METRO PLUS

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PLAN

T-Series, Rs.55

THE FIRST SONG, "Pyaar Aaye", on side A of the cassette, "Plan", is a foot tapping number. It has all the makings of becoming a chartbuster. As much is expected from this film too which will see Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta pairing up after "Kaante". Here, Alisha Chinoy's velvety voice clearly scores over her co-singer, Anand Raj Anand. This is also the case in "Hota Hai Hota Hai", in which Sunidhi Chauhan's sweet voice finds no match in Kumar Sanu.

"Kal Raat Se" is insipid while the last song; "Aane Wala Pal" has Udit Narayan putting his singing capability to best use to give an entertaining number. But the background music makes his task difficult.

The robbery song of Side B, "Aim Kaim" is a joyful, peppy number, which would be lapped up by today's young generation. HereSanjay Dutt recites lines in his all-familiar husky voice. Abhijeet and Shaan accompany him. "Mehboob Mere" has Alisha again giving her best. "Kaise Kaise" and "Aane Wala Pal" are run of the mill kinds.

HAZAARON KHWAISHEN AISI

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Virgin, Rs.65

THIS IS one collection of scores that you could at once fall in love with if you have a fondness for Indian classical music. Sung by the gifted singer Shubha Mudgal, Swanand Kirkire and Shobha Joshi, all the nine numbers have the power of rising above the usual Bollywood songs we get to hear these days.

A special mention can be made about Shobha Joshi's Thumri "Na Aaye Piya", Shubha Mudgal's "Bavra Mann" and the title number "Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi", based on the famous ghazals by Mirza Ghalib and Swanand Kirkire's "Bavra Mann". The qawwali "Mann Yeh Bavra" too, captures attention.

An ideal company for a quiet, dim-lit evening.

CALL OF THE FLUTE

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Jass Visions, Rs.50

THIS ALBUM features a live concert by Carnatic flautist G.S. Rajan. He has rendered well-known compositions like Muthuswami Dikshithar's "Marakata Vallim" in the raga Kamboji, and Meesu Krishnaiyer's "Daya Payo Nidhe" in raga Jaganmohini. The main piece of the recital is in Nattakurinji. The kriti is Swati Tirunal's "Maamava Sada". On side B after the conclusion of the main piece, is the snappy number "Pandureeti" in the raga Hamsanadam, a Thyagaraja composition and the javali in Khamas, "Apadooru". The accompanying artistes include Viju Anand on the violin and Kumbakonam Padmanabhab on the mridangam. A reposeful album dominated by melody.

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