The summer rain takes you by surprise, arriving on a whim and claiming every bit of your sky and earth. Like love. What else is quite like the rain but love that tears down your walls soaking you in its sunshine warmth. And yet, there isn’t a way of falling in love that is like any other. What you might begin to describe as the bright blue sky could be to someone else a book that needs to be read over and over or a twilight hour tinged with a wistful grey.
Playing on this edition of Manorama Music Shots is ‘Mizhiyoram nananjozhukum’, Jerry Amaldev’s yet-to-be-bettered musical cocktail of mist, melancholy and longing. The wary wistfulness, precious pauses and the occasional flights of the notes to unfettered beauty – the S Janaki number remains a class act in its scoring and rendition.
The song, along with the other hit numbers in Fazil’s Manjil Virijna Poovu, marked the beginning of what became the signature Jerry Amaldev style in Malayalam film music. ‘Mizhiyoram…’ is perhaps the best example of his understated, minimalistic and yet highly evocative music.
The gentle melody attains an engaging timbre in the voice of Sithara who is usually heard singing full-throated numbers. Her ease with the hushed tones of the song is remarkable. Musician Rahul Raj deserves applause for pairing it with the old Hindi song ‘Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolegi’, from ‘Barsaat ki Raat’ (1960). The composition by Roshan has both Mohammed Rafi as well as Lata Mangeshkar versions. Sithara brings out the dewy quality of the musings in both the songs, making it a medley to relish. Sandeep Mohan on guitar and Joe Johnson on keyboard round off the delectable blend.