By Aditya Savnal. Posted on February 09, 2016
Its been 24 years since A R Rahman stormed the Indian film music scene with his phenomenal debut score for Roja and its successful dubbed versions in Telugu and Hindi. And since then, he continues to enthrall audiences with his mellifluous and varied compositions. Rahman's unconventional sound design and unique compositions not only helped him redefine the conventions of Indian film music, but also inspired several music directors of today, who were an instrumental part of the generation that grew up on Rahman's music.
One such talented composer is Amit Trivedi, who within a short of span has managed to carve a niche for himself, thanks to his work in films such as Dev D (for which he won a National award), Udaan, Kai Po Che and Lootera.
Trivedi has been quite vocal about his admiration for Rahman and has often admitted to the latter's body of work having influenced him as a composer. In an interview with noted film critic Rajeev Masand, Trivedi speaks about how Rahman's soundtrack for Mani Ratnam's Thiruda Thiruda had a huge influence on him and changed his life forever.
"One of my friends introduced me to the album and I was awestruck by the kind of music my ears were listening to" says Trivedi.
He further says "That sound still inspires me, it makes me think how the hell can one think like this. It's fresh and still gives one the feeling of not having heard something like this before."
It was thanks to Trivedi, we came to know that the soundtrack features Rasathi - the first Indian song to have capella singing.
At the end of the interview, Trivedi signs off saying that the soundtrack has been a permanent inspiration for him and he desires to compose a similar soundtrack some day.
After listening to the soundtrack, one does understand Trivedi's admiration for the same, especially when you listen to the below song which blends various genres of music effortlessly and features a fine concoction of percussion beats, flute notes and an amazing rendition of swaras.
Featured below is Chandralekha - another amazing composition from the film which is stunningly shot by ace cinematographer P C Sreeram.
Not many may know that Thiruda Thiruda is one of those rare films of the Mani Ratnam - A R Rahman duo from the 90's that didn't cut ice with the audience. This may also explain why the soundtrack may not be as popular outside South India as Roja, Bombay and other Rahman soundtracks of those times were. Interestingly, Thiruda Thiruda was only Rahman's second collaboration with Ratnam after Roja.
But good things only get better with time and this album is no exception to this adage.