I had earlier posted about this Raaga; Reethi Gowla in a post long back. The recent interpretation of this raaga is the song from Subramaniyapuram. This raaga can catch any ones attention in the first go. The song has everything in it. Although, there is a perfect chemistry between the actor and actress on the screens, it is this tune, rather the raaga/interpretation that sets the platform. Yes, the actress had a lot of communication through her face and this takes back to the songs in early 80s. Directors like Bhagyaraj, Bharathiraja have screened many similar songs(in terms of picturization) in the past. Getting back to the topic, one may find songs in kalyani, natabhairavi commonly in film music very often but reethi gowla is one such which is used in an intermittent manner.
AR Rahman came up with a song in Mudalvan- “azhagana ratchasiye”.. This song is again wonderful interpretation of reethi gowla. I have seen Rahman saying about the orchestra involved in composing this song and the problems in it. The beats had to be on the pot and had to be played continuously without a break. There were a big number of people in the orchestra troop and bringing them in sync was the toughest challenge. And for a music director like ARR, there is no word below “Perfection”. The song turned out really superb. And SPB… The way he stretches- “Kiliye… elam kiliye…”… Wonderful piece… I will have to write a separate post on SPB for this song alone..
Vidyasagar touched this raaga in “Thambi” and the song turned out really good. But this song involved a lot of music/musical instruments and they dominated the song. I personally find it difficult to listen to the singer. Still the song had a lot of credits.
Who can dare to end up a musical conversation without involving the “MAESTRO”…? Illayaraja has come with probably the best compositions in this raaga in mid 70 and 80s. Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran and thalaiyai kuniyum thamaraiye.. When it comes to Illayaraja, I really have nothing to say.. There should be no ambiguity on the song which is always “the best”.. Raman kadhai kelungal and Thalaiyai kuniyum thamaraiye are SPB sung songs and SPB makes the music in his voice.. PERFECT!
One can always listen to these masterpieces.