Music Review of SWADES


SwadesThe success of 'Lagaan' has made director Ashutosh Gowarikar to come again with another film based on the backdrop of an Indian village. After four years Ashutosh Gowarikar takes the audience back to Indian countryside with 'Swades', which is produced by UTV Motion Pictures. A.R. Rehman has decorated the lyrics of Javed Akhtar in the voices of Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Kailash Kher and Master Vignesh.
The success of 'Lagaan' has made director Ashutosh Gowarikar to come again with another film based on the backdrop of an Indian village. After four years Ashutosh Gowarikar takes the audience back to Indian countryside with 'Swades', which is produced by UTV Motion Pictures. A.R. Rehman has decorated the lyrics of Javed Akhtar in the voices of Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Kailash Kher and Master Vignesh. The audience will hear their favorite music director A.R. Rehman in one track of this film while director Ashutosh Gowarikar has also tried his vocals in this film in a group song. The music is released by T-Series.


The album opens with the track 'Yeh Tara Woh Tara' on side A. Udit Narayan, Master Vignesh with Baby Pooja and kids take the listener straight to the countryside in this song. Javed Akhtar's lyrics depict the village life well. Udit Narayan's voice is pleasant while kids' renditions towards the end match with the theme of the song. A.R. Rehman has beautifully composed this track with a dominating Indian instrumental.

Again, Udit Narayan hits back with his favorite partner Sadhana Sargam in a light romantic song 'Ahista Ahista'. This slow paced duet track opens in the voice of Udit, and Sadhana joins towards the end. A.R. Rehman has composed this track in his usual way with a western touch of music.

Now, the wait of the audience to hear their favorite music director A.R. Rehman is over in the track 'Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera'. This is the title track of the film. Javed's lyrics in the voice of Rehman appeal for homecoming to those who are staying abroad. Rehman has well composed this track with the keyboard, which matches with his voice well. A Shehnai version of this track is also placed in the album on side B. Madhu has recited this song in Shehnai very well. Prasad and Neelakantan also join well on dholak and tabla.

After an appealing track, director Ashutosh Gowarikar takes the listener to an entertaining village environment in the next song 'Pal Pal Hai Bhari Woh Bipada Hai Ayee Mohe Bachane Ab Aao Raghurai…'. Picturised in the backdrop of a Ramleela scene this track sets in a spiritual mood. The vocals of two new singers -- Madhushree and Vijay Prakash -- are pleasant and the background chorus sets the right mood for further listening. Ashutosh Gowarikar's rendition also matches well with the track. Javed's lyrics are beautiful Ram Bhajan while A.R. Rehman's composition with Indian instrumentals touches the heart. This will be a favorable track for serious listeners. The instrumental version of this Ram Bhajan track is again placed on side B; the entire song is sung on flute, tabla and dholak. The instrumental version has become more pleasant than the original track.

After a long wait the audience witnesses a real romantic melody 'Dekho Naa'. In this slow paced romantic melody the Alka-Udit duo has come out with an appropriate vocal, which matches with the mood of the song. Soon after the romantic duet, Alka Yagnik hits back in a charming solo track 'Saanwariya Saanwariya'. Javed's lyrics have beautifully expressed thoughts of a loving heart.

It is the best idea of the director to close the album with a foot-tapping track 'Yun Hi Chala Chal'. In this musical group Udit Narayan and Kailash Kher with veteran Hariharan make a perfect vocal presentation. There is a Sufi and folk touch in the composition of this track by A. R. Rehman.

The music of 'Swades' is a collection of some slow paced light songs, which go well with the theme of the movie. But one can feel distinction in A.R. Rehman's composition, while Javed's lyrics keep the audience occupied from the beginning to end. For those who look for a collection of some light musicals in the cluster of remixes and heavy romantic melodies, the album of 'Swades' is a must.