Laaga Chunari Mein DaagAlbum: “Lagaa Chunari Main Daag”; Music: Shantanu Moitra; Rating: ***

Music is not just about beating the drums, flirting with the guitar and creating a boisterous atmosphere for no rhyme or reason. In an age, where music has lost the touch of originality and is gripped with meaningless verses talking about everything but the theme, there are exceptions. Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag will cater to the hip-hop, modernistic music lovers as well as the classical devotees. It may not have the spice and the oomph factor, but the Indian ness of the creation is sure to win many hearts.

With every new song, Sunidhi Chauhan proves her adept skills. No one can do it better than her. ‘Hum To Aise Hain’ a song in the Benaras setting has two sisters talking about their lifestyle. Shreya Ghoshal along with Sunidhi actually sound like two Benaras girls. The twists and turns, the variations in Sunidhi’s voice is mind blowing, especially the sound of chewing and spitting the pan. Shantanu Moitra’s conception along with Swanand Kirkire proficient lyrics are a perfect combination of great work. One is sure to enjoy this song thoroughly.

It’s soothing, harmonious and different. The music of ‘Zara Gunguna Lein Chalo’ has elements of both Indian and Spanish. Babul Supriyo and Mahalaxmi Iyer’s vocal chemistry is mellisonant. The music in bits is fabulous coupled with meaningful lyrics. It’s a good break from the usual romantic compositions, which have been bombarded on the listeners.

The title track ‘Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag’ is an exceptional piece from Moitra’s table. Known character artist Meeta Vashist has done the narrative for this song. Shubha Mudgal’s vocals set a benchmark for aspiring singers. She is an epitome of flawless singing.

‘Ik Teekhi Teekhi Si Ladki’ is a sweet and sour song with unusual lyrics penned by Kirkire. Shreya Ghoshal and KK create their magic in this song too. The best part about this song is that the music is not predictable and has an array of instrument sounds which brings life to the song.

In an attempt to make ‘Ehi Thaiyaa Motiyaa’ a classical treat, the song moves on one note and sounds rather drab. Rekha Bhardwaj, the husky voice behind ‘Namak Iishq Ka’ does a fair job with this track, but there are no variations, which makes the song monotonous.

The last track from their melodic collection is another creative piece of work ‘Kachchi Kaliyaan.’ The vocals of KK, Sonu Nigam, Shreya and Sunidhi blend well. The lyrics are thoughtfully penned and weaved intimately. The second verse is fast paced and very well crooned by Shreya. This is sure to play in marriages this season.

Every song has something to offer, something to say. The Hindi music industry has a complete album after a long time. It’s a special treat to music lovers, highly recommended.

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