Power Paandi – Music Review (Tamil Soundtrack)

Songs and complete artist credits at the end.

Sean Roldan’s works in the past have featured the occasional Ilayaraja influence, but in Power Paandi there seems to be a more pronounced effort to channel the maestro’s style in pretty much every song. One of the tracks where this comes out strongest is the beautiful romantic piece Venpani. Written by the movie’s director Dhanush, the song comes in two solo versions sung by the composer and Shweta Mohan respectively. I liked how the lead singer in each case handles backing vocals for the other singer’s version. The arrangement is rich, riding on Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra’s strings (arranged by Roldan’s frequent collaborator Susha) and the ghatam/kanjira by Chandrasekara Sharma (rhythm arranged by Ravi G). Roldan and Shweta come together for the soundtrack’s other romantic song, Paarthen. The backdrop is comprised of pretty much the same elements here too (Vikram Rozario handles the folk percussion, and lovely flute by Kiran Kumar, particularly in the interlude) but this one is more folksy and equally immersive.

The phrase power paandi is an awkward fit (the phrase in general doesn’t fit right for me) in an otherwise wonderfully realised titular track called Vaanam. Ananthu is amazingly soulful with his rendition, and receives excellent support from the kids from Sargam Choir. Kiran Kumar’s flute finds some very imaginative use in the rousing composition Veesum Kaathodadhaan delivered by Roldan with Anthony Daasan, both doing an energetic job on their part.  Dhanush’s singing is the weak link of the sprightly folk-flavoured piece Soorakaathu that features some nice touches in the arrangement, like D Subramaniam’s naadaswaram and Mani’s bass.

Power Paandi. Composer Sean Roldan’s most mainstream movie project to date has a decidedly derivative sound, but is also very effective. Solid start for the Dhanush-Sean Roldan team. Hope this also means more soundtracks per year from the composer.

Music Aloud Rating: 3.5/5

Top Recos: Vaanam, Venpani, Paarthen

Musician Credits

SONG NAME :- POWER PAANDI – THE NOMAD – VEESUM KAATHODADHAN

SINGER :- SEAN ROLDAN, ANTHONY DAASAN

MUSIC :- SEAN ROLDAN

LYRICIST :- RAJUMURUGAN

MUSICAL ADVISOR/ASSOCIATE MUSIC PRODUCER :- RAVI G

DRUMS :- RAMKUMAR KANAKARAJAN

DARBUKA AND KANJIRA :- VIKRAM ROZARIO

GUITAR :- SEAN ROLDAN

BASS: MANI

STRINGS :- MACEDONIAN SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

STRINGS ARRANGED BY :- SUSHA

FLUTE  :- KIRAN KUMAR

ADDITIONAL RHYTHM ARRANGEMENT :- RAVI G

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING :- SEAN ROLDAN , RAVI G

RECORDED AT ROLDAN RECORDS, STRUM STUDIO

MIXED BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

MASTERED BY LEON ZERVOS (STUDIO 301 , SYDNEY)

MASTERED FOR ITUNES BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

 

SONG NAME :- THE ROMANCE OF POWER PAANDI – VEN PANI MALARE (FEMALE)

SINGER :- SHWETA MOHAN

MUSIC :- SEAN ROLDAN

LYRICIST :- DHANUSH

MUSICAL ADVISOR/ASSOCIATE MUSIC PRODUCER :- RAVI G

GUITARS :- JOSEPH VIJAY

STRINGS :- MACEDONIAN SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

STRINGS ARRANGED BY :- SUSHA

FLUTE  :- KIRAN KUMAR , VIJAYAGOPAL

BASS:- MANI

GHATAM AND KANJIRA :- CHANDRASEKARA SHARMA

RHYTHM ARRANGEMENT AND ADDITIONAL RHYTHM PROGRAMMING :- RAVI G

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING :- SEAN ROLDAN , RAVI G

RECORDED AT ROLDAN RECORDS, STRUM STUDIO

MIXED BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

MASTERED BY SUJITH SREEDHAR (KRIMSON AVENUE STUDIO)

MASTERED FOR ITUNES BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

 

SONG NAME :- THE ROMANCE OF POWER PAANDI – VEN PANI MALARE (MALE)

SINGER :- SEAN ROLDAN

MUSIC :- SEAN ROLDAN

LYRICIST :- DHANUSH

MUSICAL ADVISOR/ASSOCIATE MUSIC PRODUCER :- RAVI G

GUITARS :- JOSEPH VIJAY

STRINGS :- MACEDONIAN SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

STRINGS ARRANGED BY :- SUSHA

FLUTE  :- KIRAN KUMAR , VIJAYAGOPAL

BASS:- MANI

GHATAM AND KANJIRA :- CHANDRASEKARA SHARMA

RHYTHM ARRANGEMENT AND ADDITIONAL RHYTHM PROGRAMMING :- RAVI G

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING :- SEAN ROLDAN , RAVI G

RECORDED AT ROLDAN RECORDS, STRUM STUDIO

MIXED BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUND POTION STUDIOS)

MASTERED BY SUJITH SREEDHAR (KRIMSON AVENUE STUDIO)

MASTERED FOR ITUNES BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

 

SONG NAME :- THE YOUTH OF POWER PAANDI – PAARTHEN

SINGER :- SEAN ROLDAN , SHWETA MOHAN

MUSIC :- SEAN ROLDAN

LYRICIST :- SELVARAGHAVAN

MUSICAL ADVISOR/ASSOCIATE MUSIC PRODUCER :- RAVI G

DRUMS :- RAMKUMAR KANAKARAJAN

GUITARS,GALELE AND OTHER PLUCKED INSTRUMENTS :- JOSEPH VIJAY

STRINGS :- MACEDONIAN SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

STRINGS ARRANGED BY:- SUSHA

FLUTE  :- KIRAN KUMAR

PERCUSSIONS :- VIKRAM ROZARIO

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING :- SEAN ROLDAN , RAVI G

RECORDED AT ROLDAN RECORDS, STRUM STUDIO

MIXED BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

MASTERED BY LEON ZERVOS (STUDIO 301, SYDNEY)

MASTERED FOR ITUNES BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

 

SONG NAME :-THE LIFE OF POWER PAANDI – VAANAM

SINGER :- ANANTHU

MUSIC :- SEAN ROLDAN

LYRICIST :- SELVARAGHAVAN

MUSICAL ADVISOR / ASSOCIATE MUSIC PRODUCER :- RAVI G

KIDS CHORUS :- SARGAM CHOIR CONDUCTED BY SUDHA RAJA

DRUMS :- RAMKUMAR KANAKARAJAN

GUITARS AND BASS :- SEAN ROLDAN

STRINGS :- MACEDONIAN SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

STRINGS ARRANGED BY :- SUSHA

FLUTE AND RECORDER :- KJ VIJAY

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING :- SEAN ROLDAN , RAVI G

COORDINATOR: VIJAY MURALIDHARAN

RECORDED AT ROLDAN RECORDS, STRUM STUDIOS

MIXED BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

MASTERED BY LEON ZERVOS (STUDIO 301, SYDNEY)

MASTERED FOR ITUNES BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

 

SONG NAME :-THE MASS OF POWER PAANDI – SOORAKAATHU

SINGER :- DHANUSH

MUSIC :- SEAN ROLDAN

LYRICIST :- DHANUSH

MUSICAL ADVISOR/ASSOCIATE MUSIC PRODUCER :- RAVI G

BACKING VOCALS :- RAVI G, VASANTH JAYARAMAN, KAMALAJA , VEENA MURALI , NEHA VENUGOPAL

RHYTHM SECTION :- VIKRAM ROZARIO, VENKAT, DERICK, STALIN

BASS :- MANI

NADASWARAM :- D. BALASUBRAMANIAM

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING :- SEAN ROLDAN , RAVI G

RECORDED AT ROLDAN RECORDS, STRUM STUDIOS

MIXED BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

MASTERED BY SUJITH SREEDHAR (KRIMSON AVENUE STUDIO)

MASTERED FOR ITUNES BY ISHIT KUBERKAR (SOUNDPOTION STUDIOS)

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