By Satyajit - Eye TV India Bureau
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Colorful, zestful and vibrant flavors of "Holi" come in an intoxicating mood in the soundtrack "Rang Daalo". In the past, "Holi" numbers were rare but in the changing scenario the festivals and such occasions are being spotlighted and it shows in this soundtrack. Sonu Nigam along with Shreya Ghoshal sings this "festive" number with the backdrop of traditional folk music. The words are spiced up to sprinkle colorful ambience and it shows as the song progresses. An effective "Holi" number after some lackluster "Holi" soundtracks was heard in 'Mangal Pandey' and 'Waqt'. This song has been on air as promotional soundtrack with stars like Urmila, Ashmit, Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar painting town red with "Holi" colors. The soundtrack comes in folk version as folk singer Sailesh joins Sonu Nigam in rhythm and style. This version has additional traditional "Holi" folk verses sung in a vociferous way. It's delightful to hear that the trendy music composers metaphor the spirit of Banaras culture with optimum packaging of traditional musical work.
The holy chants of "Om Namah Shivaya", creates an ambience of spirituality as they make striking presence in religiously pious and sanctimonious sentiments in the highly spirited soundtrack "Purab Se". It's about devotion to Lord Shiva sung mellifluously in the pristinely syrupy voice of Shreya Ghoshal. The free flowing vocals are supported with brief classical singing in the background and effective musical arrangements. The song brings the nostalgia felt through the radiance of glowing sun, frolicking dance of peacocks and fresh whiff of fresh air in worshipping Lord Shiva. Sameer's lyrics are immaculately divine and coated with high degree of spirituality. The song encores devotion towards Lord Shiva with the deity's adulation and worshipping by chanting "Om Namah Shivaya". Simply Brilliant!
A brief rendition of Indian classical music comes in the voice of Pranab Kumar in the soundtrack "Bajuband Khul Jaaye". This appears to be traditional "mujra" number that caters to the classical music lovers. It's brief but yet effective and should work well in the film.
The adulation of religious city of Banaras makes thunderous presence in the concluding soundtrack "Yeh Hai Shaan Banaras Ki". The song epitomizes the grandeur of city that has witnessed the presence of great Holy souls in the past. Classical singer Sanjay Abhyankar sings this sanctimonious soundtrack in the conventional as well as through the classical style of singing. A great treat for classical music lovers that sums up the beauty and grace of Banaras. The singer has been excellent in generating desired enthusiasm while singing lyrics enriched with divine "sholaks" and verses. The high-pitched music is effective in generating impulse, passion and devotion for the Holy city. The soundtrack has been thematically conceived with thunderous chants of "Har Har Mahadev" in striking ways. It also adulates the great religious literary work of saints like Kabir, Vyas, Tulsidas besides emanating religious sentiments for deities. In short, it's a great musical work by all standards and should uplift the sentiments delivered through the film.
Himesh Reshammiya shows different and impressive façade of his musical genius with some finely executed soundtracks in 'Banaras - A Mystic Love Story'. The composer-turned-singer has been a rage in the pop world but in this album he delivers some highly refined classical music in style. The album should find admiration from classes who crave for genuine quality music. A great musical work!