Music: Soumik Sen
Singers: Malabika Brahma, Shilpa Rao, Kaushiki Chakroborty, Pavni Pandey, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Snehalatha Dikshit, Anupama Raag and Soumik Sen
Lyrics: Neha Saraf and Shreya Narayan
Bollywood was in a dire need of a full fledged folk album and now the wait is finally over, courtesy Gulaab Gang. The singers are just superb, the lyrics feel like a pleasant notes making your ears fall in love with it. What more do you need when you just have to sit back, think of nothing on a perfect evening at the countryside.. Let’s now review each track from the album.
This song is full of energy and power. Sung by Malabika Brahma and Shilpa Rao, the tone of this is kind off rustic and it is the singers who pumped in the much needed energy quotient. Neha Saraf’s lyrics seemed to be perfect going by the theme of the film. If you loved Dhoom:3’s Bande hai hum uske song, which had similar patriotic beats, you would definitely love this too.
Dheemi dheemi si
We really liked the uniqueness of the song as it is a perfect blend of classical and folk. Soumik Sen’s composition gives you the feel of a street play and a duel going on between the singers.The lyrics again are a hit but it is the musical duel in the song that would keep you captivated till the end. This is a must hear for all you fans out there..
Sung by Malabika Brahma and Pavni Pandey, this looks like just another folk song. Soumik Sen’s composition gives this folk song some beats and some classical touches but it is not on par with Dheemi dheemi si. The lyrics by Shreya Narayan are also bland and has nothing to offer(uniqueness). You can easily pass on this one unless you are a great lover of folk music.
This is song is beautifully sung by Kaushiki Chakraborty. The track is possibly the slowest track, and that adds a much needed variety in the album. The track is inevitably very beautiful and has ample opportunity for every instrument player to showcase their talent, especially the flute player.
Rang se hui
Sung by Kaushiki Chakraborty, the lyrics fantastically show this song to be a perfect Holi song. This song is more on the lines of Rang barse from Silsila and if you are looking for a Balam Pichkari from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, then you are mistaken! However, this song is a must in everyone’s Holi playlist.
Rangi saari gulaabi
Now this song is something which is very sepcial! Sung by Madhuri Dixit Nene, her mom Snehalatha Dixit and Anupama Raag, the traditional folk song seems to be an added track to the album. The song makes you feel like a wedding song as there is a strong background presence of a Shehnai. Listen this song for the immense efforts put in the song and not for the flaws in Madhuri Dixit Nene and her mom’s voice.
Teri jai ho
This song is a must hear for all you ‘Women’ out there as Shoumik Sen the singer-composer of the track is a tribute for all the women. It is a praise for women and what all they have done to better the world. But the song doesn’t have the feel of folk and is quite contemporary, which was a big Turn-Off! It would definitely lift your spirits and make you want to call your mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, etc and thank them for all the good things they have done for you.
Verdict: The album is what you need if you have been waiting for a folk album. It surely won’t disappoint you, infact every penny spent to buy the album is well spent. The folk and the classical singers both have done a fabulous job. Our pick of the album are Gulaabi, Dheemi dheemi si and Teri jai ho.
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