Maryan (soundtrack)

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Maryan
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Soundtrack album to Maryan by A. R. Rahman
Released 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13)
Recorded May 2012 – April 2013
Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios, Chennai
Panchathan Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles
The DrumRoom, Pretoria, South Africa
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 29:53
Language Tamil, Afrikaans, English
Label Sony Music
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kadal
(2012)
Maryan
(2013)
Raanjhanaa
(2013)
Singles from Maryan
  1. "Nenjae Ezhu"
    Released: 3 May 2013[1]

Maryan (Tamil: மரியான்) (English: The Immortal) is the soundtrack album, composed by A. R. Rahman for the 2013 Tamil film of the same name directed by Bharatbala.The film that is produced under the banner Aascar Films stars actor Dhanush and actress Parvathy in the lead roles. The album was released under the label Sony Music on 13 May 2013, worldwide. The music received extremely positive critical reception and overwhelming audience response after its release. It also topped the iTunes India charts for the month of May and June 2013. Further, for the remaining months of 2013, it maintained its position in the top 10 music album charts.[2]The soundtrack album was adjudged as "Tamil Album of Year" in iTunes’ Best of 2013.[3]Rahman won the Norway Tamil Film Festival Best Music Director award and the SIIMA Award for Best Music Director in 2014. The soundtrack was nominated at the 2014 Edison Awards and Vijay Awards for both best music direction and best background score. Rahman was also nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil but he won the same award for his compositions to Kadal.

Development[edit]

By early May 2012, composer A. R. Rahman had finished composing two songs which were filmed in Africa.[4] Poet Kutti Revathi collaborated two and a half years ago with the film director for the song "Nenje Ezhu". She said, "Both of them (Bharat Bala & A. R. Rahman) were very clear that it should be a meaningful song. If the song needed two verses, I wrote eight, and Rahman was able to pick the lines that would work. Neither of them wanted words that we have all already heard." She added that the composer aims positive message to young viewers. The song reflects love, separation, struggle, survival and finally, arising.[5] For both the songs, "Innum Konjam Neram" and "Naetru Aval" the composer and the respective song lyricists maintained simple and flowing poetry. On composing for "Naetru Aval", Rahman stated that he revisited the retro zones to add a ghazal feel to the contemporary music based track.[6] The track "Kadal Raasa Naan" was initially sung by A. R. Rahman but he felt his voice did not suit the track.[7] He insisted on re-recording it with a singer who could impart more emotions with an earthy voice to the song and eventually opted for Yuvan Shankar Raja. Attributed as a rustic yet character-driven number,[8][9][10] the final version was recorded in Chennai on 25 April 2013.[9][11] In July 2013, when singer Velmurugan sang the same track live at an event,[12] the reports of end January 2013 published by Times of India counter-confirmed that he was the first choice for "Kadal Raasa Naan".[13] To bring the feel for the song "Enga Pona Raasaa", the film director wanted singer Shakthisree to visualize herself "walking barefoot on the sand" and so the picturisation of filmed character "Panimalar" (played by Parvathi). Rahman patch recorded the song on guitars played by Keba Jeremiah in the range A4 minor. On the first day, the song was recorded in one rhythm. Later, a fundamental part of it was altered. Selectively, portion of words from 'Kaalam enakkul uraiyuthu' until 'Enakenna kedithu' that added continuity to the melancholic track were penned instantaneously after listening to the requisite aalaap sung by Rahman himself. The recorded version though has orchestral violins apart from guitars in its music.[14]

For the background score of the film, vocals of several cast members from Africa were recorded.[8]The opening credits theme song was sung by Bruno Conn in Afrikaans. The song "Sangamam Anbin Sangamam" sung by Chennai based El Fé Choir was headed by Maria Roe Vincent. Actress Parvathy sang an alternate version of the song "Enga Pona Raasaa". All the three tracks were used only in the film score.[15]Her name featured under the singer's list in the opening credits of film.[16]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The soundtrack received highly positive reviews from critics. The critical review board at Behindwoods gave the album 5 out of 5 and stated, "Maryan's music serves to prove that when ARR is given a free hand to do as he pleases, he weaves magic! Three instant hits and two slow poisons."[17] Music Aloud noted, "Definitely not on par with A R Rahman's previous soundtrack that had similar settings, but at least a couple of songs are here to stay." They gave the soundtrack 8 out of 10.[18] Indiaglitz assigned the album 4.2 out of 5 and stated, "Start to finish, the album is purely magical and would make for one of the most cherished repertoires. Coming from none less than the genius, the album sparks further curiosity and interest in the movie. In all, anyone would fall in love with 'Mariyaan'."[19] S. R. Ashok Kumar of The Hindu highlighted that "A.R.Rahman once again mesmerises with his compositions."[20] At The Indian Express, Sankhayan Ghosh & Suanshu Khurana pointed, "Maryan is bit of a mixed bag, with few songs showing signs of new musical signature and some suffering from over familiarity from the composer's previous own songs." They rated the album 3 out of 5.[21] Srikrishna at Musicperk gave 8 out of 10 to the album and his verdict, "While, Kadal had class written all over it, Maryan is much more accessible and eclectic. It also marks Rahman’s return to pure Tamil folk. A memorable album overall."[22] Critic Srinivas Ramanujam of The Times of India set a score of 4 out of 5 stating, "Maryan does have a slight Kadal hangover, in terms of music, but Rahman hits the right note, literally, throughout the album."[23]

Chart performance[edit]

The soundtrack album made its debut at number one upon release on the iTunes India charts.[24] The day after release, the track "Nenjae Ezhu" topped all the charts with over one crore online listeners.[25] As of 8 June 2013 the song "Kadal Raasa Naan" had topped all the Radio FM charts in southern India.[26] After one month of the release of the soundtrack album, the songs "Nenjae Ezhu" and "Kadal Raasa Naan" attained the peak position on the Radio Mirchi South Top 20 charts, whereas "Sonapareeya" peaked at #3 and "Innum Konjam Neram" at #18.[27][28]

Marketing[edit]

On 31 March 2013,a 40-second teaser with a musical score of "Sonapareeya" was released which showed Dhanush with a spear in his hand, diving into deep sea in a breath and hunting on the seabed.[29][30] The teaser of the song "Nenje Ezhu" was released on 26 April 2013.[1] It crossed over three lakh views on YouTube in less than two days.[31] A. R. Rahman extended an invitation through YouTube for the premiere of the song "Nenjae Ezhu" on 3 May 2013.[32] The track was released as a single on 3 May 2013.[1]

Track listing[edit]

The complete track listing was revealed on A.R. Rahman's official website on 4 May 2013.[33] The complete soundtrack album was released at the composer's recording studio in Chennai on 13 May 2013. The album was also made available as mastered for iTunes version.[34]

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Nenjae Ezhu"   Kutti Revathi, A. R. Rahman A. R. Rahman 4:43
2. "Innum Konjam"   Kabilan, A. R. Rahman Vijay Prakash, Swetha Mohan 5:13
3. "Naetru Aval"   Vaali Vijay Prakash, Chinmayee 4:58
4. "Sonapareeya"   Vaali (Rap lyrics: Sofia Ashraf) Javed Ali, Haricharan, Nakash Aziz 4:09
5. "Enga Pona Raasaa"   Kutti Revathi, A. R. Rahman Shakthisree Gopalan 3:44
6. "I Love My Africa"   Brian Kabwe, Blaaze A. R. Rahman, Blaaze, Madras Youth Choir 2:53
7. "Kadal Raasa Naan"   Dhanush Yuvan Shankar Raja 4:13

Accolades[edit]

Album Credits[edit]

Backing Vocals[33]

A. R. Reihana, Abhay Jodhpurkar, Pooja Vaidyanath, Dr. Narayanan, Senthildass, Malavika, Santosh Hariharan, Deepak Subramaniyam, Nakash Aziz.

Kids chorus as "Madras Youth Choir" — A. R. Ameen, Sai, R. Ameena, K. Haripriya, K. Saivenkat, S. Akilesh, Dhiyaram, Manavaram, Pranav, Deepika

Personnel
Production
  • Producer: A. R. Rahman
  • Mastering: Louie Teran at Marcussen Mastering Studios, Los Angeles | R. Nitish Kumar for the song "Kadal Raasa Naan"
  • Engineers:
    • Suresh Permal, Hentry Kuruvilla, T. R. Krishna Chetan, Srinidhi Venkatesh, Jerry Vincent, R. Nitish Kumar, Santhosh Kumar Dhayanidhi
    (at Panchathan Record Inn)
  • S. Sivakumar, Kannan Ganpat, Pradeep, Karthik Sekaran, Anandha Krishnan (at A.M. Studios)
  • Kevin Doucette, Satoshi Mark Naguchi (at Panchathan Hollywood Studios)
  • String engineer: V.J. Srinivasamurthy
  • Mixing: T.R. Krishna Chetan
  • Additional Mixing: Satoshi Mark Naguchi
  • Music co-ordinator: Noell James, Priya Chinnaswamy, Vijay Mohan Iyer
  • Musicians' fixer: R. Samidurai

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Immerse yourself in 'Nenje Ezhu' from Maryan". Sony Music South. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Apple chooses Maryan". Behindwoods. 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "What connects Rahman and Dhanush to Apple?". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "A R Rahman starts work on Mariyan". Times of India. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Lakshmi Krupa (2013-05-07). "Word for word". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  6. ^ A.R.Rahman's In-depth Talk on Maryan (YouTube). MariyanMovie Channel. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Anupama Subramaian (16 May 2013). "‘Maryan’s soul is its music’". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Maryan - A.R. Rahman Exclusive Interview Part 2 (YouTube). Sony Music. 31 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b V Lakshmi. "'Yuvan was Rahman's choice'". Times of India. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "AR Rahman and Yuvan for Dhanush". Times of India. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Baradwaj Rangan. "‘What else can I do?’". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  12. ^ "Kadal raasa - Velmurugan version". SS Music. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Srinivasa Ramanujam (29 January 2013). "Velmurugan sings for ARR!". Times of India. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Maryan - Making of Yenga Pona Rasa (YouTube). Sony Music India. 13 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Maryan Background Score". backgroundscore.com. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  16. ^ ""Enga pona" movie version sung by Heroine Parvathy Menon". Yahoo Group. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "MARYAN SONGS REVIEW". Behindwoods. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "MARYAN – MUSIC REVIEW (TAMIL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK)". Music Aloud. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Mariyaan - Music Review". Indiaglitz. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Audio beat: Maryan - Rahman scores again!". The Hindu. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Music Review: Dhanush's Tamil movie Maryan". The Indian Express. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Maryan". Musicperk. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  23. ^ Srinivas Ramanujam (26 May 2013). "Music Reviews:Maryan". Times of India. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "#Maryan debuts at No.1 on iTunes India". Sony Music South. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Nenjae Yezhu - Topping The Charts". Rahman360. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Maryan song "Kadal Rasaa" continues to be No#1". Twitter posts by Bharatbala. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  27. ^ "TAMIL TOP 20 - Radio Mirchi". radiomirchi.com. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  28. ^ "Maryan song Kadal Rasa no #1 on RadioMirchi top 20". Twitter posts by Bharatbala. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  29. ^ Ramchander (3 April 2013). "Dhanush's Maryan promo gets 2 lakh hits". One India Entertainment. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  30. ^ "Maryan teasers getting better!". Times of India. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  31. ^ "A.R.Rahman's magic repeats itself for Maryan". Behindwoods. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  32. ^ AR.Rahman – Exclusive Invitation to Nenjae Yezhu Premier (YouTube). Sony Music. 30 Apr 2013. 
  33. ^ a b "Maryan (Official Tracklist)". arrahman.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  34. ^ "Sony Music releases two 'Mastered for iTunes' albums". Radio and Music. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  35. ^ "Thank you listeners for Maryan being chosen". A. R. Rahman Official on Facebook. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  36. ^ "What connects Rahman and Dhanush to Apple?". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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