Maestro's masterpiece, not just in recent times. As every one might know by now that this is my closest Maestro albums. I am still waiting for a soundtrack to beat this one and honestly never want to. Add to the songs, when I was watching the film, I knew that I will be in for another bigger treat in the form of background score. No surprises there, but I got a treat much much bigger than I expected. First thanks to the director Bapu for giving Maestro this wonderful opportunity, otherwise, we would not be hearing this masterpiece. Due to my enormous love for this film and its music, I have tried to rip each and every bit of Maestro's music (still may be 5% left, which was too short) which he scored.
Normally the way I approached to rip this background score is not to cut short only musical pieces. I know it will not give us the exact picture and would be treated as another instrumental pieces. Maestro is always different. To show case this genius, I have mostly capture the whole scene with the dialogues, so that the change in the mood, instruments, tempo everything can be felt. Since I saw the movie with sub titles, I could appreciate the score which is appropriate to the mood and the dialogues. It is highly recommended to hear the music in that context. The heart melting sarangi (especially #8, where Rama takes a last glance on Sita the last night when she was sleeping), cellos, will move you into tears. The great pauses and scintillating flute when Sita leaving Ayodhya (#9,#10), followed by scary violins, soulful thumbura and subtle oboe. You have to listen to the variations and the precise timing where he stops the score and restarts. I don't want to kill your surprises. Anyway will have to write in detail, intentionally cutting short my deep passion for later.
The ultimate thing which amazes me is the musicians who played all these moments. They are not from this country. With all the new western instruments, please hear if you can go back to threta yugam, I am sure you will to Ayodhya, the Ashram and its people. That's the beauty of any Maestro's score, but this is very very special. To score such a score for others, it is highly impossible task, even if it possible, it will take decades together to complete this score still it would be just functional, where Maestro completed this in just 2-3 weeks.
I have watched the film already 4 times just for the score.
Total of around 90 minutes of score added to 1 hour of songs (not included in this link). This is a complete Maestro package. aLLi parugugunaL thaagam thaniyum varai. I am sure you will never listen to a score like this. Never!
Please drop in your comments on which one you liked.
PS: End Credit is cut short for 2-3 seconds, don't know why, but my DVD shows full end credit. Will try to fix it soon.