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Shiridi Sai Music Review

Shiridi Sai Music Review
Saikrupa Entertainments Pvt. Ltd.
Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Sharath Babu, Sai Kumar, Sri Hari, Sayaji Shinde, Brahmanandam, Ali, Ananth, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Tanikella Bharani, Kamalini Mukharjee, Rohini Hattangadi, Vinaya Prasad, Rujutha Deshmukh, Koushik, Nagesh Bhosle, Devendar Dodke
K Raghavendra Rao
A Mahesh Reddy
MM Keeravani
Works in bits and pieces
Friday, August 24, 2012 • Telugu Comments

An album made with pure intentions need not be lavished with (sentimental) plaudits.  For a good measure, Shirdi Sai's songs sound like a well-made devotional cassette brought out by a 'devasthanam.'  There are songs befitting the stature of MM and KRR too, but they should have been more in number when you are making a film with Nagarjuna.

The lyrics will form part of the devotee's collection.  The sings do a fantastic job, and Sonu Nigam and Hariharan come as essential surprises.

Sada Nimba

Artist: MM Keeravani

The 45-seconds, short devotional ditty is a hymn to Sai.  Keeravani's vocals induce devotion.

Saranu Saranu

Artists: Madhu Balakrishnan, Sunitha

The lyrics would not come across as anything pleasantly new to the listeners of common Hindu devotional songs, especially made in praise of gurus.  The lines speak of the miracles that Sai is associated with in popular tales.  Saranu Saranu must be a song placed in the first leg of the film.  Madhu Balakrishnan's voice is mature.  Sunitha is at her mellifluous best; she chips in with her voice towards the end when the mood takes a turn.

Okkade Devudu

Artists: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Shankar Mahadevan

It begins with Nag saying 'Sab ka Mallik ek hain.'  Shankar Mahadevan's vocals evoke a sense of deja vu, reminding us of the Allah song from Sri Ramadasu.  The lyrics speak of the unity of God and religions.  An enjoyable one, though there is lack of novelty.

Nee Padamula

Artist: MM Keeravani

Like all those numerous devotional numbers, it speaks of the Deity's omnipresence, His dwelling everywhere and the like.  Keeravani's voice is filled with earnestness and love.  Otherwise, it is routine.  The instrumentation is so-so.

Amaraa Raama

Artist: Shweta Pandit

Really melodious and tuneful, the music is forceful.  Shweta Pandi's vocals add soul to Keeravani's tuning and instrumentation.  The lyrics are catchy.

Maanava Seve

Artists: Deepu, Aditi Paul

The slow song makes for an album brought out by a temple devasthanam or a baba ashram.  It is slow and definitely not for a KRR film.  Deepu and Aditi Paul are good in their vocal performance.


Artists: Hariharan, Malavika

The tune is catchy for any sort of listener.  Hariharan's voice comes with less of a nasal twang and more of a soulful tinge.  Malavika is at her usual best.  It is vintage Keeravani all the way.  The lyrics are entertaining.

Sai Ante Thalli

Artists: SP Balasubrahmanyam, Sunitha

A similar tune was done by Keeravani years ago.  Despite that ring, the song's simplicity strikes you.  SPB and Sunitha's melancholic voices breathe life into this doleful devotional song.  The lyrics are for the layman and the scholarly devotee alike.  A must listen this.


Artists: Sonu Nigam, Teesha Nigam, MM Keeravani

The tune swings are interesting, though the song itself seems to be a bit lengthy.  Sonu Nigam and Teesha Nigam are refreshing.  Keeravani doesn't innovate with his instrumentation and the tuning is quite hackneyed.  The lyrics speak of events in Sai's life with a mythological bearing.

Ekkadayya Sai

Artist: Sunitha

It is short and tearful.  It is vintage Suintha all the way, again.  The tuning reminds us of a number from Sri Ramadasu.

Sai Padam

Artist: MM Keeravani

The lyrics are a hymn to the guru.  Lacking the trappings of a cinematic song, Sai Padam is minus any highs.  Keeravani's vocals are routine.'

Nee Padamula

Artists: MM Keeravani, Sunitha

The song doesn't have a concept different from that of the other laudatory songs from the album.  Keeravani's voice seems to have been done to death.  The instrumentation is on the expected lines.

Vasthunna Baba

Artists: MM Keeravani, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Saikumar, Revanth, Rahul Silpigunj, Chaitra

This heart-rending song is well-rendered and well-composed.  The multitude of voices are all good.  It is more like a dialogue than a song, with the lyrics presented in everyday lingo.  SPB is especially awesome.  The song has devotees wailing out of their hearts, while the Baba just assures them of his Presence in their lives forever.


Artist: Sunitha

The most popular and beautiful of Sai songs, Aarathi Sai Baba, is rehashed well by Keeravani.  The instrumentation and Sunitha are there to add the glamour of a cinema song.