After such a good start to 2013, we have our first contender for soundtrack of the year, Kai Po Che! and itâ€™s no surprise that itâ€™s produced by a formidable young talent. In fact I would go as far as to say that no other composer since A.R. Rahman has given us such fresh and authentic music than Amit Trivedi and now he delivers another outstanding effort albeit one that is short-lived. How does he achieve it? Well first and foremost the music doesn't contain the usual silly item numbers, punjabi tracks or jingles that Bollywood is currently obsessed with. There is just pure, authentic and traditional sounds present. He is also aided by some extraordinary lyrics by Swanand Kirkire that are award worthy. Finally he is given freedom by the director to express himself in a manner only he knows best. The rest is history.
First up is â€śManjhaâ€ť where an esraj (sarangi sounding instrument) lightens up your spirit and fills your heart with a warm glow reminding you of the wonders of rural India (be that Gujarat, Rajasthan or any other location). For this beautifully composed piece that is brimming with authentic instrumentation, Trivedi adds a masterstroke with intermittent beats that echo softly in your ears. The effect is simple but stunning. Just as the music begins to mesmerise your senses, you begin to take notice of the exceptional writing...Swanand Kirkireâ€™s talents do not require any introduction but even he has outdone himself with some extraordinary poetry that is an ode to life and friendship:
Soyi taqdeere jaga denge Kal ko ambar jhuka denge Haa haa, hai jazba Ho ho, hai jazba Suljha lenge uljhe rishton ka manjha Hmm manjha...
Ho ho barfeeli, aankhon mein Pighla sa dekhenge hum kal ka chehra Ho ho pathreele, seene mein Ubla sa dekhenge hum lawa gehra Agan lagi, Lagan lagi Toote na, toote na jazba ye toote na Magan lagi, Lagan lagi Kal hoga kya keh do Kis ko hai parwah Parwah... parwah...
With such fantastic lyrics how can you blame Trivedi for wanting to sing this himself and in reality he does a solid job. Manjha lifts you off your feet and warps you into rural India giving you a taste of the authentic flavours you are missing. It makes you want to be there, to share your passion, to be inspired and to inspire others, and ultimately to live life to the full. Exceptional!
After an inspirational ode on life we have an utterly dreamy romantic song that will have you flying around in the breeze like a free kite! Check this out for a truly escapist opening verse:
Wow you will want to devour this song forever! Just close your eyes and put your hands out to your side as if to flyâ€¦then let â€śMeethi Boliyanâ€ť lift you up and away on a dreamy path towards bliss...stunning effort!
The final song is a superb garba (traditional Gujarati song) titled â€śShubhaarambhâ€ť . Amit Trivediâ€™s fusion of traditional folk music, shehnai and thumping drums is a delicious treat on the ears! The singing styles between Shruti Pathak and Divya Kumar is another masterstroke. She sings the antara parts with soul and melody and he sings the mukhda in a rustic avatar just like you would expect with a garba. The lyrics by Swanand jee are out of this world again and need to be rejoiced :
(Divya Kumar) Haan maza hai zindagi Nasha hai zindagi Dheere dheere chadhegi ho Duaa de zindagi, bata de zindagi Baat apni banegi ho
Khwaabon ke beej Kachchi zameen pe humko bona hai Aasha ke moti saanson ki mala Hume pirona hai Apna bojha ha mil ke saathi humko dhona hai Shehnai, shehnai, shehnai..
(Hey rang lo mhara naa... aye thayi thayi)
Hey shubhaarambh Ho shubhaarambh Mangal bela aayi Sapno ki dehri par Dil ki baaji re shehnai
Kai Po Che might be a short soundtrackâ€“ the director (Abhishek Kapoor) only requested three original songs for his super trimmed film but what gems they are, truly inspiring pieces both musically and lyrically and each and every single one capable of invigorating your soul and making you rediscover music again...you won't hear anything like it again this year. So do yourself a favour by listening to the soundtrack and remember to shout Kai Po Che from the depth of your hearts! Overall a wonderful ode on life and friendship.