I know, I know, that the winter days are coming to an end, here in India, but before these days of staying in bed, cosily wrapped up in blankets, and telling yourself just a few minutes more, just a few minutes more every time the alarm rings (although, I am sure it’s the usual morning scenario irrespective of the weather, but it especially takes a mammoth will power to pay heed to that alarm clock in the winter!) or the days of enjoying a hot cup of coffee/tea sitting cosily wrapped up in shawls in the veranda in early mornings, as the sunlight gently sweeps away the morning mist come to an end, let’s savor what’s left of the winter days by adding our own background music to our lives a la filmi style.
1. Yeh Haseen Waadiyaan/ Pudhu Vellai Mazhai
MUSIC– AR Rahman
SINGERS– SP Balasubrahmanyam & KS Chitra (Hindi), Unni Menon & Sujatha Mohan (Tamil)
The very 1st song in the list is one of my all time favourites ‘Yeh haseen waadiyaan’ or ‘Pudhu vellai mazhai’ from my favourite composer AR Rahman’s 1st ever music album for the movie Roja by Mani Ratnam. Though I had heard this song a few times before, I was reintroduced to this song courtesy my bestie Sahana, during the 1st year of MBBS. I remember that during our frequent visits home from Davanagere, where we were studying (every weekend in my case and alternate weekends in her case), we would share a headphone during the 2 1/2 hour journey home. She had the entire Roja album in her phone and when I was reintroduced to this song on one of those journeys, gosh, it was like sheer magic. Usually, we would travel after classes in the evening. The road between Malebennur and Honnalli has plenty of curves and it was in pretty bad condition back then, but what I remember the most now, is that every time we travelled along that stretch, we would play this song. Ink black darkness around us, broken only by 2 beams of the headlamps of the bus, a towering hill on the left, a beautiful lake on the right and a gentle breeze through the open windows (kept open not intentionally, but it was unable to close those government bus windows and if we somehow managed that feat then they would prop open as soon as the bus revved up it’s engine) and we would be lost to the world, not even noticing the shaking bus telling us that it’s traveling not on a road filled with potholes, but on potholes with the road sprinkled in between!
This song, no, this entire album is so timeless that people listen to this album even now! Want to experience the magic to it’s fullest extent? Plug in your earphones, sit/lie down (your choice) in total darkness and get lost to the world. Oh, and by the way, you are welcome.
2. NA TUM JANO NA HUM
MUSIC– Rajesh Roshan
SINGERS– Lucky Ali, Ramya NSK
MOVIE– Kaho Naa Pyaar hai
Kaho naa pyaar hai…sigh, the movie that introduced us all to the walking, talking chocolate dessert aka Hrithik Roshan! Anyone who has seen this movie, would have definitely felt bad for the innocent and oh so likeable Rohit, who (spoiler alert!) died in the 1st half of the movie (if you are one of those rare individuals who hasn’t yet watched this movie, are you living under a rock? and why are you still reading this? go, watch the movie and come back), but it was his lookalike Raj (Hrithik in a fabulous double role) who made women, irrespective of age, fall for him hook, line and sinker! This song comes on-screen when Raj falls in love for the 1st time and the scenery of New Zealand and the actors further enhance an already beautiful song. My favourite thing about the song, other than Lucky Ali’s fab portrayal in his voice of the wonder of falling in love for the 1st time and the yearning of the character to be with his loved one, is the humming by Ramya, especially in the part that comes at 1:55 and also in the last part of the song. You can be a happily single or a happily married person, but I guarantee you that you will still be able to enjoy the ‘Why the world is so beautiful?’ feeling, that falling in love for the 1st time evokes!
3. KAHAAN HOON MAIN
MUSIC– AR Rahman
SINGER– Jonita Gandhi
Highway has to be one of the most underrated movies and music albums in recent times. Each and every song in this album is a gem. Though, only 2 songs became popular like ‘Patakha Guddi’ and ‘Maahi Ve’, the other songs are no less! There’s something so mystical about the mist of a wintry morning, fading slowly, paving way for the dawn. It always evokes in me a feeling of humbleness and makes me wonder about the purpose of one’s life. That same feeling is evoked whenever I listen to this song. If you are able to pay attention to the lyrics, without succumbing to the melodious voice of Jonita, I am sure that the lyrics, will raise some existential questions in every listener. A special thanks to the lyricist Irshad Kamil, for the lines ‘Sochoon na Kya peechhey hai, dekhoon na jo aage hai’ that comes at 2:33 (translating to- let’s not think about what’s behind us, but about what’s ahead of us) conveying an ocean’s depth worth of life’s philosophy in just those 2 lines!
4. AAHA ENTHA AA KSHANA
MUSIC– RP Patnaik
SINGER– KS Chitra
I am sure, like many of you, I am also a fan of Puneeth and Ramya’s on-screen pairing, and that was one of the reasons for me to check out this song and boy, am I glad? as I LOVE this song. Chitra’s saccharine voice, combined with some lovely flute and guitar interludes and beautiful lyrics by K Kalyan, makes this one gorgeous composition.
5. ISHQ WALA LOVE
MUSIC– Vishal- Shekhar
SINGERS- Shekhar Ravjiani, Salim Merchant & Neeti Mohan
MOVIE– Student of the year
Not a fan of this movie, and this film definitely doesn’t rank among the actors’ finest performances list, but having said that, I think the ‘Winter music‘ list would be incomplete if I didn’t include this beautiful song. Song starts with a solo guitar part, and then slowly builds up to an arresting chorus with the instruments and the male singer’s voice coming in. Not only will this song serve as a perfect companion to your sipping coffee/tea in your veranda/ window sill, watching the world wake up to a wintry morning, but this will also be perfect to serenade your loved one with, and if you are successful, then to dance with her/him in your arms. My favourite part is the orchestra coming in at 2:14, sigh, sheer poetry!
I would also like to give a special mention to the national award winning song ‘Vaan’ by AR Rahman from the movie ‘Kaatru Veliyidai‘. It would have definitely been included in the list, had I not fangirled over it already in my 1st ever music blog post here.
And this rounds up my list for the songs to listen to, to make our winter days even more magical. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I am sure that there are many more songs which infuses in us warm and fuzzy feelings whenever we listen to them. Do share your ‘Winter/ Chaligala songs‘ in the comment section below.