulterated melodies sans the nerve-wrecking, mindless noise in the name of chartbusters. The honesty in the composition and the serenity of the notes will surely strike a chord.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
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