Goa (soundtrack)

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Goa
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 4 January 2010
Recorded 2009
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 37:20
Label Sony Music
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai
(2009)
Goa
(2010)
Baana Kaathadi
(2010)

Goa is the soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja to the 2010 romantic comedy film of the same name, directed by Venkat Prabhu that stars Jai, Vaibhav, Premji Amaran, Sneha, Piaa Bajpai and Melanie Marie Jobstreibitzer and is produced by Soundarya Rajinikanth's Ocher Studios. It was released on 4 January 2010 by Sony Music India.

Background[edit]

The album consists of nine songs,[1] composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, Venkat Prabhu's cousin and regular music director, joining together for the third time after delivering the successful chartbuster albums Chennai 600028 (2007) and Saroja (2008). A major highlight of the soundtrack is a "family song", the first in the album, titled "Ezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum" that features "the cousins of the family", including music director Yuvan Shankar Raja, his siblings Karthik Raja and Bhavatharini, and his cousins Premji Amaran and director Venkat Prabhu himself.[2][3] The song, penned by Gangai Amaran, is said to talk about and pay tribute to the elders of the Raja family—Pavalar Varadarajan, R. D. Bhaskar, Ilaiyaraaja and Gangai Amaren—and the family's home town, Pannaipuram (Theni), where the song was also recorded.[4] It was recorded live using a live orchestra, as it was usually done in the 1980s, but which has become a rarity in recent days.[5] Despite earlier reports that indicated, that Parthi Baskar, another cousin, would lend his voice for that song as well,[6] he, however, wasn't featured in the final version of the song. Another highlight is a song featuring Yuvan Shankar's father, legendary Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja,[6][7] who agreed to lend his voice, after having been approached by Venkat Prabhu, who was very eager to make him sing in one of his films,[8] along with legendary singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.[9] Another song is rendered by Ajeesh, the winner of the second season of the reality-based singing competition Airtel Super Singer.[1]

Apart from these songs, additionally a special promotional song was also composed as earlier reported,[10] the Goa title track that was released as a teaser trailer prior to the release of the film during Deepavali 2009.[11] The song also features Chynk Showtyme and Pav Bundy, two "international artists", who performed at Yuvan Shankar's Dubai concert in December 2009 as well. Other singers to render their voices for the album include K. S. Chitra and actress-singers Andrea Jeremiah and Mamta Mohandas, the latter singing for the first time under composer Yuvan Shankar Raja's direction.[12] The lyrics for the songs were written by 'Kavignar' Vaali and Venkat Prabhu's father, Gangai Amaran as usual.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Yezhezhu Thalaimuraikkum"   Gangai Amaran Karthik Raja, Venkat Prabhu, Bhavatharini, Premji Amaran & Yuvan Shankar Raja 5:25
2. "Ooru Nalla Ooru"   Vaali Ilaiyaraaja 2:55
3. "Adida! Nayaandiya"   Vaali S. P. Charan & Yugendran Vasudeva Nair 3:23
4. "Goa"   Vaali Krish, Ranjith, Tanvi, Suchitra, Chynk Showtyme & Pav Bundy 4:40
5. "Idhu Varai"   Gangai Amaran Ajeesh & Andrea 4:44
6. "Vaalibaa Vaa Vaa"   Gangai Amaran Ilaiyaraaja, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Chitra 4:56
7. "Kaadhal Endral"   Gangai Amaran Yuvan Shankar Raja 1:27
8. "Idai Vazhi"   Vaali Benny Dayal & Mamta Mohandas 4:44
9. "Goa (Club Mix) Mixed & Arranged by Premgi Amaren"   Vaali Krish, Ranjith, Tanvi Shah, Suchitra, Chynk Showtyme & Pav Bundy 5:06
Total length:
37:20

Release[edit]

The album's premiere event, where the soundtrack would be released officially was postponed several times due to delays and problems in the production and to avoid clashes with other big film events and releases. The album was earlier planned to be released during last week of October,[13] then got postponed to second week of December (coinciding with producer Soundarya's father Rajinikanth's birthday),[14] and later to 23 December,[12] and was finally released on 4 January 2010.[15] Though producer Soundarya Rajinikanth had planned to have a grand event at Chennai Trade Center for the album launch, with many prominent film industry personalities gracing the function, the album was eventually released in a very simple manner by Soundarya's father Rajinikanth at his own residence at Poes Garden, and about which the press and media wasn't informed and not invited.[15]

On 1 January, a few days before the official release, the songs were broadcast on several radio channels during New Year special programs for promotional purposes.

Reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Ceremony Award Category Name Outcome
2011 Vijay Music Awards[16]
Vijay Music Award
Best Folk Song of the Year 2010 Adida Nayandiya Nominated
Popular Melody of the Year 2010 Idhu Varai Nominated
Popular Duet of the Year 2010 Andrea Jeremiah & Ajeesh for Idhu Varai Won
Popular Female Singer of the Year 2010 Andrea Jeremiah for Idhu Varai Nominated
Best Debut Male Playback Singer (Jury) Ajeesh Nominated
5th Vijay Awards
Vijay Award
Vijay Award for Best Female Playback Singer Andrea Jeremiah Nominated
Vijay Award for Best Lyricist Gangai Amaran Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards[17]
Mirchi Music Award
Mirchi Listeners’ Choice – Best Song of the Year Idhu Varai Nominated[18]
Technical – Sound Mixer Ramji & Guru for Idhu Varai Won
Best Upcoming Singer of the Year – Male Ajeesh for Idhu Varai Won

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Venkat prabhu's Goa". Ayngaran. 2008-11-15. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Venkat Prabhu: I want uncle Ilayaraja to sing for me". tamilwire.com. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  9. ^ "‘Goa’ brings back Illayaraja-SPB combo!". indiaglitz.com. 2009-12-25. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
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  11. ^ "Goan holiday". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
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  16. ^ "Rhythmic ripples of ‘Mellisai’ mark function". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "RADIO MIRCHI MUSIC AWARDS 2010 – WINNERS LIST". kuraltv.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Mirchi Music Awards LISTENER’S CHOICE 2010". radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011.