Aaromale

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"Aaromale"
Song by A. R. Rahman (Composer) & Alphonse (Singer) from the album Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
and
Ye Maaya Chesave
Released 12 January 2010 (original version)
19 November 2010 (female version)
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai, India
Genre Feature film soundtrack, psychedelic rock
Length 5:46
Label Sony Music
Writer Kaithapram

"Aaromale" (Malayalam: ആരോമലേ, O Beloved) is a Malayalam song from the 2010 Tamil film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and Telugu film Ye Maaya Chesave composed by A. R. Rahman,[1] featuring lyrics by Kaithapram and also in the 2012 Bollywood remake Ekk Deewana Tha. The song is sung by Malayalam composer Alphons Joseph.[2] The song was well received upon release[3] and was a chart topper.[4]

Background[edit]

A. R. Rahman was asked to score only six songs for the soundtrack, but later he suggested to include a song with Malayalam lyrics that was apt for the script.[2] He himself suggested lyricist Kaithapram and the singer Alphons[2] to whom he made an acquaintance during the audio launch of Alphons' debut album Vellithira.[5]

Alphonse said in an interview that Rahman had composed only the chorus portion before the recording and the remaining rock portion was composed instantly in presence of him and lyricist Kaithapram during the recording time. The lyrics were also written on the time of recording only. The song was made in about four hours.[citation needed]

Director Gautham Menon picked this song as his favourite from the soundtrack. He said that he had listened to this song at least a thousand times prior to picturising it.[citation needed]

About the song[edit]

The song begins with the elements of Blues and concludes in a psychedelic rock fashion. The chorus portion is based on the Hindustani raga Bageshri.[2] Penned by Kaithapram, the song is high in instrumentation and quick changing rhythms. The song starts slow but goes on to pick speed slightly. The song has guitar scores that give the feel of country music.[2] "Aaromale" is said to be regarded as one of the very few songs which use the variance of this raga in depicting the mixed emotions of rejoice and the waiting for reunion.

The singer Alphonse, a Malayalam composer, had earlier sung certain songs for films and music albums, all composed by himself. He got notice outside Kerala only after this song.[6] The rendition of Alphonse got high appreciations from fans and critics and Rahman made him to participate in his much anticipated world tour.[2]

Music video[edit]

The song features Silambarasan in Tamil and Naga Chaitanya in Telugu. The song is picturised when Karthik, who was an aspirant to become a filmmaker completes his first script and plans further on it. It also features Jessy (Trisha in Tamil and Samantha in Telugu) for whom Karthik is waiting for a reunion with. The picturisation of this track took place in Alappuzha in Kerala and Chennai. The song depicts the mixed emotions, of the protagonist, of rejoice and the waiting for reunion with his beloved. The initial Guitar strings and the female humming of the song were used in background music for many portions of the film. The humming in the background were rendered by Shreya Ghoshal. This was confirmed by the composer's music label manager, Mr. Vijay Iyer in the official yahoo group of A. R.Rahman fans. But, there were criticisms that the director who picturised all the songs in the film very well with his cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa did not give any importance in the picturisation of this song as dialogues and situational scenes interrupted the song.[citation needed] Also the second stanza of the chorus portion was not included.

Female version[edit]

A female version of the song, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, was released on 19 November. This track was released as part of the collector's edition of the soundtrack, titled A. R. Rahman Collectors' Edition Pack of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. Shreya Ghoshal had also performed the song when it was used in the background score of the film.

Professional reviews[edit]

  • Behindwoods: "Oh, this song just defies description! But it has a Rahman-esque addictive charm that cannot be ignored. Sad and pleasant moods alternate. A curious blend of guitars and malayalam lyrics. The gentle rhythms that break out with the line ’swasti swasti sumuhurtham’ cut into the sobriety of the song in a refreshing manner. You need some repeated listening to savour this."[7]
  • Indiaglitz: "A full-length Malayalam song in a Tamil movie sounds interesting. Since the female lead Jessi played by Trisha is Malayali Christian, obviously the song finds a place in the album. Acclaimed Malayalam lyricist Kaithapram has penned the song with Malayalam music composer Alphonse singing it. High in instrumentation and quick changing rhythms, the song makes one brisk at the first listen itself. Mixed emotions flow as we listen to it."[8]
  • Radiomusic: "Passionate singing by Malayalam music director Alphonse Joseph and amazing guitar play make the song grow on you after the first hearing itself. A Malayalam track with a feel of country music, Aaromale is an experimental track by Rahman. The song has a perfect fusion of western and Indian."
  • Lordoftheweb: "A song that starts slow, goes on to pick speed slightly and makes you say Wow after listening to it. Thats Aaromale! With amazing guitar scores that give you the feel of country music, and invigorating malayalam lyrics, this song will be quickly liked by the music aficionados. This song’s popularity will be like the song itself -slow, but will start to rise once people have listened to it a fewtimes. This is a true fusion of western and south Indian music, something that Rahman always wanted to capture."
  • Rediff: "A guitar strums lazily, reminding you very faintly of the old Wild West, and then morphs into something that might be an ancient native Indian chant – that's Aaromale, sung by Alphonse. The lyrics in Malayalam seem to form a neat accompaniment to the general structure of the song. There's a soothing, gentle feel to the number, an experience that lets you sink into it. The song proper starts some time later, with a faint strain of violins somewhere far off. Even as Alphonse's voice rises to higher octaves, the refrain hugs the original depths, supplying a many-layered experience. An intense number, this."[9]
  • "Rahman does it again with this genius of a track. From the movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya starring Simbu and Trisha, Rahman's experimental malayalam track for this movie, in acoustic blues style may not appeal to the common man with a thing for fast beats and randomised choruses, but to a real music lover, Aaromale would be divine for the ears. Alphonse- the music director- has sung this track and one cannot help but notice the depth and passion in his voice. The chorus of the track is a very catchy "mantra" type chorus with Alphonse crooning the word Aaromale in the BG."
  • Tamilgalatta: "The soft strumming of a guitar introduces this number. Alphonse's voice has a distinct heart-wrenching yearning in his voice. As Rahman said, the songs do not follow the strict patterns of Pallavi and Anupallavi, and 'Aaromale' confirms that. It is almost a spiritual experience."
  • Musicaloud: "This is one of those songs that would make a Malayali music fan envious of the fact that Rahman isn’t into Malayalam music, and make bands like Avial thank their stars that Rahman isn’t into a lot of this kind of music, coz he would definitely be giving them a run for their money! The kind of fusion that Rahman presents in Aaromale is at an entirely different level altogether, there is rock, there is folk, and the occasional classical snippets, all melded together in a way only the man can. And Alphonse, what a fantastic job he has done on the vocals! In fact he sounded totally different from the way he usually does so I had difficulty believing it was indeed Alphonse. And the kind of octave range he displays in the song makes one wonder what the hell he was doing all this while, especially when he had such immense opportunities, having composed so many Malayalam songs himself. In Aaromale, he has once again shown why he is a league apart from other music directors of his time."[10]
  • "But Aaromale is everything you wish for – a dazzling boundary-pusher contained within the perimeter of a standard stanza-chorus construction, except that the stanzas aren’t quite stanzas in the way we usually know them, a block of music (comprising, say two individual lines of melody repeated twice, once by the male singer and once by the female counterpart). The non-chorus portions, here, are structured along the lines of blues-rock and country music (think Creedence Clearwater Revival’s recording of I put a spell on you layered onto an Ennio Morricone score for a spaghetti Western, and brushed lightly with the psychedelia of Pink Floyd) – and looping through the song’s lazy meanderings, you realise, once again, that Rahman’s legacy (in continuance with MS Viswanathan’s legacy of the “light music” melody line and Ilayaraja’s legacy of interstitial orchestration and arrangement) is not just the sound of his music, the clean, clear sound that’s the musical equivalent of a bracing breath of pure oxygen on a mountaintop, but also his systematic demolition of the constituents of a film song."[11]
  • "www.svijayganesh.com: "Aaoromale By Alphons - 5/5 - complete malayalam lyrics; sung like a Blues school of mood by Alphons. He creates the mood of Blues nicely through his accent. Terrific tune and imagination by Rahman. I dont mind considering some 92 out of 5 for this song (Like Thengaai Srinivasan's Thillu Mullu score)."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The allure of Aaromale...". Times of India. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gautham to shoot Aaromale...". Sify.com. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gautham's plans for VTV – Tamil Movie News – Vinnaithandi Varuvaayaa | Gautham Menon | Silambarasan | Trisha | Aaromale". Behindwoods.com. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Singing Aaromale for Rahman – Rediff.com Movies". Movies.rediff.com. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Singing Aaromale for Rahman". Rediff. Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Behindwoods review". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Indiaglitz review". Indiaglitz.com. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rediff review". Movies.rediff.com. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Posted by VIP. "Musicaloud review". Musicaloud.com. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya music review by fans". 

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