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T-Series, Rs.160Anu Malik is back with a bang. In the company of inimitable Gulzar, Malik here has come up with a winner. The only hitch is that all the songs are situational. So Malik should pray that Shirish Kunder's film manages to strike a chord with the audience. The album opens with Humko Maloom Hai beautifully written by Gulzar mixing Urdu, Hindi and English deftly. Sonu Nigam and Sadhna Sargam (rarely heard these days) have done justice to the verse with some soulful rendering. Jaane Ke Jaane Na is a fast paced number sung well by Sonu, Sikhwinder Singh and Krishna. Sonu again gets an opportunity to show his mettle in Ajnabi Shehar and he excels. The song manages to create a vacuum and stays with you. Sau Dard is also in the same mould. With Ud Jaana, Anu tries to bring the listeners to the dance floor. Sung by Kunal Ganjawala and Adnan Sami, the song has Salman written all over it. Touted as a musical, Anu has brought elements of opera here and there. Worth a buy. SHRI RAM MANKAMUSIC TODAY, Rs.195Close on the heels of the celebration of Lord Rama's victory over the evil triumvirate of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnath comes this devotional offering by Music Today. The music has been composed by the veteran Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam, Shekhar Sen and Devki Pandit have rendered soulful vocals. The CD, which has just two tracks, opens with Shri Rama Gayatri, Shri Sita Gayatri and Shri Lakshman Gayatri. The serenity of the mantras makes them a beautiful early morning treat for those who want to experience peace of mind that will keep them relaxed through the day. The second track, Shri Ram Manka, is a 45-minute long description of Lord Rama's life, right from His birth to Sita's return to the depths of the earth. The poetic portrayal reaffirms the belief that man was indeed made in the image of God, and that there is inherent goodness in every one of us.

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