Theme Music of Paa..

I heard the ‘Theme music’ of ‘Paa’ in the movie promos. It was a wonderful symphony kind of music and I eagerly waited for the music album to be out. But I was disappointed when there was no theme music track (at least in the original form; there is a remix version) in the music album. But the title track, ‘Mere Paa’, sung by Amitabh Bachchan had the ‘theme music’ as the interludes/music bridges in the song.

But I was shocked when I learnt that, this is not an original composition of Ilayaraja for ‘Paa’. Ilayaraja has already composed this song in 2005 for a Tamil movie called ‘Athu Oru Kana Kaalam’, directed by Balu Mahendra. I got to know of this information through the internet and I listened to the ‘original’ Tamil song, which is similar to the Hindi song ‘Mere Paa’. The Tamil song is sung by Ilayaraja himself. The Hindi song is kind of funny and emotional, as the character ‘Auro’ describing his mother. The Tamil song on the other hand is a philosophical one. In the instrumentation part of the ‘Theme music’, I felt the Tamil version scores a point over the Hindi version. It is a surprise that the Tamil song didnt make it to the top of the charts when it was released. Though this is a great composition from Ilayaraja, I think he can come out with such wonderful ‘original’ compositions and stop resuing the old stuff.

1] Kaatu Vazhi Kaalnadaya – Athu Oru Kana Kaalam – Tamil – 2005

2] Mere Paa – Paa – Hindi – 2009


~ by Jayanthan Ravi on December 17, 2009.

5 Responses to “Theme Music of Paa..”

  1. Jay Did u watch the movie…. Is it Good.. I am actually planning to watch the Movie..

  2. most of illayarajas songs are repetitive. similar tunes.. similar orchestra. ex: udi udi paa, o mahua sadma.

  3. It is not Raja’s idea to reuse songs, people ask for it in different language. Even in this recent speech, he says if people want him to reuse his songs, they can as well do it with a different MD. (speech in Telugu, but there is a translation).

    @Jagadish You learnt about Raja in one movie, amazed by you talent. Can you please how many Ragas and Genres he has covered and excels for far?

  4. One more things you should see is, the tamil version was a Folk song, but in Mere paa, you wont even recognize that!. Such is his hold in music that he transcends Genres so at ease and still sounds serene and not contrived.
    Thanks for the post.

  5. Kumar,

    I am neither criticizing illayaraja nor interetsed in knowing his syllabus. He is a great music composer without doubt. I have heard only a handful of his songs. Maybe i need to make a correction here. “Some” of illayaraja’s tunes sound similar. 🙂

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