Bhale Bhale Magadivoy (Telugu)

Music: Gopi Sundar

Now, many composers have attempted fusion variants of classical Carnatic kritis and traditional songs in films, with or without playing with the source tune. A.R. Rahman’s ‘Alaipayuthey’ (from Mani Ratnam’s film of the same name) is a good example. Some composers took generous liberties, bringing in their unique stamp on their recreations, like Vidyasagar’s ‘Entharo’, in the Malayalam film Devadoothan and Sandeep Chowta’s ‘Bhagyada Laxmi Baramma’, from the pop album Mitti . Gopi’s recreation is less ambitious and sticks faithfully to Thyagaraja’s iconic Sri Ragam-based kriti, but his nuances and choice of singer — Renuka Arun — elevate the song to a new level. He treats it like a classic rock song, with drums and violin dominating impressively, even as Renuka is in scintillating form, bringing classical chops to what is treated as a complex, contemporary pop song.

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