One still waits to hear a soundtrack from an animation film that actually turned out to be commercially successful as well. In fact the biggest jolt came just a few weeks back when Vishal-Shekhar's score in Arjun - The Warrior Prince, despite being good, wasn't even released. No wonder, there are apprehensions galore when you come across the music of Krishna Aur Kans, even though composer Shantanu Moitra and lyricist Swanand Kirkire are associated with the film.
With as many as 11 tracks in it, this is indeed a music-heavy album. First to arrive is 'Hey Krishna' which introduces the 'God of the moment', Krishna. A fast paced track sung by Sonu Nigam, it does set the tune for the songs that would follow. The singer continues with 'Ayega Koi Ayega' which is about people on earth waiting for Lord Krishna to step his feet all over again. Decently placed with good chorus by Swanand Kirkire, Hamsika Iyer, Amitabh Bhattacharya and a bunch of kids, this one also sees Hamsika Iyer making an appearance half way into the song.
The legendary tale of Putana is heard once again and this time around it is Sunidhi Chauhan who sings 'Putana (Baccho Jara Dur Dur Rahena Re) '. It is interesting to see Sunidhi Chauhan getting into a different mode altogether as she sings this fun number about Putana trying to scare away kids from her evil. With a retro feel to it, this one does register itself well with Sunidhi clearly enjoying her outing. She is soon followed by Shravan Suresh who croons 'Gokul Ki Galiyon Me'. This time around the story is about 'nanha kanha' and hence Shravan's vocals just suit the setting.
The moment Shreya Ghoshal arrives on scene, you do feel that it is a Hindi film outing, what with her vocals pretty much complimenting the 'lost love' setting that 'Suno Suno Sawaren Ki' has. Special words for lyrics which are in 'shuddh Hindi' and make you hunt for that vocabulary book. Still, it's the inherent melody that keeps the song going with Pranab Kumar Biswas doing well in the background with his classical rendition.
The voice continuity is pretty much maintained with Shreya arriving on the scene again and this time around being much more cheerful and elated with the arrival of Krishna. Titled 'Roon Ghoona Re', the song also marks the return of Babul Supriyo after a hiatus though the song doesn't quite qualify as his comeback per se. Celebrations continue with a festive number 'Holi Hain' which has a good rhythm to it. Belonging to the world of old school compositions, it has Amitabh Bhattacharya, Abhijeet Ghoshal and Hamsika Iyer coming together and they seem to be indeed having fun.
Shravan Suresh returns to the scene and does very well in complimenting Krishna at his naughtiest best as a child. Swanand Kirkire too makes his presence felt in the interim but it is basically Shravan's voice that you take home with 'Natkhat Natkhat'. The youngster continues to make his presence felt with 'Nukkad Wale' which follows next. A playful act with Krishna observing everyone and everything in his surrounding, this one too has good situational appeal.
A 'Shloka' arrives next in the vocals of Varaprasad J.V. (with chorus by Anand Aravindakshan, Sam P Keerthan, Ravisankar). Set as the final battle between Krishna and Kans, this one should have a good situational dramatic appeal. Meanwhile for those looking for a serene conclusion, there is a three minute long 'Enchanting Flute' piece by Rakesh Chaurasia.
Krishna Aur Kans is meant to be a situational album and in that aspect it does well too. However with zero promotion and an unsung release, this good soundtrack would unfortunately go away entirely unnoticed.
Putana, Suno Suno Sawaren Ki, Natkhat Natkhat
Music review of Krishna Aur Kans by Joginder Tuteja