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Asaiya Kathula - Johnny

1mo ago
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I am always looking to arrange new rhythms in Piano. It not only provides the satisfaction of doing something new and original but also improves my co-ordination all the time. After my previous attempts of "Pani vizhum Iravu" and "Paaramal Paartha Nenjam", here comes the legendary "Asaiya Kathula". Like "Thumbi Va", the Song "Asaiya Kathula" (From 'Johnny') also belongs in the list of repeatedly re-arranged songs of Raaja. We have the version "Naasari Sogasari" from the Telugu movie Chakravyugam (A great one by Chithra) and we have an crudely inspired version of "Manathu Thamara" from the Malayalam movie "Twinkle Twinkle Little star". Now we have "Sannatta" from the album 'Shamitabh'. (I have a feeling I am leaving out one more version). The chorus arrangement of the song "Sannata" does have the style of the original version from 'Johnny' but it sounds completely different. Compare the new arrangement of this song with the tone of that bass key flute in the prelude of the originally. What a sea of difference.. It beats me how a 70+ man can still gives such fresh music and think completely something else on the same idea. Though I have listened to the many versions of this song a countless number of times, what I had overlooked until now is the last line of the charanam ("Nenjam Paaduthu, Jodiya Theduthu"). It has deliberate shades of Charukesi-cal arrangement. It is not uncommon of Raaja to introduce a mini Charukesi phrase in middle of the charanam.. For example the song "Nandavanam Poothirukkudhu" (Illam) is a good example (Thats another classic, if you haven't paid attention to it so far) . Even the song "Maanguyile Poonguyile" wanders to Charukesi on the lines "Saamathila Vaaren yammaa..". This was apparent to me only when I heard the stage version of this song, which had a different arrangement for those lines with strings ensemble. Don't know, why this was absent in the official audio of this song!! Just goes to show how many different colors he can paint on the same picture. The last line of this song has clear transitions of Root - IV m - VII M. Once you pause and take notice, you realize how beautifully it is done. How could I have missed it all these days..! Learning never stops while listening to Raaja's song... Happy Weekend.